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by Neal Rogers
April 6, 2018
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.
The Oakley Field Jacket. Image: Oakley.
“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