Oakley Racing Jacket Eyewear

4.53/5 (51 Reviews)
MSRP : $240.00


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Product Description

The Racing Jacket is the reincarnation of the classic Jawbone, with a few added perks. These shades crave chaos, and the ear pieces feature a small hole for removable retainer strap. Just in case you want to customize your color combinations, the Oakley "O" icons are now interchangeable, with the help of a paperclip. Count on the carry-over of Switchlock technology, which uses a quick-release lower jaw that opens for fast, easy lens replacement, then closes to lock the lens securely in place.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Carlos Rodriguez a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2014

Strengths:    Flexible frame with strong modular design, a cool look and a comfortable wrap-around feel. The vents work very well in any condition. Easy to change lenses. The VR28 option is the right choice for any conditions including riding through shady forest areas with rocks and roots. You can see it all!

Weaknesses:    Lenses do scratch easily.

Bottom Line:   
If you have $250 to spend on the basic pair, you won't regret getting these fine glasses. Put a tiny prescription on them and you can write them off when you file your taxes or request a reimbursement from your flexible spending plan at work. Mine cost more because I went with a few optional upgrades.

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Favorite Trail:   Turnbull canyon

Duration Product Used:   2 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Sport RX

Similar Products Used:   Tifosi Tyrant.

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance X2 2011.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EXPOrider a Racer from Hartford, Wi, USA

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009

Strengths:    Comfortable... look great.. transition nicely.. vents help.. good for XC races

Weaknesses:    minor fogging, legs are a little long and can interfere with helmet.. they seem to get uncomfortable in the later stages of endurance races.

Bottom Line:   
great glasses. look awesome. do the job right

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Favorite Trail:   John Muir

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Expedition Supply

Similar Products Used:   Oakley Jawbones (Which are the best glasses ever!) Flak Jackets

Bike Setup:   Salsa Dos Niner

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by photodog a Racer from SLO, CA

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2009

Strengths:    blocks light, transition's work very well, tint color is perfect for varied conditions

Weaknesses:    ugly

Bottom Line:   
I have the transitions version of these and while they are the ugliest thing I've ever worn they work perfectly. I wish they had hinges so I could put them in a pocket when it starts raining and I can't see but other than that they are hands down the best cycling glasses I've ever worn. The orange-ish lens is perfect color and they lighten and darken quick enough that I never notice them being too dark or too light. Where I ride is lot's of bright spots followed by diving into trees then back into the light and it's never an issue.
I got them for a gift and never would spend $220+ on glasses but I sure am glad my in-law's love me! lol

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Favorite Trail:   Mine

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $220.00

Similar Products Used:   lots

Bike Setup:   relevance?

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Iwan Kemp a Weekend Warrior from Cape Town, South Africa

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2007

Strengths:    Anti-Fog
Comfortable fit
Lens quality


Weaknesses:    Can be bit bulky

Bottom Line:   
Do exactly what they are supposed to do. Oakley's are expensive, but they make top quality gear.

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Favorite Trail:   Harkerville, Knysna

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Bruce Reyneke Cylcles

Bike Setup:   Titus Moto-Lite with all the bells and whistles

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by J a Cross Country Rider from Broomfield

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2007

Strengths:    Peripheral vision and great looks.

Weaknesses:    I agree with the previous review in regards to fog (when I stop). Secondly, the arm bars don't bend in, so hard to stow away. Thirdly, the wind turbulence seems to be more with these glasses than any others I have tried. Lastly, if I don't have them pressed up against my face they ride up and down the bridge of my nose.

Bottom Line:   
Love the looks of the glasses, but, would recommend Smith's over the Oakley's.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Smith Buzzsaw, Smith Diablo, Smith Slider 01

Bike Setup:   N/A

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eric a Weekend Warrior from La Habra, Ca. USA

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2006

Strengths:    great eye protection
great looks
great optics


Weaknesses:    Only time they fog is when i stop riding.

Bottom Line:   
Love them I have had them 4 years silver frame with black iridium with silver lens. I have not had a single problem with them.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Bike Setup:   sugar 1

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2005

Strengths:    Light weight, great optics, good contrast, good in low light, cover eyes well

Weaknesses:    Legs don't fold, fog easily when grinding slowly up a fire road

Bottom Line:   
I bought these because the gold iridium lenses on my Juliets were too dark for riding in the shade and because the Juliets were frankly, kinda heavy. I originally planned to purchase some Half Jackets, but was put off by how weak and flimsy the hinges around the legs were (in fact, a friend of mine had just broken a pair the week before I bought these). I figured that these might be a little more durable than the Half Jackets because they don't have any hinges. These are my first pair of plastic framed Oakleys, but they look pretty bomb proof.

