Goggle Review: Spy + Les Ettes Bias
09 Jan, 2012
Intended Purpose: The sleek smaller frame of the Spy Bias meets the fashion mavens at Les Ettes for a fun signature model. The Spy + Les Ettes Bias is packed full of Spy’s features like Carl Zeiss vision and Scoop ventilation system with fresh matte accents, a signature multi-colored polka dot strap and “you stink” on the back clip.
Location: I wore the goggle at Heavenly, Mammoth and June in California.
Conditions: Majority of sunny bluebird days on the mountain.
Color: I received the Bias in the Les Ettes signature collaboration. It’s the look of the Bias with the influence of Les Ettes. Personally I’m not familiar with Les Ettes but I really love the polka dot design and back-buckle that says “you stink!” (see photo below for example). I think it’s a really fun goggle design that has a girly look to it without being flowers and pink.
Lens: The Bias goggles came with the bronze green spectra lens. I really like the look of the lens and it helps with those sunny days to block out the sun and give you good visibility of the snow conditions even on some cloudy days.
Fit: Each time I’ve tried the Bias goggles, the frame is smaller so it does a good job of hugging the face and fits my nose just fine so there are no gaps for air to get through. It does feel snug around the nose with some slight pressure on the nose.
Helmet Compatibility: I’ve been rocking these goggles with the Smith Allure helmet on the mountain. The straps are long enough to go around the helmet, the back clip doesn’t interfere with the goggle strap clip on the helmet and they don’t have a gap in the goggle to helmet fit.
Visibility: Despite being a smaller frame for smaller faces, the peripheral and spherical lens on the Bias allows you to see enough of the slopes and allow you to see people out of the corner of your eye. Not as much peripheral as the bigger Platoon frames but for someone wanting a good fitting smaller frame, they do the job of keeping your eyes on the terrain in front of you.
Features: The Spy + Les Ettes Bias goggle features a sleek, low profile frame designed for smaller faces. The optics are done by Carl Zeiss Vision. The frame is a flexible polyurethane frame built for smaller faces and has a triple layer isotron face foam with moisture-wicking dri-force fleece for comfort and breathability on the mountain. The goggles feature a patented scoop ventilation system to combat lens fogging. The lens is a 6 base ARC spherical dual lens with anti fog and anti scratch protection. The strap is a pivoting clip system for comfortable fit with or without a helmet. The goggle is 100% UV protection.
Durability: So far the Bias goggles have held up great with no signs of any wear/tear on the mountain. The lens are in great shape with no scratches on them so far.
Thoughts: The Spy + Les Ettes Bias collaboration is an interesting one but they really pulled it off with a fun goggle design that speaks loudly on the slopes. The smaller frame works really well for smaller faces (or those needing more padding around the nose like myself). The lens that comes with the goggle works for a lot of conditions on the mountain so you are fine with only one goggle instead of multiple sets. The fun factor is there with the back clip that might make someone laugh in the line.
Review Disclosure: I received this goggle from Spy to test and review.