Snowboarder Goggle Exam 2019—Anon M4
Last spring, SNOWBOARDER Magazine traveled with Frank April all the way to a famed cat operation outside of Nelson, British Columbia to partake in a vision quest of sorts. While we won't confirm or deny any ingesting of Scooby Snacks, we will admit to spending four days straight tripping out on the chest deep conditions! And then there were the visuals…
Not long ago, goggles were largely looked upon as an afterthought and often, the last item acquired when dialing in one's kit. Price and fashion were a selling point, leading many to view them as a commodity item. Now in 2019, the term "accessory" can hardly be applied to how these high-tech tools are viewed and more importantly, to how they improve what's viewed by snowboarders while they are strapped in.
With snowfall measured in meters and a tenure packed with a lifetime's worth of untracked trees, chutes, open bowls and off-piste goodness, Baldface provided all the terrain and accoutrements we could ever want for a test of this sort.
Frank is more known for his skills in the back alleys of Quebec than the backcountry of BC, but his enthusiasm, accent and charisma while laying down powder turns and occasionally "tumbling" was infectious. After countless cat laps, multiple tomahawks, several clutch high-speed butters and 48 lens changes, Frank had gathered enough firsthand knowledge to be considered an eyewear expert. The following evaluations are intended to help SNOWBOARDER's readers see their way to the best goggle for this upcoming season. — Pat Bridges
The Magna-Tech® makes it really simple to take the lens off and is definitely the easiest for swapping out. There are a few pressure points but these goggles were really comfortable and fit everywhere really well. They come with the MFI facemask and with the magnets you can just pop it on and off. The lens clarity of the M4 was the best of all the goggles I tried. It is so clear. Insane.
The men's Anon M4 goggle offers the most precise helmet-to-goggle fit with maximum field of vision, SONAR by ZEISS clarity, powerful magnetic lens retention, and the unprecedented versatility to switch between toric and cylindrical lenses. Two cylindrical lenses (one installed in the frame, and one spare) are what's included with this version of the Anon M4 goggle—giving you full clarity through reduced peripheral distortion. Magnetic Facemask Integration (MFI®) seals the included Anon MFI facemask to the goggle in a snap. Also includes compression-molded case, and microfiber goggle bag for storage and cleaning the lenses.
Check out more at www.burton.com | MSRP: $299.95
• Magna-Tech® Quick Lens Change Technology
• Outlast® Fog Management Face Fleece
• Over The Glasses (OTG) Compatible
• Full Perimeter Channel Venting