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spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Goggles and glasses on 10/19/2011 06:57:25 MDT Print View

Can they be made to work together?

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Goggles and glasses on 10/19/2011 08:24:45 MDT Print View

Think the term is OTG ("over the glasses") though finding a successful anti-fog treatment seems futile.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Goggles and glasses on 10/19/2011 08:42:14 MDT Print View

Not very well in my experience, and sweat makes things worse.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Re: Goggles and glasses on 10/19/2011 09:14:20 MDT Print View

Eugene, do you stick to sunglasses then?

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Keep moving on 10/19/2011 11:20:07 MDT Print View

I've had glasses for over 40 years now, I wear goggles for skiing and dirtbike riding is all and that one time during a snow storm on my mt bike, that was neat. The goggles don't work well in rainy conditions or melting snow, plus you need to keep air moving thru them, like a motorcycle helmets visor. I also need newer goggles for both activities as the elastic is old or been stretched too many times.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Re: Goggles and glasses on 10/19/2011 11:54:54 MDT Print View


Yes, I use sunglasses when I'm on snow fields. Unfortunately they are not prescription.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Goggles and glasses on 10/19/2011 13:13:32 MDT Print View

I wear prescription sunglasses that are really dark. If I am going to be skiing, I put side shields on the temple pieces to reduce the sunlight from the sides.


Gerry Volpe

Locale: Vermont
goggles/glasses on 10/19/2011 13:47:21 MDT Print View

I got supplemental contacts for outdoor sports. I can't even keep my glasses clear hiking let alone under my ski goggles even the ones made for them. Others have had better luck than me but I put out a lot of moisture and live in humid environment.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: goggles/glasses on 10/19/2011 19:07:11 MDT Print View

I have contacts, but the thought of fiddling with them and sticking icy cold fingers into my eyes doesn't appeal. For day trips, contacts are definitely the way to go.

goggles and glasses on 10/19/2011 19:42:38 MDT Print View

Salice and another company--Casco?--make Nordic ski goggles for glasses wearers that don't fog up. I've been using the Salice goggles while Nordic skiing for two years with my glasses beneath and love them. Essentially, they look like downhill goggles (but smaller) with some space along the bottom and sides left open to allow air to circulate. The lenses come in a variety of tints and are polarized. Mine never fog either my glasses or the goggles unless I stop completely after a long ski; then just a stride or two clears everything up. They keep the snow and rain out. I also snowshoe in mine with no fogging.

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Contacts on 10/19/2011 22:20:16 MDT Print View

I wear contacts, but whenever I go on overnight or week-long trips I take daily disposables.

I went on a ski tour trip once. I was paranoid that I would somehow give myself contact frostbite in my eye, so I always kept a pair of lenses warm by storing them in the pocket of my next-to-skin layer. I also brought along some disposable alcohol wipes to sterilize my fingers. I kept them in the pocket as well. Did the job.

I can't imagine taking glasses into an environment like that with the combination of cold glass (or plastic) and warm water vapor. Not to mention there is probably the skier's version of Murphy's law that says goggles will fog up at the precise moment you don't want them to...

Edited by NightMarcher on 10/19/2011 22:23:25 MDT.

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Depends on the wind on 10/19/2011 22:25:00 MDT Print View

Goggles over glasses work fine (using the OTG versions) provided its either windy or your moving quickly (skiing) so that air is effectively circulated. If not too windy or too cold I where prescription sunglasses.

Kai Larson
(KaiPL) - F

Locale: Colorado
Fan goggles on 10/25/2011 09:30:16 MDT Print View

After many years of experimenting, the only solution that I found that works are fan goggles like these:

They are expensive, but they allow you to see.

Edited by KaiPL on 10/25/2011 09:32:23 MDT.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Depends on the wind on 10/25/2011 14:34:25 MDT Print View

Well I just scored on ebay, so I will at least give the OTG goggles a shot. I can't lay out for the fan ones right now. The rest of winter gear acquisition is expensive enough!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Contacts on 10/25/2011 15:50:02 MDT Print View

I switched from glasses to contact lenses for walking and ski trips for the same reason as others. With contacts I can use any dark glasses or goggles I want, including serious wrap-arounds in the snow and rugged ones in the bush. And with contacts I don't get fogged glasses under the goggles - a problem which can be rather dangerous in my experience. (Skied over not one but two small cornices with fogged glasses ...)

I use the J&J Acuvue Moist soft daily disposables. I found they were available across Europe as well, although I had enough with me. Very convenient.

I do store them inside my quilt at night when in the snow. I started doing that after I found ice-sludge in the packet one morning! Putting them in my eyes is no problem, even on the coldest mornings. They are warm enough from sleeping with me, and my fingers are warm enough from being inside my quilt as well. I mean, if you can't keep your fingers warm overnight and during breakfast, then you really are doing something wrong!

Works for me.


Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
OTG & me on 10/27/2011 21:40:39 MDT Print View

I'm a ski patroller and wear glasses. I use OTG goggles all the time and have no problem as long as I use Cat Crap anti-fog on my glasses.