Way back in 2014, Oakley first introduced the Flight Deck goggle with the new PRIZM lens, and it was phenomenal. Now, three years later, a new model has been introduced, and I managed to get my hands on a pair to test on the slopes.
Inspired by fighter pilot visors, the Flight Deck goggles have a very distinctive look to them, which personally I think works particularly well for ski goggles. The design is not all for show however, with the shape and styling designed specifically to give the user the widest possible FOV (field of view).
The goggles deliver hugely in this regard, giving you a FOV that beats any frames I’ve ever worn, and I’ve tried out a lot of different pairs. Despite the oversized style of the frames, they actually sit very comfortably, and I couldn’t find a single helmet they didn’t work perfectly with.
As you would expect from Oakley, the goggles are comfortable, solid and deliver excellent anti-fogging and ventilation – in fact, I didn’t experience fogging once during my week-long run with the Flight Deck goggles.
But it’s the lenses where these Oakley goggles really come into their own. Boasting their much talked about PRIZM technology, the lenses work by boosting specific colour wavelengths to improve contrast and enhance details and contours, giving you unrivalled detail and peripheral vision, as well as superb visual clarity.
I can’t quite describe just how clear these lenses are, and how much of a pleasure they make taking to the slopes. I had no glare to deal with whatsoever, and the view was so good that you really do notice the difference when you put on another pair of goggles. I hate being without goggles fitted with the PRIZM technology now, they really are that good.
So good in fact, that with my Torch Iridium PRIZM lenses I didn’t feel the need to swap lenses once during my whole trip, which does mean I didn’t get to properly try out the Ridgelock lens-change system fitted to the Flight Deck goggles.
There was nothing I didn’t like about these goggles, from the styling to the unmatched quality of the lenses, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone heading to the slopes this winter.