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ARE ANON GOGGLES GOOD?
Coming from the stable of snowboard heroes Burton, Anon ski and snowboard goggles are massively popular around the world for their strong looks and even stronger performance. There’s a superb selection of Anon goggles to choose from, and with replacement lenses available for each model, you can be sure to find something that’ll provide great protection, clarity and detail in virtually any possible weather condition. We’ll explain what makes each Anon goggle lens unique, which conditions they suit, and the amount of light they’ll transmit to your eye.
ANON GOGGLE LENSES FOR DIFFERENT CONDITIONS
Although your goggles will usually come with a single lens, it’s unlikely that they’ll work to the highest level in all weather conditions and light levels. While there are some good all-rounder lenses out there, generally you’ll benefit from a couple of different specialist lenses.
ANON GOGGLE LENSES: LENS SHAPES
Anon lenses come in three shapes – Spheric, Toric and Cylindrical. They’ve put a handy video together to explain each…
Spherical lenses are curved equally in all directions across the surface of the lens. This mirrors the eye’s natural shape and makes for an undistorted view fo the landscape.
Toric lenses are relatively new to Anon. They have a similar curve to a spherical lens but the curvature isn’t uniform across the surface. This increases venting and minimises visual distortion.
Cylindrical lenses are only curved on the horizontal plane. They remain flat from top to bottom. This increases the total field of view but may distort the landscape towards the edges. They’re usually great for glasses wearers as there’s more room between the inner surface and the rider’s face.
ANON GOGGLE LENSES: VLT (VISIBLE LIGHT TRANSMISSION)
Each Anon goggle lens will be tinted to absorb certain wavelengths and intensities of light. What the lens doesn’t absorb it lets through to your eye. We describe the amount of light that can pass through the lens as Visible Light Transmission (VLT). It’s easy to pick the right lens based on its VLT rating. See the diagram below for a rough estimation of what VLT percentage you should use for which light conditions.
Check out our handy comparison table for a run down on Anon lens tints and VLT ratings.
VLT (visible light transmission) is usually described as a percentage, the higher the percentage, the more light is allowed through to your eye. Generally, you’ll want a higher VLT percentage for lower light conditions so you can see well, and a lower VLT for brighter conditions to protect your eyes against the sun and glare.
HOW TO CHANGE ANON LENSES: MAGNA-TECH
One of the best features of Anon’s goggle and lens range is their Magna-Tech system. Models equipped with Magna-Tech use a system of magnets to fix the lens in place in the goggle. That means when conditions change and you need to try a different lens, you can snap your spares on and off with ease.
It’s a far quicker and easier system than many of Anon’s competitors offer, and it’s surprisingly solid too, so you needn’t worry about losing your latest lens to a strong gust of wind or a bad fall.
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ANON ZEISS SONAR LENS TECHNOLOGY
When you’re looking through our Anon Goggles line-up, you’ll spot a few lenses listed with ‘Sonar’ in the name. Sonar means that the lens features Sonar Lens technology, created with sports-optics specialists, Zeiss. Sonar lenses manipulate wavelengths of blue light to enhance definition and clarity, so you can read the snow better – especially useful when visibility isn’t good.
WHAT IS THE BEST ANON GOGGLE LENS?
There are many factors that go into choosing the best goggle lens colour (or tint). We’ve broken down a few key considerations below to help you find the best goggle lens for the conditions you’re riding in. As mentioned earlier, it’s always ideal to have a few different lenses in case the light levels change.
You might find that some lenses aimed at lower light conditions allow less light through to your eyes than others. This is because you don’t always use the whole spectrum of visual light to see clearly.
Certain high-end lenses can enhance the colours of light that help you to see in certain conditions, by tuning out and absorbing the wavelengths of light that you don’t need. So while you’re getting less light overall, you’re getting plenty of the wavelengths that you need to see clearly.
CONTRAST, DETAIL AND DEPTH PERCEPTION
Anon uses a combination of different base tints and coatings to tune lenses for different conditions, but whatever the conditions, you can be sure they’ll be trying to retain as much clarity of vision and detail as possible.
Landscape detail is key for depth perception – those subtle differences in shadow, light and dark can make a huge difference to your ability to see and avoid obstacles when you’re flying down a mountain. That’s why so much of Anon’s goggle lens technology goes into preserving and enhancing that all-important visual contrast.
Special base lenses, mirrored coatings and polarisation all play a part in reducing glare from snow, boosting contrast and rinsing as much detail as possible from the light that’s available to your eye.
GRADIENTS AND VARIABLE VLT
To create solutions that work in a wide variety of light conditions, Anon has developed lenses with a gradient tint across the lens. The idea is that generally, most bright light comes from above, so the lens will be darker at the top to protect your eye from the sun’s strongest rays. The lower part of the lens will then have a clearer tint with a higher VLT rating so that you can see more of the fine detail that you need to judge depth and assess the terrain.
This solution can help to improve a lens’ versatility, but it’s worth remembering that in very bright conditions, you’ll experience a lot of glare and light bouncing up from the snow below, which may reduce the effectiveness of a gradient lens.
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OUR FAVOURITE ANON GOGGLE LENSES
We’ve picked out a few of our favourite Anon goggle lenses. Each lens is designed to suit a different light level: bright days, whiteout conditions, or somewhere in between. Remember, these are just our suggestions, what works for us might not work for you – don’t forget we live in Scotland.
