Spy Legacy Goggle ReviewNovember 13, 2018
- Great quick-change lens system
- Plenty of venting
- Great for variable lighting conditions
- Lenses scratched relatively easily
- Stiff frame
The Spy Legacy is one of the larger-sized cylindrical goggles with a wide nose opening and a quick-change lens system.
Field of View
The Spy Legacy has an above-average great field of view, as expected with such a large, spherical goggle frame.
Weight, Fit & Comfort
The Spy Legacy came in at 5.4 ounces, which was lighter than the average goggle (the 20 goggles tested ranged from 4.3 ounces to 6.7 ounces). The nose cutout and curvature of the Spy Legacy is a perfect match for larger-sized faces. The foam was nice and soft but durable, and the strap was easy to adjust. We paired them with five different helmets and found no major issues with a goggle gap.
No significant fogging occurred in the Spy Legacy’s while tested in the relatively dry climate of Colorado. They performed well on wet snowy spring days and we even took the goggles out for some warm cross country days. They had little to no fogging despite our perspiring.
Lens & Frame Quality
The Spy Legacy’s received a 7 out of 10 in this category. The lenses performed well in many different lighting conditions—we used both the lighter and the darker (mirrored) lenses and found no distortion around the edges with either one. We also liked how the lenses highlighted the contour of the bumps but did find some minor scratches despite careful handling. We found the frame a little stiff, but it worked well with most of the testers’ faces.
Lens Change Ease
As we stated in our summary, quick and easy lens changing systems are the standard now, so anything short of that got points knocked off. The Spy Legacy has a great clip system, and it is very easy to swap the lenses without touching them due to their “frameless” design. We were able to remove and replace lenses in about 10 seconds.
The strap was easy to adjust and it stayed in place on and off helmet due to the gummy silicon that goes all the way around the inside of the strap. The strap is one continuous piece, and the elastic was just stretchy enough for moving them from face to forehead without any issues. It comes with a lightweight storage bag.Continue Reading
The goggles in this test were tested in the backcountry and in-resort skiing on sunny, cloudy, and snowing days, in temperatures ranging from 10 to 40 degrees.
Leigh started skiing at 8 and converted to snowboarding soon thereafter. His first board was an original 1985 Sims Kidwell Roundtail, which he still rides on powder days. He has written articles for numerous magazines and recently published a novel. He lives and works in Denver and hits the hills on weekends with his family.