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Old 10-17-21, 08:22 AM
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Glasses with thermal face mask

Had to start wearing glasses this past spring, and this morning’s chilly ride reminded me of a concern that I have. In the past winter seasons I learned pretty quickly that sun glasses were not really an option when wearing my thermal face mask. My breath would cause them to fog, so I just didn’t wear sun glasses.
This winter I prefer to wear my glasses, my vision has started to suck, but I don’t know how to keep my glasses from fogging.

Anybody have some advice on this issue? I’m considering goggles but if there is a better option I am all for it.
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Old 10-17-21, 09:33 AM
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A few years ago I started cleaning my glasses regularly with just soap and water. I noticed that winter that they fogged up less and "defogged" quicker. If I stopped they fogged, but if I started riding again they defogged.

Also, I switched from a heavy-ish face warmer, to a thin nylon belaclava, just enough to keep the cold air off my face...that also helped.
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I do have a thinner bachlava, but I have never worn it, I have always just worn the same one. I was my glasses with soap and water too, but they still fog pretty bad when I have to wear a regular face mask at work.
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I would imagine it depends on the face mask style. Something like the below allows breathing out the mouth and shouldn't fog your glasses. I assume your glasses are covering part of the mask and the hot air is partly escaping up under the glasses?

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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I would imagine it depends on the face mask style. Something like the below allows breathing out the mouth and shouldn't fog your glasses. I assume your glasses are covering part of the mask and the hot air is partly escaping up under the glasses?



it’s is what I wear. I think my lips would hurt with the above picture.
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I found that if I adjusted my balaclava in a certain way, the fogging of my glasses did not happen while I was moving.. sometimes it fogged up when I stopped if it was exceptionally cold, but found I was generally good. I got one of these or something very close to it by this company.

https://www.amazon.com/ROCK-BROS-Bal...4521704&sr=8-2
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do you need your mouth/nose covered? Never need that and ever have a fogging issue. Now when I use it as a mask the nI go into a store then I get fogging.
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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
do you need your mouth/nose covered? Never need that and ever have a fogging issue. Now when I use it as a mask the nI go into a store then I get fogging.

I cycle outside all winter, last year the lowest was 15 degrees American. With the mask on my sun glasses would fog, especially the harder that I breath.
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
I found that if I adjusted my balaclava in a certain way, the fogging of my glasses did not happen while I was moving.. sometimes it fogged up when I stopped if it was exceptionally cold, but found I was generally good. I got one of these or something very close to it by this company.

https://www.amazon.com/ROCK-BROS-Bal...4521704&sr=8-2

I’ll check this out thanks.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
I cycle outside all winter, last year the lowest was 15 degrees American. With the mask on my sun glasses would fog, especially the harder that I breath.
I have only gotten to about 25 but never covered my mouth, when it is that cold I use two of them a thin one and my normal one then I would breath through the thin one.
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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
I have only gotten to about 25 but never covered my mouth, when it is that cold I use two of them a thin one and my normal one then I would breath through the thin one.
Thats a thought.

My lips get crazy chapped in the winter even with the mask on, that’s why I havnt considered one with a hole in the mouth.

But this might be the only option.

I read somewhere that you could use snow boarding goggles over your glasses, but didn’t know if anyone here had tried that or if it was even practical.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Thats a thought.

My lips get crazy chapped in the winter even with the mask on, that’s why I havnt considered one with a hole in the mouth.

But this might be the only option.

I read somewhere that you could use snow boarding goggles over your glasses, but didn’t know if anyone here had tried that or if it was even practical.
it was a really thing one I got at a local bike shop. really too thin to do much. but layering does great and it was much easier to breath through.
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Old 10-17-21, 08:27 PM
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Do the companies make full face MTB helmets with the flip down front? That would take the mask out of the equation.
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Do the companies make full face MTB helmets with the flip down front? That would take the mask out of the equation.

sounds heavy.
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Old 10-17-21, 08:39 PM
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No flip front, but probably would be warmer.

https://www.bellhelmets.com/bike/c/m...-bike-helmets/
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Here's an option. Also. Some of the companies such as Giro make winter helmets.

https://bikerumor.com/2016/02/12/pro...th-the-visorx/
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Here's an option. Also, some of the companies such as Giro make winter helmets.

https://bikerumor.com/2016/02/12/pro...th-the-visorx/
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Having to wear my glasses and masks for Covid has been really frustrating due to fogging. Especially for work when I have to wear safety glasses. My optometrist recommended Fogaway: https://www.amazon.com/Spray-Glasses...ef_=ast_sto_dp

It's not perfect, but it reduces fogging better than any other product I've tried.

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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Here's an option. Also, some of the companies such as Giro make winter helmets.

https://bikerumor.com/2016/02/12/pro...th-the-visorx/

That’s pretty sweet. I would be willing to try that.
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Originally Posted by msalvetti View Post
Having to wear my glasses and masks for Covid has been really frustrating due to fogging. Especially for work when I have to wear safety glasses. My optometrist recommended Fogaway: https://www.amazon.com/Spray-Glasses...ef_=ast_sto_dp

It's not perfect, but it reduces fogging better than any other product I've tried.

Mark

This is an option as well, but I have a feeling they will still fog up at some point and that could be a disaster.
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Prescription googles and these really work! And good for swimming too. I would wear them over the bachlava and a little loose.




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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
I cycle outside all winter, last year the lowest was 15 degrees American. With the mask on my sun glasses would fog, especially the harder that I breath.
In my experience, I don't need my mouth covered at +15 °F. If chapping is a problem, I recommend Carmex or similar.

I ride down to -10 °F and am generally comfortable down to 0*F. Probably I'd be wearing something that covered my mouth below 10 °F.
With that said, I can ride without steaming my glasses UNTIL I stop (say, at a red light). Then there are problems.
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Contacts. 🙂
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"Chilly" might mean something different for you than it does for me, but for sub 20F I've found ski goggles or mountain biking goggles work well. Goggles with double-walled lenses prevent fogging very well and as the bottom is sealed work well with something covering your nose and mouth. I have a cheap pair of low profile enduro goggles and they are effective never fogging and with comfort on really cold (sub 20F) days. I have to admit I rarely use them as regular glasses with a hat under the helmet is more comfortable most of the time. Also, I personally don't like riding with something covering my mouth.

One tip: make sure the googles work with your helmet before buying. Also, don't buy ski helmets for cycling as they're way too hot.
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Contacts. 🙂
I presume eye protection would still be wanted, but I thought the same, in combo with an aero+shield helmet like the Giro Vanquish

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