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Has anyone any suggestions on how to stop my specs steaming up when riding off road? I used to wear contacts but due to the eyes getting worse they aren't so good these days. On the road its not so much of a problem as I can look over the top of my specs till I've been moving for a couple of yards and then they clear but when I'm off road I can't afford these 2 or 3 yards of poor sight as I need to see where the front wheel is going.

So what do other spectacle wearers do when clear vision is required even when stationary?
 

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visor up and if its very cold breathe very slowly. The other way is keep the specs warm so breath won't steam them up. You will need a chin curtain to seal the chin bar and dont open the visor at all but you need a pinlock and it doesnt always work.
 

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Polycarbonate lenses,

They do fog up a bit but clear really quickly
I may already have these as mine clear really quickly 5-10 mph at most. It's just off road these early seconds are vital to see where I'm going. :)

visor up and if its very cold breathe very slowly. The other way is keep the specs warm so breath won't steam them up. You will need a chin curtain to seal the chin bar and dont open the visor at all but you need a pinlock and it doesnt always work.
I've tried all those things and they just don't work for me. Anyone tried goggles over glasses. Do they work?
 

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Probably not the response you were looking for but, Lazer eye surgery. I had it over two years ago and its threads like this that remind me how much hastle glasses are.A major driver for having it done was riding the bike.
 

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Anyone tried goggles over glasses. Do they work?

i have to use safety goggles at work from time to time and yes my glasses steam up. i find leaving my visor slighly open helps.
 

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Probably not the response you were looking for but, Lazer eye surgery. I had it over two years ago and its threads like this that remind me how much hastle glasses are.A major driver for having it done was riding the bike.
I would if I could but I need varifocals as both my near and distance sight is going hence why contacts aren't really the best option any more.. I can use them for distance but I then have to wear glasses on top of them when I stop to read maps etc. I've tried these multifocal contacts and the just didn't work for me. Everything was out of focus it was worse then when I don't wear my glasses in the first place.
 

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I would if I could but I need varifocals as both my near and distance sight is going hence why contacts aren't really the best option any more.. I can use them for distance but I then have to wear glasses on top of them when I stop to read maps etc. I've tried these multifocal contacts and the just didn't work for me. Everything was out of focus it was worse then when I don't wear my glasses in the first place.
I needed vari focals, the treatment I had means I still use reading glasses for close work but none otherwise. I was happy woth this option.
 

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drop your screen a bit, more air flow to your helmets venting system will help clear both glasses and visor , when i used to run naked bikes i never had to much of an issue , but in the quest for wind protection my glasses have always been a feckin pain:thumbup:
 

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visor up and if its very cold breathe very slowly. The other way is keep the specs warm so breath won't steam them up. You will need a chin curtain to seal the chin bar and dont open the visor at all but you need a pinlock and it doesnt always work.
I am with Austin on this one plus
Are you wearing a 'road' helmet? They are much more enclosed make you hotter and sweat more. The offroad open fronted ones where you wear goggles help as they stop the build up warm wet air which condenses on your lenses.
If you go down the over goggle route make sure the lens is a double skin type (bit like a pin lock) there are ones which are designed for spex wearers, they are deeper and have more vents.

It's true that polycarbonate doesn't steam up as much as standard plastic lenses. This is due, in part , to it always having a hard coating on the surface (think like Teflon)
I assume you are not wanting to purchase new spex so an alternative is to add q coating to your existing spex- everyone seems to have their own favourite. The Muc off antifog is a damn good one. Need fairy liquid concentrate is also effective (very small amount on your lens surface and then with a cloth 'polish' and work in the liquid until you have removed the smearing.
The key to any of these 'magic' solutions is constant use - you need to build up the coating over a few applications for it to work

When you do go to get some new spex then ask them to put one of the newer anti reflective coatings, they have a hydrophobic coating which resists steaming up and make any water on the lens form large droplets and not the fine ones which are responsible for the steaming up effect.

