Spy Bravo Goggles Review

February 9, 2015
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
82
Field of View
6
Fit
8
Anti-Fog Performance
8
Lens Quality
7
Frame
6
Value
7

The Good

  • Mid-size frame fits many faces
  • Anti-fog dual lens
  • Soft cushion makes for a comfortable fit
  • High-quality lens

The Bad

  • Interchangeable lens system feels insecure
  • Lens options need more variety
  • Unimpressive field of view
THE VERDICT

While not the best interchangeable-lens system on the market, the Spy Bravo Goggle performs admirably in most conditions. Spy has a reputation for high-quality lenses and the Bravo lenses lived up to that reputation with its high-end color-contrasting technology. The Spy Bravo is a solid goggle that feels comfortable and performed well in test conditions. But the lens interchange system allows the lens to separate from the frame too easily. But for the top-of-the-line entry from an optics company like Spy, the Bravo failed to blow me away.

FULL REVIEW

The Spy Bravo is the top-of-the-line, interchangeable-lens snow goggle from Spy Optics. The model tested featured two lenses with Spy’s “Happy Lens” color-enhancing technology.

Venting/Fogging
The Spy Bravo presented no fogging issues for me. My test was conducted in the relatively non-humid climes of Colorado but snow, sun, hot, and cold did not affect these lenses one bit. Foam-covered vents on the top and bottom of the frame kept the interior temps moderate and never caused an issue.

Field of View
Due to the smaller frame size, the field of view is not impressive. There are no true blind spots but the Bravo certainly fails to provide wide-angle vision. The Spy Bravo’s field of view is average for its class.

Lens Quality & Options
The model tested came with two lenses: Happy Rose with dark blue spectra and Happy Bronze with silver mirror. Both provide crisp and clear vision but the “Happy Lens” technology touted by Spy as a major advancement in color enhancement didn’t have a major effect. Other color schemes feature different lens choices.

Frame and Construction
The Bravo frame is a mid-size profile and the interchange system is easy to use. Spy has done a great job constructing a way to switch lenses without laying a finger on the field of view. But when you bend the frame by hand, the lens easily detaches. A yard sale fall could pull these babies apart, losing your lens mid-slope.

Fit
These provide a great, comfy, solid fit. The Bravo is a match with all the helmets tested and the face foam is super-cushy without compromising performance.

Product Specifications
Available with Happy Lens, SPY’s color and contrast enhancing lens.
Features Lock Steady lens change system.
Custom built from a flexible polyurethane frame.
Anti-fog 5.5-base ARC spherical dual-lens system with anti-scratch protection.
2 Free mirrored bonus lens.
Triple-layer Isotone face foam with moisture-wicking Dri-Force fleece.
Silicone-ribbed strap.
100% UV protection.

 


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MSRP
$205.00
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