The G30 lenses really enhance contrast and can be used while riding in the shade. I found that the frames fit my face comfortably, and the glasses provide excellent eye coverage.

On the negative side, I found the glasses fog much more readily than my Juliets, which I think can be attributed to the fact that these glasses are pressed a bit closer to my face.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Oakley E-wires, Oakley Juliets

Bike Setup:   Turner RFX, Fox Talas 36RC/DHX air

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Racer from Kansas

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2005

Strengths:    The coolest looking sunglasses ever. Just they are Oakley makes them awesome. Never fog up but when they do just get moving and the defog in about 2 seconds. Gold Iridum lenses make things alot clearer.

Weaknesses:    When I get hammering hard and have to open my mouth wider for more air the nose pieces dig into my nose and it hurts and cant figure out how to fix it, Price, but that is all

Bottom Line:   
These sunglasses look very cool and are the best for racing. Not the most comfortable but maybe my skin on my nose will get used to it. ( Suggestions will help alot) Never budge out of place when riding even on bumpy roads.
Lenses are the best and people cant see my eyes. Just the best sunglasses ever.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $135.00

Purchased At:   Oakley Online

Similar Products Used:   Oakley M Frames Oakley Minute


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2005

Strengths:    Oakley name, Oakley reputation, Oakley durablity, Oakley styling, Oakley fit, Oakley function, Oakley cache!

Weaknesses:    Oakley, Sunglass Hut prices - yikes! $230/CAN non FMJ frame
My 1994 Raleigh Matterhorn MTB on sale was the same price.
The "O" on the sides of the black frames aren't in white.
The name "Oakley" is in tiny text across the nose bridge.


Bottom Line:   
Well, if you want to be in the Oakley "clique" then you need to pay the Oakley Lifetime Membership fee - yikes!
They cost $230 and my bike cost $2,800. Mine were bought in June 2001 after a 3 week trip to Florida in May 2001 where they were delivered to the store on the day of my departure (Sunglass Hut at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, Florida. My girlfriend and I went back in 2002, 2003 and laughed as they still were there. We're going back for the first 2 weeks of Oct.2005, maybe they'll still be there!).
Mine are the 2001 year model, black frames with gold iridium lenses, not FMJ & not polarized. The FMJ = Full Metal Jacket, a clear resin the frames are dipped in were another $30 + the polarized lenses are another $30 - dear god! The finish is excellent and fit is comfortable. They never slip out of place, never fog up, also I get alot of compliments on them. The vents are cool, functional and I'm told they make me look like I have bumble bee eyes.
Light weight, funky hingless design and no lens scratches either. On lightl/medium cloudy days I have to remind myself that it's not that dark out nor is it about to rain.
I too have used them to view the walking, jogging and cycling hunnies (as that's how I met my girlfriend). But, as 1x I nearly avoided a head-on collision with another cyclist("top-less" law for females in Toronto)I opted to keep my eyes on the road, hehe!
Bottom Line: Best sunglass purchase ever, You'll break the bank on it's purchase price but... I still get asked what make/model they are and people can't believe there hingless.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Sunglass Hut (Scarborough Town Centre)

Similar Products Used:   Ryders $23/CAN, Louis Garneau 3-Lens model $69/CAN.

Bike Setup:   2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk/stock - tires changed to slicks.
1996 GT Ricochet/stock - tires changed to slicks.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jim Clark a Downhiller from London, UK

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2004

Strengths:    Look great I suppose, but that's about it.

Weaknesses:    Uncomfortable. First pair broke, so not tough either. Worse of all (as I bought them for rain, low-light conditions) they steam up in seconds even when using Oakley anti-moisture solution. In town forget about wearing a mask - you'll be riding blind in these the first time you breath out. Just about okay on the trail, so long as you're not too hot. Start puffing a bit and they'll steam up. For the money, a real diappointment.

Bottom Line:   
Vastly over-priced, and not even as good as most cheap alternatives. Steer well clear.

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Favorite Trail:   Black ski runs at Lionhead, Co.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   Ten-Eighty, Norfolk, UK

Similar Products Used:   None, but love to hear form anyone with suggestions.

Bike Setup:   In town a hand-built no-name courier effort. Single gear, 7005 alloy frame, 26" runners. On the trail a Scott G-Zero with Hope Minis.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dr. Bunsen Honeydew a Cross Country Rider from US of A

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2004

Strengths:    These sunglasses are sick! They draw on-lookers, and comments from other cyclists. Helps, too, that USPS George Hincapie wears them..... Fot this reason, these sunglasses signify pro status from other cyclists. Do not buy them cause you wanna be a poser and wear what the pros wear, but buy them 'cause you need them! 'Cause you're a kickin' cyclist yourself!

