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On the eve of the 2018 Paris-Roubaix, Oakley is unveiling two new performance cycling sunglass models, the Flight Jacket and Field Jacket. Both frames feature Oakley’s new Advancer toggle, a movable piece on the nose bridge that increases airflow to combat fogging and overheating.
While the Flight Jacket has a unique frame shape, with an open-edge brow intended to maximize the upper field of view, the Field Jacket has more of a goggle aesthetic, with separate left- and right-hand lenses that cater better to athletes with prescription needs.
Both frames also have interchangeable temple lengths for improved helmet compatibility, Oakley’s Prizm lens technology — which Oakley claims enhances color, contrast, and detail — and impact-resistant lenses with 100% UV protection.
The Flight Jacket has been spotted in recent weeks on athletes such as world cross-country champion Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM), at the Absa Cape Epic, and on German sprint star Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), who will race Roubaix on Sunday.
“I’ve been training with Flight Jacket for the past few weeks, and the technology is just incredible,” said Kittel, whose team also wears Oakley’s new ARO helmets. “The Advancer is a complete game changer because I no longer waste energy worrying about the fog or weather conditions.”
The launch of the Flight Jacket and Field Jacket complements Oakley’s new cycling collection, which includes the ARO helmets — a time trial and triathlon model, an aerodynamic model, and lightweight climbing model — as well as its JB Premium and JB Road Cycling Kits developed in partnership with Bioracer Speedwear.
Pro teams on the Oakley team roster include Katusha-Alpecin, Dimension Data, Team Sky, Movistar and BMC Racing.
Retail price for the Flight Jacket ranges from US$203 to US$253 depending on lens choice. Pricing for the Field Jacket is to be confirmed, along with international pricing for both.
Video: Oakley Flight Jacket and Field Jacket