Prescription Ski Goggles Tested for Fogging by ADS Sports Eyewear

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Prescription Ski Goggles have been significantly impacted by technology in every aspect. This season's anti-fog features are better, lens tints are high fashion as well as highly functional, and goggles designs are more comfortable than ever before.

Prescription Ski Goggles

Prescription Ski Goggles from Smith Optics are available with a small anit-fog fan. This was found to be more effective than any of the anti-fog treatments.

ADS Sports Eyewear applies a free anti fog coating to the prescription lenses in every pair of prescription ski goggles. This is an effective way to reduce fogging. Combining this with a Turbo Goggle is absolutely the best way to prevent fogging.

Prescription Ski Goggles have been methodically tested each of the past six years by ADS Sports Eyewear. New goggle features this year have created some serious enthusiasm about the upcoming season. Smith Ski Goggles have a photo-chromic goggle lens and a redesigned anti-fog fan that is almost completely silent. Spy Ski Goggles added some very cool colors to their line of ski goggles with the patented “Scoop” venting system. And the Big “O” Ski Goggles have some of our favorite styles with several great contrast lens options that you will recognize from their popular line of sunglasses. (We can’t publish the name of this company without corporate approval, and that takes way too long. So you have to figure out who the Big “O” is on your own.)

Fogging is consistently the biggest challenge for skiers. When warm air hits a cold lens it will either fog or the moisture will run off the lens as condensation. A clean lens will not fog as fast as a lens that has not been wiped down in a while, and anti-fog treatments vary dramatically in effectiveness. ADS Sports Eyewear tested every anti-fog treatment they had access to by applying each coating to the left half of a lens and leaving the other half untreated. Lenses were stored in a freezer then steamed with a commercial fabric steamer. This is a summary of the discoveries:

  • Only one of the treatments applied by a commercial optical laboratory worked better than adding a standard Anti Reflective Coating (AR Coat) to the lens. This treatment added $135.00 to the price of the lenses. An Anti Reflective coating was almost as effective and only adds $59.00.
  • Coatings that go on as a paste wax were infinitely better than liquid coatings, and the paste did not have to be reapplied as often.

Nothing reduced fogging more than the Smith Turbo Fan Series Ski Goggles. These goggles have a new small fan design that is amazingly quite. The fan moves air across both the goggle lens as well as the prescription lenses mounted right behind the goggle lens. We only ran the fan when the goggles started to fog, so the fan was only running for a few minutes each day. Smith provides a Lifetime Guarantee on this Ski Goggle, including this anti-fog fan.

Spy Ski Goggles have a unique “Scoop” that directs air through their dual lens system. This is a very effective way to reduce fog. Naturally this is most effective when you are skiing as opposed to waiting in a line. The Big “O” Goggles have tons of vents and very breathable foam. This foam not only helps move air through the goggle, it is also very comfortable.

ADS Sports Eyewear applies a free anti fog coating to the prescription lenses in every pair of prescription ski goggles. This is an effective way to reduce fogging. Combining this with a Turbo Goggle is absolutely the best way to prevent fogging.

ADS Sports Eyewear specializes in prescription ski goggles and prescription sunglasses for sports. All prescription lenses are surfaced with the new free-form digital technology that eliminates the “fishbowl effect” typically associated with prescriptions on curved lenses. Most ADS Sports Eyewear sales are generated through their web site, http://www.ADSEyewear.com/.

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