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donmorton

USA
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Posted - 01/02/2008 :  7:02:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit donmorton's Homepage  Reply with Quote
So, here's a weird question - do any of you wear
glasses when out mushing and, if so, what are you
tricks for keeping them frosting up? I've had this
problem for years when out hunting, skiing, etc., but
this is my first year of skijoring and now it seems more
critical to do something about it (as opposed to going in
the blind).

This morning I was out at 0F, no breeze, generating lots
of sweat, the snowmobile trail I was on was full of
"snowmobile washboard" (or whatever they call it), it
was dark out, so I was just going with a headlamp, and
it was pretty crazy going along wondering where the hell
the next peak and dip were! :)

Lachlan

USA
47 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2008 :  7:11:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you go to a store that specializes in sunglasses you should be able to find something that will help prevent frost. Also, try a ski/snowboard shop, or even a bicycle shop. Vuarnet used to make something for this, and it worked really well. I wonder if spitting on your glasses, then wiping it off with a cloth would help, kind of like scuba divers do for their masks?
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crescentmoon

USA
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Posted - 01/02/2008 :  10:08:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit crescentmoon's Homepage  Reply with Quote
There are several anti-fog products on the market. They come either in a spray or impregnated cloth form. Snowmobile shops usually have a good selection.
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rboyce

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Posted - 01/03/2008 :  12:11:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Hi there,

I've worn glasses for most of my life and have been driving dogs for about 10 years. I've learned, through much frost-filled frustration, that no product works as well as making the switch to contact lenses. Contact lenses, for me, are a pain in the butt. I don't wear them unless the temp gets to about 0 degrees or colder, since the glasses seem to fog up much more when it gets colder. Above that temp, I still fog up a bit with the glasses but have learned to exhale downward out of my mouth, which seems to help a bit, and to forego covering up my mouth with a neck gaiter. Keeping the mouth covered with a gaiter seems to cause a blast of warm air to hit the glasses rather than allowing the breath to dissipate quickly.

Hope this helps.

Rod
Fairbanks
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donmorton

USA
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Posted - 01/03/2008 :  05:10:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit donmorton's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you all for your comments. I've read of a product
called FogTech, available at REI (which we have here in
Missoula) that I'll try. But, Rod, yours is the advice I
feared the most. I've wondered if I might have to resort
to contacts, as much as I hate the thought. Interestingly,
it was in Two Rivers (I do some work for UAF) that I had my
first mushing experiment, but for the most part I was blinded
by the frost. I laughed at your comment about strategic exhaling.
When running in the cold, I've learned to contort my mouth so that
I'm breathing out of a small corner. It's a pain, and I look
pretty silly, but it often helps!

I've often thought that I should try to invent some sort of glasses
defroster - just a little breeze and warm air. I've even thought
of using one of those snorkeling breathing tubes to divert my
exhale behind me.
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Dori

USA
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Posted - 01/03/2008 :  2:07:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit Dori's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Goggles with inserts. Been wearing them for years and they work great.

www.freewebs.com/dorihollingsworth
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Dougskijors

Canada
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Posted - 01/03/2008 :  3:56:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit Dougskijors's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Dori - where do you get the goggles with inserts?
DC
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Dori

USA
765 Posts

Posted - 01/03/2008 :  4:50:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Dori's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I got them through the eye doc. I've been using the same inserts for 15 years, but have replaced goggles from time to time. Not all eye glass places carry them, but there is a company called Prism Optical that you can send in a prescription and they sell goggles with the inserts. Here's a link you can check out. https://www.glasstree.com/prismoptical2006/shop_onlineb.asp?active_page_id=2

www.freewebs.com/dorihollingsworth
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funhog

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Posted - 01/04/2008 :  12:49:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit funhog's Homepage  Reply with Quote
check these guys out

http://www.bdel.com/gear/goggles.php

you might also want to check out smith turbofan knowledge goggles


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