OAKLEY FLIGHT JACKET
From RM1,179 › You’ve been unframed
WHEN WE FIRST came across Oakley’s new Flight Jacket sunglasses, we though what an oddball of a design these were. We also thought this must be Oakley making different looking sunglasses just to sell more products. We were terribly wrong, because as much as the design is a bit unconventional, it does work and brilliantly at that.
If you want to know more about Oakley’s history and how they got to where they are in terms of cycling sunglasses, you can read more about it on page 50 in our Hub section. Essentially, how the Flight Jacket was designed depended heavily on perfecting what the company already knew about cyclists and their sunglasses.
The design of the Flight Jacket is naturally something you have to get used to because it looks a bit wild compared to other more traditional cycling glasses. But it didn’t take us long to fall in love with it though, especially when you have your full cycling getup accompanying it. In full gear, you start noticing in your selfie pictures how nice and aggressive the glasses look on your face.
You’ll also start observing how different you look from other cyclists that do not own a pair. This is one of the best things about the Flight Jacket; its radical design definitely makes you stand out. However, its out of the norm aesthetics are not there purely for beautification, because it truly is a case of form follows function.
To give riders an unimpeded field of view, Oakley decided to design the glasses to have the brow line at the bottom instead of the top. This gives the sunglasses two great attributes, the first being the unobstructed view and the second being great retention strength to make the sunnies more robust.
During our testing period, we purposely took less care of the sunglasses to see how well they hold up. We can happily report that after chucking it around and unintentionally sitting on it, the sunglasses are still in one piece. This was great - we found ourselves wearing them even without cycling due to sheer bombproof quality.
Just as we thought it could not get any better, we discovered the ‘Advancer’ feature, which opens up a gap between your face and the glasses at a flick of a switch at the nose bridge. This is designed to increase airflow to combat lens fogging and your face overheating. This is pure innovation and something we have never come across. Although the lens is already very good at not building up lens fog, the Advancer does help when it does happen and quickly eradicates foggy lens.
The Flight Jacket is also all about fit customisation, so when you purchase it you also get a couple of temple pieces which vary in length to help you with helmet compatibility. This came in useful, as with our old sunnies we were always hitting the helmet. With the Flight Jacket, it really did help solve the issue.