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First Look: Mikaela Shiffrin Signature Series Flight Deck Goggles

Oakley’s all-new athlete-influenced goggles make seeing at high speeds easier than ever

When you’re one of the fastest women on skis, as Mikaela Shiffrin is, you wind up in some exciting locales. It was in Levi, Finland, in 2019 that she captured her 41st slalom gold to become the winningest slalom skier in the history of the sport. With that victory came a distinctive prize: a live reindeer—the fourth, in fact, that Shiffrin has won there during her unparalleled career. That animal, named Ingemar, for Ingemar Stenmark, the Swede whose career record for slalom victories she broke, lives on a ranch in Finland with her other trophy deer, Rudolph, Sven, and Mr. Gru. (She named the new herdmate with Stenmark’s blessing, naturally.)

In her collaboration with Oakley for her signature line of goggles, it’s no surprise that the champion was inspired by the northern lights of her Arctic adventures. At first glance, the electric green and vibrant blues-into-pinky-purples of Oakley’s new Flight Deck M Mikaela Shiffrin Signature Series Snow Goggles give off full-blown aurora borealis vibes. The goggles also radiate a love for sheer speed. The curves of the rimless design recall the visors of fighter pilots’ helmets, with a broad field of vision that lets you soak up wide vistas—and avoid surprises from other boarders and skiers—as you bomb down the slopes.

Mikaela Shiffrin Signature Series Flight Deck Goggles
Mikaela Shiffrin Signature Series Flight Deck Goggles (Photo: Oakley)

When you carve up mountains well below the Arctic Circle (perhaps even in Shiffrin’s native Colorado), you’ll appreciate the popping contrast you get from Oakley’s Prizm Lens Technology. Speed and snow mix only when you can see, after all, and the Prizm Jade Iridium lenses in Shiffrin’s Flight Deck work in the widest range of visibility conditions, from strong midday glare to overcast to light storms. Prizm Lens goggles filter out glare and highlight contrasts in light wavelengths specific to an athlete’s sport. In the snow, ruts and contours that are almost invisible to the naked eye pop in rich, dark hues. Whether you’re cruising dreamily through a sunny backcountry glade or chasing a personal record down your favorite moguls when it’s cloudy, Prizm Jade Iridium technology keeps you moving safely through the terrain at whatever velocity you and gravity agree upon.

Other design details keep your eyes and face comfortable from first tracks to après. The build is compatible with (most) prescription glasses, for one, and you can expect those to stay fog-free thanks to the triple-layer foam that wicks away water and sweat. As the weather changes, Oakley’s Ridgelock Technology lets you swiftly swap out lenses without risk of debris or moisture creeping in around the edges. The Flight Deck comes with just the one lens, but a real gearhead could bring more types of lenses to swap in (which you might want to do if the weather changes drastically during the day). If those evolving conditions happen to include an aurora borealis sighting, then good on you. It’s perfectly fine to slow down for once, remove your goggles, and stare.


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