Oakley Flight Tracker XM Goggles | Review

If you live for the big send, you’ll love what these airtime specials can bring to your skiing

Why We Chose The Oakley Flight Tracker XM: Enhanced FOV in the lower corners, superb clarity, an evolution of the Canopy goggle.

Price: £142


Unlike the Oakley Flight Path, which was designed with racing in mind, the Oakley Flight Tracker has been created with more of a freeride-skiing focus. Different strokes for different folks and all that, both great items though and well worthy of their inclusion in our Ski 100.

The Flight Tracker is seen by Oakley as an evolution of their Canopy goggle, a progression of a popular goggle and one that offers an enhanced FOV thanks to its pulled down lower corners. Whereas the Flight Path is more about improving things in the skier’s upper field of view, to allow for a tucked in racing position, the Flight Tracker improves things down below to help the everyday snow slider look down and, if they’re at that level, spot landings when up in the air.


Feel like we’ve already told you a lot about these goggles in the introduction but, wait one second, there’s more to discuss. The Oakley Flight Tracker comes in three sizes whereas the Oakley Flight Path currently, at the time of writing, comes in just the one size. The Flight Tracker we’ve included here is the XM – designed for, you guessed it, medium-sized faces.

Whereas the Flight Path utilises the Ridgelock EV Lens System, the Flight Tracker utilises Oakley’s always solid if slightly less spectacular key-way system. Although much improved, it’s admittedly not the fastest system for swapping out lenses (the lens slots into the channels running along the inside of the frame). However, with Oakley’s Prizm lens technology enhancing how you see contrast on the mountain you shouldn’t need to swap lenses as much as you might think – even when the clouds start rolling in like an ominous medieval warning. 

The F3 anti-fog lens coating helps to keep your vision clear while the Iridium on the outer lens reduces glare from sun and snow. The lens is also cut thicker over the centre, thinning out towards the edge. This is called High Definition Optics (HDO) and helps eliminate distortion.

“If you’re all about sending it to the moon, and generally hucking off stuff, we’d say you’re better off with the Flight Tracker”

The 40mm silicone backed straps will keep the goggle securely in place, even when it’s being plonked over a shiny helmet, while the trip-layer layer foam will keep things comfortable around the eyes from day’s beginning to day’s end. 

These things are also compatible with most prescription eyewear. Great news for all the Harry Potter shredders out there – big up yourself, the boy who lived. 


You can’t go wrong with a pair of Oakley goggles. Subtle, yet noticeable, differences between the Flight Tracker and Flight Path though mean that you should make your pick based on what kind of skier you see yourself as. If you’re all about sending it to the moon, and generally hucking off stuff, we’d say you’re better off with the Flight Tracker. If you’re more about charging as hard and as fast as you can, in a tucked-in ski racer pose, you should go with the Flight Path.

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