Everyone has their own preferences regarding glasses. I've tried other big brands and like them well enough. I saw a pair of Spy Screw glasses and thought I’d give them a try just for comparisons sake. I’ve now put thousands of riding miles on the Screws and I have no regrets and won't go back. In rain, humidity, snow, ice, sleet, fog, pretty much any conditions possible, the Screws have gotten me through. Here are a few highlights.
- Affordable lenses: They have a lot of options. Solid build quality and you can enjoy your sport without feeling like you're destroying expensive lenses if a branch smacks you in the face.
- Fit: Stick well on my face, don’t shake, don't move, they're perfect (but not painfully tight like others).
- Easy lens changes: I don’t feel like I’m going to break my glasses when changing lenses which oddly enough, many companies seem to not be able to figure out.
- Thinner arms that to me feels more comfortable than a more rigid arm. I want something that conforms to my face and I forget about. Not an inflexible log brushing against my temple. -Venting: second to none. Blow hot air directly on the lens and they vent about 3x faster than my other high end glasses did. This can't be overstated either. Vision is exceptionally important in high speed sports like cycling. If you can't see that log/branch/drop you're going to the hospital.
- Lighter: I never noticed the weight of other glasses, but these are noticeably “absent” from my face they are so light. Which, honestly, before I bought them, I never considered that a category for glasses. Now its one of my priorities.
- Coverage: Recently when Spy released the "Screw Over" version of the Screw, they added more coverage which was a welcome addition to the real estate covered by the lens. Debris kicks up quite a bit while racing mountain bikes and it's very nice to have that extra bit of lens on your face when the mud and rocks start flying.
For me, glasses are essential regardless of the ride. If its sunny, they provide UV protection. In the woods, the are a shield against brush and branches. If its the dead of night, I pop in my clear lens for wind and water protection. For any lighting and activity scenario, SPY has a solution. For protection purposes, they are top notch. Ever had a bug fly into your eye on a descent? I have, because I was being unsafe and not wearing glasses!
So, if you are looking for great sunglasses that will never fog on you while riding (even in cold/snow/sleet conditions), check out the Spy Screws. They are awesome glasses.