In a move that isn’t seen very often, Oakley has ditched the top frame in favor of a bottom frame, which goes against most of their most classic designs – such as the famed M-frame and Flak Jacket. Oakley calls this an “open-edged brow” for maximizing comfort and the upper field of view. And the new Advancer Nose bridge opens up to allow air to flow in and out, preventing the all-too-annoying fogging up of lenses. All you have to do is grab the switch, and pull it down, and the lens will be pushed just a slight bit further away from your face. Oakley also gives the Flight Jacket interchangeable temple lengths, so they work with all helmet sizes.
The frame is made from O-Matter, a lightweight nylon-infused plastic that is flexible and stress-resistant, and it has No-slip Unobtainium® nosepads and earsocks, that actually increase the grip and traction when you sweat. These glasses have also been designed with a Three-Point Fit, which is supposed to hold the lenses in the perfect “precise optical alignment.”
Lastly, the frames and lenses are built to ANSI Z80.3 standards for strength, and you can choose them with Prizm, Prizm Polarized or Photochromic lenses. We really like the Prizm, which gives you an HD-like, extremely clear image that enhances contrasts and boosts color for increased visibility, whether you’re driving, cycling or just wearing on a day out.
And of course, they’ve got that classic, aggressive Oakley style you just can’t help feel like a badass in. The Flight Jacket’s look to be a fantastic addition to the Oakley arsenal of sunglasses, and we’d like to give them a try this summer.