Spy Cutter Review

July 20, 2014
Spy Cutter
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Security of Fit
8
Comfort
8
Lens Clarity
8
Coverage/Wind resistance
7
Features
8
Value
7

The Good

  • Lightweight design via Grilamid material
  • Wider field of vision from enlarged lens profile
  • Polarized lenses that enhance color and contrast
  • Interchangeable lens system
  • Hip styling

The Bad

  • Frame material is slightly stiff
  • Nose pads are not adjustable
THE VERDICT

The frame of the Spy Cutter sunglasses marries lightweight performance and pure style, a refreshing change from the norm in the performance sunglass arena. While the Cutter has a hip design with a retro-inspired bigger lens profile, this shade does not skimp on performance—it was a strong contender in this test.  I liked that this sunglass’ broader field of vision and Spy’s Happy Lens, which has excellent clarity and definition. My gripes: The Spy Cutter does not have adjustable nose pads for a more customized fit; it also has a stiffer frame material that is slightly unforgiving during high-impact activities.

FULL REVIEW

The Spy Cutter is a lightweight wrap sunglass with a big focus on performance and style. It is engineered with an enlarged lens profile for deeper and broader coverage plus an interchangeable lens system and Spy’s contrast-enhancing Happy Lens.

Fit & Comfort
With retro-inspired looks, the Spy Cutter definitely ups the cool factor on the trail—and is worthy of any après scene you might encounter. It was the most style-focused sunglasses in this test.

Still, this sunglass delivers on the performance front. Its larger shape and lens profile is comfortable and provides solid coverage from the elements. It has rubber nose pads and temple tips that also help keep the Cutter in place, even during more intense activities such as trail running.

Lens Clarity
I tested the Cutter with Spy’s Bronze Polarized Happy Lens™ with Black Mirror, which was excellent for sunny conditions as well as on the water. Spy says its Happy Lens, which cuts out the sun’s “Bad” rays and lets in more “Good” rays, induces a happier state. I felt pretty darn happy wearing this shade. It definitely pumped up visual definition while also providing clarity and glare reduction.

Wind Resistance
I tested the Cutter during windy spring training rides as well as on the water in slightly windy conditions and its larger wrapped size worked very well to cut the blast.

 


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MSRP
$220.00
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