by Gus Breiland
Eeeeegads! Winter takes a long time. I feel like a little kid in the back seat asking, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” Alas, we are not there yet. In fact, we are coming up to maybe the worst part of the year, 45 degrees today, 12 tomorrow. Or even better yet, clear skies in the morning that turns into 6 inches of snow by evening rush hour.
With our every changing spring weather comes our dreaded friend fog. Not that stuff on the roads that turns you into an incoherent dot in front of that Dodge Ram bumper, but the stuff that builds up on you face shield. Condensation from your breathing forms and the next thing you know, your face shield is either so fogged up you have to open your shield or worse yet, pull over on the shoulder and wipe/scrape out your helmet. Hmmmm, cold nose and face or getting run over by the morning coffee cell phone commuter?
I have always had a problem with heavy breathing – on the phone, in the movie theater and inside my helmet. One of my first product reviews was an under helmet facemask that was supposed to direct your breath under you chin bar. Instead, it directed my breath into my glasses and visor. 60 mph while blind is not my idea of fun. I have tried films for my shield but my glasses still fog up.
Fog Tech “paints” or wipes on and dries into a clear film. They claim it can last up to 15 days on one application. I found 4-5 days was the norm. Part of this is due to the fact that I like to wash my shield quite often. Fog Tech simply cleans off with water. After you dry your shield re-apply and you’re ready for your next commute.
Fog Tech says that it is safe on all glass and plastic lenses. Their application list included cameras, goggles, glasses, and helmets. Basically, anything you look through that may get fogged up, rub a little Fog Tech on it and see what’s on the other side.
Fog Tech has 2 different application options for you. There is the 30ml bottle with 2 soft wipe pads, and the one-time use individual packets. Fog Tech’s claim is you get 30-40 applications out of the bottle which, before shipping, is about $0.40-$0.50 per application.
The smart biker would have an assortment of both. Throw a hand full of the packets into your tank bag for emergency use or while you are on the road. Then the bottle o’ anti-fog juice stays on the shelf next to your helmet. Hit your visor on the way out the door and you will be on your way. Make sure you wipe your glasses too. A clear shield does you no good if you can’t get past your shades or prescription glasses.
You can get your own Fog Tech at www.FOGTECH.com or give them a call at (925) 287-0080. Their 5 pack of single wipes runs for $6.95 plus shipping while the 30ml bottle runs for $14.95. Shipping is roughly $2-4. Order up a packet of wipes and try it out this spring. Riding season is right around the corner. Gear up now, so all you have to do is ride.