Waterproofing for Goggle Lens

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  1. Jacob

    Jacob CerebralVortex Skier

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    With my new goggles, whenever it's snowing and is either a bit warm (meaning wet snow) or when my goggles are really warm, I've got a real problem with snow sticking to the lens and melting, without the water droplets streaming away. So on snowy days, I'm constantly using my thumb and forefinger like a squeegee to wipe away the water so that I can see.

    Does anyone know of a good way to make my lens more water repellent? I'm thinking about buying some Nikwax Visor Proof, but the reviews seem to indicate that it's something I'd have to reapply every ski day. Has anyone tried it or similar products?
     
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    Wilhelmson Out on the slopes Skier

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    Rain-X?
     
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    I've used Skigee goggle wipers for many many years - they are priceless for wet days. www.tognar.com

    They claim to not scratch goggles...in my experience you start to notice micro-scratches after a few seasons....which is usually about time for new goggles anyway. :)
     
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    slowrider Out on the slopes Skier

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    Not meant to be used on plastic lens.
     
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    I use a SkiGee as well. There's one attached to every pair of mittens I own.
     
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    EricG Waiting for snow! Skier

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    What goggle lens?
     
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    Primoz Making fresh tracks Skier

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    With single lens that's problem sometimes, I agree, with double layer lens it's normally never happening for me, unless skiing in rain, which I try to avoid if I don't need to go out in that for work :)
     
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    Jacob CerebralVortex Skier

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    I can usually do a decent job with my thumb or forefinger. The problem is that I'm having to stop every few turns or constantly wipe while I ski. I'm fine if it's cold outside. But when it's closer to freezing or slightly above, everything sticks to the lens. Nothing seems to run off, which isn't a problem I've had in the past.
     
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    Jacob CerebralVortex Skier

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    Oakley Flight Deck with the Prizm Rose lens. I've had Oakleys in the past (can't remember which model), and didn't have the same problem with water not running off.

    I notice that I don't get as much ventilation with the Flight Deck, because it seals up a little too well with my helmet at the top. I am due to get a new helmet soon, so getting one that leaves a bit more of a gap with the goggles might help in cooling them down. But still, unless I'm going quite fast, water just doesn't seem to run off my lens once it's on there.
     
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    So, this is on the outside, and is a result of melted snow beading up, not rain drops (or those melted water beads) freezing onto the lens?
     
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    Exactly. Snow sticks when it hits the outside of the lens and melts, and the droplets of water don't run off. Or if it's actually raining, the droplets of water don't run off at all. I don't think I've ever had a pair of goggles that water sticks to so much.

    It's not a problem if it's cold enough and/or the snow is dry enough not stick to the lens on impact. But when it's near freezing, I'm constantly wiping my goggles so that I can see where I'm going, which is especially necessary when I'm above tree line in low visibility.
     
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    Sibhusky Making fresh tracks Skier

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    Maybe some item from the scuba diving industry would help? But ever since I destroyed a clock face with something I've been leery of using things not intended for that particular plastic. Their own lens cleaner for their glasses they say not to use on snow goggles and a customer said it ruined their snow goggles.
     
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    James Skiing the powder Instructor

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    Many goggle lenses now have a flash coating on the outside, even lowlight ones.
     
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    Call Oakley before you start putting stuff on the lens. Many of these lenses have special hydrophobic coatings and get worse when wiped with non-compatible products. I ruined a Smith lens last year by using Smith antifog solution on it. Turns out the antifog solution was only for certain Smith sunglasses lenses and not their goggle lenses.

    You might just have a bad lens.
     
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    Rain-X makes a "Plastic" formulation that is safe for uncoated polycarbonate lenses.

    But as @EBG18T said, there's no guarantee that it won't wreck existing coatings.
     
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    ski faster?
    :)
     
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    I reckon its worth contacting an Oakley rep and asking about warranty or at least any theories - it doesn't sound normal.
     
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    Easier said than done when you're above tree line in low visibility, which is usually the case for me when it's snowing in the Alps.

    :philgoat:
     
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    Jacob CerebralVortex Skier

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    Yeah, I'm thinking that my particular lens didn't get a coating it is supposed to have. The anti-fog on the inside seems to be working fine, but the outside is particularly hydrophilic.

    I'm going to email them.
     
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