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post #1 of 18
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I have always used Smith but I found a good deal on Spy blizzard"s
Anyone have any experience with Spys?
post #2 of 18
I prefer Smiths as well but also got some Spy Blizzards from SAC. My wife loved them - no problems with fogging up in really cold conditions on the weekend. I haven't tried them yet. For reference, these were silver mirror (appeared to have some amber type of tint inside) and the conditions were very sunny with cold temps.
post #3 of 18
Spy Blizzard goggles are very nice. They seem to cover a bit more vertically than some other goggles, which is either better or worse depending on your head/face shape.

A point of comparison offhand are the Dragon DXS goggles. The Spy Blizzard goggles are slightly narrower, and slightly taller.
post #4 of 18
I picked up a pair on SAC in the offseason, which I used for a few days last week for the first time. Good construction, no fogging issues, excellent fit to both my Bern Baker and Red Tantrum helmets, and Spy rubberizes the back of the strap to stay put on helmets. Thumbs up.
post #5 of 18
I'm in my second season with a pair of Spy Comets, which are suited for smaller faces. They fit very well and have had no fog problems. Even though they are bronze lenses, I find them great for night skiing while others complain about low light and contrast with other goggles.
post #6 of 18
I picked up a pair on SAC cheap this off season too. I loaned them to a friend who used a "defogging cloth" on the inside and scraped all the anti-fog off. Not cool. Lenses are shot and very few retail shops carry them anymore - even the boarder specific shops. Before they were ruined they worked just great. Ended up replacing them with a sweet pair of Smiths.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by booch View Post
I have always used Smith but I found a good deal on Spy blizzard"s
Anyone have any experience with Spys?
My daughter got this Spy Bias model recently:

http://www.spyoptic.com/dimg/thm/t_5...bf21ad428a.jpg


Construction is excellent. Great for a narrower face. Works well with her Kari Traa helmet. The rubberized strap is nice touch.

The moment she tried them in the shop, with the helmet, I could see she was made up. No way back! No complaints after using them either.
post #8 of 18
I only buy Spys because of the rubberized strap. My kids don't have the "trailing goggles" thing happening. They stay put.
post #9 of 18
I used a pair for a couple of seasons, really liked them, nice optics. I switched to Zeal last year and the optics are a bit clearer and awesome customer service.
post #10 of 18
I would be very tempted to go with Zeal were I not the cheapest bastard on two planks. Every single pair of goggles that I or any other member of my family uses came from end of season closeouts or steepandcheap.com.

For the cheap bastards among us, deals on Spy Blizzards are a great option.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
I would be very tempted to go with Zeal were I not the cheapest bastard on two planks. Every single pair of goggles that I or any other member of my family uses came from end of season closeouts or steepandcheap.com.

For the cheap bastards among us, deals on Spy Blizzards are a great option.
So did my first Zeals.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
I would be very tempted to go with Zeal were I not the cheapest bastard on two planks. Every single pair of goggles that I or any other member of my family uses came from end of season closeouts or steepandcheap.com.

For the cheap bastards among us, deals on Spy Blizzards are a great option.
No, you're not. You haven't met my friend John!
post #13 of 18
AlpineDad,

I'm not sure what lens type you are looking for and I'm not sure if the stores are in your area, but TJ Maxx and Marshalls had Zeal goggles with a hard sided case for $20. I haven't been into a store in about a month, but if you have one nearby you should check it out.
post #14 of 18
Verrrry interesting. Thanks for the tip.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by EastskiR View Post
AlpineDad,

I'm not sure what lens type you are looking for and I'm not sure if the stores are in your area, but TJ Maxx and Marshalls had Zeal goggles with a hard sided case for $20. I haven't been into a store in about a month, but if you have one nearby you should check it out.
Thats where I always look first for quality eye wear!!!:::
post #16 of 18
I used a pair for a couple of seasons about 4-5 years ago. They were great and worked well. I picked up a pair of Oakley Wisdoms for cheap so the spys became my backup goggles. However my wife has since discovered them and ditched her scotts in favor of the spys. They fit much better and took care of the little bit of helmet goggle gap that she couldn't quite get rid of with her scotts. Now I can't give her a hard time anymore about being a gaper.
post #17 of 18
So it sounds like Philpug has to shop at the stores at the base of the mountain just to pay an extra 15%. (just kidding) Clearly TJ Maxx isn't the first stop on anyone's ski gear store list, but they take in a ton of gear that didn't sell and offer it at huge discounts. It's worth 10 minutes to check out what they have.
post #18 of 18

I love them.

I have a couple pair of Spy Blizzards and you are right.. there are some great deals fro these goggles out there. I have had no problems with fogging and the construction is great. I picked up a second pair so i could get the low light lens S1... don't know if it is my aging eyes or if this year has just had exceedingly flat light days. They work well. I am using them on the Smith Variant Brim and the fit is great.
HIH
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