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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.

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