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Old 12-06-07, 11:17 PM   #26
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Just wanted to post this picture of some Inuit snow goggles to illustrate the concept as it could apply to modern goggles.

Here is a quote from the website that discusses the goggles: "These inuit snow goggles were collected by Henry Larsen while aboard RCMP ST ROCH, 1929-1948. The intense sunlight of the springtime in the Arctic, when reflected from the snow-covered ground, causes a temporary condition called snow blindness. To prevent this, the Inuit made snow goggles. These were fashioned to fit the contours of the face snugly to allow light to enter only through narrow viewing slits that restricted the field of vision and reduced the amount of light that reached the optic nerve. The area behind each eye slit was hollowed out to prevent eye contact and blackened to eliminate glare. Earlier (dating back centuries) goggles were made of bone in the wood scarce Arctic, but later, when wood became more plentiful, such as the time these were made in the early twentieth century, wooden goggles began to appear. The width of the slits governs the width of lateral vision, and the narrower the slit, the more the acuity of vision. This simple but ingenous invention is superior to modern high-tech sunglasses."
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Old 12-10-07, 07:22 PM   #27
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I think Machka claims to wear eyeglasses no matter what the weather but I suspect she has developed some sort of bat-like sonar with all that night-riding she does.
Yes, I wear my little eyeglasses day and night in all weather ... I have to ... I can't see without them. I WISH I had bat-like sonar!!



As for fogging, just make sure your balaclava is not up over your nose especially, and also your mouth if you're doing some heavy breathing, like while climbing a hill. If you keep your balaclava off your face, your glasses won't fog.
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Old 12-12-07, 12:45 PM   #28
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Bright sunshine on the snow makes me sneeze uncontrollably.

Just wanted to share that.
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Old 12-13-07, 05:44 AM   #29
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I use a Buff over my mouth - it's kinda loose below my chin so I can direct the breath downwards. OK until it's getting well below 0C, then the condensation freezes on the buff . . .

When I rode in snowy and icy bits of the UK, I wore one of these

They are thick enough that the frozen condensation builds up on the outside, and doesn't work it's way in. Breath in through mouth and out through nose and you are sorted.

I try to keep one of the wipe areas on one hand clean for swiping across my glasses, to clear fogging.

As a very short-sighted rider, I find heavy rain at night more of a problem. The droplets on my glasses refract car headlights and streetlights, making it impossible to see.
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Old 12-13-07, 08:44 PM   #30
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I just move the glasses down a bit on my nose so when they fog up at stops I can simply look over the top of them. They clear up again when the wind flow starts. I've learned never to touch them or try to clean them in transit as it just smears water on them and then you have to take them off and clean them. If you just leave them alone the frost will vanish on its own.
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Old 12-13-07, 08:54 PM   #31
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I don't know how long/well it would last/work; but shaving cream applied to both sides of the lenses and then removed after a minute might work. Next time you shave, try it on a foggy bathroom mirror...............
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Old 12-15-07, 04:22 PM   #32
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there is a solution to all of your problems tested in the coldest weather -30c in alberta. clic goggles. these are of the highest quality glass with unbeatable clarity. and there are 3 lenses. the sides have vents and they are secured at the front with a powerful self adjusting magnet. the inner lens is also treated for anti-fog. I wear these over my toque and when biking i wear them over my balaclava. I have no issues with the balaclava covering my nose with these either.

they do not fog...at all. better yet when entering a building/house without removing them there is no instant fogging that other glasses get.
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Old 12-17-07, 07:41 AM   #33
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This morning I dug my scuba de-fog out of storage and used it on my glasses (Rudy Project Ekynox SX with clear lenses, so they fit fairly close to my face). No fogging at all, even when wearing a balaclava over my mouth! Temp was around freezing.

The brand I used was Sea Vision but they all work about the same.
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Old 12-17-07, 08:40 AM   #34
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This morning I dug my scuba de-fog out of storage and used it on my glasses (Rudy Project Ekynox SX with clear lenses, so they fit fairly close to my face). No fogging at all, even when wearing a balaclava over my mouth! Temp was around freezing.

The brand I used was Sea Vision but they all work about the same.
I just called a local dive shop and they cautioned that if you have plastic lenses you need to purchase defog that will not harm them. Not all defoggers qualify. They carried Aqua Sphere that works with plastic. $4.95 per bottle retail.
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Old 12-17-07, 02:14 PM   #35
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I didnt feel like reading all of this, but here is a solution. This is what I did to my karting visor when it would fog up in the colder months.

Put a small dab of dish soap onto you finger. Rub it into the backside of the lens until it gets a nice haze on it, and then buff with a soft towl or something. Easy anti-fogger.
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Old 12-17-07, 02:15 PM   #36
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I just serached for prices for the Smith Turbo goggles.

