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Spy Bravo 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

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  • LENS: Spherical
  • SYSTEM: Quick Change
  • TINT SHOWN: Happy Rose
  • FRAME SHOWN: Spyknit Lavender
  • PRICE: £165 / €215

The eyewear specialists at Spy claim to have been the first to step up the premium-lens game. Whether or not they were the pioneers, no-one can dispute the quality of the brand’s ‘Happy’ lenses. Named for their supposedly mood-enhancing properties, they boost the contast for a pin-sharp view of the mountain.

With the Spy Bravo snowboard goggles, a spherical lens gives you great peripheral vision, but the medium-sized frame doesn’t dominate your face. The lens is thicker around your eye, but thinner as you move out towards the edges.

The result is that visual distortion – which really can make you feel a bit odd – is decreased, leaving you to focus on whatever it is you’re careering towards. Thanks to an anti-fog coating on the inner side, you’ll always have a clear view too.

“These have one of the best lens-changing systems in the business”

The Spy Bravo goggles have one of the best lens-changing systems in the business – one that’s so easy to use, you can do it while wearing gloves, even while the frame is still on your face. A push of the button on the left hand side releases tabs on either side from the catches holding them in place, which you can hold onto rather than risk touching the lens.

To apply the new lens is simple; just guide the tabs back in to the catches, and the whole thing will click nicely into position. Given that the Bravo goggles come with a spare low-light Happy lens as standard, there’s no reason not to be prepared for any conditions.

“The Spy Bravo snowboard goggles have enough unique selling points to make them among the finest pairs of 2018/19”

Elsewhere these goggles have the standard features you’d expect in a high-tech pair. There’s triple-density face foam with a moisture-wicking finish, plenty of venting, and silicone on the inside of the strap for grip against your helmet or beanie. The polyurethane frame is also very light and durable; you’ll barely know it’s there.

While you can expect to find a lot of that kind of stuff on other goggles by other brands, the Spy Bravo snowboard goggles have enough unique selling points to make them among the finest pairs of 2018/19. It’s little wonder, then, that they made the cut for the Whitelines 100.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris Moran – Here Be Treasure

“There are so many things that I love about these goggles. The lens swap system was easy to use, intuitive, and worked. They fitted super well to my face. They’re nice and light (a massively overlooked factor in goggle buying if you ask me) and I loooooooooved the american-football-jersey-style goggle bag that they came in.

“They’re nice and light (a massively overlooked factor in goggle buying if you ask me)”

Things I didn’t like were just minor annoyances that most sane people would overlook, eg the fact that the lens change system is called ‘Lock Steady’; that the lens tint was called “Happy”; and that they the lens was described as having “Arc and rise technology”. I mean, what a load of gumpf.

But as to actually keeping snow out of your eyes and the sun from damaging your retinas, then two thumbs fresh boss. Oh and lastly, I hated the colour, but I’m sure you can get them in black. Which is what colour they should have been. Tch! Robert Smith would be spinning in his grave. If he was dead.”

Trade Secrets

 Helen Schettini – Team Rider, Spy

“BRAVO to the Bravo goggles!!!

I absolutely love the quick change of the lens. It’s beyond simple to switch them up, especially when your fingers are so cold you can hardly do anything intricate.

The frame size gives you full peripheral vision from left to right, top to bottom, without looking oversized or bulky. There is such a variety of frame colours and straps too.

Simply the best.”

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