Last year I lost my cycling sunglasses at the Red Hook Crit. I was bummed. They were just some cheap Ryders I had picked up when I first got into Road Cycling but they fit me and had grown to love them. Well rest in peace Ryders.
Naturally picking up a pair of Oakleys was the next step. I took advantage of a REI sale and picked up the Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ in black. Definitely a huge jump in quality and not a huge financial investment like other Oakley’s. These glasses are pretty low key and i appreciate that.
A few of my observations :
- These glasses will fog up quiet a bit. Do all sunglasses do that? I am not sure but it’s something I constantly battle with.
- Replacement lenses are a bit expensive. $50 - $70. Don’t buy fake lenses. I did that and they mess with your vision big time.
- Very resilient and are made to last. I never used a case and have tossed these around like another tool in my bag.
- Lack the Oakley bling that is so popular these days.
Since writing this review I have not only lost these Oakley’s but another pair of Ryders as well! FML.
More info from Oakley below :
From Oakley :
Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ
Sport professionals demand nothing less than the best, and we’ve answered their challenge for decades. World-class athletes have driven us to create innovation after innovation, including interchangeable lens designs with unbeatable optical clarity. Flak Jacket sunglasses take that to the next level with the latest in performance technology.
Stays Ahead of the Sun:
Flak Jacket lets you change lenses in seconds to optimize vision in any sport environment. Multiple lens colors are available, and all lenses feature the unbeatable clarity of Oakley’s High Definition Optics® (HDO®).
Offers a Secure, Custom Fit:
Choose the nose pads that give you the best fit — two sizes are included with every frame. Like the stem sleeves, they’re made of Unobtainium® to increase grip with perspiration. Oakley’s Three-Point Fit optimizes comfort and holds the lenses in precise optical alignment for superior clarity.
Optimizes Comfort, Protection and Clarity:
Flak Jacket is made of lightweight O Matter® for all-day comfort. Pure Plutonite® lens material filters out 100% of all UV, and Flak Jacket meets ANSI Z87.1 standards for impact protection. The semi-rimless design means there’s no frame rim to block downward view. Optical clarity exceeds all ANSI Z87.1 standards, and XYZ Optics® extends razor-sharp vision all the way to the lens periphery.
Interchangeable lenses to optimize performance in any environment
Durability and all-day comfort of lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter® frame material
Optimized peripheral vision and side protection of 8.75 base lens curvature
Comfort and performance of Three-Point Fit that holds lenses in precise optical alignment
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Optical precision and performance that meets all ANSI Z87.1 standards
Impact resistance that meets all ANSI Z87.1 standards for high-mass and high-velocity impact
UV protection of Plutonite® lens that filters out 100% of UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light up to 400 nm
Glare reduction and tuned light transmission of Iridium® lens coating
Adapt to variable light conditions with “ Transitions® SOLFX™” photochromic lenses
Multiple interchangeable Unobtainium® nose pad options for customizable and comfortable secure fit
Protective sports-specific Oakley Soft Vault included with capacity for extra lenses
Available with Oakley Prescription Lenses
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