The Anon M2 snowboard goggles remain the jewel in the brand’s line. They certainly don’t come cheap, but it’s not hard to see the value - especially if you’re after a large, frameless goggle with a peerless lens-changing system.

"A group of magnets hold the lens firmly against the frame when you’re riding, regardless of how much force is encountered"

Anon’s ‘Magna-Tech’ is the star here; a group of magnets that hold the lens firmly against the frame when you’re riding, regardless of how much force is encountered. You don’t need to be Thor to change the lens, though, as a small squeeze of the urethane frame makes it release with ease. Then when your new tint is ready, there are few things more satisfying than feeling it click into place.

You’ll never have to change the lens of your Anon M2 because of fogging, though. Air flows through the goggle as you ride, entering in the front and exiting at all other places. The anti-fog treatment of the lens plays its part too, as does the Outlast fleece lining of the triple-layer foam. Sweat (one of the main causes of fogging) is unlikely to be a factor - and even if it is, the rest of the goggle is ready for it.

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Like most goggle manufacturers, Anon have invested in an improved lens that delivers better contrast than ever before. Theirs is the new Sonar lens, created in partnership with the specialists at Zeiss, and its performance is comparable to any of its rivals. If you’re already a fan of the M2, prepare to love it all the more.

"The new Sonar lens, created in partnership with the specialists at Zeiss, is comparable to any of its rivals"

Certain colourways come with an MFI facemask, which attaches (again via magnets) to the bottom of the Anon M2, with a framework that creates clearance between the fabric and your face. It’s a simple-yet-effective alternative to tucking your facemask under the bottom rim of your goggles, and one that’s not only more comfortable but is also better at preventing fogging.

If you like the style and have got the budget, the Anon M2 snowboard goggle is as good as you’ve heard.

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Tester's Verdict

Andrew Duthie - whitelines.com

“As a resident of Scotland I’d be up for anything that protects my face from a scouring, and that minimises the amount of time I need to be faffing around with lens changes. In both respects, the Anon M2 is nigh unbeatable.

"Even when i tried to deliberately fog the lens, it cleared as quickly as it formed"

The seamless facemask is so comfy that you’ll forget you’re wearing it, and the perforation in front of your mouth means you won’t be self-fogging as you use it. Not that the M2 can’t handle a bit of condensation; even when I tried to deliberately fog the lens, it cleared as quickly as it formed.

You’ve probably already heard how good the magnet lens-change system is, so I’ve got nothing to add there. These do cost a fair bit, but with these it’s clear that you’re not just paying for the name."

Trade Secrets

Clemens Millauer - Team Rider, Burton

Basically the M2 is like an Instagram filter. It’s super easy to use and there is always a lens (filter) which works for every weather (photo). I always have 2 extra lenses with me, and even when the weather is not perfect I can choose a lens which helps me to do some hotlaps.

I also appreciate the shape of the Anon M2; I would say it’s the perfect size. I recommend this goggle to everyone out there, and promise you’ll have a blast with it.

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