Anti Fog Treatment for Glasses and Goggles


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Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 9, 2010 - 09:54pm PT
What product works for you. I bought some rag in a bag at Mammoth Mountaineering and it just does not work once I get crankin.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Feb 9, 2010 - 10:00pm PT
spit and rinse
james Colborn

Trad climber
Truckee, Ca
Feb 9, 2010 - 10:05pm PT
Prevention seems to be the best medicine. Dry the goggles completely after use, and keep them dry while skiing. If you are sweating and fogging them up drop a layer or two.
Dick Erb

June Lake, CA
Feb 9, 2010 - 10:07pm PT
If you are walking up a hill sunglasses fog less than goggles.

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Feb 10, 2010 - 12:09am PT
The anti-fog cloths in a re-sealable container that Smith & Scott used to sell (or sometimes give away) always have worked for me when I am skiing and "sweating like a sow."

I wear glasses always, so glasses inside goggles are a real pain----but the stuff still worked.

Rumor had it that the anti-fog cloths contained a glycerin solution.

Ice climber
honolulu, hawaii
Feb 10, 2010 - 12:13am PT
Point it! Full tuck.

Should clear up before you hit anything.

Kidding. I feel your pain. The anti-fog goggles are in aisle 5 right next to the StayPut dog booties.

I keep a bunch of strips cut from old 100% cotton t-shirts in my pack. One of those is always in my breast pocket for easy access, replace when saturated. I also carry a spare dry pair of goggles in case something goes down which causes them to pass the point of no return saturation level.

Also, whenever hiking or stopped to do some work of some sort, I take them off right away and wrap 'em in a t-shirt in my pack.


Mountain climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Feb 10, 2010 - 01:37am PT
Scuba divers are taught to spit and rinse their scuba mask to prevent fogging. You can buy a few products but heck... Spit weights less than having another bottle in the pack.

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Feb 10, 2010 - 09:20am PT
Don't wear a hood.

When I switched from hood to helmet, for storm riding, my foggy goggles were a thing of the past.


Trad climber
Feb 10, 2010 - 09:24am PT
You don't need any type of extra anti fog if you abide by the Golden Rules of goggle wearing.

1) put your goggles on and keep them on, don't EVER pull them up and put them on your forehead. That's a crucial #1.

2) don't ever hike with goggles on, always glasses. You generate too much warmth skinnig and glasses are more than adequate. If it isn't bright, I wear nothing. Keep your goggles in their pouch in your pack.

3) if you are skiing the area, ultimately leave your goggles outside when you go in. Look atound the doorways, there will inevitably be a nook where locals stash their goggles, watch people going in and out and you will see it. No one ever f*#ks with the locals goggle stash, they are safe,

4) if you do bring them in, take them off as you enter and keep them out on the table, not in your hat or a pocket.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Feb 10, 2010 - 09:31am PT
Its all about keeping your powder dry.

Pate good ones. But I dry out my goggles at lunch time on storm days. Starting the afternoon with dry goggle and gloves... lovely.

Keep yer powder dry. It worked for pioneers and it works for goggles.

But the helmet thing was a surprise to me... no more foggy goggles. Ever.


Social climber
Hercules, CA
Feb 10, 2010 - 10:00am PT
I geeked up and got the battery powered fan goggles. They work and other than a constant hum, keep my glasses from fogging when I'm skiing.

I really prefer sunglasses though. . .

Social climber
Feb 10, 2010 - 10:12am PT
2nd the helmet and scott anti fog clothes, with glasses and goggles, fact, going to break them out now and go hit some fresh pow!

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Feb 10, 2010 - 12:45pm PT
I have been using your ideas for a long time.
Last season I got my first helmet, at age 50, and rarely wore googles before that, too much fogging up. I threw on a ten year old cheap pair and have had 0 problems with fogging for resort skiing from 15 to 60 degrees, it's all good. I think because they are cheap, they have good ventalation.

Trad climber
Feb 10, 2010 - 12:47pm PT
Raw potato juice ROOLS!

Drip it all over CLEAN glasses/goggles. . . BOTH SIDES of the lenses. . . let it dry. . . (it'll be kinda white) then buff it out with a soft cloth.



Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2010 - 02:07pm PT
Rarely do I use goggles, but my prescription sun glasses have an elastic band holding them on my head. I sweat like a banchi from my head when in cardio mode. Never am I without a headband which is usually wet.

You have given some good pointers. Yes putting the glasses on my forhead is a disaster. eKat, I'm trying the potato juice.
Lee Bow

Trad climber
wet island
Feb 10, 2010 - 09:24pm PT
Uvex has some stuff that is awesome. (part# s462 I think) Industrial supply. Not only on my sunglasses and goggles but my bathroom mirror. I can step straight out of the shower and shave!

About five bucks for half a litre. Life time supply.

Social climber
Newport, OR
Feb 10, 2010 - 09:46pm PT

Social climber
Across Town From Easy Street
Feb 10, 2010 - 10:02pm PT
The large sized Smith Knowledge OTG Turbo Fan Goggles with a Mirror Lens fit easily over your glasses, and a micro-electric fan helps prevent fogging. With a mirror lens, these goggles increase depth perception and cut down on glare. The silent, lightweight fan has a low speed for cruising, and a high speed to keep your goggles clear while you're sweating up a storm in the backcountry. The Knowledge OTG Turbo Fan Goggles' DriWix face foam won't get wet and slippery. See the sizing chart for information on lens tints.

Bottom Line: Smith's Knowledge OTG Turbo Fan Goggles with a Mirror Lens—wearing glasses under your goggles doesn't mean a day of foggy blindness anymore.

..and a steal at only $140-160!
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Feb 10, 2010 - 11:35pm PT
Mtnmun, go to and check out Z-wax. I use it on my eye glasses while playing hockey. The longer you use it without cleaning it off the better it works.

Good luck.

the museum

Feb 14, 2010 - 07:34pm PT
I'm really just posting so I can find this thread again quickly.

The goggles w/ fans work super well for some people, but eats batteries like crazy. I could be converted but can't stand goggles on my face unless is super freezing.

FWIW, FogTech Raincoat did not work for me on a 30-36º day... but I'm willing to give their other products a shot.

Great advice DMT & Pate.

I'd add that neck gaiters can sometimes also make things foggy like the way hoods do.
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