Anti fog goggles are a critical piece of any ski and snowboard gear set up. When choosing ski goggles, it is vital that you ensure the lenses come with an anti-fog treatment or coating to ensure you can stay on the mountain even in damp and humid conditions. So, what exactly should you look for in an anti-fog snow goggle?
What to look for in anti fog goggles
Double Lenses: Double lenses create a thermal barrier between the two layers of material that reduce fog more than any other feature of the goggle. You should look for goggles with double lenses, no exceptions.
Anti-fog treatment: Another preventative measure involves a hydrophilic coating on the inside of the lens. This prevents moisture build up on the lens and in turn helps reduce fogging. Be careful, if you rub or wipe the inside of the lens this coating could get worn down.
Ventilation: Ventilation increases air flow through the goggle and reduces fogging by preventing moisture build up within the goggle. Look for goggles with ventilation on the frame both above and below the lens. Don't be fooled by high tech goggles with fans or motors in them, these are largely unnecessary and only serve to add bulk to the goggle.
Storage: Absolutely do not put them in a damp ski bag immediately after skiing. Let the goggles dry fully before storing them in a dry place.
Tips: Avoid putting the goggles up on your forehead and try to keep moving. If you take a fall and get some snow inside the goggle or on the vents, try to clear this as efficiently as possible.
But what if I'm skiing on a foggy day? If you frequently ski in foggy conditions, we recommend going with a dedicated low light lens or photochromatic lens to help battle the conditions. These lenses will allow more light through the lens and enable you to see through the fog. If you're going to be skiing powder, chances are you'll be in some hairy conditions occasionally.
Glade anti fog goggle treatment: All of our models are double lenses and are coated with an anti fog goggle treatment on the inside of the lens. We have ventilation on both the top of the frame as well as the bottom, and our Challenger model has additional vents etched into the lens. We're so confident that our goggles won't fog up that we offer a free replacement pair up to one year after the date of purchase!
Nothing quite beats the feeling of a newly waxed snowboard under your feet, that is unless there is a few feet of powder under there as well. Our guide on how to wax a snowboard begins below:
How to Wax A Snowboard Step 1: Gather Tools
Iron: While any iron will get the job done, getting a ski and snowboard specific iron will make the whole process a lot easier for you. These irons get hot enough to melt the wax, but not so hot that it will burn the base of your board. If you do choose to use a conventional iron, make sure to take the iron off the board anytime you see smoke.
Scraper: Start with a plastic scraper for your first few waxes, you're less likely to damage the board than with a steel scraper.
Brush: We recommended getting a few brushes with varying levels of stiffness. Most wax kits come with 2-3 brushes.
Towel and rubbing alcohol: You'll need these to clean the snowboard before waxing.
How to Wax A Snowboard Step 2: Choose the Right Wax
Ski and snowboard wax can be broken into two categories: all temperature and temperature specific. If the temperature and weather varies at your home mountain, we recommend going with an all temperature wax. Otherwise, go with a. temperature specific wax as these waxes will almost always perform better than all temperature waxes (assuming you are using them in their defined temperature range).
How to Wax A Snowboard Step 3: Board prep
Your board absolutely needs to be clean before you start the wax process. Ideally the board is also tuned, but this isn't 100% necessary. Use the rubbing alcohol to wipe the board down, and then wait for the board to completely dry before you continue. If your bases seem clean, err on the side of not cleaning them, as rubbing and wiping can remove any and all residual wax on the snowboard.
How to Wax A Snowboard Step 4: Get after it
You are ready to go! We recommend watching this video from REI for an in depth explanation and visualization of how to wax a snowboard:
We've had a few questions about the DPS Phantom Glide product that hit the market recently. For those that are unfamiliar, the basic value proposition for the Phantom Glide is a one time application of wax that lasts all season. We have not personally used it, but plan to this season and come back with an update. Stay tuned!
Ski goggles and snowboard goggles are one of the most important pieces of gear you can buy for skiing and snowboarding, so it's important that you do adequate research and figure out the best ski goggles or best snowboard goggles for you. This could be anti fog goggles, polarized ski goggles, or anti-scratch goggles.
One of the most common questions we get from new skiers and snowboarders revolves around proper ski clothing. While there is a wide variety of gear styles - we believe the framework outlined below is the optimal gear set up for most days on the mountain.
While everyone's ski trip is a bit different, there are a few items no skier or snowboarder can live without. Here at Glade, we're prone to forgetting something on almost every trip, so we've developed a system to help us prepare for any trip whether it's a weekend road trip to the local hill or multi-week powder hunting expedition to Japan. If this is your first trip, check out our skiing vs. snowboarding post to get a handle on which might be a better fit for you. If you already have the trip planned, check out our essential ski trip packing list below:
Need some gear for your next trip? Check out our collection of goggles! Not sure how to prepare for a day on the mountain? Check out our What to Wear Skiing post. Don't forget to wax and tune your equipment before you go! If you'd like to do it at home, check out our tutorial on how to wax a snowboard.
The definitive guide to skiing near Boston. As part of our weekend warrior content series, this week we’re focusing on skiing near Boston. Vermont ski resorts, New Hampshire ski resorts, and Maine ski resorts make up the bulk of high quality skiing and snowboarding around the Boston area. Glade was born in the Mad River Valley of Vermont, and as a result many of these Vermont ski areas are near and dear to our heart.
The definitive guide to skiing near Seattle. As part of our weekend warrior content series, this week we’re focusing on Washington ski resorts. There are a number of ski resorts near Seattle, many of which offer some of the best skiing in the country. Our guide to the ski mountains near Seattle begins below.
As part of our weekend warrior content series, this week we’re focusing on skiing near DC. With this content series, we hope to inspire weekend warriors around the country to get out there an explore their backyard.
Located in Western Maryland, Wisp Ski Resort is the ideal option for the novice DC skier or snowboarder. Wisp is one of the longest running operations in the DC region and has great variety for skiers and snowboarders looking to improve their skills.
This Pennsylvania resort is the go-to option for a day trip from DC. A wide variety of terrain from beginner to expert, including a terrain park and halfpipe, make Whitetail Ski Resort a great "sick day" option. Whitetail is described by many as a modern resort with a western feel.
Skiing in Virginia? Yes! A three hour jaunt from DC will land you at this idyllic resort in the heart of Virginia's Blue Mountains. Wintergreen lift tickets run just under $60 on the weekend and the mountain features 100% snow making coverage.