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    I am getting tired of my goggles getting foggy after few minutes of riding. I bough the Spy anti-fogging snow goggles. They do still get foggy what are you guys using? For the last two month, when I start my commute in the morning the weather is below zero. So I like to have some eyes protection. Any suggestion?

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    My goggles don't fog up unless I cover my mouth and nose and breathe into them. I use Smith Cascades which are just about the cheapest goggles you can get.

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    Still working on this problem myself. My current thing I am trying is a paif of those sunglasses from Walmart that go over my perscription glasses - It was about -13C this morning, so not quite down do zero for you MI types, and they were fine - but my mouth and nose were not covered either.

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    I know covering my mouth and nose had something to do, but I never thought on being directly the cause of my goggles fogging. I will have to try to wear them goggles without my full face mask which I have been wearing all this season.

    I am not comfortable breathing all that cold air into my system though. It can't be good for you, although I don't know for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroN0074 View Post
    I am getting tired of my goggles getting foggy after few minutes of riding. I bough the Spy anti-fogging snow goggles. They do still get foggy what are you guys using? For the last two month, when I start my commute in the morning the weather is below zero. So I like to have some eyes protection. Any suggestion?
    I wear prescription eyeglasses, and year–round cycle commute. I frequently post about my nearly perfect solution for my 14 mile one way commute as low as 0° F. The above link was my most recent, posted 12/30/14 before riding in our most recent cold snap down to zero.

    BTW, to the OP, TroN0074 of Michigan USA, you can trust me because I’m from Michigan too (East Side of Detroit).

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    Solved this with my combo balaclava + dust mask + double lens goggles. No more fog even at stops, red lights...

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    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
    Solved this with my combo balaclava + dust mask + double lens goggles. No more fog even at stops, red lights...
    My usual question, "How cold and how far do you ride?". After all, according to your given Location, "6367 km away from the center of the Earth," the climate is ambiguous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    My usual question, "How cold and how far do you ride?". After all, according to your given Location, "6367 km away from the center of the Earth," the climate is ambiguous.
    The Earth isn't a perfect sphere so this radius gives more or less my lattitude (i live in Canada).
    Last edited by erig007; 03-02-15 at 06:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    I have often posted that for any evaluation of winter gear, the poster should specify temperature and distance (as a function of time). One post once suggested that a "cold" ride is one where the water bottle freezes solid; a function of temperature and time. For my 14 miles that occurs at about 15º F or less (-9.4º C).

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    My usual question, "How cold and how far do you ride?". After all, according to your given Location, "6367 km away from the center of the Earth," the climate is ambiguous.

    Quote Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
    The Earth isn't a perfect sphere so this radius gives more or less my lattitude (i live in Canada).
    Thanks for the favour of a less ambiguous reply.
    Last edited by Jim from Boston; 03-02-15 at 07:43 AM.

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    Thank you. My commute is 9 Miles one way, I leave home by 6:00 AM, usually after 4 miles of the ride my goggles are completely fogged. I thought about combining full face mask with a dust mask too. Now that is March hope the weather wont go below zero anymore.

    Another thing I thought is to use agaiter neck with the goggles instead of the mask. I check that out and report back. Thank you again, I really appreciate it.

    @Jim from Boston - Maybe we will ride together sometime and grab a drink. I am planning on join some of the rides organized by the community in Detroit, They have some Slow Roll Detroit events planned for this year that sound good. I am in Lansing but I have been wanting to take part in a big group ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroN0074 View Post
    Thank you. My commute is 9 Miles one way, I leave home by 6:00 AM, usually after 4 miles of the ride my goggles are completely fogged. I thought about combining full face mask with a dust mask too. Now that is March hope the weather wont go below zero anymore.

    Another thing I thought is to use agaiter neck with the goggles instead of the mask. I check that out and report back. Thank you again, I really appreciate it.

    @Jim from Boston - Maybe we will ride together sometime and grab a drink. I am planning on join some of the rides organized by the community in Detroit, They have some Slow Roll Detroit events planned for this year that sound good. I am in Lansing but I have been wanting to take part in a big group ride.
    Thanks for your reply. We usually visit family in the Northern Detroit suburbs once during the summer. Back in 2011, a group of subscribers rode in an Annual Fifty-Plus Forum Ride sponsored by the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society out of Chelsea, MI, the "OneHelluvaRide", and I was considering that again this year; check out their website. One of those riders was Blazing Pedals from the Lansing area.

    Regarding mask and neck gaiter, I posted this about riding at 1º last week:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    Copy of Level Vi 2-21-15 007.jpgLevel Vi 2-21-15 008.jpgWinter%20selfies%20008.jpg
    Helmet, woolen cap, face mask held in place with thin nylon balaclava, and neck gaiter. Since I wear prescription eyeglasses and overlying goggles, I have literally solved the fogging problem by suspending the wide-open safety goggles as a wind screen from the blue surgical scrub cap by a Velcro strip attached to the nosepiece of the goggles. The rigid goggle earpieces also provide a support for my two rearview mirrors…

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    there are several products on the market to address this problem
    nofog
    castle x
    cold avenger

    I personally just use a balaclava that covers my mouth but not my nose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingston View Post
    there are several products on the market to address this problem
    nofog
    castle x
    cold avenger
    I threw out the mask for my cold avenger a couple of weeks ago after never getting it to work well.

