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.
Strengths: blocks light, transition's work very well, tint color is perfect for varied conditions
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
Bike Setup: Titus Moto-Lite with all the bells and whistles
a Cross Country Rider
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.
Love the looks of the glasses, but, would recommend Smith's over the Oakley's.
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
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.
Similar Products Used: Oakley E-wires, Oakley Juliets
Bike Setup: Turner RFX, Fox Talas 36RC/DHX air
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vastly over-priced, and not even as good as most cheap alternatives. Steer well clear.
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.
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.....)
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.
Similar Products Used: Oakly Frogskins, Oakley Sub Zeros (stolen), Ray Ban Predators.
Bike Setup: Nothing special.
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
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 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
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...
Similar Products Used: Scott USA - Alpha (the best sport glasses I've ever owned)
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2003
Strengths: look, finish, anti-fog system in frame and optics
Weaknesses: only the price but they are oakley
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
a Cross Country Rider
from Albany, NY
Date Reviewed: July 22, 2003
Strengths: Innovative? (New idea w/ the vents) Strong Great optics (but that's Oakley for you) Full protection of eye Horizontal vision is unobstructed
Weaknesses: They don't vent like everyone claimes they do Thick frames interfere with vertical vision (but that's why they are so strong) Cost (but that's Oakley for you) Non-irdium lens still scratch easily
Pretty cool looking if you are on a bike, skies, etc... other wise if you use them around town you probally shouldn't have bought such expensive glasses, and should have bought two for half the price. a bit too pricy for technology that dosen't work. If you buy them, get them on ebay or the like. Vents really don't work when you really need them... flying down a hill you are not sweating all that bad (just about any glasses dfog then), but the grind uphill, you aren't moving fast to get the vents working, and they fogg all up on you. I have a really hard time keeping any glasses fog free once they hazed out, of course I sweat like a b!+ch... So I guess that they worked better tham many other pairs of oakleys I've tried, but i think I still preferr the Scott USA alpha's better... and they were a lot cheper.
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