How to Prevent Goggles from Fogging

September 19, 2017 3 min read

How to Prevent Goggles from Fogging

There is nothing worse than getting while riding 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.

Keep Going

Obviously you have to remain stationary when you are getting unstuck but when you are stopped on the mountain, try and restrain yourself from sliding the goggles up onto your helmet or in front of your chin bar. When you have the goggles pressing up against your chin bar, the body heat and your breath enters the goggles and fogs them up even faster. Put them in your goggle case or even better an under hood goggle bag.

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 make sure they are in a dry place.

Get rid of the Snow

Whenever you get a chance, check to see if any snow has stuck onto your goggles. This is something you can do to distract yourself while you are waiting for or sitting on the sled for a break. Kill two birds with one stone!

Remove Snow from Vents

This only happens on the real deep days, but can happen. 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. JUDGED goggles do provide extra venting that prevents this, but still and item to check.

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. You should not touch the inside of your lens.

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 goggle bag 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 swap to another pair and let them dry longer in an under hood bag. 

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 goggle bag and the other one across your face. That way you will always have a fresh and hopefully un-foggy pair on the side. Our new Sanction Goggles allow you to instead just carry a lens.