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If you didn’t already know this, ski goggles are one of the most crucial pieces of equipment. After all, if you can’t see clearly then you’re not only not going to be able to ski well, but you will be putting yourself at a great risk of serious injury.
However, ski goggles are not perfect and they can fog up at times which can still impair our vision and clarity. There are countless “secrets” of how to keep them clear, but we have the right guide to ensure fogginess doesn’t ruin your day.
Why Does Fogging Occur?
Before we can treat the issue, we first have to address why it happens in the first place to help you prevent it!
Fog is created due to the warm, moist environment inside your goggles when you’re wearing them. The drastic temperature difference between your face and the cold lens surface of your goggles causes condensation to form on said lenses. It’s almost like a mini rainstorm occurring on your goggles’ lenses!
As our head produces the most heat in our body, it makes sense that it sweats a lot too. Logically then, we should try to reduce the moisture inside the goggles and keep the temperature inside similar to that outside.
If you’ve tried anti-fog sprays and substances then you’ll know that most can absorb some moisture, but not usually all of it. While we can’t have complete control over things like our body heat or how cold it is on the slopes, but we can influence some factors.
First, let’s discuss some actions you can take to minimize fogginess.
Stay in Motion
That shouldn’t be too hard to do, right? Well, some of us tend to take more breaks than others. While most modern models will come with some type of ventilation or powered fan systems, the most effective way to keep air from being stagnant is by you doing the movement.
For example, you may see that they fog up on the way up the lift, but once you begin heading down the slope at a nice speed, you’ll notice it clears up significantly. Of course, we don’t recommend you go bombing down a run with your goggles fogged up, so try to clear as much as you can before.
Let Air in On the Ski Lift
As you know, you aren’t getting a lot of speed on the lifts which we just said helps keep fog away. Instead, simply try lifting up off your face for a few seconds to let them air out a bit. You can also remove them and keep them in your ski jacket if you prefer, depending on the temperatures and weather conditions. Just make sure you’re not letting any snow or moisture get in the goggle vents.
Check Vents for Moisture
That takes us to our next point. If it’s snowing heavily or you’ve just taken a tumble, the goggle vents may have snow stuck in them. This understandably causes greater moisture levels inside your lenses, which will undoubtedly create a nice layer of fog and block your vision.
Instead of trying to wipe it out yourself, opt to tap the goggles against something so it falls out on its own. Wiping it out can sometimes cause the moisture to go even further into the vents. If you really have to wipe the fog off your lenses, avoid doing so with your glove. This could possibly scratch your lenses or ruin the anti-fog layer over time.
Try Using a Ski Helmet with a Visor
We recommend wearing ski helmets anyway, as your head is most susceptible to serious injury and they’re an easy way to prevent that. However, if your helmet also comes with a nicely fitted visor, you’ll notice moisture makes much less contact with the top of your goggles. Just make sure you have a little space between it and the top of your goggles so you aren’t blocking the vents.
Always Dry Your Goggles
Once you’re finished for the day, you may simply set your goggles down and let them air dry, or even use a hair dryer. We greatly recommend against the hair dryer and placing them near heating vents, as they can risk melting.
However, leaving them to naturally dry isn’t an issue aside from the fact that you probably don’t just have time to wait around until they’re no longer wet. Pay special attention to the foam padding around the perimeter as these can take a lot longer to dry.
If you have room in your pack, then we recommend bringing an extra, cheap pair along. Don’t worry – there are actually quite a few really solid options for less than 30 bucks!
Don’t Tuck Goggles
On particularly windy or frigid days, you may feel like taking your neck gaiter and tucking it into your goggles to completely block your face from the elements. While this may sound good in theory, it’s basically like breathing into your goggles. As our breath is both much hotter than the goggles and includes moisture droplets, you’re going to easily fog up your mask.
Never Place Goggles on Your Head
This is all so common that we oftentimes don’t even think about not doing it. Putting goggles on your forehead or letting them hang around your neck is a bad idea. By doing so, you’ll be trapping heat and moisture from your skin which will obviously improve the likelihood of fog forming on the goggle’s lenses.
There are also products you can buy to help minimize goggle fog.
This is kind of an obvious one. These are less susceptible to fogging up, thanks to the anti-fog coatings that are applied to the lenses. This liquid helps absorb the majority of moisture and heat, but also feature double-pane lens constructions to put distance between them. This distance helps minimize temperature changes to then lower the amount of condensation formed.
Moreover, the best models come with adequate ventilation to produce sufficient airflow and further lower temperature changes while still letting excess moisture out. As we mentioned up above, some even come with fans to increase performance in this regard.
Yes, you can purchase an anti-fog spray and use it on the inside of the lens. Typically, you’ll see that one of the main active ingredients in these sprays is alcohol or a type of detergent which helps absorb wetness. Microfiber lens cloths are never a bad idea as they won’t scratch the lens nor ruin the anti-fog coating but will still effectively remove condensation.
You’ve likely already used goggles in the past and may even encountered issues with fogginess. However, if you follow our steps and all the tips included here we know that that will be a thing of the past. We hope that you found our guide useful and that you’ll only see clearly from here on out. Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you again shortly! Happy skiing!