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Anon M4 2018-2019 Snowboard Goggles Review

Vision so clear you can see across the Bristol Channel!

  • LENS: Cylindrical or Toric
  • SYSTEM: Magnetic
  • TINT SHOWN: Sonar Bronze (Cylindrical)
  • FRAME SHOWN: JT
  • PRICE: £259 / €289

As far as we’re aware, the new Anon M4 snowboard goggles offer the first opportunity to use two different lens shapes within one standard frame. Whether you want these with the sleek cylindrical lens or the rounder toric version is up to you, and if you like both then there’s no need to choose.

As the name suggests, the Anon M4 goggles follow on from the spherical, frameless M2 and the cylindrical, framed M3. They sit somewhere between the two in terms of aesthetics, with a very thin outline around the lens.

“Several magnets hold the lens in place even through the heaviest yard sale”

Thanks to the shape of the Anon M4, the peripheral vision is amazing. Given that the lenses themselves are made by Zeiss, a leading brand of optical equipment suppliers, the combination is unrestricted, crystal clear vision that’s almost unrivalled on the market.

An efficient venting system makes misting highly unlikely, but even on those muggy days the anti-fog treatment on the lens itself is up to the task. The fleece lining on the triple-layer foam helps too, by slowing down the release of sweat into the goggle’s atmosphere.

Anon’s Magna-Tech system remains the best on the market, albeit one that comes at a cost. Several magnets hold the lens in place even through the heaviest yard sale, but a very simple manipulation of the frame makes popping it out as quick and easy to do as catching an edge, but without the pain.

“Whether you want these with the sleek cylindrical lens or the rounder toric version is up to you, and if you like both then there’s no need to choose”

As well as an extra lens, included with every pair of Anon M4 goggles is a magnetic face mask which snaps up to the lower edge of the frame. The perforated section lets most of your breath escape before finding its way to the goggles, and no system is better for keeping out harsh blizzards and strong sunlight.

Personally we’re bigger fans of the toric lens, which stops short of the insect-eye vibe that you get with some true spherical lenses. But whether you like that one or the cylindrical version seen here, Anon offers the same great range of tints available for both.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthiewhitelines.com

“Fair play to Anon for pushing the lens-shape envelope with the M4. The brand has taken lens-change tech to places that were pure science fiction when I started snowboarding, so what else was there to be done (other than find a way to make the system cheaper, but that’ll surely not be far away)?

The M4’s toric lens is excellent – there’s no compromise to the peripherals, but it’s a much sleeker package than the average spherical model – including, of course, the Anon M2.

“You could just about buy a new snowboard for the price of these, but it’s really not hard to see where your money is going”

The low-light lens I used delivered in the cloudy, snowy conditions of the day, and despite several face shots the goggles never had any issues with fogging or clogging – and the magnetic face mask is pretty much perfect. True, you could just about buy a new snowboard for the price of these, but it’s really not hard to see where your money is going.

I struggle to grasp the idea of someone wanting to swap between a toric and cylindrical lens while on the hill, and maybe no-one will. However, when viewed as a frame that can accommodate either style, these deserve to be pretty popular.”

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