Many companies such as Smith, Oakley, and Giro have made great advances in ski and snowboard goggle anti-fogging technologies. From physically carving the anti-fog treatment into the lens to mini turbo fans that increase ventilation and promote circulation, goggles these days are built to not fog. But, it might still happen. Keep reading for tips from our experts to prevent fogging, and what to do if it does happen. What are your go to techniques for defogging goggles?
Prevent Goggle Fogging From the Get-go:
Sometimes fogging happens with large temperature swings. Here are some pointers for preventing that:
- Try not to trap warm air inside your goggles. If you use face protection, like a gaiter or balaclava, don’t tuck it into the bottom of your goggles. This causes some of the warm air from your breath to be captured inside your goggles. Instead, just keep your neck, chin and mouth covered, or get a face mask with nose and mouth vents.
- Don’t put goggles on your head or helmet. Heat from the top of your head will escape directly into your goggles.
- Only remove them from your face when you are indoors or done for the day.
- Don’t touch the inside of your goggle lens with your fingers. This can compromise the factory anti-fogging finish.
What if the dreaded does happen and your lens fogs?
What if you fall or are having an epic powder day and snow cakes the vents?
- Dry the inside of your goggles with a hand dryer in the bathroom, then relax indoors and allow the goggles to come to room temperature.
- Only use a microfiber cloth if the inside of the lens is completely dry.
- Just in case, always bring a spare lens.
- Buy some defogging and lens cleaners. Our favorite is Cat Crap.