Featured Review bytraviasonJan 17, 2015 @ 10:01 PM
As far as goggles go, these are just about as top of the line as they come.
First of all, the optics are perfect. They're as clear as could be and the low profile gives them an incredible field of view. They also come with a secondary lens so you're covered in all kinds of light.
So far I haven't had any issues with fog. I've worn them every day for about 2 weeks now and can only remember them fogging once after walking from -20 C into warm coffee shop.
Style is subjective, but I really like how the lens is flush with the frame and how they've kept the design fairly clean.
But all of that aside, most top of the line goggles have great optics, anti-fog, and design. What really sets these apart is the Magna-Tech lens swapping system. It uses a series of 8 high power magnets placed around the frame and lens, which makes changing these lenses far easier than any goggle that I've used in the past. I've shown these to a few people and have always been asked the same question: "Doesn't the lens just pop off when you fall?". At first I had the same concern, but I've had some pretty big falls (I'm talking bloody nose and a fat lip) and they've always held tight.
Overall, these are definitely the best goggles I've ever worn and the only pair I've ever used where I don't think twice about changing the lenses because it's actually that easy.
Magnets, how do they work? Really F&@%ing Well is how they work! I admit I was a bit skeptical about how well tiny magnets would really hold the lenses in these goggles, but they have been amazing. I havenâ€™t once had them pop out, even with a few minor bails, though I havenâ€™t taken a full face plant with them. Changing lenses on these is the easiest of any goggle I have ever used, lift them off and just drop on the new one. Simple as that. You are able to hold it around the edges, and barely touch the lens itself so you donâ€™t have to worry about the mess of fingerprints all over after every change. They are definitely something you can easily change on the lift in between runs.
Styling these are clean and simple. I have the black and red, dark and subtle is my preferred style to these fit me really well. The huge wall to wall lens looks great, and the relatively low profile frame isnâ€™t overly bulky. I have used them with several helmets, and the gap is minimal to nil with most, with a nice generic ridge shape.
Optic wise, these rival anything from the top names. Crystal clear and almost zero distortion. They have a great wide field of vision, with barely any frame in view. My set came with a great dark tint lens for sunny day use, while it still functions in the shadows, as well as a night lens. The lighter lens is awesome for night skiing, but I did find it too bright for overcast or fog, and doesnâ€™t show a ton of definition. I am looking to get a third lens in between. But since they swap so easily itâ€™s not a big deal to have an extra one on you for changing conditions.
I really like how they ship with a great little storage case as well, something many donâ€™t. While I try to take care of goggles, having that extra level of protection makes a big difference.
I do have one small gripe about the M2s though. These are the first goggles in forever I have used that do not have the sticky strips of silicon on the inside of the strap. I ride with a helmet all the time, and this missing detail means they donâ€™t always want to stay on the helmet where I put them. Now I am sure this was done for people who wear them under their helmets, but for me itâ€™s a little annoying.