Anon Optics are set to release a potentially game changing pair of goggles for the 2012/2013 season that will take the lens interchange arms race to a whole new level. Smith Optics developed the I/O goggle a few seasons back which uses two flippable ‘switches’ at the top of the frame to quickly and easily interchange lenses. This seasons new APX goggle by Dragon uses a frameless design with a series of posts on the lens that are easily clicked into place on the frame.
Anon’s new M1 goggle uses a set of magnets (their so-called ‘Magna-Tech’) built into the frame and attached to the underside of two small protrusions at the base of the lens which allows it to be easily popped off and changed – apparently even while they are still on your face. With a tagline of ‘Pull, Switch, Snap’, the idea is that you can switch up your lenses as easily and as quickly as the changing alpine weather conditions. The high quality injected polycarbonate spherical lens sits inside a low profile, lightweight frame and triple layer face foam ensures that they are comfortable against the skin. All of the M1′s will also come with a spare lens so that from the outset you can practice switching your lenses on the fly.
There is no doubt that these goggles will have gone through some pretty rigorous testing over at the Anon/Burton HQ but we are definitely interested to see whether the magnets are strong enough to hold the lens in place when face planting, as getting an eyeful of snow and searching for your lens in powder doesn’t sound like much fun. The only other question in our minds is whether or not we would fancy carrying around spare lenses on the hill. Leaving our potential gripes aside, we are really interested to see how this intuitive design plays out on the mountain.
Check out the promotional video and photos from Anon below:
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