Defogging Goggles 101

Many companies such as Smith, Oakley, and Giro have made great advances in ski and snowboard goggle anti-fogging technologies. From physically carving the anti-fog treatment into the lens to mini turbo fans that increase ventilation and promote circulation, goggles these days are built to not fog. But, it might still happen. Keep reading for tips from our experts to prevent fogging, and what to do if it does happen. What are your go to techniques for defogging goggles?

Prevent Goggle Fogging From the Get-go:

Sometimes fogging happens with large temperature swings. Here are some pointers for preventing that:

  • Try not to trap warm air inside your goggles. If you use face protection, like a gaiter or balaclava, don’t tuck it into the bottom of your goggles. This causes some of the warm air from your breath to be captured inside your goggles. Instead, just keep your neck, chin and mouth covered, or get a face mask with nose and mouth vents.
  • Don’t put goggles on your head or helmet. Heat from the top of your head will escape directly into your goggles.
  • Only remove them from your face when you are indoors or done for the day.
  • Don’t touch the inside of your goggle lens with your fingers. This can compromise the factory anti-fogging finish.

What if the dreaded does happen and your lens fogs?

What if you fall or are having an epic powder day and snow cakes the vents?

  • Dry the inside of your goggles with a hand dryer in the bathroom, then relax indoors and allow the goggles to come to room temperature.
  • Only use a microfiber cloth if the inside of the lens is completely dry.
  • Just in case, always bring a spare lens.
  • Buy some defogging and lens cleaners. Our favorite is Cat Crap.

Cat Crap anti-fog lens cleaner from EK Ekcessories on Vimeo.

What techniques have you tried? Comment below.

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  1. Well I’ve been skiing for a long time (50 yrs), before all these fancy anti-fog lenses and products were around and when our goggles fogged up after a spill in the deep stuff, sweating, or just had crappy goggles, we would grab them on each side and buffet them in & out quickly as you started down the hill to get some air in there, they would clear up fast and stay that way for the rest of the run! If you do biff it and don’t have a towel, tap em out against your other hand to remove snow, gasp a little putting cold and snowy goggles back on and haul butt doing the above and you’ll be able to see soon! Cheers

  2. Today’s goggles are light years ahead of the first generations of goggles. I think it was Smith that created the first set of goggles that didn’t fog up as soon as you put them on back in the old days. I just bought some anti fog cloths at the checkout counter at Any Mountain, and they work great on goggles and glasses.

  3. Best move I ever made was stick them under a had dryer till the interior lens starts to warp… then pull it free and only use the exterior tinted lens . No more trapped fog and save your self hundreds of wasted dollars. Luv my annoys even more with this modification

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