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Old 01-21-05, 03:57 PM   #1
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Goggles

I picked up a pair of ski goggles for use on really cold days. Today was such an occasion, -24C, so I busted them out. They were great....for about 1 minute and 25 seconds. Then they fogged up, completely. I wear a balaclava, and my breath got into the goggles, and condensed, then froze on the cold lense. I can't see how this would not happen to any goggle design that I am familliar with. How do you guys keep your ski googles frost free?
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Old 01-21-05, 04:10 PM   #2
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Its not about cat crap and so on! If you direct your breath downwards towards your chin. You should be good to go. I keep my goggles outside in the cold. Then just slide them on when ready to ride.
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I had problems with single pane ones, but not the double ones...
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I had problems with single pane ones, but not the double ones...

Good point! Buy some high end goggles. It's just like buying a bike you get what you pay for.
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Yep you need double-pane goggles for sure. I wear mine over a fleece balaclava and even at -35C last week they stayed clear for the entire 50 minute commute.

But you gotta breathe out through your mouth and downwards, which has become second nature to me.
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I tried some ski goggles, but haven't had much of a chance to use them because it's either been too rainy or snowy to ride. Either way, when I did try them out, I was able to keep them from fogging by adjusting my balaclava in various ways to deflect my breath. There wasn't any science to it, but I was able to get it to work.
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it's either been too rainy or snowy to ride.
Ain't no such thing.
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Old 01-21-05, 06:24 PM   #8
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Hey, we each have our own limits.
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I think it would be a neat idea to have double-pane goggles with the space between the panes filled with argon or some other inert gas for extra insulation and/or anti-fogging. I wonder if that would be of any benefit?
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I hope you don't mind if I put another question on this thread. I'm thinking of getting some goggles and I haven't gone to look at any yet. Are there any problems putting them on over prescription glasses?
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I hope you don't mind if I put another question on this thread. I'm thinking of getting some goggles and I haven't gone to look at any yet. Are there any problems putting them on over prescription glasses?
Although i have never used actual goggles, i suspect that they would be a problem. I use VisorGogs.

I learned about them on www.icebike.com They are actually safety glasses but work very well over my glasses. They are vented on the top and sides and do not fog if you set your face wear up properly. The key is to have an opening where you can exhale and the air comes out well below the cheek region. You need to have the warm air directed down so it doesn't blow up into the goggles.

You can't see it in the pic but i am actually using what is called an earband to cover my nose/cheeks on the bike. This leaves an opening for my nostrils and mouth. If fogging does become a problem, i simply pull it down like it is in the pic, to "defog." Typically fogging only occurs when i am very heated up and or riding WITH the wind.

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I breath directly out of my balaclava...the downward thing doesn't work for me
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I wear Big Ben Over Glasses Goggles.
A search will find several sources for $14 to $20.
They list them as 100% fog proof, but, well, you know.

My difficulty comes when I stop.
The airflow stops.
The humidity from my eyes fogs my glasses and the goggles.
I got this special stuff from the people who sold me my eyeglasses, and it works sometimes and not others; I don't know why.

I have yet to find double-paned over glasses goggles that offer any peripheral vision.
I may have to give up peripheral vision for reliable straight-ahead vision.

I followed Ranger's link to Visorgogs, and those look interesting.
Ranger says he has used them.
Does he have the direct vent or the indirect vent version, and can he describe the difference between the two?
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I picked up a pair of ski goggles for use on really cold days. Today was such an occasion, -24C, so I busted them out. They were great....for about 1 minute and 25 seconds. Then they fogged up, completely. I wear a balaclava, and my breath got into the goggles, and condensed, then froze on the cold lense. I can't see how this would not happen to any goggle design that I am familliar with. How do you guys keep your ski googles frost free?
Ze goggles! Zey do NOSSINK!!!

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I have no problem with the glasses/goggle combo. I have some cheap oakleys and they work great.
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you could try an old snorkeling trick which I sometimes use- spit on the inside of the goggles and spread it round- this helps with my glasses anyway- no one borrows them after this that is another advantage
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if it has not been stated, drug stores sell anti-fog coating for glass. Its a clear waxy substance. I use it on my bathroom mirrors too. Not sure how wel it would work on plastic, but it maybe worth a try.
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if it has not been stated, drug stores sell anti-fog coating for glass. Its a clear waxy substance. I use it on my bathroom mirrors too. Not sure how wel it would work on plastic, but it maybe worth a try.
I has been stated many times. Unfortunately it has also been stated that it doesn't really work. I had a gentleman representing a company called Fog Tech present me with some free samples to try this winter. I found that it may have made a very minor difference but really was not the answer. The real answer again, is not to blow warm air up into your goggles.
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I followed Ranger's link to Visorgogs, and those look interesting.
Ranger says he has used them.
Does he have the direct vent or the indirect vent version, and can he describe the difference between the two?
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I followed Ranger's link to Visorgogs, and those look interesting.
Ranger says he has used them.
Does he have the direct vent or the indirect vent version, and can he describe the difference between the two?
I don't know which is which really. I have included pics of my pair.


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After Googling Goggles, I think i have learned that I have Direct Vent. Indirect vent appear to not have any air holes. They apparently are to be used around chemicals so they can't have holes which would allow splashes to enter eyes.

NOTE: If you decide to order these, you might want to order a spare lens. Looks like that runs around $5. These babys scratch pretty easily. The first time i wiped them down with a towel i got small scratches. I since have left them alone and they are fine but if you are already ordering, might as well save some shipping charges later.

I only wear mine when the temps are in the teens and below. (in the morning looks like) So i maybe will wear them a total of 30 times this Winter. I don't think they will scratch much in that time but next year...............
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I hope you don't mind if I put another question on this thread. I'm thinking of getting some goggles and I haven't gone to look at any yet. Are there any problems putting them on over prescription glasses?
I bought a pair of ScottUSA Goggles. I can't recall where I bought them, but Boscov's has them on sale for $25.99. I've only worn them once, and they protected my eyes very nicely, fit over my glasses with no problem, and never fogged on me.
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I heard of a guy on the frigid Saskatchewan prairie who used a snorkel to keep his goggles from being fogged by his breath.

The image of a bus-load of commuters watching this guy ride past all geared up with winter gear, goggles, and snorkel just breaks me up.
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I hope you don't mind if I put another question on this thread. I'm thinking of getting some goggles and I haven't gone to look at any yet. Are there any problems putting them on over prescription glasses?
I wear my ski goggles directly over my glasses and it works great.
Be sure to get goggles that are well vented to avoid fogging.
All goggles will get fogged if your moist breath comes in contact with the cold surface. You may be able to fix this by adjusting your face mask. Experiment.
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I heard of a guy on the frigid Saskatchewan prairie who used a snorkel to keep his goggles from being fogged by his breath.

The image of a bus-load of commuters watching this guy ride past all geared up with winter gear, goggles, and snorkel just breaks me up.
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