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    suggestions for cold weather eyewear

    Since I get to work at 6am, I ride to work in the dark for a good portion of the year. During this time I usually don't wear any glasses because it's cold enough that I get "freezer burn" where my glasses make contact with my nose and forehead (I always wear them during daylight). Complicating this is the fact that I wear contacts and occasionally particulates in my eys which is not only extremely painful, but potentially lethal.

    Does anyone have any experience with this and suggestions on how to overcome it? Any brands, styles, etc? Thanks in advance.

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    Don't know how to answer the freezer burn
    portion, other than to suggest a frame with
    a soft frame that won't transmit cold (does any
    one make these?). I'd wear a clear glass
    similiar to what is available for Rudy kerosene
    or Bolle glasses. That would protect your eye
    and avoid the drying out of contacts too.

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    I have two pairs of Smith glasses (not Moab) and one pair of Performance glasses, all with clear, yellow, and gray lenses. The frames are soft plastic and the nose piece is soft rubber.
    I wear these in summer and winter. On cloudy days and at night I wear the yellow or clear lenses.

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    I use all of the following:

    • Clear sunglasses (most of the time). The cheap kind from the drug store. Get wrap around ones with the plastic one-piece nosebridge.
    • Racquetball glasses. Ekeloton Mirage. 10 bucks at the sporting good store. These wrap better and won't slide around. These are also clear. I use these less because sometimes I have to switch to sunglasses. I have to stop and remove these. I can't switch "on the fly" because of the elastic headband.
    • Ski goggles. Scott (forget the model). I use these only when it is below 0F or very windy. These are apt to fog but cover half my face and keep me warm


    I use a snowboard helmet and either a balaclava or a bandanna to cover the lower half of my face and neck.

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    I had been wearing basic biking glasses until last week. Picked up a pair of ski goggles with yellow lens - very clear, very warm and no fog ups. I wear contacts also, and find the goggles to work great in cold weather.

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    i wear clear glasses - i used to have yellow Smiths but i lost them -- clear is fine too. i now have cheap no-name $25 anti-fog, "unbreakable", scratch-resistant glasses which are awesome. no need to spend $100!

    i have never had any problem with the "freezer burn" -- although when it's really cold i need to wear glasses or else my eyeballs get really cold.

    i also wear ski goggles if it's REALLY cold or more likely, if it's snowing and i need to keep the snow out of my eyes - can sting at 30km/h!
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    Originally posted by nathank
    i wear clear glasses - i used to have yellow Smiths but i lost them -- clear is fine too. i now have cheap no-name $25 anti-fog, "unbreakable", scratch-resistant glasses which are awesome. no need to spend $100!
    I second that. In fact, nathank, I'm even cheaper: I paid about $7 for a pair of Visorgogs (described on the ICEBIKE site)!

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