I’m a big fan of the interchangeable lens goggle models that have been introduced since the Smith I/O. I’ve had the I/O but they don’t fit my face. My wife uses the I/OS, but that’s too small a field of view for me. Unfortunately, the I/OX didn’t fit my face either (gap over the nose). I love Oakley goggles, but wasn’t a huge fan of the Airbrake styling. So when the Anon M2 was released I was intrigued and bought a pair.
I bought the Landvik Pro model which includes the Black Smoke lens for bright sun and the Blue Lagoon lens for flat light. The Black Smoke lens is a great lens for bright sun. It’s very neutral so it doesn’t distort color, which I like. Also, the jet black looks great and really gives you that fighter pilot look.
The Blue Lagoon lens is very comparable to the Oakley HI Yellow. It’s a great flat light tint and I was pretty happy with visibility in snowy PNW conditions… when the lens didn’t fog (more on that later).
Despite being an ophthalmologist, I think it’s pretty hard to judge optical quality when you’re dealing with the top brands. The anon lenses are fine, though I do think Smith and Oakley have slightly less distortion and are just a bit higher quality overall.
Frame and Strap
The frame is your standard flexible material with the magnets that hold the lens on. The foam is a little disappointing compared to Oakley’s foam, which I think is top notch.
My biggest complaint is the lack of silicone on the inside of the goggle strap. This was something I took for granted on all my other goggles. It needs to be there and there’s no excuse for its absence on a $220 goggle. With a large frame goggle like this, whenever I pulled it off my face and put it up on my helmet it was slide up and flip down onto the back of my neck. Totally annoying.
The Magnets/Lens Changing
This is simply amazing and is by far the best and easiest lens change method on the market. It takes literally zero time. You can do it easily in gloves. Just get the new lens anywhere near the frame and the magnets will grab it. It’s fantastic and works as well as advertised. I did take a good fall once and didn’t have any problem with lens retention.
I really loved the simplicity of the lens change with this goggle. They fit my face really well and I think the size is perfect. The field of view is excellent.
I did have a problem with the Blue Lagoon lens fogging. The seal between the two lenses had gaps and let moisture in. This made them basically unusable in the conditions I needed them most. Anon customer service did not have another lens when I called them in mid-January. So I couldn’t really rely on them when it was wet and snowy and I usually grabbed a different pair. That said, at the end of the season Anon replaced the entire goggle for me and were very nice about it.
I’m not sure I’ll keep this new pair. They may end up in the gear forum. Bottom line, though. It’s a solid goggle with some flaws. But if ease of lens change is important to you, this is the best method there is.