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Initial post: Jan 30, 2011 6:07:46 PM PST
S says:
I'm looking for cycling goggles for a man with a small to medium/average sized face that won't fog and will be good for long bike rides during the winter. I've tried to research it online and there are recommendations ranging from ski goggles to eye shields but very few specific recommendations. I'm looking to buy a gift and am not a cyclist myself so I am looking for some guidance towards specific products. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2011 10:31:14 PM PST
lenf says:
Hi Sara,

I biked in Alaska for quite a few years, and sometimes resorted to goggles while riding, though only when intensely cold. Coupled with a good balaklava (fabric - wool or silk, not polypro), they can make a severe outdoor temp OK for riding. I don't think I ever wore the goggles very long into the ride - blood gets flowing, face warms up, so you slip them off. I wouldn't think eye shields would be very effective.

As for specifics, ski goggles for cross-country skiing are usually designed with good ventilation, since X skiing warms the body a lot like cycling. There are some sprays and stuff you can use to prevent fogging. The main thing, though, is that there are so many models of goggles and everyone's head is a bit different. Smith goggles are usually quite good. Perhaps you can determine if the cyclist is anywhere near one of the major shops (REI, etc.) and send along a gift certificate so they can try on some models and find one that fits nicely.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 4:54:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2011 4:56:33 PM PST
I've been considering Smith goggles with the micro-fans to help prevent fogging... I've not had any luck with anti-fogging soaps and what-not... Here's a write-up on the Smith goggles....

Smith Goggles Turbo Fan Knowledge OTG KN5EFG

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Smith Goggles Turbo Fan Knowledge OTG
The large interior volume of the Knowledge Turbo Fan OTG accommodates a wide range of eyeglass sizes, providing the best fog prevention system available for all eyeglass wearers.

- Helmet Compatible
- Quickfit Strap Adjustment with Clip Buckle
- Ultra-Wide Silicone Backed Strap
- Two-speed, micro-electronic fan
- O.D.S. and eyeglass compatible
- Microfiber bag included
- Carbonic-X lens with TLT Optics
- Large fit
- Patented Vaporator Lens Technology with Porex™ Filter
- Floating membrane eliminates eyeglass temple pressure
- Articulating strap positioning system
- Dual Layer Driwix Face Foam

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2011 8:35:13 PM PST
I have and love the Smith OTG (over the glasses) Goggles with the built-in fan, and have used them whenever wind chill is zero or below for several years. Without the fan on, my glasses fog up after a mile or two, but never stay fogged once the fan is on high. The goggles came originally with an amber face plate, but I swapped that for a clear one for night riding.
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