Why We Love Oakley’s Flight Jacket Sunglasses
Sporty shades that boost clarity and fun
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In my job I test a lot of gear, and I’ve become quite picky. It’s good to have a discerning eye when deciding which jackets, bikes, and sleeping bags raise to the top of the heap and which need another round of R&D. But I do have one weakness: sunglasses. I fall for almost every pair I meet. It doesn’t matter if they’re full-coverage glacier specs, sleek sport wraps, or light-as-a-feather aviators, as long as I feel good wearing them and the world looks good through them.
This has caused me some problems. As I’m reminded far too often, there’s no seeing through lenses that fog up easily and force you to stop what you’re doing to wipe them down—or, worse, take them off until they clear up. This is especially true during high-output activities. When it comes to lens condensation, sweat is the worst offender.
Enter Oakley’s Flight Jacket ($253). A toggle at the bridge shifts the frames ever so slightly away from your face. It works by pivoting and extending the bridge—the fit remains snug while promoting airflow between the lens and your peepers, dumping moisture and excess heat. On top of that, the Flight Jacket comes with Oakley’s Prizm lens, which filters light and enhances clarity better than any other optical tech I’ve tested, with myriad tints available to block the rays you don’t want hitting your eyeballs, whether you’re on the road or the trail. Ultimately, this means less time spent fussing and more time getting after it. Try them on and see how picky you get.