Spy Sunglasses: Perfect for SUP and outrigger paddling

Having the right pair of sunglasses for paddling is critical. Polarized lenses are a given as are lenses which do not quickly become enveloped in fog. If you can find a pair with the aforementioned properties and a secure fit, voilà, you’ve scored the sunglasses trifecta!

Spy produces a range of sunglasses with a proprietary Happy Lense technology which harnesses the beneficial aspects of long-wave blue light and protects your eyes from damaging short-wave blue light. According to Spy, long-wave blue light aids eye sight by enhancing color, contrast and clarity to make colors more vivid and details more defined. Long-wave blue light helps stimulate your brain’s production of serotonin to improve mood, increase alertness and promote a healthy circadian rhythm – your body’s 24 hour physiological cycle. In short, the  Happy Lenses promote healthy living.

For the past month and a half I tested a pair of Spy Tackle polarized sunglasses with gray/green Happy Lens technology while a colleague at the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club tested a pair of Spy Hunt polarized shades with blue spectra Happy Lenses. Both models exceeded our expectations throughout rigorous outrigger canoe practices. These shades are good. Really good.

The water beaded up on the lenses and dripped off without fogging or blurring. Importantly, the glasses retained their firm fit, even during water changes, due to the non-slip rubber insets lining the frame. The sunglasses performed so well we both chose to wear Spy while competing in the 2017 U.S. Outrigger Canoe Championship – crossing the Catalina Channel from Avalon to Newport Beach.

If you are tired of buying sunnies which do not live up to your expectations, I recommend trying a pair of Spy sunglasses. Based on my experience with the brand, you’ll be glad you did.

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Matt Chebatoris

Matt is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics in the foreign policy arena and founded SUP Examiner™ as a platform to share his enjoyment of the sport with others. Matt resides in Los Angeles with his wife Karen and their tuxedo cat Maximilian.