With the return to Wisconsin of a “Real” winter after an absence of nearly 20 years I’ve been encountering an increase in foggy glasses/goggles when riding, especially below 0, and have been looking for a viable solution to keeping visibility while still being able to breath well.
I have a stack of face masks, balaclavas, scarves and other face coverings that I’ve accumulated over the years and very few of them work well over a variety of conditions. A few of them even have breath filters but in sub-zero temps all were leaving me with foggy eyewear.
I stumbled on the Fog eVader face mask while looking over info from Motorcyclists and Snowmobilers who encounter similar problems. For some reason the walrus-like profile venting breath down and away from my eyes seemed to make sense and the enthusiastic reviews sealed the deal. I had to give it a try so I ordered one up and it arrived at my house a few days later. There are numerous places on the Net that sell the Fog eVader.
I’ve used the For eVader for several rides lately especially when the temp drops below about 15 degrees and it has worked very well! Above 15 degrees I have less problem with a cold face and foggy glasses because I don’t normally need a face mask. Seems like the internal furnace knows how to keep my mug warm above the 15 degree mark. I have had little to no foggy glasses while using the Fog eVader but did immediately notice an increase in the fog problem on one ride where the temp had climbed enough that I removed the Fog eVader. Instant foggy glasses! Fortunately, once moving, my glasses cleared up enough to avoid running into trees and the like.
Construction of the Fog eVader is pretty straight forward. It is a fleece-lined neoprene face and neck mask with an inner membrane that covers your nose and mouth while an external breath deflector directs your breath down and out the bottom.
In use it is important to use the formable nose bridge piece to seal around your nose. This keeps face heat and breath from sneaking out the top of the Fog eVader and fogging your eyewear.
A Velcro closure at the back makes it easy to find the right balance between sealing and comfort and there is also a head band strap that keeps the Fog eVader in place even under a helmet.
A couple of other tips I’ve discovered are to use an anti-fog coating on your glasses/goggles. I use Cat Crap and it works OK just not well enough to use as the only solution but paired up with the Fog eVader it seems to help.
I also try to ride with a helmet that doesn’t have a visor. That bill sticking out in front of the helmet traps exhaled air right in the place you want it least. In front of your eyes, fogging up your glasses!
The Fog eVader goes for $39.95 on the manufacturers website. It is also available at numerous online stores so check around.