Oakley are an industry-leader in the snow goggle market, with loads of different models available to suit different requirements and face sizes. In this article I’ll be directly comparing two of their most popular goggles, the Flight Deck and the Fall Line.
Here’s a quick summary of the differences to get us started…
Oakley Flight Deck goggles have spherical lenses which produce less glare and distortion in the periphery compared to Oakley Fall Line goggles which have cylindrical lenses. Fall Line goggles have a larger fit compared to Flight Deck goggles and are available in a few more colorways.
|Oakley Flight Deck||Oakley Fall Line|
|Spherical lens shape||Cylindrical lens shape|
|Medium size is 17 x 9.5 cm||Medium size is 18 x 10.5 cm|
|Large size is 17.5 x 10.5 cm||Large size is 19 x 11.5 cm|
|17 colorways||20 colorways|
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The main difference between the Flight Deck and Fall Line goggles is the lens shape.
- Flight Deck = spherical lenses
- Fall Line = cylindrical lenses
Cylindrical lenses curve horizontally (from ear to ear), whereas spherical lenses curve both horizontally and vertically (from forehead to nose) to form a bubble, with the idea being that it more closely matches the shape of the eye.
|Cylindrical Goggle Lenses||Spherical Goggle Lenses|
|Less surface area||More surface area|
|More glare||Less glare|
|More distortion in the peripheral view||Less distortion in the peripheral view|
It’s really a personally preference as to which you prefer.
If you’re looking for more information on the pros and cons, check out my comparison between cylindrical and spherical lenses.
Size and Fit
Both Flight Deck and Fall Line goggles are available in medium and large sizes. Unfortunately, neither are available in “small”, so if you have a smaller face then you may want to look at alternatives such as the Line Miner S and Flight Tracker S.
Previously, the Flight Deck and Fall Line “large size” was denoted by the “XL” at the end of the product name. However, this has now been changed to just “L” at the end of the name, but these are the same size as the goggles formally named “XL” .
Although the Flight Deck and Fall Line goggles are both available in medium and large sizes, they are not exactly the same size as each other. The Oakley Fall Line goggles are larger than the Flight Deck goggles so feel a bit bigger on the face. Here are the dimensions.
|Goggle Size||Flight Deck||Fall Line|
|L (Large)||17.5 cm x 10.5 cm||19 cm x 11.5 cm|
|M (Medium)||17 cm x 9.5 cm||18 cm x 10.5 cm|
As you can see from the dimensions, the Flight Deck “large” size actually is narrower than the Fall Line “medium” size.
Personally, I’d recommend the Fall Line L for men with larger faces, and the Fall Line M for most men or women with larger faces. For women with smaller/ average faces, even the Fall Line M goggles can feel a bit too large. In which case, you’d be better off with the Flight Deck M instead.
The Flight Deck L should fit most male faces, whereas the Flight Deck M should be suitable for most female faces, or males with smaller faces.
There are a few more color options available in the Fall Line range compared to the Flight Deck range:
- Fall Line L: 17 color options
- Fall Line M: 16 color options
- Flight Deck L: 20 color options
- Flight Deck M: 18 color options
Here is a table showing all the colorways available in the large sizes of both goggles.
Confused about the lens options? Check out my complete guide to Oakley Prizm Lenses for everything you need to know.
|Colourway||Flight Deck||Fall Line|
|Matte Black Strap + Snow Rose Lens||✓||✕|
|Matte Black Strap + Snow Persimmon Lens||✓||✓|
|Matte Black Strap + Snow Jade Iridium Lens||✓||✓|
|Matte Black Strap + Snow Clear Lens||✓||✓|
|Matte Black Strap + Snow Garnet Lens||✓||✓|
|Matte Black Strap + Rose Gold Iridium Lens||✓||✓|
|Matte Black Strap + Sage Gold Iridium Lens||✕||✓|
|Matte Black Strap + Hi Pink Lens||✕||✓|
|Matte White Strap + Snow Sapphire Iridium Lens||✓||✓|
|Matte White Strap + Snow Garnet Lens||✓||✓|
|Matte White Strap + Rose Gold Iridium Lens||✓||✓|
|Matte White Strap + Snow Torch Iridium Lens||✕||✓|
|Matte White Strap + Snow Jade Iridium Lens||✕||✓|
|Factory Pilot Black Strap + Snow Sapphire Iridium Lens||✓||✓|
|Celeste Strap + Snow Jade Iridium Lens||✓||✕|
|Poseidon Strap + Snow Sapphire Iridium Lens||✓||✓|
|Poseidon Haze Strap + Snow Sapphire Iridium Lens||✓||✕|
|Ultra Purple Strap + Hi Pink Lens||✓||✕|
|Red Blaze Strap + Rose Gold Iridium Lens||✓||✕|
|Jasmine Crystal Strap + Sage Gold Iridium Lens||✓||✕|
|Dark Brush Strap + Snow Dark Grey Lens||✕||✓|
|Redline Strap + Snow Torch Iridium Lens||✕||✓|
|Red Crystal Strap + Snow Torch Iridium Lens||✕||✓|
|Grey Haze Strap + Snow Black Iridium Lens||✕||✓|
|Blue Terrain Strap + Snow Sapphire Iridium Lens||✕||✓|
|Purple Ember Strap + Snow Garnet Lens||✕||✓|
Typically Oakley Flight Deck Goggles are roughly $20 more than Oakley Fall Line Goggles. However, they are the same price from some distributers.
The prices of these goggles can change throughout the year so here are links to all the goggles on Amazon so you can check the current prices:
Aside from the lens shape, fit and colorways, the features of these two goggles are very similar. Here are all the key features and technologies that the Fall Line and Flight Deck goggles share:
- Ridgelock lens change system
- Prizm lens technology
- Injection-molded Plutonite lens material for UV resistance
- F3 anti-fog lens coating
- Flexible chassis to conform to face shape
- Rimless design
- Triple layer face foam
- Slicone-lined strap
- 50 mm strap on large models
- 40 mm strap on medium models
- Microbag included