We’ve all been there. Foggy goggles suck. Of course, some goggles are better than others, but even top of the line goggles will fog up a little occasionally. First, what causes goggle fog? Foggy lens happens when cold air hits the outside of your lenses while the inside of your lens has been warmed by your body temperature. The water in the air condenses and causes moisture to stick to the inside of your lens. See, you just got a science lesson without even trying!
Here are some tips to stop your snowboard goggles from misting up.
- Avoid Lots of Warm Air
Beef Stews don’t count ‘cause those are funny.
Seriously though, you want to avoid tucking a face mask or balaclava under the bottom of the goggle. This will cause the warm air from your breathing to channel directly up to your goggles and fog them up in no time. Just keep your chin and neck covered, or get a facemask with a breathing hole – like the super sleek BeardSki.
- Don’t leave them on your Head
After a ride, do not place them on your forehead or the top of your head. The heat, moisture and sweat coming from you will directly cause condensation in your lenses. Take ‘em off and keep them down low. Heat & condensation both rise. Oooh, more science. Cool.
- Keep ‘em Ventilated
A pair of good to decent goggles will have a ventilation system to keep air flowing and avoid having stale, warm, moist air just sit there. Usually along the top and bottom of the goggle with some foam mesh or specialty system. Like the moisture-wicking face foam on our SPY Goggles. Make sure that the foam or vents are not blocked by helmets, hats or masks and are kept free from debris. In case of a major tumble that caused snow or debris to get in there, just gently tap the goggles at the edge to dislodge.
OK – in case they still steam up, don’t panic.
You were smart and planned ahead. You have a spare lens in your pack. Simply replace and you’re golden. Just kidding – no replacement? No worries. Take them off. Ultimately, you want to evaporate the water away from the lens. A restaurant hand drier will do the trick, then gently polish away the residue with the dry microfiber lens bag. GENTLY. Or, you can use a dry tissue or toilet paper to gently DAB the moisture away. NEVER rub the inside of your lenses with your finger, or glove. This will scratch off the existing thin layer anti-fog. Follow it up with your dry microfiber bag.
Storing goggles are equally as important. Make sure that the microfiber bag and goggles are clean and DRY. You want to protect the lens as well as the face foam. Store the goggle in its’ protective bag or carrying case.
There ya have it. Shred on!