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Ode to the No Fog Cloth by Smith

 

It's the little things in life that make things nice. Here is an excellent example:

 

The Venerable No Fog Cloth:

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This nifty little item is a vacation saver. It is a goggle saver. It is a health saver. It is small and compact. There is one in a pocket of every coat I own. They are cheap and functional.

 

I don't make it to the front of the shop too often, but when I do, I like to sell the goggle/no fog cloth combo. I'm amazed by the number of people who will drop ~$160.00 on a pair of goggles but won't spend the extra $2.25 on the no fog cloth.

 

They work great at keeping fog and smudges at bay.

 

I like to wipe down my goggles while I'm sitting in the Gondola. There is rarely room on the tram to do this, so I'll go into Corbet's Cabin. I've wiped down goggles on Thunder in gale force winds.

 

The procedure:

 

I start by taking my goggles off my face/helmet. Hold them firmly by the frame so that the whole lens is exposed. Hold it firmly, but not firmly enough to pop the lens out or crack the frame.

 

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As shown, fold the cloth over and rub all over till it is clean. Sometimes, I like to put a couple of warm breaths on the surface of the lens to help thing out.

 

Disclaimer: Our Smith Rep says nothing should ***EVER*** touch the inside of the goggle. Use this advice at your our risk!

 

As you can guess, I don't find the counsel from Smith to be very helpful and I regularly find myself needing to clean the inside of the goggle lens from dust and the crap that floats around our employee locker room.

 

Soooo, I take all four corners and bunch them up so that there is maximum cushioning (the inside of the lens has a special coating that will easily pick up scratches or even too much pressure from a finger nail).

 

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Then using the same method of holding the frame wipe down the inside so there are no smudges.

 

Here is another shot:

 

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This is a No Fog Cloth that has been used for most of last season. While I occasionally drop them off the chairlift, or ruin them by dropping them on the floor of the Gondola. One should last a whole season for the average skier.

 

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When you are done, simply fold it back up and place it back into the plastic Ziploc baggie. More times than I can count, I see a guy who has just bought a No Fog Cloth, uses it once and drops it into the trash. FAIL!!! It can be used numerous times- I've used just one or two for an entire season.

 

As you can see from the above pics, my daily driver Smith Prodigy goggles look nearly new for the 400+ days I have on them!  I'm just careful with them and keep the lenses as clean as I can get them.

 

Oh Yeah, Blaze, Liberty and Damaris took these photos with my iPhone!

 

Just a little nugget for the Bears to enjoy!

 

Bonus Pic:

 

This is a fun pic of Liberty and Damaris playing in some leaves just outside our house yesterday. We don't have good leaf trees where we live, so Eden went to Miller Park- about ½ block away and loaded up a big bag of leaves for the little girls to play in.

 

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Enjoy!!!

post #2 of 10

Right after these pics, did you clean the CD on the floor.  (Multi-use)

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Want another one or two?  Seriously, IME the cloth is at least 90% useless.  I wear glasses, have for decades and I wore the same pair of Bolle goggles over my glasses for about 10-11 years.  I finally decided it was time to stop looking through scratched lenses but couldn't find any Bolle goggles locally that were OTG.  So I ordered a pair of Smith Knowledge OTG goggles.  I took them to Big Sky with me two years ago and couldn't use them on a day when the temperature dropped to about -5F.  I had to ski down from fairly high up with only my glasses protecting my eyes.  It was excruciating.  As soon as I put on the Smith goggles, my glasses fog and it doesn't seem to make any difference how fast I ski they don't unfog.  I bought one of these cloths.  It sort of maybe worked sometimes occasionally.  Last year I skied mostly wearing my Bolle Parole sunglasses with Rx insert.  If the day is fairly warm my glasses don't fog but as soon as the temperature gets down around 20 they fog and stay that way.  Sometimes I can get them unfogged but mostly not.  I'm convinced the problem is the anti-scratch coating on the glasses, something with Scotchguard in it.  I finally found some Cat Crap locally and am hopeful it will work.  I used to use it sometimes in Minnesota and it always worked, but that was a few pairs of glasses back.  I wish I could wear contacts so I didn't need OTG goggles.

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Nice kid pic, and like your wifes style with the leaves.

 

It has to work better than Cat Crap.  Cat Crap does however put a very nice coating under the fog though.  Think the cloth is good for cleaning, but cannot comment on antifogability.  I have the same problem of glasses under goggles, and skiing in the Cascades does not help.  Just have not found anything, that is non-motorized, that keeps them clear.

