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Old 01-27-2009, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I went up to Tahoe last weekend to take advantage of the new snow. The first day was pretty wet, because the temperatures were still warm - I think that's where the trouble started.

I think I got too much moisture in my goggles because on Sunday, day two, my goggles fogged up between the lenses. There was no way for me to wipe it off and no matter how long I wore them, or kept them cold, the fog stayed there. I even tried using the blow drier in the bathroom to get them dry but to no avail. I was a little worried about the prolonged hot air exposure (it was warping the lenses) so I didn't do that for too long. I literally could not see a damn thing through the goggles, but I'd use them anyway between the lift and the drop-in point for the trees, at which point i'd take them off.

Anyone else have to deal with this before? They're a great pair of Smith goggles that never fog up on me other than this once. It was awful because it was snowing HARD and there was tons of powder everywhere, but I had to board with no goggles and it was really not comfortable at any kind of speed...at least it wasn't as bad in the trees. Heading down the mountain at about 2pm was torture...I had to stop every half-run or so and cover my face up until it stopped stinging.
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Get a small heater blower fan (make sure you can lay it on its back; prop it up if needed)
2. Take the lens out of the frame
3. Put the lens upside down, standing up, on the heater blower
4. You will eventually see the moisture condensing, and then evaporating out
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Keep the goggles on your face.
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah its important to keep the goggles on your face and not take them off and put them on constantly. Keeping them on your face creates a pocket of warm air on the inside that will help to keep them fog free. If you get moisture inside the goggles or in between the lenses don't take them off just ride with them like that, the air rushing through the goggles will clean out the moisture.

If you wern't taking them off and on then it's possible that there is a leak in between the two lenses.
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Yeah, I spent the first hour of the day with the goggles on - no taking them on/off. The fog simply wouldn't go away, and couldn't be wiped away because it was between the lenses. I think the foam was still wet as well on the inside from the day before. I was doing some of the easier blacks and let me tell you, it's an interesting feeling trying to deal with moguls that you can't actually see. (ok, there was a two millimeter line at the top of the goggles that was clear, so if I tilted my head all the way down I could sneak a peak.)

I think I learned my lesson - make sure your goggles are dry the night after a wet day...or simply take your second pair of goggles out.
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Keeping them on your face does NOTHING for the moisture INSIDE the dual-lens.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Keeping them on your face does NOTHING for the moisture INSIDE the dual-lens.
but doesn't it help avoid the moisture in the first place?
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the only way to prevent moisture from getting in your goggles is to completely seal off all vents

however, this does nothing about the moisture expelled by your eyes

the fog produced when you take your goggles off is a product of condensation (i.e. moisture that was already inside your goggles)
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...the air rushing through the goggles will clean out the moisture.
It's supposed to work this way, but often doesn't. Gimpy, are your goggles a bit old? Last trip, my friend's Oakley Wisdoms were fogging between the lenses on the first day. That night, he took the lenses out and soaked them in the bath. The next day, they worked fine. He figured that since they were a couple years old, there might have been dirt and gunk in the foam that separates the dual lenses preventing air from flowing between them.
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that foam between the lenses is very high density and is not meant for air to be freely flowing like a regular goggle vent
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