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    Eyeglasses in the winter

    Hello--

    I'm sure this has been covered but I didn't find quite what I was looking for. I want to hear from people who wear eyeglasses and commute in the winter (especially in cold climates).

    I have contacts and could wear them, but the less morning hassle, the better. I have trouble with my glasses fogging up (and then freezing over) whenever I wear a scarf over my face, but it gets too cold not to cover my face.

    What's the best solution you've found?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparklingrobots View Post

    I have contacts and could wear them, but the less morning hassle, the better. I have trouble with my glasses fogging up (and then freezing over) whenever I wear a scarf over my face, but it gets too cold not to cover my face.

    What's the best solution you've found?

    Thanks,
    Tara
    The less hassle is wearing the contacts. Winter Cycling is the main reason I finally got contacts about 3 years ago. The smartest thing I ever did. I tried everything to wear glasses in winter and in the end, the answer was to get rid of them.

    Now I can comfortably cover every inch of my face except for my eyeballs and still have great vision. I don't understand why you wouldn't wear your contacts. There is no greater HASSLE than trying to wear glasses in winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis View Post
    The less hassle is wearing the contacts.
    Accuvue Oasys. Best. Contacts. Evah.
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    Alright, alright. Point made. Thanks for the responses. : )

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    Get one of these and stick it on your helmet. Use a lens defogging agent to prevent your lenses from fogging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff-o View Post
    Get one of these and stick it on your helmet. Use a lens defogging agent to prevent your lenses from fogging.

    where can i buy one of those? the site lists it, but i dont see a place i can purchase it
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    Quote Originally Posted by feethanddooth View Post
    where can i buy one of those? the site lists it, but i dont see a place i can purchase it
    Go to any bike shop that carries Louis Garneau stuff, they should be able to order one for you. It's about $10-15.
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    They make face masks that may work better than a scarf- check at REI or other sporting goods/ hunting places. "Work better" in that they may not direct exhaled air up on your glasses.

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    As a rule of thumb: cover you nose, fog your glasses. You need to direct the exhaust down and out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
    As a rule of thumb: cover you nose, fog your glasses. You need to direct the exhaust down and out.
    And this does help. But still it doesn't fix it completely. Also with glasses you still have to deal with drizzle, fog etc.

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    During the winter, I ride when it's into the teens (fahrenheit). May have ridden in the single digits once or twice. What works for me is a balaclava over head and lower part of face, helmet liner over balaclava, eyeglasses on, and ski goggles over glasses. No problem with fogging. Have never ridden with contacts. Tried a pair MANY years ago but returned them within the 30-day "satisfaction guaranteed" period. Didn't like sticking things in my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideon7 View Post
    During the winter, I ride when it's into the teens (fahrenheit). May have ridden in the single digits once or twice. What works for me is a balaclava over head and lower part of face, helmet liner over balaclava, eyeglasses on, and ski goggles over glasses. No problem with fogging. Have never ridden with contacts. Tried a pair MANY years ago but returned them within the 30-day "satisfaction guaranteed" period. Didn't like sticking things in my eyes.

    Contacts have improved DRASTICALLY since then. I had tried some 20 years ago and they were awful. I too, quit and went many years without them. But now, 20 some years later i am completely sold. Mine are completely comfortable and there are very few times when i even know i am wearing them. Just the opposite with my glasses. I wear glasses at bedtime while watching TV. I can't stand the frame in my vision and I always notice spots on them.

    Contacts provide crystal clear vision.

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    I have an astigmatism, so can't go with the soft lenses. Had the hard lenses, which floated up and down when I blinked. Plus, I teach English, so glasses are almost a requirement for the job.
    And two years ago I got to go to bifocals!

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    Hope you don't get stopped at a light for long

    I've never worn contacts and I do a lot of winter riding. I also don't use face masks or anything else to cover my face. I've never figured out how to keep from fogging my glasses other than by keeping moving. The few times I did use a balaclava, my glasses were unusable in the first 3 blocks. I've even tried defoggers like Cat Crap and, frankly, it wasn't worth a crap!

    Sport glasses work a little. Try pulling them away from your face a little as soon as you stop. It works kinda. Also, keep your face towards any wind you can. If nothing else, I find that they clear about a half a block after I start riding.
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    I get fog problems when it's unexpectedly warm (usually in the teens or twenties) and I have to stop for very long. Then evaporation from the sweat will fog them up. Otherwise fogging hasn't been a problem. Any wind at all, or just riding along, will keep them from fogging.

    A bigger problem I ran into was freezing eyeballs after downhill stretches. My left eye froze shut last winter and got infected afterwards. It cleared up, but was disconcerting to say the least.
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