Frame selection is also important. A plastic type frame has no toggle pads on the bridge and instead sits flush on the nose this reduces the air flow and leads to condensation. A metal frame with pads is best but ensure that the pads are adjusted far enough to stop it from touching you eyebrows.
 

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visor up and if its very cold breathe very slowly. The other way is keep the specs warm so breath won't steam them up. You will need a chin curtain to seal the chin bar and dont open the visor at all but you need a pinlock and it doesnt always work.
Indeed. Tried sealing the chin bar but that just sends my breath straight onto the glasses. Granted this was an Arai Quantum/F which is very enclosed, but still.

For offroad, I'd say get an offroad (or jet) helmet and goggles.

Though I haven't had any problems with misting since the Tour-X3 which is pretty drafty as well.
 

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Thanks for all the replies.

As I say when moving over a couple of mph its not a problem. The problem occurs when I have to stop to look at a section everything just steams up. I usually end up taking the glasses off and waving them around and then when I'm ready to go put them back on and quickly move off before they steam up again. Of course if it's raining they get wet when I'm waving them around so that doesn't help.

As for another helmet. That's a possibility but I really like my road helmet as its comfy and very quiet and while another helmet would be ok when close to home I don't have the space to take two helmets away with me.
 

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It's very annoying, but 30 years ago, walking through A&N, there was a lady demonstrating a tube of liquid that stopped your glasses steaming up. At a £1 I thought I'd try it on my visor; ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
Now the bad news, I haven't the foggiest, pardon the pun, idea what it was called.
I've asked about it, but no one knows. It's probably carceogenic:rolleyes:, that's probably why it has dissapeared.
It was clearish blue and I applied it about weekly.
I'd love to find it again.
 

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Boris, Don't I know the problem too.
Try making up a 50:50 mix of Washing-up liquid and Meths, wipe on to specs and visor but leave damp. Are you using an open-face helmet, I do because of wearing specs (bifocal), mostly I also use a Bob Heath Flip Visor (fits on the press-studs) unless doing very heroic off-road-----------it is nice to be able to see. Mind you I've a damm cataract in one eye at present, cocks up distance judgement a bit!
Good luck with the quest.
 

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I've forgotten about this. Well I used up my last 2 pairs of contacts at the weekend so Monday and Tuesday have resorted to a trick I heard off a while back.

Take some washing up liquid and put it in a lid or other small container. Allow to evaporate till you are left with almost a waxy lump. Rub this gently onto the lenses and buff off using a soft cloth or tissue.

It seemed to have worked well and today I was puffing a bit trying to turn the bike round on a rutted slope and so far the glasses remained clear. I'm sure they will steam up eventually but today was definitely the best results so far.
 

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Right this is really annoying me now.

With the cold damp weather and the fact that I'm getting braver on the XR than I ever was on the GS I'm working harder and getting more puffed out is just makes things worse.

So I'm now thinking about buying a pair of specs just for offroad bike use and I've seen these wrap around things that extreme sports folk wear. They almost look like swimming goggles or bugs eyes. I know they look crap but are they any good at resisting steaming up and can anyone recommend a particular brand? I would need prescription lenses fitted so that needs to be a consideration but the main requirement is they resist steaming up.
 

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you need to talk to Gary Ackackflack.

I solved the problem by getting some daily wear contact lenses. Put 'em in, wear them, chuck 'em out when done. Just wear them when you need to. About £1 per pair but you will probably have to buy 30 at a time plus a consultation.
 

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you need to talk to Gary Ackackflack.

I solved the problem by getting some daily wear contact lenses. Put 'em in, wear them, chuck 'em out when done. Just wear them when you need to. About £1 per pair but you will probably have to buy 30 at a time plus a consultation.
That's how I used to do it but my sight has got so bad I can't read a map without putting reading glasses over the top of my lenses. I've also tried these multifocal contacts but I can't get on with them. Everything is out of focus with them.

On reflection daily contacts and a cheap pair of readers may be the best bet but I really think (and hope) there are some spectacles out there that can fix my close and distance sight and not steam up when I start puffing and panting.
 
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