Fogging will ruin your day. It will take the fluffiest snow and turn it into unusable water crystals. Fogged up goggles transform a bluebird day on your family vacation into a storm of cursing and disappointment.
Just to be clear: Prescription eyewear makes your goggle set-up more prone to fogging. Suddenly, lenses are centimeters closer to the source of heat and moisture and the difference is substantial. But this just means there are certain steps to take and things to keep in mind:
- The further the prescription lenses can sit from your face, the better. This is why goggle inserts are superior to wearing goggles over your prescription glasses. Prescription glasses inherently sit closer to your eyes than goggle inserts, so not only do you bend and ruin them by jamming them under your goggles, but it’s more vulnerable to fogging.
- An anti-fog coating should be measured by its function not by its price. We’ve tested dozens of anti-fog treatments and the best one we’ve found costs $10 for a bottle.
- Ventilation is the name of the game. The Smith Turbo Fan goggles have a built-in ventilation system. On one hand it’s a fancy goggle, on the other hand it eliminates fogging. No one is forcing you to get a goggle with a fan in it. But they’re available and they work.
- Behavior matters. Don’t put your goggles on your head when you’re on the chairlift. Don’t rub more snow into the lens to try to get rid of the fogging.
If you have questions about fogging, or any other goggle-related issues, call or write. We’re here to help.