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Old 01-06-14, 10:45 AM   #1
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Have to figure out my eyewear

The last two times I have commuted 15 miles with temps in the low 20's, I used my balaclava but had to remove my eye wear (clear safety glasses) because they were fogging up so bad. I only have the issue when I have the balaclava covering both my nose and mouth. If I pull it down to expose my nose and mouth I don't have the problem, but then my face gets too cold.

What sorts of eye wear are less prone to fogging? I heard mentioned "Visorgogs" in the commuting forum. Anyone used those or have another good option?
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The last two times I have commuted 15 miles with temps in the low 20's, I used my balaclava but had to remove my eye wear (clear safety glasses) because they were fogging up so bad. I only have the issue when I have the balaclava covering both my nose and mouth. If I pull it down to expose my nose and mouth I don't have the problem, but then my face gets too cold.

What sorts of eye wear are less prone to fogging? I heard mentioned "Visorgogs" in the commuting forum. Anyone used those or have another good option?
Ski goggles. balaclava is up over my nose, goggles cover all skin that the balaclava doesn't. Breathing in a balaclava isn't great, but I pull it down when going up some hills to get in some nicer, and needed breaths.
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I also thought about getting a different balaclava/face mask that has breathing holes in the front. Not sure how much difference that would make.
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i havenever ound it necessary, down to -20F for an hour plus, to use anything more than my good fitting Rx cycling glasses (transitions so theyre clear at night) by using a balaclava and a neck gaiter that i move around to vent versus insulate variably as necessary, i
ve eliminated the need for cumbersome goggles. the other key is TWO caps, snug to my brow that go UNDER the glasses and create a barrier between my brow and the frames) and one over, with a brim to minimize airflow over the top of the glasses.
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If I am doing anything close to cardio my glasses or goggles will fog up. On the coldest of cold days I need to moderate speed, keep the effort low, and stay cool. On those days I wear a thin neoprene guard over my neck, chin, and nose. It has mesh over the mouth for breathing and a notch for the nose. And I wear ski goggles with the vents totally opened; I remove the foam that covers the vents. I wear this get up when the air temp gets below -10 F or so.

Anything above that temp and I go with no eyewear. I keep my non-tint oakleys coated with cat crap and within reach if I encounter a snow storm.
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I'd also say ski goggles. And smear some cat crap into any eye wear you use under 50 degrees.
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I also thought about getting a different balaclava/face mask that has breathing holes in the front. Not sure how much difference that would make.
I think that this option would work well at the temperatures you mentioned.
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