How to Keep Ski Goggles from Fogging

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Why do My Goggles Fog up?

If you want to ski fast and avoid getting tangled up with other skiers, the best way to do it is to improve your vision. Poor vision is a major cause of accidents on a snow-covered mountain. It’s also one of the biggest causes of frustration when you’re trying to enjoy yourself on the snow.

The most apparent solution for terrible vision is to get a new pair of eye protection. The old pair may be fogging up your game, literally.

How Goggles Fog Up

Goggles fog up because of the condensation inside, coupled with the natural evaporation of water from sweating.

The evaporation produces tiny droplets of water that cling to the inner side of the lens. These droplets of water grow, causing a blurry vision. This is particularly disturbing during a fast downhill as it will be more difficult to know where to grab the next pole.

After a few minutes, the lenses and the mask will cool down and the droplets will disappear.

What Not to Do

A lot of people who wear ski goggles have started wrapping them in tissue paper or cloth and have forgotten about it. Some have also been known to spit inside their ski goggles to prevent them from fogging up. While saliva contains water which is a natural solution to fogging, it’s not good for your lens.

Tips to Keep Your Ski Goggles from Fogging

Almost everyone has experienced those frustrating moments when in the middle of a run you find out that your goggles are fogging and are no longer protecting your eyes.

Sure, before a run or on a hot day, a foggy goggle can feel good but at the end of a run, it’s more like a waste of money because you missed half of what you paid for.

Foggy goggles can really ruin your skiing / snowboarding experience. But if you want to fight fog in your goggles, there are a few tips and tricks you can try.

Anti-fog Goggles

Anti-fog ski goggles are ski goggles that have anti-fog coatings on the inside of the lens. These coatings can be made of different chemicals:

  • silicone,
  • titanium dioxide,
  • alpha-hydroxy acid,
  • triethanolamine,

And others.

A popular coating is silicone based. The anti-fog coating is applied to the inside of the lens by a brush. Typically, the lens first is cleaned with a soapy solution to remove grease and dirt. The lens is then rinsed in a clean water solution. The anti-fog coating is then applied following the manufacturer’s instructions. Note that some anti-fog coatings use ultraviolet light to cure the coating, while others are cured using the heat in the glasses.

One of the most popular anti-fog materials for ski goggles is a special silica gel called iodoform, which changes a gel when it is exposed to ultraviolet light.

Once the anti-fog coating has been applied, the lens is placed in a special oven. The oven heats the lens evenly. By heating the lens, the coatings evaporate inside the lens, and when the lens cools, the coatings solidify.

Anti-fog Products

If you’re a regular skier, you’ve probably faced the dreaded fogged-up goggles in snowy weather.

While a fogged glass will not compromise your safety, it will definitely turn the joy of skiing into a nightmare. While there are ways of preventing fogging, sometimes it can just happen.

Luckily, a small pouch or an anti-fog spray can fix the problem easily.

It’s funny to see people rub their goggles with anything from a tissue to even their socks. While that’s good enough for a quick fix, don’t make a habit out of it.

You’ll probably see a lot of skiers apply chamois skin on their goggles, or some other anti-fog product. Chances are that by the time you get to the top of the slope, the goggles are already fogged-up again.

The best bet, by a long shot, is to keep your goggles out of the snow and any moisture.

Make sure to readjust the goggles after a few days. We don’t really know why, but goggle companies recommend leaving the goggles on your face even when you’re out of the skiing area.

Anti-fog Habits

I have a terrible habit of running out of breath when I’m skiing downhill, causing me to slow down and sometimes make a stop to catch my breath.

That’s where anti-fogging habits come in. Once I started to develop them, I found that I was able to ski faster and that I less often had to stop or slow down when going downhill. It’s no surprise that professional skiers also develop anti-fog habits.

In this post, we’ll share some of the common anti-fog habits that help keep your goggles from fogging up. Follow these tips to have an enjoyable day on the ski hill.

Final Words

At the beginning of this book, you were introduced to the concept of pivoting. Most of what you read in this book is about pivoting. And pivoting in a nutshell is making small changes in your life that will have a significant impact.

Aside from rotating your hips and running as if you are a tank, real pivoting is making small changes in your life.

The second part of this book is a diverse collection of tips on pivoting. The tips vary in length and may not appear to be related. But they can all be categorized as ways to get out of our comfort zone. And, when you increase the comfort in your life, you also increase confidence and reduce fear.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy and I hope you achieve your dreams.