Oakley Flight Deck XM Prizm Goggles | Product Review

Oakley Flight Deck Goggles

Before we begin let me tell you about my previous ski-goggle situation. I was 14, they were pink, it was meant to be. Fast forward over a decade and I’m still trying to rock those bad boys. You can imagine. The pink has faded, my face is squashed, I’m practically boarding blind due to condensation. They were well passed their use by date so I decided it was time for a new pair, it was time for a pair of Oakley Flight Deck goggles. I definitely bought them for their looks but blimey they don’t disappoint.

Appearance & Specs

I like that they don’t have a frame and figured they would fit my helmet as Oakley subtly hinted they would ‘fit most helmets’. They tell it how it is as I had no issues with my Salomon helmet and my forehead, which had previously been subject to the freezing mountain air due to ‘gaper gap’, was well and truly covered. The padding on the inside makes them extremely comfortable which was a welcome bonus. Here are the detes:

  • Width: 3.75″
  • Height: 7.15″
  • Colour: Rose Sapphire
  • Lens Colour: Prizm Snow Sapphire Iridium
  • UV Protection: 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Price: £130 – I picked them up from The Optic Shop.
  • Interchangeable Lens: Yep
  • Colour Options: There seem to be loads!

The Prizm Lens

Oakley Flight Deck Goggles Lens

What Oakley are most proud of is their Prizm lens. A lens to beat all other lenses. My main issue with mini-me’s goggles was as soon as I was boarding in conditions other than ‘blue bird’ I couldn’t see diddly squat. This lens promised me colours, it promised me peripheral vision and it promised me clarity. For someone who was used to seeing only the end of their board in cloudy weather, these goggles were revolutionary. They genuinely gave clearer vision in poor conditions: I could see the moguls, I could see the trees, I could see the individual snowflakes falling. It was dreamy.

Another treat, Oakley states the Prizm lens has an F3 anti-fog coating which roughly translates to ‘we promise your goggles won’t steam up’. The ultimate test is of course ‘The Bandana Test’ aka tucking the top of your bandana under your goggles to see if condensation is carried up onto the inside of your lens. To be honest, these goggles steamed up a little but it disappeared instantaneously and was never seen again. As you can imagine, this was a whole new world for me. 100 points go to Oakley for being such geniuses.

What Oakley Thinks About The Flight Deck Goggles

Oakley describes the goggles as follows:

‘Unrivalled field of view in a more compact mid-sized fit.’

The key features they promote on their site:

  • Optically correct rimless lens design with F3 Anti-fog coating
  • Discreet frame notches at temple for compatibility with most RX eyewear frames
  • Lens sub-frame attachment for fast and easy lens changing
  • Injection Molded Polycarbonate under extreme pressure to create a precise contour of optically correct geometry
  • Rigid lens carrier with flexible O Matter faceplate
  • Fits most helmet

What they say about their Prizm lens:

‘Prizm is a revolution in lens optics built on decades of colour science research. Prizm lenses provide unprecedented control of light transmission resulting in colours precisely tuned to maximise contrast and enhance visibility.’

You can read more about the goggles on the Oakley website.

Verdict

They basically couldn’t let me down based on what I was upgrading from. Yes, they are expensive, they are Oakleys, but at the end of the day if you’re looking for fog-free goggles that give enhanced vision and have a tonne of personality it’d be tough to beat these.

(Image Source: Oakley UK)