Fog is undoubtedly better suited for the steam room than the ski hill, yet the pesky principles of thermodynamics mean that fog won’t wait until après. Fortunately, over the years, a number of technologies have evolved to thwart the haze.
Solution sprays: Most modern goggles come with an anti-fog film, but a number of spray options exist on the market and are available at ski shops. And for those on a budget, certain homemade solutions, like diluted baby shampoo or Dawn dishsoap, tend to work fine. Then, of course, there is the old-faithful option—saliva.
Passive technology: Venting incorporates the natural addition of cool air to prevent condensation. Most goggles include porous foam vents above the eyes for heat to escape, and some modern helmets are equipped with vents so as to not push escaping heat right back toward the face. The winner of the 2016 and 2017 Editors’ Choice Award, the Julbo Aerospace, takes the cake for effective de-fogging with this approach.Electronics: The Smith Turbo Fan is a 30-year classic that activates a fan to combat fogging. This year’s Abom seeks to challenge the Turbo Fan with its sleek design and simple functionality.