New Oakley Windjacket 2.0 Replica Sunglasses

Oakley’s Wind Jacket 2.0 sunnies are not for the faint of heart; they are big and bright, but are a solid set of cycling shades.

They are technically positioned in the brand’s lineup as a ‘goggle’, and with the massive coverage, removable triple layer face foam and even an optional strap, this description is apt, but I’d still classify them as sunglasses.

From the top of the frame to the bottom it measures 80mm, that’s nearly double the 53mm of the Jawbreaker and similarly-sized POC DO Blade. This additional size did cause the top of the frame to bump on some lower slung helmets, such as the Scott Centric Plus, POC Octal and the new Bontrager Velocis, however there was no such issue with the Met Strale.

That said, with such a large lens the frame sits well outside your field of view, even in full aero TT position.

The Windjackets dwarf the POC DO Blades (left) and Oakley EV Zero Path (right)

At their widest point, the Wind Jacket 2.0s measure 150mm, with the lower section of the lens slightly scalloped to make a bit of room for your cheekbones.

The ‘Unobtanium’ nosepiece isn’t adjustable on the Wind Jacket 2.0 and it’s strung quite wide too. For the record, I have a pretty big schnoz, and the wide nosepiece perched the sunnies in just the right spot on my face, those with noses closer to the button variety might not find the same fit.

In rare form for Oakley replica, the ear stocks aren’t rubberised, and are quite short. Tested with every lid I had lying around the office, the arms don’t do not interfere with the retention system and despite the lack of tacky coating stayed planted on my face through extremely rocky sections of singletrack and washboard dirt roads.

As the Wind Jacket 2.0s are classified as a google they come with a removable strip of triple density face foam, which plugs into the vents at the top of the lens. The idea of this being to prevent debris, sweat and some wind from sneaking over the top of the frame and into your eyes. I found it was hot and quickly became saturated with sweat, as with helmet pads, and I quickly removed it.

I didn’t have any trouble with fogging, in a wide range of temperatures. With decent sized vents at the top of the lens and small channels in the bottom corners, in combination with the lens actually sitting quite far off your face, there is plenty of airflow to the lens that combats moisture.

The coverage is second to only a google and I would argue that the Wind Jacket 2.0s offer a similar amount of protection without many of the negatives that come with riding in goggles.

These sunnies really shined in the rain with the massive lens creating a veritable shield against moisture falling from the sky, but also the water, mud and grit that gets kicked up off the ground by other riders.

Best Oakley Flight Jacket Sunglasses Review

Everything is cyclic. Lairy fluoro came back, tan-wall tyres came back, suspension on road bikes came back, and now big-ass sunglasses a la Andy Hampsten and Greg LeMond have come back. There is nothing new under the sun, which these Oakley Flight Jackets have been expressly designed to be under.

Whys and wherefores

I’m going to jump straight in here and ask the question you probably think every time you see a new pair of shades being released and reviewed. What’s the point? Or moreover, why should I care?

With the Flight Jackets the answer is ‘Yes’, there is more here than just another pair of sunnies in a different shape. These are better than your average glasses in (almost) every way.

First, the lenses. Oaklet’s Prizm lenses are honestly second to none. Rudy Project do some fantastic photochromatic lenses, Smith do lenses with fantastically wide coverage, but Oakley’s Prizm lenses genuinely improve vision on the bike; they are better than just the naked eye for clarity. That isn’t just marketing gumph.

They have been tuned (no, seriously) to augment certain colours and filter others using ‘hyperpectral imaging’, which apparently satellites use to better see things from space.

On a road bike it means the sharpness of a road surface is increased noticeably, and I could really see more detail with the Flight Jackets on than off, which in theory means I react quicker to things, eg patches of gravel, errant stones, tyre-deflecting sticks.

It’s along the lines of the way reaction times slow as light fades. The more you can see in the greater detail, the better chance you have of reacting to it in time.

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Oakley has also chosen to boost blues and greens (hyperspectral imaging basically means filtering some wave lengths of light in order to make other stand out more), which gives everything a dreamy Instagram filter look.

Not all riders will like that aspect of course, but Prizm lenses certainly make dull days look more inviting, and bright days feel like a movie. Prizm lenses are available on a host of cheap Oakley glasses, not just the Flight Jackets, and come in a variety of types for different sports, including Prizm Fishing, which Oakley alleges boost ‘green and coopers hues that define hiding spots’.

Those carp ain’t got a chance. So maybe just get some Prizm lenses for your current Oakleys, which is quite possible. But, the Flight Jackets have more to offer than any pair of replica Oakleys – or cycling sunglasses – I’ve ever tried.