Goggle Review: Spy Bias
09 May, 2009
The sleek, low-profile Spy Bias snowboard goggle is specifically designed for smaller faces.
Intended Purpose: Meant for smaller faces, it is a scaled down version of the Spy Soldier in a women’s goggle.
Color: Various designs on the Bias from the bright to the simple. I’ve been riding in the black frame with purple skulls on the strap.
Location: I received the goggles after SIA and since then have rode with them mostly in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Conditions: I’ve worn the goggles on bluebird days, overcast and snowing days.
Visibility: With the smaller frame you definitely get less peripheral, I compared against my Smith Heiress’s which had a tad wider peripheral. The frame is a tad smaller than I needed to fit the width of my face so I found that to be partially the reason for less visibility.
Features: The bias features a Scoop ventiliation system to reduce lens fogging and every day that I rode with the bias I didn’t have any problems with fogging but I was just lapping the mountain without any hiking either. The triple layer face foam has moisture wicking fleece to keep your face warm and dry, without any marks from the goggles. That was the best feature in my opinion because the extra padding was really comfortable to wear and it’s noticeably more than my Smith Heiress’s. The quick release it always nice on goggles, easy to get off and on especially when putting over headphones.
Durability: These goggles haven’t been kept in the best condition, they’ve traveled in packs and have been left out of goggle protective holders but the lenses are holding up great through all of that. The strap is pretty tough and the two layers of face foam are intact with no problems.
Thoughts: Spy isn’t lying when they say these goggles are for smaller faces, I found the width just a tad smaller than my face but the fit around the nose was good with a lot of padding that really forms to my nose to not let in air.
The only bummer I didn’t like is on both sides of the straps is this rather bulky leather SPY box that is just there for looks…it serves no purpose and you don’t need it. What’s worse for me is that it limits me from wearing the vholdr cam because of the location, I can’t attach the goggle cam to the strap with that bulky piece coming out and that means I won’t wear the goggles as much and definitely not on a powder day when I’d use the cam.
I definitely think if you have a super small face, this goggle is it. It’s got the smallest fit I’ve tried on for a women’s goggle but with a very good amount of features for the mountain.