Oakley Flight Path XL Goggles | Review

If you’re a speed demon who wants to see the whole picture, get the Flight Path XL on your face

Why We Chose The Oakley Flight Path XL Goggles: Wide FOV, great lens clarity, and properly performance-focused.

Price: £177


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. 

Speaking of seeing stuff better, Oakley’s Prizm Lens Tech has been engineered in such a way that it enhances how you see contrast on the mountain in a variety of snow and light conditions. What this means, when you’re sliding about on the white stuff, is that you’ll be better equipped to read the snow and react accordingly. If you’ve ever suffered badly from eye strain after a number of consecutive stinky weather days up on the hill, this technology might be of some use. 

“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”

What else? Well, the goggles are vented for a start. They also have an anti-fog coating to keep your vision clear, and triple-layer face foam for superior all-day comfort.


The sheer level of vision offered by the Oakley Flight Path XL, and its wide FOV, is genuinely really impressive. Offering excellent clarity in a comfortable, high performance, package – if you’re serious about gunning for top speeds on the black runs, this goggle might just be the one for you. It won’t turn you into Hermann Maier or Lindsey Vonn overnight but, all things considered, it’s not a bad place to start.

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