By: randosteve|Posted on: January 4, 2012|Posted in: Gear, Gear Reviews | 1 comment

There is nothing more annoying (well, maybe there are some things more annoying, but…) than having to pull your sunglasses off, or away from, your face because they have fogged up. Clearing your lenses of fog and moisture, and bringing them back to shape for clear and crisp vision also tends to be a huge PITA since most of the materials on our bodies when we are skiing don’t suck up moisture that well. For the past month, I’ve been testing out some Bausch + Lomb FogShield Sport anti-fogging treatment for sunglasses and goggles, and have found it quite helpful at reducing fog-ups.

I find most fogging with sunglasses occurs either when it is very warm and humid out, and all the heat from your body moves up to your sunglasses when you stop during high output uphills, or…when it is very cold, and you exhale through your mouth when your face is tucked behind your jacket collar or balaclava, which sends your humid breath up into your shades. Sometimes the fog freezes instantly, sometimes it doesn’t, but I usually just suffer through it by pulling the sunglasses away from my face a bit more. This occasionally will allow enough air-flow to occur in order to clear things up, but a lot of times it doesn’t and inevitably I find myself trying to smear away the moisture with my fingers…which is lame.

I’m not sure exactly what’s in FogShield, but I know that it contains silicone and isopropyl alcohol, which somehow causes the moisture that creates fog to spread out more across the surface of the lenses. It’s easy to apply with the little spritzer bottle it comes in, followed by a quick wipe and buff with the included micro-fiber cloth. I’ve been hitting both sides of my sun-glass lenses after every 2-3 days of skiing and there have been some very warm, wet and cold days in the past few weeks, which have provided an array of conditions for testing. So far, I’ve been happy with the results and found there to be less fogging when using FogShield. It only cost $8 for the little spritzer bottle, which to seems like the best choice out of all the options.

I’d recommend giving it a try if you tend to have, or hate, fogging as much as I do. Ciao for now!