Questions & Answers

What is Recon Jet? Recon Jet is true sports eyewear built from the ground up for cyclists, runners, and triathletes. Jet delivers live activity metrics, interactive GPS maps, and more on a display positioned just below the wearer’s right eye. By allowing athletes to get the data they need without changing their posture or taking their eyes off the road, Jet enables smarter and more effective training.
What can Recon Jet do and what sports can I use it for? Recon Jet comes loaded with software catering to athletes. Cyclists and runners can see their performance metrics such as speed/pace, distance, duration, ascent/descent, heart rate, cadence, and power. By connecting their smartphone, users can also get text and caller ID notifications directly on Jet’s display. Over time, Recon and third-party app developers will bring new capabilities and support for new activities to Jet. (Note: external ANT+™ or Bluetooth Smart sensors required for heart rate, cadence, and power.)
Can I push my activity data from other devices and websites (ie: Strava, Garmin Connect) to Recon Jet and vice versa? By connecting to our Recon Engage web platform, Recon Jet can automatically send activity data to MapMyFitness, TrainingPeaks, and Strava. Users can also export activity data manually to FIT, KML, and GPX files.
Can I connect to third-party sensors like heart-rate monitors and bike computers? Definitely. Third-party sensors like heart-rate monitors and speed & cadence sensors can connect to Recon Jet via ANT+™ and Bluetooth Smart (a.k.a. Bluetooth 4.0). A list of compatible devices can be viewed here.
What colors are available? Recon Jet is available in “Black” and “White.”
What is the battery life? Recon Jet’s battery life is approximately 4 hours. If your activity requires longer battery life, you can swap in a spare battery quickly and easily. For more information, see the technical specifications.
Is there a camera installed? Yes. Recon Jet features a camera that can shoot both still pictures and 720p video.
Can I use Recon Jet to connect to the Internet? Recon Jet can access the Internet by connecting to an iPhone or Android smartphone running the Recon Engage app. When connected to the Internet, Jet can upload your activity metrics to Engage, and it can also share your activities to social media.
What are the technical specs? You can find the full technical specifications here.
Can I use voice commands to control the Recon Jet? Although Recon Jet has a built-in microphone and speakers, we have chosen not to offer support for voice commands out of the box. That’s because Jet is designed for athletes in outdoor environments with high levels of ambient noise. However, we expect some third-party developers to use voice commands as part of the apps they develop.
How do you control Recon Jet? Recon Jet is controlled via an optical touchpad and a two-button rocker. The optical touchpad can be operated in all weather conditions, even when the user is wearing gloves.
What type of frame and lenses does Recon Jet have? More than just groundbreaking technology, Recon Jet is also true performance eyewear. Highly adjustable ear stems and nosepieces help Recon Jet conform to any user, and four interchangeable lens options have been impact-tested and provide full UVA and UVB protection. Jet’s polarized lenses also cut out glare for maximum visual clarity. Jet currently ships with our Meteor Gray Polarized lens, and we offer Clear, Nova Yellow, and Spectral Red Polarized lenses as accessories.
Can Recon Jet be mounted on my existing sunglasses? Recon Jet is a stand-alone eyewear solution. Its engine and battery cannot be retrofitted onto existing sunglasses or eyewear at this time.
Can prescription lenses be installed on Recon Jet? Yes. Prescription inserts for Recon Jet are available from Rochester Optical.
How much does Recon Jet weigh? Recon Jet weighs around 85 grams, including the engine, battery, frame, and lens.
Can the display be mounted on either side of the frame? Recon Jet’s display can only fit on the right side of the frame. Our research indicates that over 85% of the world’s population is right-eye dominant. If you belong to the other 15%, don’t despair! We haven’t forgotten you. As Recon grows, we’ll make every effort to engineer a version of Recon Jet for left-eye dominant users.
Do your eyes need to re-focus to view the display? Recon Jet’s display looks equivalent to a 30” screen viewed from 7 feet (2 m) away. That means your eyes will not need to re-focus very much (if at all) when switching from the way ahead to Recon Jet’s display, and vice-versa.
Why is the display not located above the eye or in the user’s field of view? First and foremost, we want to make sure our users stay safe. Recon Jet is designed to give you a clear view of the way ahead, so that you do not miss oncoming hazards. Information on Recon Jet’s display can be accessed by quickly glancing down, just like you would at a car’s dashboard. Also, research has shown that looking down is an easier eye movement than looking up. Recon Jet has been engineered for use outdoors, where glancing up could result in looking directly at the sun—something you will want to avoid.
How do I download third-party apps for Recon Jet? Third-party apps will be available from our app library. Stay tuned for more details.
How do I develop apps for Recon Jet? Start by purchasing Recon Jet, then download our software development kit (coming soon), and start developing your app. For more information, visit this page or contact us.
How long is Recon Jet’s warranty? Recon Jet comes with a one-year warranty from the date of delivery. Please keep your proof of purchase.
To which countries do you ship? We currently ship Recon Jet to the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland, Republic of
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

If you reside outside of these countries, please keep checking back. We plan to make Recon Jet more broadly available.

Import duties and tariffs If your country levies import duties or tariffs on manufactured goods from Canada, then those will be included in the cost of shipping.
Sales tax Recon Instruments will charge the appropriate sales tax for your region of residence.