Weaknesses:    These sunglasses suck for privacy. Can't stare at the buns of honey's 'cause in sunlight, they show your eyes up to 15 feet. VERY EXPENSIVE. (Better wait 'till you're good and get Oakley wanting to sponsor you.....)

Bottom Line:   
Like they claim, and everybody says, these sunglasses are very good cycling sunglasses. BUT they do not conceal your eyes. For some reason, my blue iridium pair will not hide my eyes as blue iridium eye jackets, or e-wires sunglasses do.
The only gripe is that the blue iridium coating does not conceal your eyes from staring like other people. (If i want to be a perv, that's my business.) Other than that, they are above all the rest. They capture awes and attention from other cyclists, and pedestrians. Not many other sunglasses will do that.

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Favorite Trail:   Heaven n' Earth

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Oakly Frogskins, Oakley Sub Zeros (stolen), Ray Ban Predators.

Bike Setup:   Nothing special.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim S a Cross Country Rider from LaGrange, KY USA

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2004

Strengths:    no fogging, no slipping, lenses not to dark not to light, great shape

Weaknesses:    not prescription

Bottom Line:   
First of all they look great and happen to fit my melon perfectly. After that, the nose and earpiece rubber as well as the great fit prevent these glasses from slipping. I got the grey frames with vented G30 lenses (which oddly enough aren't available anymore and some of Oakley's customer service folks deny they were ever made). Anyway, the G30 lenses are great because the tint is enough to give your eyes a break in the bright sun but light enough to allow you to leave the glasses on when you get under the shade of the woods of if your out on the road at dusk.

A bit expensive but worth it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   mountain and road bike

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by JBB a Weekend Warrior from Albany, NY

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2003

Strengths:    Oakely Quality

Weaknesses:    The vents don't actually work, so now you are stuck with a pair of hingeless shades that you can't wear in public, because they are so far out there, and you can't wear them riding because they steam up faster a porno movie

Bottom Line:   
I wouldn't waste your money on this one... over priced and out-there design... If you can't ride unless you are wearing oakley's, ger the M Frames...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $130.00

Similar Products Used:   Scott USA - Alpha (the best sport glasses I've ever owned)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nicola a Cross Country Rider from italy

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2003

Strengths:    look, finish, anti-fog system in frame and optics

Weaknesses:    only the price but they are oakley

Bottom Line:   
This is my second pair of racing jacket; first one is jet black with gold iridium lenses; the new one is dark grey/g3o vented lenses for flat light...it's definitely the best eyewear for racing bikes...no fog; look cool; stay in place; optimum vision...in a word oakley!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   issimo sport-Padova (italy)

Similar Products Used:   only oakley: m-frame; juliet and straight jacket.

Bike Setup:   dbr axis tt titanium frame; sdg; king ahead set; mavic crossmax sl ust disc; formula b4 sl brakes; xtr components with fsa carbon pro crankset; thomson stem+seatpost; easton ec 70 bar; michelin wildgripper comp s light tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:1
Submitted by George a Weekend Warrior from Lufkin, TX (USA)

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2003

Strengths:    Style and looks, performance. Great in mountain biking or snow skiing.

Weaknesses:    Retail cost is too damned much. Styling is too radical for every day wear. Target Market is obviously very narrow = competitive athletes only.

Bottom Line:   
These glasses will make you look totally awesome. Even though I am not extremely fast, these glasses make me look fast. Any goober would know not to wear these for running or for every day wear cause they are just too radical. As far as performance, these vent about as well as my MFrames which is to say that after I've broken a sweat, they fog up if I don't keep forward momentum to keep air ventillating through. That's certainly no worse than other glasses and the others don't look nearly as good. The price new ($130 or so) is way expensive, and in my opinion not worth the money. Go to eBay and get them for a deep discount - you'll always find a good deal there.

NOTES ON RATING: Value: 1 flamin chili cause the retail price is stupidly high. Overall Rating: 5 flamin chilis cause they look great and perform great.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I'm ridin' baby!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $96.00

Purchased At:   eBay - the best deal around!

Similar Products Used:   Oakley M-Frames, Oakley Square Wires, Oakley E Wires, Oakley X-Metals. Ray Bans (Gay Bans!)

Bike Setup:   '03 model Trek 8000 with several tweaks.

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