21/12/2012 | by Youri Barneoud
Sometimes, the best part of technology is in the simple solutions it can offer. This is exactly what the Anon M1 goggle is about. If you haven’t heard of this revolutionary piece of equipment yet, it’s about time you did!
The M1 was presented at last year’s trade shows and immediately captured a lot of attention. The principle is a fully magnetic lens to easily clip to the frame of the goggle. The M1′s design has 6 magnet connection points, and when all are fully bonded, the combined retention can hold up to 20 lbs, so it doesn’t come off on the first face plant. Actually, as with every other goggle out there, you would have more chance of breaking the lens than losing it. The magnetic lens system is called Magna-Tech, and it’s just as easy as a push and a clip. No more hassle changing your lens on the mountain with cold hands and annoying plastic snicks to line up, no more dark lens on a whiteout day and vice versa – yes, sometimes swapping lenses can be such a hassle that you’d prefer just make the most of your day riding with the wrong lens, rather than spending time and nerves changing an old school lens. No more…
Other key features: Anon’s Spherical lens construction combines decentered technology with a lens curvature that mimics the curvature of the human eye for superior optics in all directions. Anon lenses get laser etched graphic treatments, and the straps feature a spectrum of advanced applications including suede, leather,emblems, and badges. Anon’s Triple Layer face foams utilize a moisture wicking fleece that provides a perfect goggle-to-face fit, sealing out the elements while providing hours of riding comfort. And Anon’s Dual Lens Construction ensures proper climate control between the lenses and your face to keep vision clear in all conditions. For doubly clear performance, all lenses are treated with Anon’s premium anti-fog coating.
Helmet Compatibility: All Anon frames are engineered with helmet compatibility as an integral design consideration. They work to create a proper fit, eliminate gaper gap, and maximize ventilation airflow for the goggle/helmet interface, so you can ride on without looking back.
Ok, now you know all about the M1, here’s a very cool App to go with it: download onto your smartphone and you’ll be able to test on snow all the different colored lenses, just as if you had them all with you on the mountain for a test. With this feature your iPhone will use the camera lens as a view finder to capture actual surroundings. Then, you can point the phone at whatever you want (say the base lodge or the mountain) and see how it would look under any Anon lens tint. The tool allows you to swipe from the darkest to lightest lens tint so you can see which color lens you prefer for the day’s conditions. Probably the best way to make sure you have the right equipment for the right conditions.