The Spy Optic Coopers were the first pair of Spys I ever owned.  I had always loved Spys but didn’t have the money or means to get them.  When my girlfriend bought me a pair I was ecstatic.  The only other pair of nice shades I had ever owned were a pair of Ray-Ban aviators that were scratched, felt cheap in your hands, and the tint made outside look weird.  When I put on the Black Gloss with Grey Polarized Coopers, I knew what quality sunglasses meant.  Spy Optics were brought into my world.


The color that the Coopers provide is great.  They give a great dark tint that blocks out the brightest of sun.  I wore these a lot at the lake and were very pleased with their effectiveness.  The polarized version is a plus as well, but I don’t think that polarized lens are worth the extra money that they are sold for.  I think that the superior tint that Spys provide make it where you don’t need polarized glasses unless you are a professional bass fisherman, in which you’ll need to see through that water glare.

I do have my complaints about the Coopers.  Because of their slender shape, your peripheral vision can be distracted from the external light above and below the lens.  The look that Coopers provide is that very sleek, clean look, like a much cooler version of Lavar Burton’s character in Star Trek.  The only caviate to that, however, is the fact that they can let in some light above and below.  This is distracting to me, especially when driving.

I give the Coopers a 3 for effectiveness


If you are new to Spys, the majority of their frames are thick plastic.  This creates more weight than you might be used to.  The Coopers aren’t overly heavy on your face, but at the same time if you switch from wire frame glasses you’ll tell a difference.  Also is the bridge support for your nose.  They do not have any pads like most wire frame glasses do.  It is just the same plastic as the frame.  This can create some discomfort ESPECIALLY on the bridge area.

The Coopers are not overly uncomfortable.  They also aren’t the most comfortable pair of shades I’ve ever worn.  Because of the sleek look they create, they are made compact.  This can affect the bridge of the nose quite a bit.  If worn for a long period of time there can definitely be a pinching sensation on the bridge.  This calls for constant adjustments to alleviate this pain.  It isn’t unbearable but you do feel like you have to do the “nerd move” on your glasses every so often.

I was surprised to see how little marks the Coopers make on the bridge of your nose.  I wore them for 10-15 without any markings at all.  Usually if you are going to have a bad marking problem 10 minutes is more than enough to see.  This makes them good glasses to wear for an extended amount of time.

As far as the frame, there are no complaints.  They don’t squeeze the sides of your head at all and don’t hurt the back of your ears either.  That can be a real problem with some pairs of glasses.

I give the Coopers a 3 for comfort

User Friendly

The Coopers ride tight on your face.  Because of their design they aren’t overly big or heavy so bending down won’t make them want to slip off your face or anything like that.  When you run with them they won’t try to jump off your face either.  However, if you are a sweater there might be an issue.  The tops of the Coopers sit right on your forehead.  If you have a decent amount of sweat running down your face (like I do in the summer), it can get on the top of the glasses and run down the sides and get all of the frame pretty wet.  Also it can build up a kind of “dam” of sweat up on the top of your forehead so you feel like you are collecting a reservoir up there.  This is frustrating to me because when I’m outside running, working, or playing, I don’t want to feel like I have to take my glasses off every 30 minutes to wipe my forehead.  All in all, if you don’t sweat much or aren’t going to be in an environment that will make you sweat you’re good, otherwise you might want to consider a different pair.

I give the Coopers a 2 for user friendliness

Fitting Room

These glasses were not meant for the round face.  Not at all.  If you have a round fatter face you will look like a fully squeezed stress ball.  The Coopers are all about a sleek clean look and it works much better for longer faces.  That being said, if you have a very tall face these won’t work too well either.  In the past I have had trouble finding glasses that don’t stick out wider than my face, and while these don’t really do that I could see how on tall faces it could.  The Coopers were made for a certain type of face build and they won’t work on many others.  Too tall or too wide and you’ll look weird wearing the Coopers.  Even for me I think my face is a little too tall to make these look great.

I give the Coopers a 3 for fittings (because of how few they can fit PERFECTLY)


I feel like I have kind of raked the Coopers over the coals, and I didn’t mean to do that.  There is nothing that is overly BAD about the Coopers.  They look cool and they feel pretty comfortable.  However, these are not a pair of glasses you can see online and just buy.  You can’t know for sure if they are going to look or feel good on you without trying them on.  And in this internet age, that is just a hassle.  I mean, who wants to go to a store just to TRY a pair of glasses on?  Not me (even though I do quite often).  All in all, the Coopers are best for someone with not too tall but not too wide face, and doesn’t really work out with glasses on.  Like a pair to throw on when you’re going for a drive.

I give the Coopers a 3 overall.  I don’t want to smash them with a hammer, but they are only useful in certain sunglasses needing situations.


2 Responses to “Cooper”

  1. Hey nice blog. Spy has some of the best sunglasses out there. Its great to see that you have devoted time to review each style. Keep it up and if you ever need a new pair let us know we can give you a deal.


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