How to Stop Your Helmet from Fogging Up


    Every biker wants to have crazy fun and enjoy every moment with his bike. Whether you have a motorcycle, a snowmobile or An All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), you want to have memorable rides even in the cold. However, it is irritating ride during cold weather becauseof the mist that forms on the visor of a helmet. The cold air from the outside condenses on the visor due to the warm breathe air from a biker. The fog that forms on the visor impairs your vision. This poses a danger to you and other road users.

    You don't have to put up with the stress of putting on a fogged up helmet. Here is a list of some effective ways to stop your helmet from fogging up, so you can enjoy your next ride even in a cold weather.

    Increase ventilation

    The surest and easiest way of solving the fog formation menace on your visor is to allow proper ventilation. Increased ventilation allows enough air circulation to take place in the helmet. Vents allow air from the outside to get in the helmet, resulting in the minimum temperature difference between the outside air and the air the rider breathes. You can make a number vents at the top and a few around the helmet. You can also opt to open all the ventilation around your chin. Alternatively, you can use the nose guard to drive the exhaled air away from the visor.

    Use of water repellents

    Apply water repellents to prevent any water forming on the visor by making it unattractive to water. There's absolutely no chance of water droplets or moisture coming into contact with the visor once you apply the water repellent. You can use the chemical commercial products or go for Carnauba wax which also works as a water repellent on the visor helmet to keep the fog at bay.

    There are a quite a number of commercial repellents on the market such as Shift Anti-fog, Fog tech etc. Additionally, the chemical repellent can also be used on your bike to prevent steamed up specs. Whatever repellent you decide to use, you will need to reapply it a number of days for maximum results. This is because they wear off with time. Anyway, you can just apply only when going out in the cold.

    Open the visor

    Keeping your visor partially open will allow all the warm air exhaled to go out of the helmet. Consequently, no mist will form around your visor. To achieve this, open the visor and keep it held in place using a notch that comes with the helmet. However, this method is best for those that can withstand the chilling air from the outside getting in the helmet, from the partial opening. There are other better options that work out well, no need to catch a cold from the freezing air.

    Use a pin lock

    A pin lock is like a secondary visor and it is readily available at a throwaway price in your nearest bike accessories shop. A pin lock is effective in getting the job done. You should fit the pin lock on the interior of the main visor.It is clear enough to allow the rider to have a clear vision, no need to worry about it hindering your vision. It works the same way as double glazing, acting as a second shield on the visor preventing any exhaled air from reaching the primary screen.

    Not all locks can fit perfectly on just any visor.You might need an expert to fit them. Not just anybody or else you might just end up damaging your visor, take note of this. Some newly made helmets on the market also come with this anti-fogging technology. You might consider this when buying a new helmet or want to replace your old helmet with a new one.

    Warm up your glasses

    This is the most basic method of solving the fog formation on the visor. Most riders find the method easy and quick to do it without much struggle. It involves putting your glasses on a hot radiator until they get warm enough. Then put on the glasses, afterward put on your helmet and close the visor before heading out in the cold weather. Your glasses will remain warm throughout your ride; this will keep the temperature on the visor constant. A constant temperature eliminates the temperature difference between the visor and the outside. There's no chance of mist forming up.

    Get a respro foggy mask

    Getting a resprofoggy mask is the best way to get rid of unclear vision from a foggy visor. This foggy mask fastens inside your helmet and covers your nose and mouth. This prevents the warm exhaled air from getting into contact with your visor. On top of it all, the respro foggy masks prevent you from inhaling the polluted air when enjoying your ride. This method is cheaper than the pin lock option discussed earlier on. Unfortunately, the foggy mask does not work well in flip-up helmets.

    You can go a step further and use these other effective ways that will ensure no mists forms on your visor. Some of the ideas that you can think about include the following:

    • Use Raleri Fog stop.
    • Maintain visor temperature.
    • Use an electric face shield for warming up the air on your visor. This works well for snowmobile riders.
    • Deflect your breath from the visor.

    Final Words

    Riding on cold weather should be fun. Apart from having the right cold weather gear, ensure that your helmet doesn’t get foggy. The above effective ideas on getting rid of mist around your visor will help you have a splendid time riding your bike. Don't let the weather dictate your fun.  Get your bike and ride out in the cold without the worry of a misty visor. You can ride safely and have the most exciting ride despite the chilling weather.

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