As with many Oakley models, the replica Flight Jacket sunglasses are futuristic-looking and offered in an array of bold, as well as more conservative, colour and lens options. The new shape is similar to the popular Jawbreaker model, although the Flight Jacket loses the top part of the frame and the lower section has a chunkier, more beefed-up finish.
The Flight Jacket, perhaps expectedly, comes with Oakley’s sensational Prizm lenses, with the company offering Prizm Road, Prizm Low Light or Prizm Trail for road, low light or off-road riding, respectively.
Each of the Prizm variants are dialled to enhance visibility in their specified area depending on riding type — think greys and blues for road riding, browns and greens for trail riding — and if you haven’t yet experienced Prizm technology, put simply, it works exceptionally. Helping to increase the contrast of vision and making colours pop while riding.
By removing the upper edge of the frame, the replica Oakley Flight Jacket has a great field of vision while in an aggressive riding position or when in the drops. However, the chunkier lower sections of the frame do somewhat limit visibility, an issue BikeRadar also found with the Jawbreaker models.
The Oakley Flight Jacket is, obviously, not the first set of cycling sunglasses to include a lower section and side area of a frame, but the restricted visibility was noted when looking down to the gears, or even when turning to look behind. This may not be an issue for racers who generally have their eyes forward on the road ahead, but for the rest of us it is a limitation.
Oakley’s ‘O-Matter’ frame material results in a secure and comfortable fit that never feels insecure or uncomfortable when worn, while the considered, near perfect ergonomic shape, is nothing less than you would expect from Oakley Outlet.