Legendary eyewear manufacturer Oakley showed up to the Sea Otter Classic showing off several new products geared specifically to cycling, including the new Field Jacket and Flight Jacket sunglasses. The big innovation on both new models is the Oakley Advancer, a little tab that sticks out between the nosepiece, and when flipped down, the lens pushes away from the nosepiece for better venting to prevent lens fogging.
Simply push the frame back towards your face and the nosepiece moves back close to the lens. The Oakley Advancer is a very clever feature, especially handy for those who sweat a lot or ride in humid conditions that often fog up lenses. The Flight Jacket features a frameless top for even more air movement, while the Field Jacket is fully framed and is compatible with prescription lenses. Both models come with replaceable ear pieces.
Incorporating Oakley’s Prizm lens technology that’s impact resistant with 100-percent UV protection, both the Flight Jacket and Field Jacket enhance color, contrast, and detail to highlight hazards in the road or dirt that might otherwise not be seen.
Another new product recently launched by Oakley is the ARO3 helmet, already used on the professional cross-country mountain bike circuit by Geoff Kabush. The ARO3 is highly ventilated with large cooling ducts as well as MIPS technology and a low-profile BOA closure system.
Of course, one of the big questions with any helmet is how well does it hold sunglasses, especially Oakley sunglasses. Oakley designed the ARO3 helmet to accommodate their shades either right side up or upside down, molding slots into the inner sides of the helmet so the earpieces sit flush in the helmet and don’t dig into the skull.
For more information, visit www.oakley.com. And if you are interested in prescription models California-based SportRx carries both the Flight Jacket and Field Jacket. This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2018 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.