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What are your recommendations for inexpensive protective eyewear that won't fog up? Must be CLEAR lenses.

I've had cheap $5 safety glasses that did a decent job and didn't break my heart when they got scratched up. But sometimes you'll run into helmet interference - they sit to high and bang against the underside of the helmet above the eyes, or the helmet pushes them down. And often they usually lack the rubber temple and nose pieces that keep the glasses from sliding down when sweaty.

I've had expensive $100 glasses that did a good job keeping the fog at bay but didn't last long before they got scratched up to crap from "cleaning" them with the bottom of my jersey. Once you get too many scratches then you can't see ****. And I wasn't too happy when my buddy stepped on them.

Somewhere in between would be nice.....

Also, FWIW, I've found that JAWS SPIT antifog works fairly well for keeping the lenses fog-free, or liquid dish soap, along with removing the glasses immediately upon stopping and holding them away from the face (where there is lots of hot, humid air being exhausted on every breath).

So what do you say? What's working well for you?
 

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I just use the cheap safety glasses. I don't have to worry about them breaking, and as you said, take them off when stopped.


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I just use the cheap safety glasses. I don't have to worry about them breaking, and as you said, take them off when stopped.


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Same thing I use.
 

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I just use the cheap safety glasses. I don't have to worry about them breaking, and as you said, take them off when stopped.


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And after your ride, do the "safety dance".
 

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Safety glasses for me too. Contact with leafs and small branches, the occasiomal crash amd throwing them in the camelbak without a pouch means my glasses rarely make a full season unscratched. Safety glasses fit the use and budget well.
 

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Too humid for regular safety glasses here, which is a shame, since I have unlimited supply of free ones.
The only glasses that have worked well for me are Native Eyewear's Hardtop and Hardtop XP, though they have similar models that also have vented frames and may be just as good. I've had several over the years, and they can usually be found for $75, though I got a pair online for $47 once.

These are sunglasses, but come with extra lenses for low light use, and clear ones are available.
 

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Is there any type of liquid or spray you can add to normal lenses?

I have Smith Parallel D Max glasses with polarized black, regular red, and clear lenses. They all suck this time of year in terms of fog. Anything below ~10-15mph they fog up terribly. I think the black lenses even have a hydrophobic coating.
 

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Is there any type of liquid or spray you can add to normal lenses?

I have Smith Parallel D Max glasses with polarized black, regular red, and clear lenses. They all suck this time of year in terms of fog. Anything below ~10-15mph they fog up terribly. I think the black lenses even have a hydrophobic coating.
Cat Cr*p, it's a wax that makes it harder for them to fog up. I used it yesterday skiing. It seems to help, but also seems to wear off towards the end of the day.

If you are fogging up that bad and it's not -10F or something, you may need better ventilation, are you wearing too many layers and perhaps beanie/face-mask or something? We fog up easily here in Alaska, due to the low altitude (high pressure), high humidity and cold temps, and in some cases our breath can freeze instantly, but it's usually only at cold temps when you stop.
 

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Microfibre (i.e. wicking) head scarf under my helmet made a huge difference for me because lots of the moisture on my glasses was coming from head sweat.
 

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cat crap, it's a wax that makes it harder for them to fog up. I used it yesterday skiing. It seems to help, but also seems to wear off towards the end of the day.

If you are fogging up that bad and it's not -10f or something, you may need better ventilation, are you wearing too many layers and perhaps beanie/face-mask or something? We fog up easily here in alaska, due to the low altitude (high pressure), high humidity and cold temps, and in some cases our breath can freeze instantly, but it's usually only at cold temps when you stop.
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Cat Cr*p, it's a wax that makes it harder for them to fog up. I used it yesterday skiing. It seems to help, but also seems to wear off towards the end of the day.

If you are fogging up that bad and it's not -10F or something, you may need better ventilation, are you wearing too many layers and perhaps beanie/face-mask or something? We fog up easily here in Alaska, due to the low altitude (high pressure), high humidity and cold temps, and in some cases our breath can freeze instantly, but it's usually only at cold temps when you stop.
Microfibre (i.e. wicking) head scarf under my helmet made a huge difference for me because lots of the moisture on my glasses was coming from head sweat.
I was using el-cheapo headbands for a little bit but they were too tight and barely covered my ears. My wife got me nice microfiber ones that cover the years better and the fogging seems to have gotten worse. Only one ride since I got them so I hope it was a fluke. I usually don't ride below 40 degrees but this weekend it was 25-30 degrees the whole ride with some steep ~5mph climbs where it got pretty bad.
 

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3M Securefit glasses are good. Very light and very comfortable. Relatively fog-free. 400 series have rubber nose-piece and they offer UV protection. They are made in different shades - I have clear for cloudy days and nights and reflective for sunny days. The reflective is interesting - it looks almost clear with light mirror effect, but is very efficient for blocking the sun.
 

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Too humid for regular safety glasses here, which is a shame, since I have unlimited supply of free ones.
The only glasses that have worked well for me are Native Eyewear's Hardtop and Hardtop XP, though they have similar models that also have vented frames and may be just as good. I've had several over the years, and they can usually be found for $75, though I got a pair online for $47 once.

These are sunglasses, but come with extra lenses for low light use, and clear ones are available.
This- excellent glasses and great warranty too.
 

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safetyglasses.com
I get mine via my brother who is a machinist and gets them from work. He even custom grinds the arms that curve over 3/4 of the ear as a safety glass. To halfway like normal glasses.
 

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Is there any type of liquid or spray you can add to normal lenses?

I have Smith Parallel D Max glasses with polarized black, regular red, and clear lenses. They all suck this time of year in terms of fog. Anything below ~10-15mph they fog up terribly. I think the black lenses even have a hydrophobic coating.
You can use regular paralell (not Max) lenses in the same frame. Not many people use the clear lenses out of the set, so you can buy them on ebay. The smaller lenses dont fog nearly as easy, but they will fog still.
 

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Try this - rub a coating of bar soap, preferably without perfumes or deodorants, such as Ivory, onto both sides of the lenses. I used to use soap on my glasses playing ball on humid summer nights, and that did the trick. However, it was long time ago and I don't remember if my lenses were plastic or glass.
 
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