Since 1994 SPY Optics has been bringing actions sports inspired sunglasses to the masses. Today they sponsor some of the biggest names in extreme sports, including: Loiue Vito, Ken Block, John John Florence, Jeremy McGrath, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earlier this spring we reached out to our good friends at SPY to see what was poppin' for 2012 and they encouraged us to check out their stylin' sunnies dubbed the TOURING, and... we did.
Available in six (sick) frame/lens combinations...
For testing and review purposes we selected the black on black... on black rendition. When donning these beasts your face goes into stealth-mode, and your enemies are left defenseless!
Comfort: (9 out of 10) For a pair of sunglasses which come equipped with NO nose pads or any cushioning to speak of, the TOURING are down right comfy, which keeps your eyes smiling even if your mouth isn't. Over the past month the TOURING have become one of my favorite pair of sunglasses to wear. The others... sadly, are collecting dust. You can honestly wear these sunglasses for hours on end with very little - to no discomfort at all. The matte black finish our pair was equipped with slide on and off easily when needed, but stay in place when you need to get crazy.
Design: (8 out of 10) Our first impressions of the TOURING were that they are totally bad ass, and after receiving a pair we quickly realized that our initial inclinations were dead on! These are the kind of sunglasses that look good on just about anyone. (NOTE: Pin-heads need not apply.) The only design flaw we noticed was an occasional fogging of the inside of the lenses. The TOURING is not vented, and has limbs that are pretty much sidewalls, so needless to say air isn't always flowing. To correct any fogging just bump the glasses down the bridge of your nose about 1/4-inch and stop wearing them into the sauna. Jerk.
Optics: (10 out of 10) Spy is renowned for they're optics, and the TOURING are no exception. These sunglasses provide 100% UV protection and crystal clear vision. Taking them off is usually painful. You've been warned!
Durability: (9 out of 10) The propionate (plastic) from which these sunglasses were made of is both thick and flexible. When you combine that with the large MM metal hinges that attach the limbs to the frame we're comfortable saying that the TOURING were built to last! They may scratch and scuff, but with general care and a little common sense, they shouldn't break on you anytime soon.
Value: (9.5 out of 10) Starting out at just under $120 they're not exactly cheap by any means, but in this specific case you are in-fact getting what you pay for. That is of course if you're attempting to pay for a pair of sick sunglasses.
The Bottom Line: Men who are looking to add a bit of style to their face and protection to their eyes should give the SPY Optics TOURING some real consideration when thinking about dropping some dough on new sunglasses. They're comfy, durable, and totally stylish. Currently they're my sunglasses of choice, so what more can I say? Love the TOURING sunglasses and want to watch a totally unrelated surfing video featuring (SPY sponsored) John John Florence? We though so. Check out the embedded video below to watch double John in action!
May 8, 2012 10:14 AM | Sunglasses