Here is a pair for $80.
http://www.mountainsports.com/msmain...&Detail=143905

And here is a pair of OTG (over the glasses) for $110
http://www.sidebysidesports.com/smithturbootg.html
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Old 12-17-07, 05:27 PM   #37
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I rub shaving creme on the inside lenses on my Uvex goggles then wipe off and it keeps them from fogging .
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Old 12-21-07, 06:34 PM   #38
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Here's a tip for fogged-up goggles/glasses. Instead of purchasing that stuff they advertise for clearing fogged-up glasses. Here's an old Housewife solution: Rub a thin coat of Shampoo on the lens and buff it with a cloth in a circular motion. It's good for about 10 days (so I read). Hey it's worked so far! Shaving cream does the job also (so I've heard).
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Old 12-21-07, 07:28 PM   #39
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It seems that goggles are the only thing that works. I don 't wear glasses but the cold bothers my eyes esp. on the fast decents. These are pretty geekie. Looks like something Dexter would wear. Wonder if they have lighter colored narrow rim ???

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well I have solved that problem with Smith turbo CAM goggles.. the cam stands for constant air movement.. has a little micro electric fan that runs on 2 AAA batteries in a box on the headband.. I can get off the bike steaming like a New York City manhole cover in January(well most January's anyway, maybe not this year) and not have my glasses fog at all!
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Old 12-22-07, 05:19 AM   #40
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When I rode motorcycles I once tried putting bar soap on the back side of the plastic face shield. It was buffed until clear. It did not work very well but it did work better than nothing at all.

For anyone thinking of using Rain X on glasses or shields don't do it. On another forum there were people who used it and their eyes got so irritated that their eye lids got swolen. If you want to use it be sure to let it completely dry before putting it near your eyes. Even then it might be a problem if the chemical gets near your eye while it is evaporating the fog on the lense.
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Old 12-22-07, 05:32 AM   #41
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How about that antifog that is used for snorkel mask.
works for me.
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Old 12-22-07, 08:48 AM   #42
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Funny when I wear my (Scott) Clear Ski Goggles, they NEVER fog.

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I have the same experience with my Scott goggles. They have top and bottom vents with a mesh material ,,,so far down to 0 deg F is no problem.

I also agree with 2manybikes about how to wear wraparounds..works very well.
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Old 12-24-07, 12:19 AM   #43
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I find that Pledge, rubbed on the lenses, does good job of eliminating fog. Plus it smells lemon fresh!
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Old 12-31-07, 02:29 PM   #44
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I fixed the problem with Lasik. I find that many of the sporting sunglasses (I'm using Tifosi Forza FC) anti-fog lenses work very well. I haven't had any really cold commutes yet, but down to mid teens F they have worked wonders. When I wore glasses, I found they would fog easily, so I used goggles, then, until the environment equalized between inside and outside, my glasses would fog, but once they equalized, all was well. I finally got to the point of keeping both my glasses and goggles in cold temps and only put them on right before leaving. This seemed to work pretty well, with only occasional fogging.
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Visorgogs

This subject has came up before on this forum and such places as Icebike and one of the better suggestions has been to purchase and use a set of VISORGOGS (only about 8 bucks a pair).

I've used a pair for the last couple of years (they haven't worn out yet) and my eyeglass fogging, cold face/eye problems are cleared up.

Best $8 dollars I've ever spent!
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This morning I dug my scuba de-fog out of storage and used it on my glasses (Rudy Project Ekynox SX with clear lenses, so they fit fairly close to my face). No fogging at all, even when wearing a balaclava over my mouth! Temp was around freezing.

The brand I used was Sea Vision but they all work about the same.
I had a lot of success with scuba antifogging solutions in the past on goggles and visors. The caution is that the coating is hard (but not impossible) to clean off, and will retain oil and dirt with the oil and dirt mixed in blurring vision with the film they leave. It is easier to clean off glass than plastic. Too liberal a coating also creates some blurs.
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Responding to the posts about contact lenses: Only good if you are in "warmer" temps. I have had my contacts FREEZE TO MY EYES twice when I took my glasses off due to fog. It's pretty painful and sort of freeze-dries the contacts. Read about it in my 12/02/07 post in my blog, link below. I use ski goggles with no problems - when I haven't misplaced them!
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I tried several coatings and different approaches. Nothing could keep the fog away.

Then I just ripped all the foam covering the vents on my goggles off. Problem solved.
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there is a solution to all of your problems tested in the coldest weather -30c in alberta. clic goggles. ...
How is the side-visibility with those clic goggles?
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I actually don't wear glasses or contacts, and my vision is better than average. I do wear eye protection in the winter though, so I feel I can contribute something to this discussion. My solution to fogging sunglasses was to get a pair of Rudy Project Ekynox SGV (Sunglass Goggle Version?), pictured below. The combination of foam, headband, and double layer lenses helped to prevent fog most of the time. I would still be using these, except I lost the the sunglasses last summer.



Right now I'm looking for a good winter eyewear solution. I still have the lenses, foam insert, and headband, so I could just buy another Ekynox frame, but the cheapest I can find them is $80. Now I'm considering getting goggles (Rudy Project Klonyx) for that price instead. Any suggestions? Does anybody have a spare Ekynox frame they don't want?
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