- Price: £165-£215
- Frame/Strap: Stitched Blue
- Lens: Happy Red Spectra
As multi-sport maestros of vision (they even have a popular line of fishing sunglasses), Spy know all there is to know about making optics for action. The Spy Doom snowboard goggles are new for the 2016/17 season, combining interesting new tech as well as tried-and-tested stuff carried over from other models..
The lens-changing process is a doddle; just press the button on the left side of the frame, and out it pops. Once you have your replacement ready to go, small clips on each side make it easy to align and fit - there’s literally no reason for your fingerprints to go anywhere near the lens.
"The Spy Doom features triple-layered face foam for all-day comfort, which also gathers moisture"
Speaking of the lens, the Spy Doom is just one model that features their ‘Happy Lenses’. As this trippy cartoon explains, Happy Lenses filter out harmful ultraviolet and short-wave blue light, stopping them from reaching your peepers. Meanwhile long-wave blue light is allowed to pass through the lens.
The guys at Spy claim that this kind of light not only provides unparalleled contrast and clarity, it also reduces eye fatigue from subtly creeping in as the day goes on. Furthermore, they reckon it also improves your general mood. If you’re prone to having Mikey LeBlanc-esque strops when your day’s not going right, perhaps you should consider a pair of these.
One last word on the lens: it’s thinner at the peripheries of your field of vision that in the centre, which cancels out the distortion that the shape would otherwise create. Elsewhere the Spy Doom features triple-layered face foam for all-day comfort, and the layer that rests on your face is able to gather moisture and prevent it from causing lens-fog. The frame is made of polyurethane which is both extremely light and will maintain its face-hugging shape even in sub-zero temperatures.
The Spy Doom comes with a spare lens as standard, and is available in a multitude of colours and designs.
The push-button system on the Doom is less techy than it sounds, which is no bad thing. It’s easy to figure out the system, and to get it working quickly. I did find it a bit tricky with gloves on, but it’s something that would probably come with practice. If you absolutely had to do it sans gloves, you’d only have them off for a matter of seconds.
"Once you’ve got the lens system sussed, changing on-the-go is very quick and easy"
The rest of the goggle is a fine example of the larger-framed, spherical lens variety. Comfortable, lightweight and well-ventilated, they don’t come up short in any are of performance. Having a spare lens thrown in is always good too.
Andrew Thomas - Marketing Manager, Spy
We released the Doom in the 2013/14 season because we wanted a lens change system that was fast, easy and fingerprint-free on a premium oversized goggle.
So, we introduced the Lock Steady™ lens system on the Doom frame, and it is still the only quick-change lens system that offers a fingerprint-free lens changing experience. We also wanted an oversized frame with huge peripherals to accompany our spherical ARC lens.
In the 2014/15 season, we complemented all the features of the Doom by equipping it with SPY’s Happy Lens™. The Doom also comes with a free bonus Happy Lens, making it perfect for ever-changing conditions.