Now at Higher Gear: SPY Eyewear!
SPY is a unique collaboration of extraordinary athletes, designers, and creative people connected by a common obsession with action sports, music, technology, style, the world around us, and the facilitation of world-class performance and unbridled fun.
SPY makes incredible products that go on people’s faces, allowing them to see clearer, look cooler, perform better and be more comfortable while doing the things that make them feel most alive. Simply stated, SPY makes function-forward facewear for fast fashion freaks who care about what they wear.
“SPY’s connection to technical eyewear goes all the way back to the beginning of the Company, when we invented our anti-fogging technology, so the whole ‘Performance’ thing is an evolution of our heritage as much as it is about design or innovation,” says Jeremy McGrath, 7-Time AMA Supercross Champion, SPY founder and rider. “We started out as California racers who did other sports, and that vibe is still what SPY is about today. If I don’t have to wear goggles, whether it’s mountain-biking or hitting golf balls or whatever, I’m wearing these glasses.”
Features of the SPY Performance series eyewear:
- SPY-patented anti-fogging Scoop venting system.
- Virtually unbreakable Grilamid frames.
- Impact-resistant, optically-correct and distortion-free ARC (Accurate Radius Curve) lenses.
- Glare-reducing Premium Trident polarized infusion in select models.
- Bounce-back glare-diffusing lens coating.
- Anti-scratch and hydrophobic and oleophobic technology.
- Environmentally reactive Hytrel rubber nose pads and temple tips.
- UVA, UVB and UVC protective treatments.
The Quantas are what you get after 16 years of R&D: stylish, functional eyewear that can endure a world of abuse and won’t allow anything to get in the way of clear vision, fit or comfort. The Quanta is now ANSI Z87.1 certified making it easier for you to test the limits.
MSRP for the Quanta is $100 to $140, which are available in translucent black, matte black, matte black polarized, shiny black, translucent brown and matte white frame colors. Replacement Quanta lenses come in select colors and range from $20 for non-polarized to $40 for polarized versions.
I bought a black on black pair [of Quantas] originally for street cycling and regular use. I LOVED the comfort of them, the clarity and sharpness of the world seen through the lens, and the glare cut factor is huge for me. These are so great, I just bought the white/bronze with green spectra as a secondary for mountain biking and snowboarding for nice days. The fact that these are ANSI certified as well quite tickles my fancy.
The Alpha, the lighter-weight, streamlined, semi-rimless installment in the SPY Performance line, have an MSRP of $120 to $160, and come in shiny black, matte black, metallic silver and translucent brown frame styles with corresponding grey, blue Spectra mirror, black mirror, rose with blue mirror, yellow or bronze lenses, or polarized grey or black mirror lenses. Additional lenses in select colors for the Alpha also range from $20 to $40.
I live in central FL and train for triathlons. I used to break a pair of sunglasses every month or so from the rough treatment during transitions and training. I purchased the Spy ALPHA’s and they work great! Not a crack or stress point on them and they have been beaten up over many miles. They are light weight, have great optics, and are very comfortable during those long miles. I would buy another pair in a heart beat ! (Not because I have to, but because I want too.)
Mike Montgomery, freestyle mountain bike rider, says of his Alphas:
My Alphas stay on my face and stay clear, which is important when up and down can be a little foggy… Seriously, these are the only glasses I’d wear when it matters. They look sick too, so you don’t look like a kook off the bike.
Putting the hammer down on your bike requires eye wear like the Spy Optic Screw Sunglasses that perform in all light conditions. Your next high-speed descent could count on it. These interchangeable lens sunglasses are designed to handle everything you’ve got and then some. They offer great coverage for blistering descents and bright skies.
SPY describes its Screw model as “pure performance without a pill.” Fog-free and interchangeable. MSRP for the Screw is $140 to $160.
VeloNews says, “For someone who wants shades that look good while on the bike, but are not what everyone else is wearing, the Screws are a great buy.” Other reviewers said:
Super comfortable. Hugging design assures no slipping, even on a sweaty face. Breathe well to minimize fogging. Great visual field. Easy to swap out lenses. I ride about 200 miles/week…and these screws never leave my face.
I recently switched over to Spy… The fit is perfect with any of the regular helmets I rotate through, and the frame itself is crazy light…meaning I can ride and/or race all day in these and not get that compression headache common with other eyewear… Next, the optical quality is perfect and the lens selection makes it easy to cycle through a few different shades based on conditions… Lastly, the lens shape perfectly protects my eyes from wind, mud, road stuff, and whatever else threatens your eyes while riding and they just plain look good on your face. Really hard to go wrong with a model that has all of these positives…
As a cyclist I have tried all the major optic brands, I have never used an all around quality product like my Spy’s. they are lightweight, comfortable, and the lenses do not fog up. Not to mention they are stylish and make all my friends envious. The lenses also are easy to interchange, functional an reliable, couldn’t ask for more. Satisfaction guaranteed.
For additional information about SPY Performance, visit their website or come in to Higher Gear to try on a pair.