Review: Anon Hawkeye Ski/Snowboard Goggles
I was gutted to have to go out on a search for goggles again this year. Last year I spent a fortune (I think I was robbed) on some Salomon x-tend mirror goggles, and they were perfect for my needs. Then on the last day I stacked it and scratched the lens. I contacted Salomon and was told they were discontinued and the lenses weren’t replaceable. Chuffed.
Fast forward a year and i’m wondering what to get, but without throwing money away like last year. Prizm ones would have been ideal but I have a habit of breaking/ruining things (as stated above!) so I searched around and then had an email pop up from absolute snow. They had a 30% off weekend and on their site were some Anon Hawkeye Goggles. They looked similar to my old Salomon x-tend ones, but the bonus was they had replaceable lenses! Sold!
The goggles were priced at £90 but then 30% discount was applied, so they were just £72. At that price I thought i’d buy a couple of spare lenses, so I also added the mirror lens called ‘Silver Solex’ (£28) and the ‘Blue Cobalt’ (£28) lens purely because it matched my gear. Ahem.
The first thing I did was whip out the dark smoke lens, fashion is more important than being able to see well when flying down ice and snow up a mountain, right?
The lenses were easier to replace than I’d expected. There’s small rubber notches coming off the inside of the rubber frame that just prise the lens away from by literally just pulling back the rubber frame then the lens comes loose, and you’re ready to line up the notches with the replacement lens and squeeze the frame around it. Done!
Out on the slope they were bang on. Super clear, perfectly handled the light, shaded areas and contours. The deep sponge around the frame made them really comfortable too, I didn’t have to fiddle with them and re-adjust every two minutes like i’d done on some old ones.
I did notice though, that the strap didn’t have any rubber grip on the back of it. Personally I think such a minor thing should be standard on all goggle straps. I had a GoPro on my helmet and without that there my goggles would have been flapping all over the place when I lifted them up.
The downside to testing these out on our trip is the fact that the weather was perfect. Lovely clear blue skies all week. Obviously that means I didn’t need to change lens, and I can’t say how it handles bad conditions or whether they steam up or anything.
My personal experience with them was brilliant, but i’m going to have to give them a score that’s fair because I didn’t get the chance to see how they handled other conditions.
Written by: @Shelton
Tried & Tested: March, 2017
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