What To Do When Your Snowboard Goggles Fog

Today’s reader question:

I know what to do to avoid getting my goggles to fog (eg – get goggles that fit, don’t let snow get inside them), but what do I do if they start fogging anyway?

Alright, so I’ve written about how to stop your goggles fogging many times, but scattered around the blog are bits and pieces of advice on what to do AFTER they fog.

Here are all the tips in one place for you:

note: I’m assuming your goggles actually fit and you aren’t wearing some ridiculously big goggles that don’t fit your face properly (ie – huge gap between the foam and your nose bridge)

1) Clear the vents and ride

A lot of the time fogging comes from a lack of ventilation when you do something tiring like hiking up a run or digging yourself out of powder, but you can clear this fog out by just riding downhill and letting the wind clear it out.

Do not start rubbing the inside of your goggles, instead you want to make sure there’s no snow blocking the vents at the top/bottom of the goggles and just stick those goggles on and ride downhill.

This tends to clear out most cases of fogging when the mountain air gets inside your goggles and clears out the moisture causing the fog.

2) Shake, dab & dry – never rub

If you happen to get snow inside your goggles, the ‘ride downhill’ method may not work because there’s often too much moisture inside the lens. If this happens you just need to get the inside of the lens dry WITHOUT rubbing the lens.

Give it a shake to get the snow out and to use air to dry it out. If I must, I’ll dab the inside of the lens lightly with my goggle bag and keep shaking.

If that doesn’t work, it means the inside of your goggles are REALLY wet and your best bet is usually using the hand dryers inside a toilet to dry out your goggles.

Repeat after me, never rub the inside of your goggle lens. This is the golden rule of owning goggles because rubbing gets rid of the anti-fog coating on the inside of your goggle lens.

Hope that answers your question!

– Jed

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  1. Or buy Smith goggles. I have mine for more than 10 years and I never had a fogging problem. And I already gave that inside a good rub down in the past. I didn’t knew at that time it was not good for the lens. Anyway, even though the lens got rubbed a couple of times there’s no fog problem over here, I wounder why? It’s also scratched and all but it’s still alive. I even glued some rips in the foam because the cold air gave me headaches. The reason I don’t want to buy new ones is that a lot of the goggles I see in the shops feel cheap for the price tag on them.

  2. Or, an easier solution is to buy goggles without anti-fog coating on the inside and a Ski Gee. Being able to actually wipe out fog, snow and drips that find their way to the inside of your goggles is far more effective than anti-fog coatings that hardly work.

    The worst goggles I’ve ever owned were expensive Oakleys with the anti-fog coating. Sure, the spherical lens was nice, but they fogged up far more often than cheaper goggles with more venting. First time I touched the inside of the lens to gently dab away moisture, the coating turned almost opaque. I ended up scraping the anti-fog coating off before finally ditching them for much cheaper Anon and Dragon goggles.

    • You’re absolutely right, good venting is crucial.

    • Overall I’ve found Smith to have some of the better venting/anti-fog tech, but overall it’s really about fit over anything else.

      If the goggle doesn’t fit it’ll fog, but if it fits well it’s a lot harder to make it fog, with or without anti-fog coating.

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