Oakley has always been a pioneer in sports eyewear innovation. They’ve been trusted by elite athletes in a multitude of different sporting professions.
The reason why is simple: Oakley is devoted to making the best sunglasses on the planet by letting invention lead the way.
This brand has a stirring passion to reinvent and this devotion to creating with leading-tech in mind has produced some great results.
Amongst these results are technologies like High Definition Optics, Impact Protection, Switch Lock, and True Digital Edge.
What this all means for you, the consumer, is that you’re getting the highest quality, most innovative, protective sunglasses on the market today.
Of particular intrigue is their Prizm tech which is ‘a revolution in lens optics built on decades of colour science research’.
Prizm lenses provide automatic light transmission control resulting in colours precisely tuned to maximize contrast and enhance visibility.
All in all, active users of these sunglasses adore the advanced lens features, solidly built form-factor, and protective quality.
Let’s jump into the details.
There are many sunglasses on the market that tend to partially block your vision with the frame.
This can be quite the impediment where you need completely unobstructed vision in activities like cycling, running, or fishing.
Well, there is not even a hint of this problem in the Oakley Flight Jacket sunglasses.
Seamless full-coverage is provided when the Flight Jackets are resting on your face. So there is no pesky frame or a sense of tunnel vision impeding your vision.
Users have reported that they feel like ‘gloggles’ which is perfect if you’re a sportsperson who wants to focus on the craft without unnecessary visual distraction.
Another added bonus of that ‘gloggle’ effect is that peripheral vision is great.
The coverage of these sunglasses offer not just a completely undistracted view of the surrounding environment but also serve as a layer of protection from things like flying mud, bugs, and sandy wind.
Oakleys contain state-of-the-art lens technology and the Flight Jackets are no different.
There are two variations of lenses on offer: Prizm and photochromic.
These lenses offer automatic UV protection adaptation, increased colour and contrast, and serious protection from physical damage like flying debris.
We take a closer look at the difference between the two a bit further in the article but you should know from the get-go that there is a pair of Flight Jackets tailored to your activity needs.
The Flight Jacket Prizms come in a variety of shades, each with its own light transmission and contrast profiles.
Unfortunately, these lenses are not swappable so think carefully about your use-case and how you might best benefit from a particular lens.
If you’re unsure (or not too bothered about specifications), then the moderately shaded Prizm Trail would be a safe bet.
Comfort is crucial to staying focused and in-the-zone. The Oakley Flight Jacket sunglasses deliver superbly on that front with a feature called Advancer.
This is essentially a new adjustable nose piece that moves the frame and lens away from the face to help with venting and reducing fogging of the lenses.
With the Advancer lever engaged, the sunglasses pop off the nose by a few millimetres and increase airflow which does wonders on hot, sunny days.
This is all done easily and with one-hand allowing you to seamlessly switch the lever on or off without interrupting your activity.
What’s more, the shape of the Flight Jacket lens pairs brilliantly with the Advancer concept.
The function-first ‘Blade’-style frame offers plenty of coverage, but there’s no frame across the brow-line, and that section of the lens is extended a few millimeters above the rest of the glass.
So if you’re a cycler, you’ll be able to keep your head down and neck comfortable without forgoing any visibility.
The Flight Jacket sunglasses score more points on the comfort front with a three-point fit that holds the lenses in precise optical alignment.
And for different heads, or for adapting the glasses to helmets, Oakley includes two different temple lengths allowing for adjustable fits.
Style and Aesthetics
While aesthetics may not be your number one priority when you purchase sports sunglasses, there is no denying that the Oakley Flight Jackets are a visually striking pair of sunglasses.
They come in a variety of awesome lens shades all linked to variations in contrast and light transmission.
You’ll find, for example, a bright neon orange frame and purple-orange gradient lens in the Prizm Trails, or a matte white frame with a blue-purple gradient lens on the Prizm Sapphires.
Oakley has managed to combine form and function into something that looks quite stunning.
These sunglasses come in gorgeous colours and there is something about that border-less brow-line that just looks fantastic.
So while you definitely won’t be attending your next business meeting while sporting these, you best believe that you’ll be looking your professional-best for your next Saturday ride, run, or fish.
(Photo Credit: www.road.cc)
Photochromic vs. Prizm Lenses
Oakley glasses have been pioneers in their lens technology. Buy a pair of Oakley’s and you’re guaranteed to provide some top-notch protection for your eyes.
However, it is important to know the different lenses on offer so that you can make a more personalized choice that is suited to your use case.
That being said, there are two main lens variations on offer when you purchase a pair of Oakley Flight jacket sunglasses: photochromic lenses or Prizm lenses.
The photochromic lenses on the Oakley Flight Jacket sunglasses are built with Oakley HDO technology.
In short, these are optical lenses that darken on exposure to light of a sufficiently high frequency. Imagine then that you start your cycle on a cloudy morning.
Your photochromic lenses will be lighter (allowing in more light), and later, when the sun peeks out in the afternoon, your lenses will automatically darken giving you more UV protection.
The key here is that the process is automatic. This saves you from swapping out one kind of lens for another when lighting changes.
Now for the Prizm lenses.
They too are built with Oakley’s High Definition Optics tech but where they differ from the photochromic lenses is in the contrast and colour they offer.
They’re designed to specifically enhance colour and contrast. So whether you’re fishing, cycling, or running, you’re guaranteed to pick up environmental details that you were previously unaware of.
This could mean avoiding that sneaky pothole hiding in an innocent-looking puddle, casting your fly right above that trout’s nose, or swerving between those dodgy rocks on your next trail ride.
- Prizm lens technology
- Advancer nose bridge that prevents fogging and overheating
- The brow-less design allows for an improved upper field of view
- Interchangeable temple lengths for better helmet compatibility
- All-day comfort
- Only comes with one lens
Best for: Cyclists, runners, and other action sports
Oakley’s Flight Jacket is a quality pair of high-performance sunglasses tailored toward a wide range of athletic pursuits.
They have excellent coverage for unimpeded vision and a few nifty features like the Advancer nosepiece to combat fogging and aid in ventilation.
Their Prizm lenses provide very impressive optical clarity by providing increased contrast and colour definition.
The frame, like everything else, has been thoughtfully designed with adjustable arms that can work with cycling helmets.
At around R3000, these are not a cheap pair of sunglasses. But can you put a price on complete eye protection that will keep you safe from UV light, stones, and all sorts of other flying debris you’ll undoubtedly come across on your adventures?
In other words, you absolutely get what you pay for and more.
These are a fantastic pair of protective sunglasses that will serve you exceptionally well.
Where to Buy the Oakley Flight Jacket Sunglasses in South Africa?
Although Oakley Flight Jacket sunglasses are available in several brick-and-mortar stores nationwide, Oakley doesn’t have a store finder in South Africa, making it hard to find a specific store that carries it.
The good news is that Oakley has online-based authorized resellers that sell authentic Oakley sunglasses.
Oculux is an authorized reseller of Oakley, Rayban, Arnette, and Vogue Eyewear online and has made over 11,000 customers happy over the years.