Angles. It's all about the angles. The Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Iridium takes the same exact frame as the Flak Jacket, but has a slightly larger, more squared-off XLJ lens. So you get all the same features, only with a little more coverage for larger faces.
As with the standard Flak Jacket, the XLJ is all about sport, and it's all about lifestyle. It looks and works just right whether you're groveling in your drops or kicking back with a cold one. This kind of multi-purpose use is appealing for the simplicity it affords.
The Flak Jacket has an O Matter frame for lightweight, durability, and comfort, and the Unobtanium nose piece and ear socks help make the three-point fit as secure as wearing full-face goggles. High Definition Optics on Plutonite lenses offer great clarity, and to keep them that way, Oakley coats the lenses with a hydrophobic and oleophobic solution. These are features on all of Oakley's sport glasses; they haven't skimped just because the look here is fashionable. And being both sporty and fashionable is what the Flak Jacket is about.
The Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Iridium comes in a Matte White frame with Jade Iridium lenses. Jade has a neutral green base with a mirror coating for sunny days; it allows 17% light transmission. 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.
Oakley FLAK JACKET XLJ Sunglasses.
Sport professionals demand nothing less than the best, and we’ve answered their challenge for decades. World-class athletes have driven us to create innovation after innovation, including interchangeable lens designs with unbeatable optical clarity. FLAK JACKET takes that to the next level with the latest in performance technology.
MAINTAINS SHARP, CLEAR VISION
FLAK JACKET features Oakley HYDROPHOBIC™, a permanent lens coating that prevents rain and sweat from building up on the lens. It also repels skin oils and other contaminates, so the lens is smudge resistant and easy to keep clean. It even eliminates static electricity, so dirt and dust particles won’t cling.
STAYS AHEAD OF THE SUN
FLAK JACKET lets you change lenses in seconds to optimize vision in any sport environment. Multiple lens colors are available, and all lenses feature the unbeatable clarity of Oakley’s HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS® (HDO®).
OFFERS A SECURE, CUSTOM FIT
Choose the nose pads that give you the best fit — two sizes are included with every frame. Like the stem sleeves, they’re made of UNOBTAINIUM® to increase grip with perspiration. Oakley’s Three-Point Fit optimizes comfort and holds the lenses in precise optical alignment for superior clarity.
OPTIMIZES COMFORT, PROTECTION AND CLARITY
FLAK JACKET is made of lightweight O MATTER® for all-day comfort. Pure PLUTONITE® lens material filters out 100% of all UV, and FLAK JACKET meets ANSI Z87.1 standards for impact protection. The semi-rimless design means there’s no frame rim to block downward view. Optical clarity exceeds ANSI Z87.1 standards, and XYZ OPTICS® extends razor-sharp vision all the way to the lens periphery.
Interchangeable lenses to optimize performance in any environment.
Durability and all-day comfort of lightweight, stress-resistant O MATTER® frame material.
Optimized peripheral vision and side protection of 8.75 base lens curvature.
Comes standard with Oakley HYDROPHOBIC™/Oleophobic anti-smudge lens coating on all lens options.
Comfort and performance of Three-Point Fit that holds lenses in precise optical alignment.
Metal icon accents.
Optical precision and performance that meets ANSI Z87.1 standards.
Impact resistance that meets ANSI Z87.1 standards for high-mass and high-velocity impact.
UV protection of PLUTONITE® lens that filters out 100% of UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light up to 400 nm.
Glare reduction and tuned light transmission of IRIDIUM® lens coating.
Multiple interchangeable UNOBTAINIUM® nose pad options for customizable and comfortable secure fit.
Protective sports-specific Oakley Soft Vault included with capacity for extra lenses.
Available with Oakley Prescription Lenses (+2.00 through -3.00 combined power)
Prescription Range: +2.00 to -3.00 with cylinder up to -3.00.