Anon Sonar Smoke Lens
We love the stealth-style of the Anon Sonar Smoke lens. It has a 7% VLT rating, so it combats bright glare really well. Anon’s Sonar technology means the Sonar Smoke lens has a pinkish tint to enhance colour contrast and definition, but you won’t notice this when you’re riding.
Anon Sonar Infrared Lens
The whiteout king. The Anon Sonar Infrared lens is ideal when the light is flatter than a pancake. A 57% VLT means it’s only going to give you glare protection on the overcast days. However, the Sonar technology will squeeze every last ounce of detail out of whatever light there is.
Anon Sonar Pink Lens
The Sonar Pink uses a tinted formula that’s unique to Anon to give a great low light performance while only allowing a relatively small amount of visual light to be transmitted. That lower 39% VLT will also mean that if things do brighten up, you’ll get much more protection than you’d get with other lenses aimed at low-light situations.
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ANON GOGGLE LENS COMPARISON TABLE
|Lens Name||Ideal Conditions||Light Level||VLT||Description||Available with|
|Amber||Snowy, overcast, broken cloud||Low to medium light||55%||An outstanding multi-purpose lens tint that filters blue light for superior contrast, shadow definition and depth perception.||Helix 2.0, Insight Women’s, M2, M4 Toric, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, Tracker Youth, Mig, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Relapse Jr., Derringer, Insight, Circuit|
|Blue Amber||Broken cloud, slightly sunny||Medium to bright light||50%||Amber base lens tint with a multi-layer blue mirror coating for medium to bright days.||Relapse Jr.|
|Clear||Night||Low light||85%||Clear lens with minimal tint for maximum light transmission with neutral colour perception and true vision.||M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1 Women’s, Helix 2.0, Insight Women’s, M2, M4 Toric, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, Tracker Youth, Mig, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Relapse Jr., Derringer, Insight, Circuit|
|Dark Smoke||Bright sunshine||Very bright light||8%||A neutral dark grey base tint that’s designed to protect the eye and retain detail in very bright conditions without distorting colours.||Deringer Women’s, M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1 Women’s, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Circuit, Relapse|
|Green Solex||Sunny||Bright light||18%||Dark bronze base lens tint with a multi-layer Green Mirror cuts glare and reduces eye fatigue in super sunny conditions.||Insight Women’s|
|Red Solex||Sunshine||Bright light||18%||The red solex, like it’s blue brother, uses a dark bronze base with added mirror coating to reduce eye fatigue and glare while maintaining detail and clarity.||Helix 2.0|
|Silver Amber||Partly cloudy||Medium light||35%||Amber base lens with a Silver Mirror for the best all around lens from low, flat to brighter light.||Helix 2.0, Insight Women’s, Tracker, Relapse Jr.|
|Sonar Blue||Partly cloudy||Medium light||46%||An upgraded blue lagoon; Ideal for riding trees on grey bird days as it brightens up the terrain without washing it out.||Helix 2.0, M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1 Women’s, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Circuit, Derringer, Insight|
|Sonar Bronze||Sunny and overcast||Medium to bright||19%||Bronze base reduces glare, whilst enhancing contrast across a range of conditions.||Deringer Women’s, Helix 2.0, Insight Women’s, M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, WM1 Women’s, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Circuit, Relapse|
|Sonar Green||Sunny||Bright light||23%||The most versatile Sonar lens. Perfect for partly cloudy days when the shadows are constantly changing light.||Circuit, Deringer Women’s, Helix 2.0, Insight Women’s, M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1 Women’s, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s|
|Sonar Infrared||Cloudy||Low light||57%||Best for grey bird days or when it is snowing a lot! Provides crisp and clear snow definition in flat light.||M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1 Women’s, Derringer, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Insight, Circuit, Helix 2.0|
|Sonar Infrared Blue||Overcast and sunny||Medium light||39%||Ideal for grey morings and then bright afternoons. Provides clarity when it’s overcast, without washing out the terrain when the sun pops out.||M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Tempest, Derringer, Sync Men’s, Helix 2.0, WM1|
|Sonar Night||Night||Low light||77%||Low-light base lens with a red mirror to flush out depth perception under night pipe lights and fine-tune contrast enhancement.||M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1, Derringer, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Insight, Circuit, Helix 2.0|
|Sonar Pink||Overcast and snowy||Low light||39%||Pink tints increase definition and contrast when you’re struggling for light.||Insight Women’s, M2, M3, M4 Cylinder, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1 Women’s, Derringer, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Circuit, Helix 2.0|
|Sonar Red||Sunny||Bright light||14%||Ideal for blue bird days at higher elevation due to the increased glare reduction.||Deringer Women’s, Helix 2.0, M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1 Women’s, Circuit, Insight|
|Sonar Silver||Sunny||Bright light||6%||As dark as Dark Smoke, but with much better contrast. Depth perception increased on the brightest days.||Circuit, Helix 2.0, M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, WM1, Sync Women’s, Tempest, Insight|
|Sonar Smoke||Bluebird||Bright light||7%||Contrast-boosting base tint designed for use in very bright light conditions on the snow.||Deringer Women’s, Helix 2.0, Insight Women’s, M2, M3, M4 Cylindrical, M4 Toric, Mig, Relapse, Tempest Women’s, WM1 Women’s, Sync Men’s, Sync Women’s, Circuit|