    I use the FogEvader I got from Amazon in it's place. http://www.amazon.com/R-U-Outside-He.../dp/B0043XRF6W

    That still doesn't solve my issues of fogged glasses when my face heats up, but adequate ventilation helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    I threw out the mask for my cold avenger a couple of weeks ago after never getting it to work well.

    I use the FogEvader I got from Amazon in it's place. Amazon.com: R.U. Outside Helmet Fog Evader Face Mask: Automotive

    That still doesn't solve my issues of fogged glasses when my face heats up, but adequate ventilation helps.
    Good to know.

    This one from Klim gets good reviews from the snowmobilers. Seems like they would know a thing or two about keeping comfortable in cold weather.

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    I use ski goggles. No fogging even at minus 50.
    Last edited by ricohman; 03-03-15 at 06:44 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroN0074 View Post
    I am getting tired of my goggles getting foggy after few minutes of riding. I bough the Spy anti-fogging snow goggles. They do still get foggy what are you guys using? For the last two month, when I start my commute in the morning the weather is below zero. So I like to have some eyes protection. Any suggestion?

    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    I use ski goggles. No fogging even at minus 50.
    Well, there's your answer.

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    This is the one I have Robot Check
    It has good reviews but they still fogg.
    I think ricohman uses his on conbination with hat + neck warmer not full face mask for what I see on the picture.

    I will try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingston View Post
    This one from Klim gets good reviews from the snowmobilers. Seems like they would know a thing or two about keeping comfortable in cold weather.
    I returned that one. It would not sit on my nose right and my glasses fogged immediately. My ski goggle *kind of* held it down. If I didn't have glasses it might have been OK. Prescription eyewear seems to be the downfall of most of the face masks I try. I can wear them with ski goggles no problem, but adding the second layer of eyewear is a problem.

    Editted to add: I may have a high and / or steep nose bridge, I'm not sure.
    Last edited by chandltp; 03-03-15 at 10:17 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroN0074 View Post
    This is the one I have Robot Check
    It has good reviews but they still fogg.
    I think ricohman uses his on conbination with hat + neck warmer not full face mask for what I see on the picture.

    I will try that.
    I use a full mask, neck warmer and a touque. If I get hot I take off the touque. But at -35 you never get hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    I returned that one. It would not sit on my nose right and my glasses fogged immediately. My ski goggle *kind of* held it down. If I didn't have glasses it might have been OK. Prescription eyewear seems to be the downfall of most of the face masks I try. I can wear them with ski goggles no problem, but adding the second layer of eyewear is a problem.

    Editted to add: I may have a high and / or steep nose bridge, I'm not sure.
    Sounds like nothing really works that well. I guess I'll just stick with the cold nose. It's really not too bad above 0F or so, and Spring is just around the corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingston View Post
    Sounds like nothing really works that well. I guess I'll just stick with the cold nose. It's really not too bad above 0F or so, and Spring is just around the corner.
    So far the FogEvader wins below 5°F. Above 15°F (until around 32°F), and 3 hole ski mask.
    In between, I wear this:
    Amazon.com: Seirus Innovation Men's Ultra Clava: Sports & Outdoors

    Breathing technique is important on that last one (if I hold my mouth wrong I can fog, I have to create a "seal" with my top lip). I use safety glasses to shield the wind too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    I use ski goggles. No fogging even at minus 50.
    OK, here's the big question(s): what model? how much? is there anything special about them, you know like vented, or double lens, a little fan inside. They look nice. Do they fit eyeglasses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoatw View Post
    OK, here's the big question(s): what model? how much? is there anything special about them, you know like vented, or double lens, a little fan inside. They look nice. Do they fit eyeglasses?
    I found out that preventing breath from reaching my goggles matter more than the type of goggles used as those will fog at one time unless i'm fighting a tornado. In my solution the balaclava act as a seal for my techno mask which prevent any breath from reaching my goggles.

    As i have different goggles i see how good goggles makes a difference. When i don't use my technique my sunglasses fog in less than 5 minutes after i start riding. My double lens goggles will start fogging after about 20min riding.
    http://www.amazon.com/Pyramex-I-Force-Sporty-Silver-Mirror/dp/B006WPSEVO/ref=sr_1_19?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1425616642&sr=1-19#customerReviews
    http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/goggles1.html
    Last edited by erig007; 03-05-15 at 09:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoatw View Post
    OK, here's the big question(s): what model? how much? is there anything special about them, you know like vented, or double lens, a little fan inside. They look nice. Do they fit eyeglasses?
    I bought these 20+ years ago. I think they were 60 bucks. Double lens, tinted.
    Fan?
    I don't know about the eye glasses though.
    I wear them next to my face or over my balaclava.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    I bought these 20+ years ago..
    Funny you said that. I was going to crack some joke about needing to fire up the way-back machine to about 1986 to score a pair of those babies, but I didn't want to be rude.

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