- Price: £180
- Frame/Strap: Kane
- Lens: Dark Smoke
The product of two years’ extensive testing and R&D, Anon’s Magna-Tech goggle technology was an instant hit when it first appeared in 2013. The Anon M2 snowboard goggle remains the flagship model in the range, and can be found on the face of Manuel Diaz among others.
The uninitiated can probably figure out what Magna-Tech does just from its name. Strategically placed magnets sit around the frame of the goggle, firmly holding the lens in place while you ride. The layout is such that the lens won’t pop out even the nastiest yard-sale, as the load is shared across eight different points that together can withstand up to 22lbs (roughly 10kgs) of force.
At the same time, changing the lens is incredibly quick and easy – a small manipulation of the frame is all it takes to make the lens release. When you place the new lens into position, the magnets meet with a satisfying click that tells you you’re good to go. Whenever the weather craps out, it only takes seconds to achieve better vision.
Of course, there’s more to a pair of goggles than a clever lens-change system. The Anon M2 features Outlast fleece material which absorbs moisture from your face and prevents it from fogging up your goggles. There’s also lines of silicon on the inside of the strap that hold the Anon M2 comfortably in place, and the outriggers on either side of the frame adapt to the shape of your head or helmet to deliver the best possible fit.
"The M2's Outlast fleece material absorbs moisture from your face and prevents it from fogging up your goggles"
The lenses also feature something Anon call ICT (Integral Clarity Technology). In layman's terms, the inner lens allows moisture to escape in a way that doesn’t fog, and damp air is efficiently channeled out through vents that are found right round the entire frame.
All Anon M2 goggles come with a spare lens, and between the two you should have something for just about every variation of light. Some colourways (including the one pictured here) also come with a matching MFI facemask that forms a perfect, blizzard-proof seal with your goggles.
As with all Magne-tech goggles, the M2’s lens-changing process is a piece of piss. You could probably do it while wearing oven gloves, or those ones ice hockey goalies use.
"The facemask works so seamlessly with the goggles that you’ll forget it’s there"
I didn’t get to test these in a variety of conditions – it was non-stop nightmare blizzard from first run to last – but if they didn’t have any issues that day then I’m sure they’ll be able to handle anything. Top marks.
The facemask is absolutely brilliant as well, working so seamlessly with the goggles that you’ll forget it’s there. I’m serious – after lifting my goggles up to my forehead at the end of one run, it took me a second to figure out why everything had suddenly gone dark...