When it comes to the twin goals of cycling eyewear — style and eye safety — no brand has a prouder history than Oakley. For 2018 the American innovator has launched two new models — the Flight Jacket and the Field Jacket — that take cycling eyewear performance to an entirely new level.
And they are available right now, although until July, the exciting new models are exclusively available only through bricks and mortar high street stores.
Leading the charge this summer, and currently worn by most Oakley-endorsed professional riders, is the new Flight Jacket. As well as featuring Oakley’s breakthrough Prizm technology — which fine-tunes individual colour wavelengths to optimise detail — the Flight Jacket’s frames have advanced benefits aimed at enhancing wearer comfort and performance.
The most innovative development is the ‘Advancer’ nose bridge (also found on the Field Jacket). This brings the glasses away from the face by an inch or so at the flip of a switch, generating airflow to the lenses to avoid fogging whilst maintaining an optimum lens angle. The Flight Jacket also features interchangeable temple lengths which improve fit and aid helmet compatibility, meaning they’ll form a holistic part of any integrated cycling wardrobe alongside Oakley’s new range of Aro helmets.
When it comes to aesthetics, Flight Jackets are unmistakeably modern Oakleys, with Jawbreaker-esque styling that features a unique ‘brow-less’ design. This isn’t just for show, though: the design allows greater field of vision and is particularly effective when using the ‘Advancer’ nose bridge in its extended position.
The Flight Jacket is available in a range of frame and lens choices — pop into store to see Evans Cycles’ selection. Until July, Flight Jacket models can only be bought in-store from ‘real’ — i.e. not online — cycle retailers. So, to find your nearest Evans store, click here.
Alongside the Flight Jacket comes the new Field Jacket. Although the Field Jacket features slightly less extreme styling than its sibling, it’s no less effective in the saddle. Again, Oakley’s Prizm lens is utilised alongside an ‘Advancer’ nose bridge and interchangeable temple lengths, the only major difference being that it has a full-frame construction. This will give you a more traditional cycling eyewear experience.
The Field Jacket is available in black or Retina Burn Carbon with Prizm Road lens.
While the Jawbreaker is not a new design, 2018 does see some exciting special edition models of this easily-interchangeable-lens rider favourite. First is the new Tour de France Jawbreaker, which features a unique ‘Carbon’ colourway frame with Prizm Road lens. Second is an update to the popular ‘Cav’ colourway, celebrating everybody’s favourite ‘Manx Missile’, Mark Cavendish. This features a metallic green frame with Prizm Road lens.