While the M Frame boasts a hybrid lens, Oakley's Flak Jacket is the true hybrid of the big O's offerings. It has feet firmly set in both the sport and lifestyle camps. It looks like it belongs on your face while riding, while hanging out, and for that hybrid of sport and standing around, golf. Oakley has updated the lens technology for Flak Jacket and now offers it with Iridium lenses.As you can imagine, you have all of Oakley's technology working for you here. The O Matter frame is lightweight, durable, and comfortable. The Unobtanium nose piece and ear socks help make that three-point fit as secure as wearing full-face goggles. High Definition Optics on Plutonite lenses offer great clarity, and the lenses are coated with a hydrophobic and oleophobic solution. These are features on all Oakley's sport glasses; they haven't skimped just because the look is fashionable.The Oakley Flak Jacket Iridium comes with a Jet Black frame and Black Iridium lenses. Black Iridium is a dark, neutral base lens with a mirror coating. It has 10% light transmission, meaning it is best used on extremely sunny days. It comes with a hard case and a soft bag, the latter for cleaning and stowing the glasses in a pocket. There are also two sets of nose pieces to customize the fit.
from Dallas, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2011
Strengths: Light weight, perfect fit, comfortable, XLJ lenses leave no gaps, polarized lenses work great
Weaknesses: Hinges feel a little cheap, but no issues so far. "Matte black" color is really just unpainted plastic
Bought these as my second pair of Oakleys, after having the XX for 7 years. These seemed to be the only frame I liked and that fit well. I wanted something that was comfortable, and fully covered my eyes from all angles. I did the in store customization to get the matte black frame, and XLJ polarized black iridium lenses. I just wish they might have been a little cheaper, but the upgrades added a higher amount from the base price.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2011
Strengths: The fit on these sunglasses is near perfect, great wrap around on the lenses offer good protection. Frames fit very close to the side of the head preventing them from interfering with helmets.
I really love Oakley's replaceable lens system. If I sit on these glasses, step on them, whatever, they just simply come apart, I've never had a pair break on me.
Weaknesses: Lenses scratch fairly easily, rubber nose pieces keep popping off and getting lost. Luckily they are not that expensive to replace. Expensive unless you get them off the military site.
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2010
Strengths: Amazing aesthetics, no need for a head band, mine are polarized and keep out the sun a noticeably large amount compared to my Spys or Electrics, they are not composed of metal pieces so if you sit on them, the pressure will not not brake them. They are strong in form, plus, they don't slip off when wet
Similar Products Used: All failed at coming even close
a Cross Country Rider
from Central PA
Date Reviewed: June 7, 2008
Strengths: Stayed on my head, must of helped channel sweat away, very clear optics, relatively easy to swap lens, light, cool looking, fits around helmet straps, slots nicely into the vent slots on my helmet when going uphill or just hanging out.
Weaknesses: No obvious ones. I'd probably like a slightly bigger lens. Maybe the M-Frames?
Very pleased with the fact that the glasses, together with the Halo headband, kept the sweat off the lens and out of my eyes. This in spite of my most recent sweatfest on a humid 90+ degree day. I sweat a LOT.
Also, if you are in the military, you can get the Oakleys at a greatly reduced price. Hope you like black or gray frames.
Bike Setup: Stock 2007 Stumpy FSR is most recent. 1984 Jamis cast iron no-shocker is oldest.
a Weekend Warrior
from Gaithersburg MD USA
Date Reviewed: April 21, 2008
Strengths: Great product. I'm a competitive runner - I don't bike very frequently. These glasses hold on securely but not painfully. The optics are extremely clear, and the rubber grips hold on very well with perspiration.
Weaknesses: I haven't encountered any yet.
These glasses rock! I got them for a 50% discount, so that made them even more worthwhile.
Weaknesses: Price (esp. for prescription lenses), tendency to fog up in certain conditions
After using the same sunglasses (Oakley Wires) for the past 10 or so years I thought it was time to update. I have a prescription, and contacts were out, so I was on the lookout for some prescription sunglasses that I could wear for riding and running as well as for general day-to-day use. Being very particular about my sight (or lack thereof), I was fastidious about my choice and checked out nearly every available option. In the end, I chose the all black Flak Jacket XLJ with a grey lens.
I've had these since Christmas 07 and I couldn't be happier. The fit and comfort is great and along with the light weight I don't feel them at all whilst riding or running. Visual clarity is great and there is no distortion at any point on the lens, a real bonus for a prescription lens.
There is a lot of choice when it comes to lens colour and ultimately I would have loved a Transition lens in persimmon but unfortunately they don't make those for prescription (would have been absolutely perfect for MTBing) so settled on the grey lens instead. I'm still very happy with the finished product.
My only issues is that they do have a tendency to fog up, especially in wet/cold conditions and that replacement lenses cost a bomb ($AU270 for clear/yellow!). I guess that's what you get for needing prescription lenses!
Overall they are pretty pricey, especially if you need a prescription lens, however I would thoroughly recommend them as the strengths far outweigh the weaknesses.
a Weekend Warrior
from Bayside NY
Date Reviewed: September 10, 2007
Strengths: Flexible but strong frame. Good lens with great clarity. Oakley's new lens treatment perfect for active people. Very versatile with interchangeable lenses.
Weaknesses: scratching a lens may cost big bucks to replace, though you get what you pay for in visual clarity
So much nicer than Half Jackets. Don't know how but they seem to fit better and feel more geared to larger variety of outdoor activities. The HJ were sitting in my golf bag as I designated them to that duty. But nowadays, I keep these on my head all the time on weekends, even when I golf so the HJs are on their way to another owner. The lens treatment is awesome. Plus the harcase is a nice bonus. I bought these the week of release so I paid retail. Like all Oakleys, they are pricey but IMHO, a worthy investment. Just a testament to their impact protection claim. I took a fall two years ago skiing and in my flipping, my pole(the business end) nailed me right in my left eye lens. It left a horrific gouge in the lens but it stayed intact saving me from a painful skull f'ing. One of the many reasons for my devotion to Oakley eyewear.