Snowboarding and skiing are a whole lot of fun, but they can be dangerous without the right gear. That’s why a helmet is so important. But what about ski goggles? They can help protect you from the glare of the sun on the snow. And that’s going to be important when you’re going downhill and need to see to direct yourself the right way. But how can you easily wear ski goggles with a helmet? It takes a little bit of preparation and practice.
Why It’s a Problem
In general, the problem with wearing a helmet and goggles at the same time is sweat. Because you’re going to be exerting yourself quite a bit when you’re skiing or snowboarding you’re likely to sweat. And because you’re wearing a helmet and plenty of warm gear you’re definitely going to experience sweating all over your body and it’s going to get worse the longer you’re out. And that sweat is going to cause condensation and steam on the inside of your goggles.
What to Do
When it comes to getting rid of that condensation and steam, you need to work first on the cause of the issue. That means figuring out ways that you can reduce the sweat and keep yourself at a more comfortable body temperature. You want to make sure that you can do this in a way that still keeps you protected and safe while you’re out.
Remove some layers
One option is to remove some of your layers. If you have a lot of layers you may be able to remove one or two and still be warm enough and safe. Keep in mind that when you’re doing this type of exercise, you’re going to feel warm even though your body needs some of that added protection. So make sure you don’t remove too many layers that you’re actually in danger of hypothermia.
Wear a Cap under the Helmet
Next, you can put a beanie or other absorbent cap underneath your helmet. This can help absorb the moisture and sweat that’s coming off your head. It would fit tightly and won’t interfere with the overall helmet fit. You still have all the protection but now, you don’t have that condensation behind your goggles that make it hard to see.
Try Anti-fog Sprays
There are also several different types of sprays that will allow you to cut down on fog on your goggles. You may need to experiment to find one that works for you. Most people have found that even sweat doesn’t cause their goggles to fog up if they have the right products to help. Look for a spray or even a cream that you can rug into the lenses and then clean (if necessary) to reduce the problem.
Don’t wear Glasses
Another important thing is to make sure that you are not wearing glasses under your goggles. This is going to make the problem even worse because you’ll find that your glasses and your goggles are both fogging up, then you have an even harder time trying to see what’s happening and a harder time trying to figure out a method that works of getting rid of that fog. Wearing contacts can help at least a little with this process.
Loosen your Goggles
Loosening your goggles will help with the process as well. If they’re too tight to your face, the moisture can’t get out, which is where you end up with even more condensation and fog on your lenses. If you give just a little bit of airflow around the lens you’re not going to have as much of that problem. It won’t take care of everything, but it’s definitely going to cut down on some of the issues and keep you feeling a little more comfortable at the same time.
Getting your goggles acclimated to the right temperature before you put them on is another way to go. Get outside for a few minutes before you’re planning to head out and let your gear come to temperature. This will make sure that the lenses aren’t too warm while the outside is too cold. You’ll notice your lenses fogging up while you’re holding them but as they balance out the temperature they’re going to clear again before you put them on.
After your Trip
Once you’re done for the day or when you’re ready to take a break for a while, make sure you actually remove your lenses entirely. Don’t put them on top of your head because they’ll absorb the moisture and sweat, which will make for even bigger problems. Instead, remove them and hold them in your hand by the strap or set them on your leg or near you to rest before you’re ready to start again.
Make sure you let your goggles dry off entirely on their own as well, or at least as much as possible. Even if they get full of snow you don’t want to rub them or try to dry them out with a cloth or rag. This can actually damage the lenses or cause bigger problems when it comes to all that moisture on the inside. Instead, try to let them dry as much as possible on their own. You can dump snow out or shake them a little to get some larger clumps out but then let them be.
Finally, make sure that you care for the lenses when you’re done for the day. That means you dry them out entirely and protect the coating. You want to put the lenses into a special bag once you’re sure they’re dry so that they stay that way and are protected for the next time you want to use them.
If you follow all of these tips you’re going to feel a whole lot more comfortable when you head out to ride again, and you’re not going to have to worry about your goggles getting fogged up so you can’t see.