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Old 12-19-08, 09:59 AM   #1
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New winter rider - almost getting there

I added these to my winter gear - they are absolutely awesome!



I wear something similar to these (not sure of exact model)



along with this which is kinda nice but doesn't do much for covering my nose without really fogging up the goggles.



or this which makes it hard to breath - and fogs up the goggles really bad.



So I'm in need of a new solution for covering my face. When going into a little bit of wind at below 0 F it doesn't take long before the nose really starts getting too cold to keep going. How do you manage that along with goggles and not fogging up the goggles?
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Old 12-19-08, 12:22 PM   #2
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I use a Turtle Fur neck gaiter that I got over 10 years ago. I cover my mouth but not my nose when it's sub zero temps outside. Whenever I cover my nose with anything my goggles fog or ice up. Works great on my cheeks and keeps my neck warm also. My nose always pays for it though.



http://www.rei.com/pwr/product-revie...ck-Gaiter.html
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Old 12-19-08, 01:38 PM   #3
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I use an old fabric sample of some super-fancy upholstery/tapestry fabric as a big bandana across my face. Works good for me and cost $0.
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Below 15 F I wear face cover thing that covers my nose and mouth and ears and attaches with velcro behind my neck. Has little holes to breathe through and my face stays very warm, (if moist) I'm fully covered and my goggles DO NOT fog. They are Oakley A Frames. Double lenses, really good ventilation. If you are using single lens goggles they will fog easily.
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Below 15 F I wear face cover thing that covers my nose and mouth and ears and attaches with velcro behind my neck. Has little holes to breathe through and my face stays very warm, (if moist) I'm fully covered and my goggles DO NOT fog. They are Oakley A Frames. Double lenses, really good ventilation. If you are using single lens goggles they will fog easily.
Smith Turbos do the job with minimal fogging too...if you don't mistake the WHIRRRRR of the fan for UFOs, panic and run your bike into a ditch. Not that I know of that ever happening.
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I use the Campmor Balaclava, it doesn't fog up the goggles due to a highly breathable patch of fabric located at my mouth and nose. And if I need a little breathing more, it easily stretches under my chin.
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I wear an Outdoor Research Sonic clava (Gore Windstopper fleece). I have only ridden it to +6F, but -12 windchill, and it has done a nice job.

It vents some through the top, despite nose and mouth openings, which fogs my glasses. So I use Smith Option LST motorcycle goggles, with the lower frame edge sealing off the clava top edge. No fog. The goggles are transitions photochromic, untinted in overcast winter daytime and night, going to gray in sunlight.
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I added these to my winter gear - they are absolutely awesome!



I wear something similar to these (not sure of exact model)



along with this which is kinda nice but doesn't do much for covering my nose without really fogging up the goggles.



or this which makes it hard to breath - and fogs up the goggles really bad.



So I'm in need of a new solution for covering my face. When going into a little bit of wind at below 0 F it doesn't take long before the nose really starts getting too cold to keep going. How do you manage that along with goggles and not fogging up the goggles?
It doesn't make much sense to me to buy something else that will likely have the same problem. I think if you cut out the mouth and nostril area just enough so that there is no resistance to breathing and no air get trapped under the face covering it will solve most of the problem. The rest of the problem is that your face and head is too warm and fogs goggles up.
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Yes, below 20, I wear the face cover. Last Monday, I came in to work at +1, and my water pipe had frozen. I know to blow back the water, but the bit still was hard and unsuckable. I am still
working on my hands at that temperature, and so far they have been the only issue, everything
else is toasty warm. Now, if I can just get the hands that way. I still have fogging issues, even
though I have the patch of screen to allow exhilations.
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I added these to my winter gear - they are absolutely awesome!



I wear something similar to these (not sure of exact model)



along with this which is kinda nice but doesn't do much for covering my nose without really fogging up the goggles.



or this which makes it hard to breath - and fogs up the goggles really bad.



So I'm in need of a new solution for covering my face. When going into a little bit of wind at below 0 F it doesn't take long before the nose really starts getting too cold to keep going. How do you manage that along with goggles and not fogging up the goggles?
Go to http://www.polarwrap.com and click on 'exchangermask' They're pricey, but they seem to have the major annoyance of 'wet balaclava' from breathing pretty well covered.(no pun intended)

I have been using an 'expedition weight' balaclava w/ski goggles for a few years now to acceptable success as I put TP up my nostrils and breath exclusively through my mouth. Crass, but effective. The exchanger mask looks promising...I'm going to get one. I'll report back in a few weeks.

BTW, I've read posts where people use the mouth piece from a snorkel mask and run the tube part around the neck and down the back. I've never tried it, so I don't know...
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