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

Anti-Fog Products Tested

By Zack Courts, Photography by Joe Neric

Parker's Perfect Wipes

Parker's Perfect wipes come conveniently packaged and the solution goes on clean, providing good clarity in normal conditions. Strangely, when the fog crept in, it was almost as though there weren't enough active ingredients in the solution. It does well to keep the fog away, but vision is blurred and ultimately impaired heavily with fog on the shield. Visibility is better, but in truth is only the lesser of two evils. $13.99 gets you 100 pre-moistened towellettes in a tidy dispenser, available at www.parkersperfect.com.

Convenience
3.5 out of 5 stars
Clarity
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars


Rain-X Interior Glass Anti-Fog Treatment

If you have ever used Rain-X's Original Glass Treatment on an automotive windshield, you've no doubt been amazed by its supernatual power to repel water. While this Rain-X Anti-Fog claims to be only for interior automotive/marine glass we figured it was worth a shot on a helmet face shield. No such luck. After only a few breaths the shield was fogging over for good. For info on where to buy a 3.5 oz. bottle, check out www.rainx.com.

Convenience
3 out of 5 stars
Clarity
3.5 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars


Quick Fact

Before buying one of these products, check to see if your helmet maker has an anti-fog or Pinlock shield option. These often outperform applied treatments.

How it works

This is all well and good, but how the heck does anti-fog work? We're not scientists, so we asked our friend Google. It turns out these solutions work by minimizing surface tension, which allows the water to spread over the contact surface in a transparent film rather than tiny droplets (fog). According to The Internet, anti-fog (like many things) was originally designed by NASA, specifically for Project Gemini in the 1960s. Oh how we would love to get our hands on some current NASA-spec anti-fog technology

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