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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2014
Magnetic interchangeable lenses for easy switch outs.
“Hands-down the easiest lens-switching system I’ve used,” says one seasoned optics tester. “Plus, there’s no fussing and smudging like you get with other swappable lenses.” The secret? Magnets. Pull up on the lens to disengage the magnets or press down to engage and secure them. “It’s like they’re on autopilot,” says another tester. “I didn’t need to mess with grooves or manhandle a lens into place.”
The new Axo frame, which features rubber temple tips and nose pad, offers ample coverage and didn’t budge or fog up on high output runs in subfreezing temps, despite a close fit. The two included lenses allowed for a range of protection in a variety of conditions. The polarized gray lens has a 10 percent VLT rating, making it a great all-around lens for bright days. The Rose Amber lens provides less protection (18 percent VLT); choose it for more overcast days. $149; 1.3 oz.; switchvision.com