This winter, as COVID-19 continued to spread across the country, wearing a face covering while skiing has taken on a new meaning. Many resorts across the country have mandated the wearing of masks at all times. It’s an important rule, but it has also forced many of us to face an age-old problem: glasses fogging. If you don’t put your mask in your goggles, it can slide off and expose your nose and mouth. However, plugging it in creates an express lane through which the breath comes directly to your lenses and condenses into vapor there. The MFI (Anon Magnetic Face Integration) line changed the game.
The combined glasses-mask system has been around since 2015, but has developed a lot since then and is getting lighter and slimmer with every generation. This year’s iteration has particularly tight tolerances, so there are no gaps between the two parts of the kit. A series of magnets along the bottom edge of the goggles connect to a stiff plastic and magnetic rail on top of the face mask that is specially shaped to create a perfect seal. Put them close together and they will snap in place. This prevents the mask from creating an air channel in the goggles, which prevents fogging. I’ve never had less problems with goggles fogging up while wearing a mask. I have worn this system on cold, foggy, single digit mornings and on bright, warm afternoons. I’ve shot through pow shots and taken some big falls. Snow or moisture has never entered.
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The glasses themselves work well. I tested the men’s M4 cylindrical goggles, which have extremely clear lenses – one for bright days and one for low light – and great peripheral vision. Changing lenses is quick with the help of another set of magnets along the edge of the frame.
Anon makes several MFI eyewear and carries a whole range of compatible face masks, ranging from wool blends to synthetic fleece. Just make sure you pick one that isn’t perforated. Some masks have open holes that encourage airflow but are of no use to you or anyone else in terms of safety. (In accordance with the latest CDC recommendations on wearing two face covers in public, I put a surgical mask under my MFI system.) You can get them as a kit (starting at $ 270) or a la carte (starting at $ 150.) for goggles and $ 30) buy for a mask). None of Anon’s current mask options are specifically designed to ward off COVID-19. According to Trevor Moore, Senior Product Manager, the brand “is continuously working to develop new types of coverage with different fabrics and treatments that could help reduce the spread of COVID-19 viruses. “
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