How to Prevent Goggles from Fogging
There is nothing worse than getting off the ski lift only to discover that your goggles are fogging up. Yeah, we all know that feeling much too well when snow is everywhere and the wind is starting to pick up. You clasp your hands together in excitement ready to carve up some serious miles on a whole new layer of fresh and soft powder when all of a sudden……. Your goggles start to fog and you can’t see anything!
You remove them and let them rest on your helmet only to be met with a harsh wind and snow flying into your face leaving you virtually half blind.
If this is something you have experienced then read on because today we are going to talk about how you can prevent foggy goggle syndrome.
Obviously you have to remain stationary when you are sitting on the ski lift but when you are stopped on the mountain, try and restrain yourself from sliding the goggles up onto your forehead. When you have the goggles pressing up against your warm head, the body heat enters the goggles and fogs them up even faster.
The fog comes from the cold air from the outside mixing with the hot air inside your goggles so if you need to take them off try to carry it in your hand.
Get rid of the Snow
Whenever you get a chance, check to see if any snow has snuck onto your goggles. This is something you can do to distract yourself while you are waiting for or sitting on the lift. Kill two birds with one stone!
Remove Snow from Vents
This is one of the biggest causes of foggy goggles. Keep an eye out for the vents in your goggles as snow can often creep in. If the snow does get in, it will block the vents and prevent air from flowing through them.
Do not clean the inside of your goggles with a wet lens bag
This is something a lot of people do without even thinking but if you attempt to clean the inside of your goggles with even a mildly wet lens bag you will only worsen the problem or even go as far as damage your goggles.
Dry out the goggles
If fogging starts to get really bad, remove the goggles and give them a good shake as if you were mixing a cocktail and see if the added air flow fixes it. Another thing you can do is to place them inside a dry pocket and see if it improves after a couple of minutes.
If you have done both of these steps and the goggles still continue to fog, you may have to take a break and step indoors somewhere to dry them out. A hairdryer actually does a pretty good job provided that you don’t place them too close to the goggles or you risk accidental melting by hairdryer. Usually this is an absolute last resort but it does work.
Refrain from touching the inside
The more handsy you are with your goggles, the more likely it is going to fog. We understand that you will need to touch your goggles at some point but if you remember this rule, you will go far. Take a look around at all the other victims of goggle fog syndrome. Chances are they are the ones who are jabbing their fingers inside, poking around and fiddling. To make matters worse, their constant fidgeting worsens the fogging which makes them even more anxious and angry.
Ride with two goggles
Have a good back up. Simple as that. Keep one in a dry pocket and the other one across your face. That way you will always have a fresh and hopefully un-foggy pair on the side.