Why We Chose The Oakley Flight Path XL Goggles: Wide FOV, great lens clarity, and properly performance-focused.
When it comes to making goggles, Oakley are what we’d call big time. They know what skiers want from a goggle, they know what skiers want but don’t yet know they want from a goggle, and they know, perhaps most importantly of all, precisely how to give it to them.
Designed in collaboration with Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the Flight Path XL Goggle has been made for the Nobby No-Fears of this world who live for charging hard down the hill at a speed we like to call “face-meltingly fast.”
By leaning on the expertise of your champ from Bærum (aka AAK himself), Oakley has soaked up some properly elite-level knowledge and repurposed it via the feedback loop into a quality ski goggle.
Let’s dive into the details now, and discuss what makes this specialist racing goggle so special.
At its heart, this goggle is fundamentally all about enhancing the skier’s field of view (FOV). The goggle has a design that’s free of view-blocking rims and, thanks to the clever Ridgelock EV Lens System (which makes changing lenses a piece of p*ss), is ideally suited to skiers who want to get fully tucked into an aggressive ski position without losing any of their upper peripherals. All good goggles let you see the mountain but with these things on your face it’ll feel like you can see more of it. That’s the theory at least.