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    Goggles - Glasses for winter riding

    What do you wear for glasses during winter/cold weather riding?

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    I have a pair or clear, very light weight motorcycle wrap-around "sunlgasses" which keep my eyes warm ....and bug-free during the spring. I found them on eBay.

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    I get cheap pairs of safety glasses from Lowe's and put lariats on them. The lariats help keep them on outside my balaclava. I keep a yellow, clear and tinted pair in my handlebar bag. I like the yellow ones at night because they cut down on headlight glare a lot. It doesn't get cold enough to merit goggles. I almost always wear the clear ones in the rain, even when just going on a walk on a rainy or windy day. I find I'm more relaxed because I'm not squinting and flinching as when dust, water, rain get in my face.
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    I've been enjoying the benefits of ski goggles on days where the temps are in the single digits and lower. Their large surface area do a good job keeping my face warm and I don't have any fogging/icing problems with them. They also keep the stinging snow/sleet out of your eyes.
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    goggles/glasses

    I either use an old pair of ski goggles or a pair of clear shooting glasses from Dick's. I had both from other ventures (skiing or shooting, respectively ) but they work like a charm. Neither pair is worth more than $10, so breakage remorse is not an issue...

    The goggles are tinted, so to get the best visibility, I prefer the shooting glasses when there's no wind/snow/sleet/"wintery mix" and it's overcast. Luckily, that describes most of the winter around here...
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    I wear prescrip. glasses and found the best solution for me is a pair of safety glasses from my local Ace Hardware. They are only a few bucks and are meant to fit over the glass frames. they really block the wind that tears the eyes and doesn't let the snow or rain messup my lenses.
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    Scott aspherical lens OTG ski goggles. I'd used a UVEX pair last winter and liked them but lost them. Started off this winter with Scott's bottom-of-the-line OTG goggles, but walked into an outdoor store right after Xmas and found that they had the top-of-the-line Scott OTG goggles on sale for about 75% off, which I jumped at. Very nice, very comfortable, though they do fog a little (just a little) more than the cheaper Scotts did, likely due to them fitting closer to my face and having more of their vent area blocked by my balaclava. Rose tint to the lens, really contrasty against the snow and takes the sting out of oncoming traffic lights. To me they are as indispensable to winter riding as mittens and a helmet. Hard to be safe when your eyelashes are iced shut over your eyeballs.
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    Cheap plastic safety glasses from home depot or wherever. Once they get scratched quite a bit (usually after 1-2 years) I get a new pair.
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    Hero 24 motorcycle glasses



    • Shatterproof Polycarbonate Lenses
    • UV400 Filter for Maximum UV Protection
    • Scratch Resistant Coating
    • Anti-Fog lenses
    • Phontochromic lens technology
    • Removable Foam insert
    • Transitional lens from light to dark

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    I used WD-40 on my regular glasses this morning... I'm not 100% sure how much it helped, but my glasses did not freeze up to the point where I had to stop and unfreeze them and they didn't even fog up when entering the building once I got to work. So maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bijan View Post
    I used WD-40 on my regular glasses this morning... I'm not 100% sure how much it helped, but my glasses did not freeze up to the point where I had to stop and unfreeze them and they didn't even fog up when entering the building once I got to work. So maybe?
    Shaving cream, be nice and clean, shave every day and you'll always look keen.

    and it's pretty good at keeping your glasses from fogging too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Shaving cream, be nice and clean, shave every day and you'll always look keen.

    and it's pretty good at keeping your glasses from fogging too.
    I'll give it a try. Non-toxic-ness is a plus
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    You might want to check out these folding goggles here (scroll down to the bottom).

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    I use a safety goggle style sunglass with a clear lens.

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    @chipcom: Will shaving gel work (e.g., Edge), or does it have to be cream (e.g., Foamy)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by irclean View Post
    @chipcom: Will shaving gel work (e.g., Edge), or does it have to be cream (e.g., Foamy)?
    I use Edge and had the same question myself - yes it does
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    This what I used today since it was below zero in the morning :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe1946 View Post
    This what I used today since it was below zero in the morning :
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    Ha Haaaa, I had the same thing going on all winter long: the only exposed skin I've got is just the tip of my nose sticking out. It's actually a problem on subzero days, so I get all bundled up and then smear a big wad of cocoa butter on my honker.
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    I use a basic, 16$ pair of ski goggles. They're great when it's snowing.

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    For a few years now (i.e. since I broke my nice cycling glasses) I've been wearing these year-round:

    http://www.gogglesandglasses.com/dusb2810st_216.html


    Hard to beat for just $7.30 each! I like that they're cheap enough to justify buying a bunch of spares to keep around.

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    some bolle goggles.

    I find that clear lenses let too much light in and are blinding to use during the day. It would have to be quite overcast or in the night time for clear to be viable. And even then, a yellow lens does quite well in the night during winter.
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    I have yet to find a good enough reasons to wear glasses. And the few times I have tried wearing glasses in the winter, they have gotten fogged up and made it impossible to see.
    It's just a piece of cycling attire that is made to seem important so it can be sold to you.

    In the winter, it just poses more problems becuase people tend to use the ski / snowboarding goggles and that makes it hard to see behind and around you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamabb View Post
    I have yet to find a good enough reasons to wear glasses.
    Mine are prescription glasses... I wear them to see. So I guess my reason is nearsightedness

    There were a couple of times when I would have really wanted goggles or bigger glasses. They all involved the wind blowing icy snow in my eyes.
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    Well... yeah, prescriptions is a legit reason. I don't wear glasses or contacts, so I didn't think of that.

    And the snow doesn't really blow in my face unless I'm riding when it is actually snowing... then again... yes, that's another reason. But on a day when snow is not falling.... I don't think glasses are really needed.

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