 

#1 son and his wife sent me a cloth from Steamboat with the trail map printed on it, I love it!  It is put out by Spanky in Jackson Hole, every area should have these things for sale.  It is big 12"x14", and it works way better than a bandanna.

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Want another one or two?  Seriously, IME the cloth is at least 90% useless.  I wear glasses, have for decades and I wore the same pair of Bolle goggles over my glasses for about 10-11 years.  I finally decided it was time to stop looking through scratched lenses but couldn't find any Bolle goggles locally that were OTG.  So I ordered a pair of Smith Knowledge OTG goggles.  I took them to Big Sky with me two years ago and couldn't use them on a day when the temperature dropped to about -5F.  I had to ski down from fairly high up with only my glasses protecting my eyes.  It was excruciating.  As soon as I put on the Smith goggles, my glasses fog and it doesn't seem to make any difference how fast I ski they don't unfog.  I bought one of these cloths.  It sort of maybe worked sometimes occasionally.  Last year I skied mostly wearing my Bolle Parole sunglasses with Rx insert.  If the day is fairly warm my glasses don't fog but as soon as the temperature gets down around 20 they fog and stay that way.  Sometimes I can get them unfogged but mostly not.  I'm convinced the problem is the anti-scratch coating on the glasses, something with Scotchguard in it.  I finally found some Cat Crap locally and am hopeful it will work.  I used to use it sometimes in Minnesota and it always worked, but that was a few pairs of glasses back.  I wish I could wear contacts so I didn't need OTG goggles.

 

I'm the same way about contacts..


I had the Smith Knowledge OTG last season and used it with the No Fog Cloth. I found it only really worked if I put enough on the eyeglasses to leave visible streaks. I think they had a scratch coat as well. This way worked well all season, except in late Spring (40F+) riding the chairlifts back up after a 'good run', they would frequently partially fog.

 

I got a turbo fan model this year and plan to try that with some uncoated polycarb Rx lenses underneath. I've heard that works best. Hoping I only need to use it on the chairlifts and hikes, although the low fan speed is silent enough for my ears.

 

I'd like to hear how Cat Crap works out for you once the season gets going.

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Oct 11, 2010

 

Hi Bears:

 

My experience is that when I "overheat", my goggles fog up.  Since I usually run 30+ miles a week non-winter and roughly 20 miles a week during the season, I rarely "overheat" since that for me, seems to provide sufficient aerobic conditioning.  The times I do "overheat" is (a) when I fall in heavy deep wet snow on a pitch that is more steep and spent a lot of time gathering my stuff and trying to get back onto my skis while feeling stupid being watched by people on the lift or (b) hiking up a race course and not resting enough to cool down and jumping back into the course too soon. 

 

I'd like to know whether others feel/think that "overheating" is the main cause/reasons for goggles fogging up?  I find the "no-fog" cloth's from the goggle manufacturers of practical utility.

 

Beautiful kids you have Skiing in Jackson and a great Mom.

 

Think snow,

 

CP

 

ps:  seems like a lot of green where you live even though it is out in the brown west.

post #7 of 10

I've had good luck with the no fog cloths, but they don't last forever.. or even a week of daily use.  That's why they're only three bucks.  However, there's something else that works almost as well.  I learned about this when I was taking some scuba training.  There are products sold for keeping swim masks fog free and they work very well, but I wouldn't put that on ski goggles with cadium  coating or other UV protective coating on the inside.  What does work well, and is relatively innate to causing any damage or disturbing special coatings is.......

 

 

 

 

Wait for it..................................................

 

 

 

SPIT!   That's right, spit on the inside of your goggles, rub it around gently,  and wipe it off.  They won't fog up for several hours.

post #8 of 10

I do the same thing with my scuba mask but was taught that you always rinse it after.  My scuba mask never fogs.  My goggles also never fog, it is the glasses.  If I spit on my glasses how do I rinse them off before I put them back on when I'm at the top of some chairlift?

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I just wanted to post in this thread because it had a funny title.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

OK...

 

This first 10 or so people to email me an address where I can mail an envelope will get a No Fog Cloth!  and some other JH Swag!

 

Git 'Er Done!

 

BTW- I'm not on Smith's payroll.


Edited by Skiing-in-Jackson - 10/13/10 at 4:09pm
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