I have been a fan of SPY snow goggles for a while. They fit my narrow face better than Oakleys or Smith, and the Happy Lens™ technology eliminates glare and offers enhanced color-contrast technology.
Naturally, I jumped at the chance when the opportunity to test out a pair of the midsize SPY Ace snow goggle presented itself. Upon opening the box, the Ace initially appeared to be too much goggle- enough foam to insulate a house, and frames that resembled an imperial scout trooper.
Fortunately, a couple of days wearing these on the slopes only confirmed that SPY will continue to be my brand of choice for snow goggles. The triple (!) layer multi density face foam of which I was initially skeptical kept my face snugly comfortable with moisture-wicking fleece and did not stick out as much as I’d feared. And I gradually came to dig the retro-style vibe the Ace gave off- no imperial scout troopers here.
Conditions changing? No problem. The SPY Quick Draw system allowed an effortless quick changes of lenses and the Happy Lens technology stayed clear and allowed sunlight in without making me squint- making it easier to see contrast.
Other Ace key features:
- Free bonus lens and carrying bag
- SIC (Superior Injected Curve) cylindrical lenses injected to create a curved shape that provides better impact protections and high-quality optics.
- 100% UV protection
- Lenses treated with anti-fog and anti-scratch coating
- Silicone-ribbed strap prevents slippage
I wore the Ace with two different snow helmets- Oakley MOD 3 and Giro Era. The goggles were helmet compatible and needed little adjustment to avoid Gaper Gap. At $130, the Ace goggle delivers good performance and style that won’t break the bank.