Spy Bravo Goggles Review


Spy Bravo Goggles

Clear vision is a pretty important key to a good day on the hill and with quickly changing light conditions this can sometimes be challenging. The Spy Bravo goggles, with Happy Lens, offer a clear view with one of, if not the best, lens changing systems I have ever used – Lock Steady.

Spy Optic’s Bravo Goggles – Happy Lens

Spy’s lens system is branded Happy Lens and boasts superior color contrast and enhancement, said to make bluebird days bluer and make bumps and jumps more distinct. The Happy Lenses allow good light in, but offer 100% UV protection. Having skied in these in a number of early season storm days with very flat light, I can attest that they did provide excellent visibility in poor light conditions. With these I was able to ski more confidently in flat light, not fearful that I was going to hit a bump or track that I didn’t see. I was surprised that even a pinkish and blueish lens that looked dark worked so well in low light conditions when I normally would have reached for a light yellow lens.

Spy Bravo Goggles Lens Changing System

bravo goggles lock steady

The Spy Bravo Goggles also feature the Lock Steady lens changing system. As I mentioned earlier, this is probably the best lens changing system I have ever used. Simple, quick, and smudge free. Not much more you can ask for in a lens changing system. This Lock Steady system is as simple as push, pop, lock as advertised. You simply use the button to release the current lens, take it off, hook the new lens on to one side and snap it into place on the other. No fussing with lining up holes, or fitting the lens into a ridge on the frame, which all means there is no need to get your grubby fingers all over the lenses. I normally avoid changing lenses at all costs and suffer through less than ideal visibility, but with these Bravo goggles, I’ll change lenses midday if conditions change.

Features of the Spy Bravo Goggles

Additional features of the Bravo goggles include double layer lenses which is pretty standard in snow goggles, anti-fog lenses, moisture wicking face foam, flexible frame, and scratch protection on the lenses. While most of these features are pretty standard, I did notice how breathable and wicking the face foam was. It definitely helped ventilation and kept them free and clear of moisture all day long.

A nice touch from Spy Optic’s is that they throw in a free set of lenses with the Bravo Goggles. The second set of lenses is a mirrored lense for brighter light conditions. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you exactly which lenses came with these goggles though. It would have been nice if each lense was labeled with a description as part of the packaging.

While I didn’t have a chance to test the Spy Bravo goggles with multiple types of helmets, they fit well with my Smith helmet and Spy advertises that they are helmet compatible with various types of helmet. They had a medium fit on my face, and sat well within the frame of my helmet without letting too much wind and cold in.

Final Thoughts on the Spy Bravo Goggles

Over the years I’ve worn various brands and styles of goggles and, in all honestly, I probably wouldn’t have purchased these Spy Optic’s Bravo goggles on my own. With that said, I have only good things to say about them and have worn them for more than 50% of my ski days this season. The optics are excellent, the lens change system is superior to any other, and they are extremely comfortable. For anyone looking for a high-quality snow goggle with excellent optics and an easy change system for lenses I would highly recommend the Spy Bravo goggles. For more information visit spyoptics.com. 

MSRP: $184.95

Stephanie Smith: Stephanie grew up moving constantly whether in gymnastics or running around on the family farm in New York. Nowadays, she has melded her energy and passion for the outdoors into a career in the ski industry and a continual quest to spend as much time outside enjoying everything that Colorado has to offer. In between skiing each of Colorado's 26 ski areas in one season, she can be found in the Front Range pounding the pavement marathon training or enjoying the abundant singletrack on her mountain bike or her own two feet. Stephanie also enjoys cooking to fuel for her activities, traveling, good beer, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
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