Pilots can’t go wrong with a good pair of Oakley sunglasses, but it’s important that the sunglasses be non-polarized, are comfortable to wear at all times, including when wearing an aviation headset, and screen just the right amount of light to ensure safety while flying.

Here are 5 pairs of Oakley sunglasses that tick all these boxes.

Note: Also check out our best sunglasses for pilots article.

Best Oakley Sunglasses for Pilots

Oakley Frogskins

Oakley Frogskins SunglassesOakley Frogskins were first seen in the ’80s and became somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon.

Thankfully, Oakley had the good sense to recently resurrect the original Frogskins, which is just as well for pilots who can’t get enough of that retro and classic look.

Updated for modern sensibilities, the Frogskins Lite Sunglasses that feature a semi-rimless frame is another option to consider.

Oakley Fuel Cell

Oakley Fuel Cell SunglassesNo sunglasses manufacturer is able to design wraparound sunglasses quite like Oakley.

The Oakley Fuel Cell takes full advantage of their wide lenses to give you unmatched peripheral coverage while maximizing your field of view.

Made of lightweight and stress-resistant material, the frame is both durable and comfortable, especially when wearing an aviation headset for extended periods.

Oakley Holbrook

Oakley HolbrookThe Oakley Holbrook sunglasses take their inspiration from the 1940s and 50s stars of the screen.

Despite their timeless design, pilots will appreciate the Prizm lenses that enhance color, contrast, and detail.

11 percent light transmission is allowed through, making the Holbrook sunglasses perfect for those extra-bright days.

Oakley Crosshair

Oakley CrosshairIf the classic aviator sunglasses shape is more to your style, the Oakley Crosshair is the right choice.

These sunglasses feature Oakley’s thinnest yet most durable frame yet. If you’ve previously struggled to find a pair of sunglasses that are comfortable to wear at all times, you can’t go wrong with the Oakley Crosshair.

Oakley Flak 2.0

Oakley Flak 2.0Another pair of wraparound sunglasses from Oakley to consider is the Flak 2.0.

Besides their increased lens coverage for better peripheral vision, what pilots will really appreciate are the sunglasses’ lightweight and thin frame for a more comfortable fit.

Things to Consider When Buying Oakley Sunglasses for Flying

  • Polarized vs. Non-Polarized Lenses

It’s key that pilots only buy Oakley sunglasses that use non-polarized lenses.

While pilots can wear polarized sunglasses, it’s not recommended.

Due to the presence of anti-glare cockpit instruments, polarized lenses filter out too much glare, making them unsuitable. Spotting other aircraft also becomes more difficult with polarized lenses, as the light reflecting off aircraft becomes harder to see.

  • Thickness of Frame

It’s a good idea not to opt for frames that are overly thick. In some cases, wearing an aviation headset for long periods of time can then become uncomfortable.

  • Fit

The fit should always be excellent at all times. Not just for comfort purposes, but also so turbulence does not displace the sunglasses.

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