Test Run Tuesday: Oakley Flight Jacket Sunglasses
I have a confession.
I am addicted to sunglasses.
I have a hanging rack by my front door full of every colour, shape and size. I had a beloved pair of Oakley Jawbreakers (as 99.9% of the cycling population does), but when I spotted the Flight Jackets, I knew I needed them.
I ride with an Oakley ARO5 helmet and I chose these sunglasses because they integrate perfectly with the shape of the helmet. That being said, the temples have exchangable lengths so it can integrate into whatever helmet you are wearing.
The Flight Jackets, which retail for $277.99, are decked out with Prizm technology that is in most of Oakley’s sunglasses. Basically, it means that while I am sailing through the countryside on my bike, I have less distorted visuals and am more likely to see things (this is the goal, anyways).
I really liked the open edge brow which allows me to see more on the bike, no matter whether I wear them in aero or not. They do have an aerodynamic design which is fantastic on the bike. They also have designed the nose piece to allow air flow to avoid fogging up the lenses and avoid overheating.
This is all quite bike specific and while I certainly have seen them on more cyclists than not, they certainly can be used for other sports. In fact, I wore them as much for running as I did on the bike and had one of my best track workouts of the summer with them.
So time for the breakdown. I always provide pros AND cons to each product I review.
BOTTOM LINE? If you are looking for a quality pair of sunglasses that perform well and look good, these are a great choice. They sit comfortably your face and work well with any helmet you chose. I like these more than my Jawbreakers and I wear those to death!
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