PD Min: 30
|Frame:||O Matter® frame material|
|Interchangeable Lens:||yes, not included|
|Prescription Range:||+2.00 to -3.00 with cylinder up to -3.00|
|Recommended Use:||sports, driving|
|UV Protection:||UV protection of Plutonite® lens that filters out 100% of UVA / UVB / UVC & harmful blue light up to 400 nm|
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|Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ - MLB||$170.00|
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I have never been able to keep a pair of sunglasses in good shape until I bought the Flak Jackets! They are performance type of sunglasses, that still look stylish and look good on either men or women. I purchased mine from an actual Oakley store, which gave me the option to customize them exactly how I wanted them, and save a little bit of money on a second pair of lenses. I ended up getting the black frame with the positive red iridium as well as the G30 iridium lenses. I wear contacts and my eyes are very sensitive to light, so having a pair of lenses that lets enough light in while still shading the bright light was my goal. I was also having a hard time when riding my bike in a wooded area, as I could not see the path well enough to avoid any debris that I might encounter. My goal is to use the G30s for biking, however I am waiting for spring to actually see how well they do. I have used both lenses for hiking and both work out great. The contrast lenses make all of the difference! The lenses are a little difficult to change at first, however the more you do it, the easier it gets. I recommend having a clerk at the store show you how to do it, or look for some how-to videos on YouTube. They also come with a really nice case to store them in, as well as hold two additional pairs of lenses. I think that this is the key to keeping them in great shape. They are either on my head or in the case...they rarely ever touch a table or car seat because I am paranoid about losing or breaking them! BTW, I first looked at these at Sunglass Hut before purchasing them and the clerk did not want to show me how to change the lenses because it was too difficult for him. I'll drive the extra hour out of my way to go back to the Oakley store next time I want new sunglasses!
NOTE: If you intend to wear these glasses for driving, be aware that due to the width of the temple on the frames, they will create a blind spot while driving! This shouldn't deter you from considering them, however you should be aware of it. I am careful to turn my body more when changing lanes, etc. when wearing these, and so far that has been good enough!
It's with good reason you can find the Flak Jacket in the peloton up on the Col du Tourmalet, as well as perched atop foreheads in the Whole Foods produce section. It's rare enough that a frame offers a universal fit and style (sporty, without being overly aggressive) with enough engineering to satisfy the needs of a pro cyclist just as much as a pro dog walker, but the Flak Jackets deliver. They don't feel overly sporty, nor do they underperform, ensuring they're never out of place in any activity - already an easy mainstay in my collection.
* while all Flak Jacket frames are the same size (with exception to the "asian fit"), the XLJ lenses feature a slightly wider lens profile
* granted, this is an interchangeable lens system, but it's much trickier than the PIVLock or Interlock systems from Smith, or the vastly superior Switchlock tech found in the Oakley Jawbones
These are great. They are my favorite pair of sunglasses. The optics are Oakley's typical great quality. These fit my face really well and stay on top of my head while in doors or not wearing them. I sometimes forget that they are up there. I custom designed them on Oakley's website with the Ice Iridium lenses. These are not polarized but with the Iridium coating, they reduce glare pretty well and are great in bright light conditions. The lenses are pretty easy to swap out and change. These are awesome shades for athletic pursuits!
I got my first pair of Flak Jackets as a door prize gift and loved them! They fit my face well and look good! I bought another pair a year later because my lenses got all scratched up from taking them through canyons. I would use the old pair for canyoneering and the new pair for driving and day use. They were so stylish that 2 of my friends also bought them! I will definitely buy another pair when the time comes to replace the ones I have now!
I have the black iridium and I love them. They don't cut glare as well as polarized lenses, but the clarity is amazing. I dropped them and put an idiot scratch in the corner of the lens, but I don't notice it when I'm wearing them. I'm going to fix that when I'm ready to order prescription lenses, since age is attacking my eyesight. They don't slip when I'm sweaty, which is a huge plus.
Love 'em. This is my second pair of Flak Jackets. The only reason I bought a second pair is because I lost the first ones. This is my first experience with the XLJ lenses and for me they are a big improvement. I guess I have a big head. Field of view with these lenses in physical activity is improved and vision clarity is unbelievable.
These are the first and only sunglassed I can golf in...others move, streak, or don't cover the full visual field. FYI golfers, my wife is an eye doctor and was busting my balls about macular degeneration (risk factor, not cause) and cataract risks from sun exposure...esp if you have light colored eyes..wear them or learn to wear them. I got the transitions g40 lenses. Perfect!