Anti-Fog Products for Face Shield | Ride On, Adventurous One | Gear

Anti-Fog Products Tested

By Zack Courts, Photography by Joe Neric

There are a lot of options for anti-fog products, but which ones are wheat and which ones are chaff? To find out, we asked our friends at Rockview Farms in Downey, CA, to borrow a corner of their sub-40-degree warehouse. Among the crates of icy-cool milk, cream, and seasonal eggnog we gathered a handful of anti-fog products and a pile of standard face shields (with no anti-fog coating). Our methodology was simple. Each product was applied to the left half of the shield, while the right side was left untreated. Then we donned the helmet, breathed normally for 60 seconds, and waited for the magic to happen. In most cases, results were obvious within 20-30 seconds, and after 45 seconds the control side of the shield stopped accumulating fog.

The ratings indicate how easy it is to use/apply, how clear the view before attempting to fog the screen, and how effectively each product eliminated or delayed fogging.


Clarity Defog IT Anti-Fog Cloths

The Defog It cloth wins our vote for a couple of reasons. First, its the most convenient, and second, Defog It provided the best clarity after application (other than the Fogbiter, which does not require any product to be applied to the shield), with little-to-no streaking on the face shield. Defog Its product also had a nice habit of defrosting quickly when fog finally did set in. Applying Defog It entails breathing on the shield then drying it with the cloth, which puts a little bit of a variable in the equation; we found a little extra diligence went a long way. A heavy layer of fog is needed to use the cloth properly, so plan on having it with you and using it when weather is bad, rather than applying it on a warm and dry day. Go to www.defogitworks.com to get two reusable cloths in individual, re-sealable packets for $11.99.

Convenience
4.5 out of 5 stars
Clarity
4.5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3.5 out of 5 stars


Sleek Products Fogbiter

Fogbiter wins the weird award, but sometimes the strange ideas are the best. Its hard plastic mouthpiece works to blow breath out the bottom of the helmet and away from the face shield. The major loophole with the Fogbiter is that nose-breathing means there's nothing keeping the fog at bay. However, if you can be disciplined about only mouth-breathing (or you have a nasty head cold) you'll be pleasantly surprised at the functionality of the Fogbiter. No talking on headsets or Bluetooth cell phones, and never mind trying to shout to a riding buddy at a stop light. In short, a great solution for a hygienic lone wolf who's serious about shield clarity. Get it for $9.99 at www.fogbiter.com.

Convenience
1 out of 5 stars
Clarity
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4.5 out of 5 stars


FogtechDX Instant Anti-fog Wipes

Fogtechs new DX formula is said to last longer than prior offerings, and while these wipes aren't perfect, they're among the best we sampled. Initial fog reduction was good during the test, and the anti-fogging properties held up well during the test. Clarity is the biggest issue. There are streaks in the shield when not fogged, and they became pronounced and blurry when they began to fog. Even though the instructions advise against it, we discovered Fogtech formula works best when buffed after drying. This brings the clarity up in dry situations and only reduces the anti-fog properties minimally. Because the one-time-use packets are so convenient, we recommend carrying a few along on every ride and experimenting with applications that best suit the conditions. A 10-pack of wipes is $9 at www.motosolutions.com.

Convenience
4.5 out of 5 stars
Clarity
2.5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars

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