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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Goggle lens Oakley or Anon-
    Posted: Jan/27/2013 at 5:32pm
This question is for the lens and NOT their goggle frames. Who makes the better lens in terms of clarity, definition and quality? Oakley or Anon? Or there is no difference?
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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2013 at 6:08pm
there is a difference in that they're not the same lenses, but realistically, they are both going to be as good as the other.  it's more important to get the right lens color for the conditions than it is to worry about the "optics" of the lens. I have used many different goggles and lenses, from high end oakleys to the most basic airblaster lenses that are 1/3 the price of oakley, and my favorite hands down have been from airblaster, and another from dragon.  coming from someone who is anal about gear, has been doing it for closer to 2 decades than 1, and runs a boardshop with all kinds of goggles, I'm just not convinced that all this stress over who has the "best optics" is even worth thinking about.
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  Quote Muse25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2013 at 7:46pm
I understand what you're saying on lenses for different conditions. I have lenses for my bluebirds, my greybirds, my flat lights and so on. I have an opportunity to either get a new pair of oakley goggles or anon goggles as a gift. I've only experiences with anon and I would like to know if oakley lives up to the hype of their lenses and if anon is comparable to oakleys.
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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/27/2013 at 7:54pm
they both have great lenses.  there really isn't much to say about differences that are actually relevant to their performance, though.  probably doesn't mean much, but I see a noticeable amount of feedback on oakley lenses where people seem to scratch them easily compared to other companies.

what matters here is getting a goggle that fits your face well.  the rest comes later. don't feel like one brand VS the other is going to be "better" in terms of lens optics.  they are both great and everything you will need, given the right lens colors.
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  Quote haiv143 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/28/2013 at 2:20pm
I dunno Muse, wouldn't you want to buy the goggles based on comfort/fit first? Have you tried on any of the Oakleys and found the one you like/fit you best compared to the Annons? I love my Oakley Splice based on the comfort/fit. The lenses is an extra bonus. The clarity is great, I love it, but i'm comparing that to my Smith, Spy, and even Scott goggles. Okay, the Scott is not up for debate, lol.
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  Quote coolz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/28/2013 at 2:43pm
honestly l have both, although different colors so eh ldk. I do know my anon came with extra lens though so thats a ++1 
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  Quote sleeepili Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/30/2013 at 8:40pm
i havent tried nor owned Anon lenses so i cant speak to those. However i've owned Oakleys, Spy, and von zipper goggles. they were in the $60-$120 and in terms of clarity i cant tell a difference. The only crappy lenses ive owned were these $20 smith goggles which were soft, scratched easily, and fogged up
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  Quote CassinoNorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/31/2013 at 5:54pm
Oakley would be the better optical company than Anon. Definitely better fighting glare in my experience. 
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Oakley is so much better in making optics than Anon, and they have a greater variety of lenses. Oakley lenses are better anti-scratch resistant and fogs less.
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  Quote spenser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/31/2013 at 8:23pm
again, I have not heard nearly as much negative feedback about goggles scratching easily as I have with oakley.  ultimately all that means is that EVERYONE has a different experience.  it's also impossible to measure "optics" in terms that are actually relevant to snowboarding.  if they're so much better, how come my cheap, basic, flat airblaster lenses work better for me than any other lens I've ever had, period, including oakley?  because it's snowboarding, not nasa space travel, and this shit really doesn't matter much when it comes down to it, unless you have overly sensitive eyeballs.
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  Quote AJD13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2013 at 5:49pm
id definately say oakley... hands down theres nothing to compare. i had a pair of anons and a pair of oakleys. the oakleys put the anon to shame so much clearer picture and no fogging unlike the anon.
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  Quote panther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/02/2013 at 6:50pm
Originally posted by spenser

again, I have not heard nearly as much negative feedback about goggles scratching easily as I have with oakley.  ultimately all that means is that EVERYONE has a different experience.  it's also impossible to measure "optics" in terms that are actually relevant to snowboarding.  if they're so much better, how come my cheap, basic, flat airblaster lenses work better for me than any other lens I've ever had, period, including oakley?  because it's snowboarding, not nasa space travel, and this shit really doesn't matter much when it comes down to it, unless you have overly sensitive eyeballs.

I agree with this for the most part.  I did, however, have a bad experience with my von zipper fishbowls, the lens was pretty bad, it had this gross aberration all the way across the lens horizontally that looked like there was a wave in the plastic, and really bugged me.  That might be more of a quality control issue.  In my opinion, you're going to get good "optics" with pretty much any of the companies, like spenser says.  I do prefer Oakleys though, just because of the fit (for my face), the quality control, and I've never had a problem with them.  But it all comes down to what fits your dome the best.  Go try em on, get what fits best.  If all things were equal between Oakley and Anon, I'd personally go with the Oakleys.  
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