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March 14, 2009

Spy Optic Soldier Goggle Review

The Spy Soldiers are the newest goggles in the house for us to use and replace a couple pair of old Oakley A-Frame goggles.

The difference is remarkable. The Oakleys used to fog all the time when it was coldest and when you were wearing a mask, meaning you had to take the mask off to get them unfogged, and finally, at some point, they developed condensation between the lenses that never really came out. The Spys have yet to fog--either pair of Apollos or the Soldiers.

I will be honest about the Apollo and Soldier goggles--it is like comparing a Chevy and a Cadillac to go from wearing my Apollos back to the Soldiers because the Apollos are designed so well and are almost $200. The Soldiers start around $50-75 and go up to $150 depending on what you buy and where. All have the same frame in various colors, but the lenses we have are the highest end they make and offer great definition and control the light very well.

One big difference between the Soldiers and the Apollo is how they fit on helmets. The Apollo straps have a pivot point on the side of the lens designed just for helmet wear. The Soldiers do not have the pivot but are still very comfortable.

Jake is wearing the Soldiers until they die, but a year in and they are like brand new. That is a really good sign because the Oakleys usually only lasted one season by comparison. He has yet to touch my Apollos, but those are the breaks. They are brand new and don't have a scratch, but they are also used by a 34 year old that pays attention. That is why it is so surprising that Jake's are in such good shape.

Overall, Soldiers get five out of five stars and that is only because the Apollos get six out of five stars.

Posted by Justin at March 14, 2009 01:10 PM


I've got some A-frames, got them for the cost of shipping from a buddy. Even at that price I feel like they were overpriced.

Posted by: justin at March 18, 2009 04:12 PM