Now that i'm back in front of my PC, here are more details on my findings in the hunt for the ideal goggle. Figured this could help others who are really picky.
ANON M2 vs. IO/7 and why I picked the IO/7
- Anon has superior lens change system. I could do it without a fingerprint on the lens in a few seconds.
- I/O 7 lens change is clumsy compared to anon. Getting those tabs lined up at the bottom isn't as easy as I would have liked. No doubt some fingerprints on the lens during the change
- As stated above, the Anon (with Red Sol x or Blue Sensor) has more of a pronounced internal reflection that is very distracting. This happened both indoors and outdoors and didn't matter if I was looking at the sun or not.. Anon support line acknowledged this and that you wouldn't notice it when skiing.
- I/O 7 still has reflections but they are minor in comparison
- I/O 7 has silicone on the strap - it literally glues itself to my helmet. The lack of silicone gripper on the Anon is inexcusable in this price range
- I/O 7s Ignitor Mirror and Red Sensor (in my personal opinion) were much better than the included Anon Red Sol-X and low light lens. Anon's had a strong yellow hue which I personally dislike and didnt' seem to handle the direct sunlight as well. The ignitor has a pleasant rose tint and seems to be very well rounded and crisp (I will likely leave this lens in unless it is a white out or i'm night skiing in which case i'll swap in the Red Sensor)
- Anon comes with a very nice hard case while Smith comes with a very nice spare lens hardcase. I think I prefer to have the spare lens hard case so I can carry the spare lens safely in my jacket. For travel I will buy a hard case for the whole thing or use the box it came in.
I also looked at the SpyDoom and Oakley Canopy Prizm. Didn't like the fit of the Spydoom (make me look like an alien according to my kids and the optics weren't as pleasing). Oakley Canopy had good optics with the jade prizm lens but the changeability is horrendous and there was no low light lens included. Would have cost me close to $300 CAD for the whole setup with a second lens. Airbrake just didn't fit my nose so I ruled it out.
Encourage everyone to try this carefully when shopping and find a store where they will let you go outside and test the optics. Testing in a store with dozens of bright halogen lights is pointless.