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Old 01-22-2014, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, it was cold today. Car said -26C in the parking lot when I arrived at 8:40 am. Had all the right layers on and was warm as toast. Bluebird sky, beautiful machine groomed powder,a nice coat of cold wax on the deck and nobody on the hill.

However, try as I may to keep my breath from getting into my googles, I was not successful. I made sure my belaclava was not under my googles, but moisture was still getting into my googles and a nice layer of ice was forming on the inside of my lens.

Does anyone have a tip as to what one can do to prevent this from happening? It was the only annoying aspect to another wise great day on the hill.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i just started snowboarding, but i do have experience with this. what type of goggles do you have? do they have vents to allow some air to escape and circulate?

during the military when we had cold weather training, i funny enough used a deicer(yes for your car windows) and a antifog on the lens before we went out and worked like a charm
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i just started snowboarding, but i do have experience with this. what type of goggles do you have? do they have vents to allow some air to escape and circulate?

during the military when we had cold weather training, i funny enough used a deicer(yes for your car windows) and a antifog on the lens before we went out and worked like a charm
isn't this stuff poisonous? aka a bad idea to be putting near your face/mouth/nose? usually with methanol and/or propylene glycol?
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isn't this stuff poisonous? aka a bad idea to be putting near your face/mouth/nose? usually with methanol and/or propylene glycol?
i wouldnt put it on and then slap my goggles on my head. it was a preparation before heading out. i would dilute it with water and slap it on the and let it fully dry. its not like i was huffing it.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm wearing a pair of Von Zipper Feenoms which I really like and yes, they do move air very well. I have never had a problem with them fogging, in fact this is the first time I have ever had any kind of issue with them.
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It happens. Your body, including your eyes put out moisture, at that cold it will freeze instantly. I carry extra lenses when.it's cold or powdery because any goggles I have ever owned will fog and freeze....
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when you get to the extreme temps it can be almost impossible, if it's -26 and you are 'warm as toast', it's just...science
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Argo, thanks for the insight.

Early in the day, even with my googles on, my eyes were watering from the cold air whistling through my googles.

I know you have tried numerous googles, so I'm not about to go searching for the "Holy Grail" of googles.

Extra lens in the pocket or the "Excelerator" in the Men's room it is.
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Yeah I have this problem sometimes as I'm always hot and usually sweating while boarding. Couple things I do:

- At the bottom of the run, even in -26 deg weather I pull my goggles up onto my helmet/forehead to allow my face to "breathe"

- I wear a face mask but pull it down when my goggles are on, so that it's covering my lips and chin, but not my nose. When I pull the goggles up I'll pull the mask up to cover my nose and warm it for a few mins

- Never touch the inside of the goggles with anything, or you'll potentially screw up the anti-fog coating

- heat guns/hair dryers/hand dryers work great, but don't leave it in one spot too long...

I have a problem with moisture getting in between the lenses on one of my cheap pairs. What works for me is leaving them on the heat register in the house. Enough airflow to dry them completely but not too hot to melt anything!
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