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Oakley Flak Jackets - red eyes

Old 08-01-11, 09:27 PM
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Oakley Flak Jackets - red eyes

So I recently got Oakley Flak Jackets and I have finally done a 100km ride with them. So after my ride, my eyes are still red. It's not bloodshot red like before (when I didn't have any glasses) but the thing is, every time I hit a bump or something, the glasses get knocked down a bit and the top layer of my eyes get exposed. And when I am in the drops and trying to look straight, the top section of my eyes are exposed.

So I am asking, should I return the Flaks and upgrade to the jawbones or radar paths? I really do like the flak jackets (aesthetic wise) cause I can walk around campus without feeling out of place. And I'll also have to spend another $80 for the upgrade, which I am hesitant to spend when school is approaching and i'll need to buy textbooks.
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Old 08-03-11, 11:30 PM
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look into the asian fit flak jacket. im sure that will fix your problem.
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Old 08-03-11, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by vip3r View Post
look into the asian fit flak jacket. im sure that will fix your problem.
What is different about the asian fit glasses?
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Old 08-04-11, 12:18 AM
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What is different about the asian fit glasses?
Mostly the nose piece is smaller. My Jawbones came with two nose pieces that are interchangeable. You might just be able to change the nose piecse on the flak jackets as well.
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Old 08-04-11, 12:47 AM
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http://www.oakley.com/asian-fit
-nose bridge is narrower
-nose piece extends further out
-curvature is flatter

Some people may have a smaller nose and does not stick out as much so asian fit would be a better choice. Another thing is that when you smile, your cheeks do not touch the lense. Moving out of place when your cheeks touch gets annoying. BTW, it comes with a short and long nose piece.
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I have the Flak Jackets and love them but I found that they werent giving me enough coverage therefore ending up with red eyes. I bought the Radar Paths for riding and they're the best fit and size.

Perhaps the Asian fit would help as recommended for the slippage issue but I think the lens size is a tad too small for regular riding.
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Old 08-04-11, 01:02 AM
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you need to buy a pair of sunglasses that actually fit you. fashion sunglasses are one thing, but sport sunglasses should be functional
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Old 08-04-11, 06:08 AM
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Had the Flak Jackets and used them for a year. They were good, but def. didn't give the best coverage. Got the Jawbones, and really does make a huge difference. Also didn't realize how much my field of vision was impared by the Flaks vs. Jawbones.
Really all what fits your face though...
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Old 08-04-11, 10:10 AM
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I'm wearing the new Fast Jacket and I really like them a lot. I need some clear lenses for really early morning and night riding, though.

However as a new model I don't think they have the asian fit and they definitely don't have all the color / customizations that the older models do. I have a big ol' melon and they fit me great, with very good lens coverage without a lower frame. I like that.. good visibility.
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Old 08-04-11, 10:25 AM
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Sounds more like a dehydration problem than eyewear. Try some lubricating eye drops before your next ride and make sure you hydrate.
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Old 08-07-11, 01:56 PM
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I'm wearing the new Fast Jacket and I really like them a lot. I need some clear lenses for really early morning and night riding, though.

However as a new model I don't think they have the asian fit and they definitely don't have all the color / customizations that the older models do. I have a big ol' melon and they fit me great, with very good lens coverage without a lower frame. I like that.. good visibility.
if you've worn/owned a pair of the jawbones, how would you compare the fast jackets to em?
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Old 08-07-11, 03:17 PM
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fast jacket is lighter and better visibility due to the half frame. the lenses are easier to swap as well. however, I wouldn't upgrade if you have new-ish jawbones.
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Thanks for the feedbacks guys. I think i'll upgrade to the jawbones or the radars. I did look at the fast jackets while shopping and to me they were almost identical to the flak jackets, but with slightly bigger lenses and a locking system which allows lens swapping to be more convenient. I didn't care too much about the locking system, but I think the the lenses were big enough to touch my cheeks, which I wasn't too fond of. Well good thing Oakley has a 30 days return policy, and I hope they won't be giving me any grief. Does anybody know how much is there restocking fees?

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Good luck with your next purchase. I have both Jawbones and Radars. I slightly prefer the Radar since they're a little bigger and the bottom frame doesn't block your visionat any time.
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I too have the Flak Jackets, and also upgraded from nothing. The redness in my eyes subsided significantly going from no glasses to at least having something in the way. I still got red eyes for the first few days until my eyes were used to wind rushing past. If you're only a few days into these glasses I would give them more time to see if your eyes adjust.

I think I will look into getting the jawbones simply for the vented lenses. I tried the Radars and Jawbones and didn't like how the Radars sat on my face. YMMV
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