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Old 11-06-07, 07:21 PM   #1
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But...What to wear on your eyes.

So, I generally cycle in the morning. This is my first crack at year long cycling instead of a specific season. MY question....What kind of eyewear? I ride in the dark ALOT. SO anythng I pick up would have to have a clear lens option. Thank for the input.
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Old 11-06-07, 07:55 PM   #2
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I'm sure you can pick up some clear lensed ski goggles for when it is really cold.

Otherwise I just use clear lensed plastic glasses I got off Nashbar
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Old 11-06-07, 08:16 PM   #3
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I just wear my normal glasses.
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Expected temperature range?
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WileyX goggles. They keep my eyes warm, and almost never fog up. Sometimes they put too much pressure on the bridge of my nose, though. You can find a ton of them on eBay.
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I use ski goggles when it's really cold, otherwise, nothing.
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I use clear shop safety glasses. Wrap around to the sides, light, and cheap. Way less than rider $pecialty glasses.
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Since I froze my eyeball last year I've had a lot of trouble with it tearing up in subfreezing temps. It's like I'm crying out of one eye. Are there any insulated ski goggles that WON'T fog up?
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I have a pair of double lense Carrera goggles that do not fog up. The double lenses have a space between them that creates a termal barrier and virtually eliminates fogging.
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Don't stop.
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I'm with Machka. I just wear my regular glasses. My eyes tear up a bit around mile one, and it stops around mile two.

As for the fogging, the secret is: Don't stop.

In my 45 years of wearing glasses I've tried all the remedies--both commercial and home-brew. They all work for a bit, then they don't. Too much fussing for me. I just turn my head to catch whatever breeze is blowing to funnel it behind the lens. They clear up soon enough, usually by the time the light turns green.
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I went to a lot of measures to find out how to happily wear glasses in the winter. In the end i learned that the best solution was to wear contact lenses. That is the ONLY reason i got them a few years ago, was for winter cycling.

This was simply the best move i've made in a long, long time. Better vision, no more fogging, and i can cover up every inch of my face except for the eyeballs and stay very warm. That was not an option with glasses.
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not cheap at over $125, but you can get goggles with a fan to keep them ventilated. Keep an eye out for them on sale from SaC, REI or wherever you follow such deals. They do work.

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I use cheap ski goggles over my eye glasses. And don't stop.
If you do, just remove the ski goggles. I like to tilt my head back when stopped, it helps prevent vapor condensation.
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Is there a 'secret' to reducing lens fog in the cold?
Yep, it's call Cat Crap (really). And if you do stop, take off your glasses, goggles immediately. Just be sure not to breath on them as you do it or they will frost over. Or you could get an motorcycle helmet (not full face) with a flip up visor and flip it up when you stop..(joking).

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Yep, it's call Cat Crap (really). And if you do stop, take off your glasses, goggles immediately. Just be sure not to breath on them as you do it or they will frost over. Or you could get an motorcycle helmet (not full face) with a flip up visor and flip it up when you stop..(joking).

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I tried it a couple of times. It's aptly named...at least the last part Didn't work for me and just left my glasses smeary.
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I tried it a couple of times. It's aptly named...at least the last part Didn't work for me and just left my glasses smeary.
It worked wonders for me, although some fogging still happened at a stop. But apparently people have had very mixed results, potentially due to the different types of precipitation(fog, light rain, heavy rain, mist, varying types of snow, etc)
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I don't know if it's the same, but I once tried RainX anti fog stuff in my car. The windows fogged more. Probably my fault.

Only way to prevent fog is to get the air moving. When I stop at a light, I move my glasses to the tip of my nose so my breath isn't anywhere near them. If they do fog, it's usually gone in a few seconds once I get moving.
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I bought a pair of Wilson Raquetball Goggles for about $10. The don't fog very much.
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WileyX goggles. They keep my eyes warm, and almost never fog up. Sometimes they put too much pressure on the bridge of my nose, though. You can find a ton of them on eBay.
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I am pretty happy with mine. I have them with clear and vermillion prescription eyecups. They keep your eyes nice and toasty. I usually wear them with the regular temples, but when it is cold I like having the goggle strap option.

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I use clear shop safety glasses. Wrap around to the sides, light, and cheap. Way less than rider $pecialty glasses.

same here.
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I ride with Scott ski goggles with amber lenses...

I can see fine day or night, have UV protection, and they don't fog up.
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I have had absolutely NO luck with goggles/glasses.With the face mask that I use it's impossible to keep them clear(no matter what kind of anti-fog I try).I'd need some kind of snorkle to redirect the expelled breath away from my face.
So,I just do without.I've ridden when it's -12F/-25C without too much discomfort.Sometimes the salt dust on the road is a nuisance.
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This is a topic on the commuting forum as well. I have found the Kroops goggles light and inexpensive. You get very good peripheral vision. They come in sizes that fit over glasses. They have good fog control. Overall, I think they are a great product. The only problem I see is when it gets to about <10 degrees F, the may get cold on the contact surface next to your face. so far at 30 F at 20 mph they seem fine.

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