Goggles Anti Fog: See Clearly, Perform Confidently

Understanding Goggle Anti-Fog

Having foggy goggles can be one of the most frustrating experiences while swimming, skiing, snowboarding and other active winter activities. Perfect visibility is key for good performance in any sport. That's why anti-fog solutions can be incredibly helpful for goggles of many types and sizes. There are a range of commercial anti-fog solutions and DIY anti-fog solutions that can help keep your goggles clear during all your adventures.

The most common cause of foggy ski goggles and swim goggles is a temperature difference between the inside and outside of the goggle. Fog forms due to a combination of humidity and air temperature, resulting in a visible vapor that clouds up the inside of the lenses. The moisture droplets then scramble your vision making you question why you ever decided to leave the lodge or pool in the first place.

Commercial anti-fog solutions are liquids that can be sprayed onto the goggles lenses before or during your activity. These can be found at most ski and snowboarding shops, sport good stores and scuba diving stores.

  • Improves Visibility
  • Simple to use
  • Easy to apply
  • Products often come with free cleaning cloth

Safe and easy to useCan be expensive
Widely availableRequires reapplication often
Different varieties for snow, swimming, and other active sportsCan leave film on lenses

  • Kelly Wilson - Kelly, a skier, came to a ski shop in Park City, Utah looking for a way to keep her goggles from fogging up while skiing in the cold winter air. After speaking with a technician, she purchased a commercial anti-fog solution and applied it as directed. She was so pleased with the results that she now carries the product with her on all of her skiing trips and even recommends it to her friends.
  • Gina Rodriguez - Gina, a surfer, went online in search of a fog solution as her vision became impaired while she was out on the water. After filling out some surveys, she was recommended a commercial antifog product that was specifically designed for water sports. After using the product, she was impressed with the results and has recommended it to her surfing network.

We recommend the Zeal Optics Fogstopper Anti-Fog Spray Cleaner for swimmers, skiers and snowboarders. This product is easy to use and works well in many different conditions. The anti-fog spray helps to quickly and efficiently clear foggy lenses, while the cleaning cloth ensures you're wiping away dirt and debris for crystal clear vision.

If you'd rather not purchase a commercial antifog product there are some DIY solutions that can work in a pinch. These remedies are slightly less reliable than commercial products, but they can be handy in a pinch.

InexpensiveCan be time consuming
Can be effectiveLess reliable than commercial options

  • Toothpaste: Applying a thin layer of toothpaste to the inside of the lenses can help reduce fog. Just be sure to rinse with warm water after you're done skiing.
  • Baby Shampoo: Another easy at-home solution is to mix a few drops of baby shampoo with a couple ounces of water and spray onto the lenses. It's important to make sure the water is not too hot; lukewarm is the best water temperature.
  • Vinegar: For those looking for a natural option, mix equal parts water and vinegar and spray onto the lens. This solution can be used for several sessions before needing to be reapplied.

Whether you're using a commercial antifog product or one of the DIY solutions, you'll need to make sure you're properly maintaining your goggles for the most effective use. Below are some tips that will help reduce fogging:

  • Clean the lenses before applying antifog solutions
  • Make sure to apply the anti-fog solution evenly
  • Clean the goggles after each use
  • Reduce the temperature difference between outside and inside the goggles
  • Be sure to use a clean cloth when wiping the lenses

Some goggles on the market come with anti-fog coatings already applied. For these goggles, simply clean the lenses with a soft cloth and apply the antifog solution every few sessions. There's no need to purchase a commercial product as the coating will do the work.

In addition, some goggles come with air vents that allow for improved airflow, which reduces fogging. This venting technology helps to equalize the temperatures between the lenses and the outside air, making it easier to maintain visibility.

Overall, the Oakley O-Frame ski and snowboard goggle provide excellent visibility and anti-fog protection. The lenses have a superhydrophobic coating that repels water and sweat, however we still recommend using a commercially available antifog solution to maximize visibility. A couple of great options are Smith Optics Anti-Fog Solution and Zeal Optics Fogstopper Anti-Fog Spray Cleaner.

Whenever working with antifog solutions, it's important to take all necessary safety precautions. Be sure to read all product instructions and warnings before use. Never let children use or handle these products as they may be hazardous if not handled properly.

In conclusion, learning how to reduce fogging in goggles is an essential skill for anyone engaging in active winter sports. We've listed commercial anti-fog solutions, DIY anti-fog solutions, and proper maintenance and care tips to keep your lenses clear and provide the best visibility for all your outdoor adventures.