- Good fit
- Great peripheral vision
- Good lens in versatile lighting conditions
- Super-flexible frame
- Lenses scratched easily
- Lenses fogged easily
The Spy Raider is a great goggle—the frame and lens are both very flexible so they will conform to virtually any shape face. They fogged relatively easily, and scratched easier than most. The frame size has great field of view, and they did not pinch the nose, and they sealed well with most of the helmets used.
FIELD OF VIEW
The Raider has a surprisingly large field of view—as much as the wide-angle cylindrical goggles boasted by some “oversize” goggles in this class. Our in-house test yielded a 170 degree field of view, which was among the top performers. The nose cut obstructed the view when looking down, but only slightly more than other goggles tested.
FIT & COMFORT
The soft rubber frame is not going to excite everyone, but we loved the flexibility it gave, and the goggles conformed to medium-sized faces quite well. The flexible frame made them super comfortable, and able to fit most, if not all shapes of faces. The strap was easy to adjust and the silicon on the inner strap stuck to the helmet quite well. We paired them with five different helmets, and found no major issues with a goggle gap.
No fogging occurred in the Raider while tested in the relatively dry climate of Colorado. Out of the many goggles tested, the Raider was the third to fog up in our in-house steam room test.
We found ourselves liking the bronze with red spectra mirrored lenses on bright days. We experienced no distortion or glare, and found them to be really good even in the late afternoon after the light went flat. The only downside was the fact that these lenses scratched relatively easily, even after mild use.
The strap was easy to adjust and it stayed in place on and off a helmet due to the thick line of gummy silicon that goes all the way around the inside of the strap. The strap is one continuous piece, and the elastic was just stretchy enough for moving them from face to forehead without any issues. It comes with a lightweight bag for protection. The are one of the lowest-priced goggle in the class.
How We Tested It
The goggles in this test were used in-resort snowboarding on snowy, cloudy, and clear days in temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees. Testers included several hard charging all-mountain skiers and snowboarders in Colorado’s front range.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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