OAKLEY SHOCKS WORLD WITH NEW GLASSES
Along with some prescription glasses, the Flight Jacket is really a breathtaker
hen it comes to sports eyewear, not many can beat the suaveness, robustness and price point that Oakley bring to the market. It’s almost come to the point where if you want to be part of the sports ‘cool kids’ club, you need a pair of Oakleys to be in that circle. Since their inception in 1975, when the company started fabricating products out of a shed in California, they have been nothing short of sensational whether it was to either produce knee pads, gloves, goggles or sunglasses to all sorts of athletes in their respective fields.
WA couple of years ago, Oakley designed and produced a pair of sunnies focused around cyclists called the Jawbreaker. With a masculine yet sleek design dominating the look of the glasses, they really did shake up the market segment. There were even air channels in between the lens and the frame to help keep a rider’s face cool and the lens from fogging up. Just when you thought that Oakley have come up with the absolute best and can only pretty much tweak and evolve their Jawbreaker design, they surprise us with a completely new design called the Flight Jacket.
According to Oakley, the idea of the Flight Jacket came from their Evzero sunglasses which had an unimpeded view due to its frameless design. As great as the Evzero was, it was not meant for performance cyclists but rather designed for casual cyclists instead. This is simply because the Evzero is really flexible, making it unsuitable for performance cyclists. Without impeding the top view, Oakley decided to put the brow line at the bottom to give it better strength and retention, so out came the Flight Jacket.
The Flight Jacket is also equipped with Oakley’s tallest ever lens. The idea behind this is to have the lens as close
as possible to the helmet. When cycling, most of the time your head will be positioned at a lower angle with your eyes looking slightly up. With the tall lens, it pretty much covers the whole upper view with lens protection, preventing the sun from directly shining into your eyes.
The Flight Jacket also comes with extra bits of temple adjustment pieces to suit different head shapes. For those who find it more comfortable with shorter temples, all you have to do is breakaway the current temples and install the correct length temples that the glasses come with. These shorter temples do not crash into helmets that can sometimes get in the way of long temples. This is one of the biggest complaints Oakley received during their market research, and came out with the shorter design to alleviate the problem.
Oakley also incorporated a tab in the middle of the glasses in what they called the Advancer. This feature makes the glasses move forward a little bit, to pull in air in between your face and the glasses. What a way to solve lens fogging problems, instead of crude airways like the Jawbreakers.
Also part of the sports range, Oakley has introduced a couple of prescription glasses called the Latch Key RX and
EX. One of the reasons they are named such is because they have this smart mechanism called the ‘kick-up latch hinge’ which allows you to clip the glasses onto your shirt. This is particularly useful as it won’t ever fly away or fall off when you have latched the glasses to your top. These glasses also come with rubber nose pieces to help bring fine adjustments to the fit.
1 The rubberised nose piece gives a better grip and can be changed easily without any tools if needed. 2 Although the Flight Jacket is lightweight, it is built for the harshest of punishment. 3 The Evzero is feather light and provides unobstructed view. 4 Just like the Flight Jacket the Evzero also has interchangeable nose pieces. 5 To commemorate the 2018 Tour de France, Oakley have produced iconic Tour de France yellow colourways for the frames. 6 The Latch is one handsome looking pair of prescription glasses. 7 The Latch gets its name from the clip at the side of the glasses where you can latch it on to a piece of clothing for worry-free placement on clothes. 8 If you’re not fond of the round shape, the Latch also comes in a rectangular shape.