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Old 01-27-06, 05:32 AM   #1
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Glasses that don't fog?

Can anyone sugges some decent, inexpensive glasses that won't fog every time I exhale? It's a problem, especially when I'm wearing the balaclava...
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Old 01-27-06, 05:55 AM   #2
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No easy answers here.. any glasses will fog if they get your warm breath on them when its very cold.. some are better than others but the trade off seems to be the more air they allow to free flow behind the lens the less likely to fog as much, but also the colder they are on the eyes because of that air movement. Some of it can be avoided with technique. In the very cold I try breathing in thru the mouth and out thru the nose.. exhaling out the nose aims the air down and it is less likely to come back up into the glasses than if you exhale out thru your mouth etc depending on the angle of your head etc.. Some will swear to the success of commercial anti fogs like rain-x and cat piss, even soap and spitt.. I ended up buying a set of smith ski goggles with a built in micro fan that keeps air moving thru... that helps a lot, but the goggles are a bit big
and I only use them in extreme conditions.. but when the air is very cold, I dont like to have it hittin my eyeballs so it's either slow down or cover for me.. I also had looked into some special balaclavas that have a mechanism to direct the exhaled air downward but never tried that... if we ever have a bad winter again I may head that direction next..
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Old 01-27-06, 06:20 AM   #3
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Old 01-27-06, 07:42 AM   #4
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You could try using anti fog spray hockey players use on their visors or use a blend of rain X and water.
Hope that helps.
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I've been wearing cheap safety glasses for the last 3 winters and I use anti-fog spray which works fairly well if it's not too cold. Of course if it's not too cold I'm not usually wearing a balaclava. When it does get cold enough to wear a balaclava I put the glasses on outside of the balaclava. So far I've had better luck with this method than I have had when I wear them hooked on my ears underneath (they fit pretty tight to my head so they stay on okay).
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Old 01-27-06, 09:22 AM   #6
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I bought a pair of Wiley X goggles that supposably have the anit-fog lenses but they still fogged up, or at least one lense fogged up.
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Old 01-27-06, 11:53 AM   #7
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I have some Anti Fog Wipes (in little packets) I keep in my pockets, Panniers, work, home, I never think to use them unless I have them on me.
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Old 01-27-06, 12:05 PM   #8
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I used to fight the same thing. Got so tired of it that i finally got contacts in January '05 at the age of 35. The best thing I ever did. I can't believe i screwed around with glasses for the previous 30 years.

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Below 30F I wear ski goggles (they have two lenses and don't fog up). The only problem is that I can't wear my eye glasses under them, so I don't see as well.

Added benefit of more facial coverage than just glasses.
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I used to fight the same thing. Got so tired of it that i finally got contacts in January '05 at the age of 35. The best thing I ever did. I can't believe i screwed around with glasses for the previous 30 years.

exactly.

But you still need eye protection once it gets sub zero and so far nothing I have tried is fog proof beyond -15F. Its my biggest obstacle to sub zero biking.
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Old 01-27-06, 02:09 PM   #11
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Fogtech anti fog wipes/liquid... I wear my goggles over my glasses for skiing and they work fine...
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I hope "cat piss" is a trade name and not the real thing! Along the same lines, I'm using something called Zooke wax [check website], which isn't a spray but a semi-solid rub-on substance that works pretty well. The only real winter we have here is 3 months of inversion layers, and I'm blind as a bat, and I sweat like a pig, so anti-fog research is at the top of my list. It won't make the moisture disappear, but it won't form droplets either to blind you when facing oncoming headlights and such. Water just sheets up, somewhat blurry if the fog is thick but you can see through it, even with ice building up on my goretex. I used to use the packet wipes, but they're very limited and not nearly as effective as the wax. In a pinch, don't laugh at spit; its what scuba divers have used for years.
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I use the anti fog spray used by divers. Also, in less extreme cold, just vented glasses is a good idea.
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Old 01-27-06, 11:43 PM   #14
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Try CatCrap
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I used the CatCrap yesterday when I went cross-country skiing, and it didn't work as well as I was told. There was a light snow falling, but none on my glasses. Don't know. When I used to dive, years ago, I would find the discarded tobacco from a cigarette and use that. The tobacco, appearantly, has oils which act as an anti-fogger. That worked very well. Mabe I'll throw a pack in my bag just for emergencies. "Not for smoking."
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anyone ever use Kleer vu anti fog spray?
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I used to fight the same thing. Got so tired of it that i finally got contacts in January '05 at the age of 35. The best thing I ever did. I can't believe i screwed around with glasses for the previous 30 years.

And I've had Laser Surgery and don't need to wear glasses for vision. But I DO need to wear them for eye protection. Road or Trail, you need to protect those peepers.
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yeah that's it CatCrap not CatPiss.. I knew it was something like that.. I have some around somewhere, was not enough help for me when riding hard...
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I've actually found decent tinted safety glasses at Home Depot for around $14 that I started using this winter that have worked very well. They occasionally begin to fog a bit if I'm stopped for a bit (ex: traffic light), but clear as soon as I begin moving out again. They come in various tint shades. I used them one day when rode at lunch time a work and had forgotten my other glasses - surprise, surprise!!!
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just rub some cat crap on your lenses

there is this anti fog product called cat crap and it works well

http://www.catcrap.com/
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just rub some cat crap on your lenses

there is this anti fog product called cat crap and it works well

http://www.catcrap.com/
Will this also prevent moisture from building up inside the goggles as well? Heck, I went out today to shovel the snow and I had moisture building up in them. Mind as well not where any googles/glasses at all. I seriously think this is my biggest issue when riding in the snow/cold, otherwise no kind of weather would stop me from riding.
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