Expert Review: Anon M2 MFI Goggles

This review is my honest opinion of the goggles, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.

A snowboarder wearing the Anon M2 MFI Goggles stands with his snowboard.

All photos courtesy of Maicen Stuart

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About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the goggles, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.

My take

The Anon M2 MFI Goggles are a super high-quality pair of goggles with magnetic release lenses, magnetic face mask connection points, and offer a wide field of vision with spherical lenses. The Anon M2 goggles are the perfect daily goggles for any rider in any condition.

Two snowboarders sitting on a chair at a ski resort.

About this goggles I own

  • Model: 2022 Anon M2
  • Size: One size
  • Does it feature lens replacement?: Yes
  • Fit: True to size

About me

  • Helmet: 2022 Smith Maze Mips
  • Wear glasses with goggles: No
  • Experience: 10+ years of snowboarding

Test conditions

  • When I bought them: November 2021
  • Days used: 15
  • Lenses I own: Perceive Sunny Red and Perceive Cloudy Burst
  • Weather conditions used in: Sunny days, cloudy days, blizzard, night boarding, low light
  • Where I’ve used them: Brighton, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Utah; Vail, Colorado
  • Terrain: Powder, trees, resort, park

How they perform

Anti Fog
Field of View

What I was looking for

When I purchased the Anon M2 goggles, I wanted a high-quality, spherical-lens goggle that I could switch out lenses quickly with and that I could use in any conditions. I wanted a pair of goggles that I could carry multiple lenses with me and switch them out on the lift if needed.

Why I chose this gear

I decided to buy the Anon M2 goggles because of Anon and Burton’s reputation, the spherical nature of the lens, the magnetic lens-release system, and the unique MFI system that comes with the Anon goggles. I considered a few different options when I purchased these goggles. I looked at the Anon M3, Smith I/O Mag, and the Salomon Radium Pro. I decided to stick with M2 goggles because I wanted a spherical lens for the added visibility and clarity versus the cylindrical lens. Also, Anon goggles come with the MFI system which lets me magnetically connect face masks/balaclavas to the goggles. These were my first pair of high-quality goggles; before, I had only used a couple cheap pairs of Giro and Oakley and the difference is huge. The clarity, anti-fog technology, and convenience is well worth the money.

The Anon M2 MFI Goggles with both lenses and the bag they come with.

What I love about it

  • Fit: The M2 goggles come with a standard fit. I have a relatively small face, so these fit a bit low on my nose. But overall I really like how they fit and the strap is highly adjustable for getting just the right tension around my head. These feel like they would fit a very broad audience.
  • Comfort: These goggles are incredibly comfortable and I barely notice that I’m wearing them. I can wear these all day without any irritation or annoyance, the foam is really well designed and super soft.
  • Lens replacement: The M2 goggles feature magnetic release lens replacement tech and it’s extremely easy to use. The magnets are very strong and I haven’t had any issues with them coming loose while riding, even the times where I crash real hard (it happens to the best of us). I like to carry a spare lens on me while I’m riding and have easily switched out the lens on the lift or even mid-run with no problems.
  • Ventilation: These are genuinely the first goggles I’ve used that are nearly completely fog-proof. I’ve used these in a wide variety of conditions and they’ve only ever fogged up a couple times very briefly, even with a face mask. The MFI system lets me magnetically connect a facemask to the goggles and even with the mask connected like that, they don’t fog up. This is definitely my favorite characteristic of these goggles.
  • Visibility: The field of view with these goggles is really stellar with the spherical lenses. Also, with the magnetic lens release system, it’s easy to buy a couple different lenses for a variety of conditions so I’m ready for all types of lighting. I’ve ridden with these goggles in super sunny conditions, night boarding, cloudy, blizzard and I haven’t had any real visibility issues, it’s all about getting the right visible light transmission (VLT).
  • Strap: The strap on the M2 goggles isn’t the most technically advanced, but it’s super solid, easy to adjust, and very comfortable. It’s a standard-stretch strap with two points of adjustment that I simply pull to tighten/loosen; easy to adjust, even with gloves on. The backside of the strap has two lines of rubber so that the strap doesn’t slide around on my helmet or beanie.
  • Helmet compatibility: I’ve only used these goggles with the Smith Maze Mips helmet, but they fit really well and with the rubber lining on the underside of the strap, it doesn’t move around at all on the helmet. Great compatibility and I couldn’t imagine a helmet that these wouldn’t work with.
  • Features: The notable features of these goggles include the magnetic lens replacement system, spherical lenses for a wide field of view, and the MFI facemask system (magnetically attach an Anon-specific facemask to the bridge of the goggle). These perform truly fantastic and I don’t imagine I’ll be switching goggles anytime soon.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Durability: The lens durability of these goggles are truly the only downside. This isn’t entirely unique to the M2s, but the lenses do scratch relatively easily, and if they’re not stored properly, they will get scratched. I’ve used them very aggressively for a full season now and have only accumulated one or two scratches on each lens.

Favorite moment with this gear

My very first day at Vail resort in Colorado was this New Year’s Day. I showed up around 10AM, and it was hovering around 0–5 degrees Fahrenheit and cloudy. I started the day with my high VLT lens and my thick MFI facemask for the cold weather and cloudy conditions. It was really icy and cold, but the goggles were perfect and I had super clear vision. Around 1PM, the sun decided to come out and the temperature quickly went up, so on the lift up I quickly switched out my lens for the low VLT and my lightweight MFI facemask—which was perfect for the rising temps and sunny skies. Then, at around 3PM, it started to get cloudy again. So I switched out my lens one more time. By the end of the day, I was totally in love with these goggles and the MFI system. The convenience and quality I discovered that day solidified my loyalty to the M2s.

Value for the money vs. other options

Coming in at around $275, these goggles are a bit expensive. Comparable goggles include the Smith I/O Mag, Anon M3/M4, and Giro Contact. With respect to those options, I think the M2 goggles are well worth the cost, as they sit right in the middle of that price range and with the same features but the added MFI system—which I personally think is a game-changer.

Final verdict

Overall, the Anon M2 goggles are packed full of awesome features including magnetic lens replacement, spherical lenses, phenomenal ventilation, and Anon’s MFI system for facemasks and balaclavas. The M2 goggles is a perfect every-condition, every day goggle and I would recommend these to anyone wanting a high-quality, high-convenience goggle.

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Anon M2 MFI Goggles
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Hey fellow mountain lovers! My name is Maicen and I am from Salt Lake City. I spent 4 years getting my Bachelor's degree in Astrophysics and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, GO BADGERS! I'm now currently a graduate student at the University of British Columbia in Va...

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