Visibility is what sustains you on the road when your safety is hanging in the balance. The better you can look the better you can ride your motorcycle. If your vision is compromised by a fogged visor, God save you! Visor fog is a formidable enemy. It can turn from irksome to life-threatening in a flash. As winters roll in, fog can be a routine hazard. Question is what you can do to keep the mist off your visor and glasses.
To tackle it, you must first understand what causes the fogging up of visors. Ironically, the enemy of your living breath is your traitorous breath. When you are out riding your motorcycle, cold winds lash against your helmet and cool it. When visor is cold and your breath hits it, the moisture in the breath condenses. And boom goes your visibility. Now there are a number of ways to prevent this:
- Deflect you breath away from the visor. This way it will never reach it and condense on the face shield.
- Keep you visor warm. Yes, don’t let it get cold enough to endanger your life.
- Water resistant visor will never let condensation stay put on its surface.
- We’ll start with the most high-end anti fog techniques and finish at homely remedies to keep your visor dry and clear.
1. Pinlock insert
Most motorcycle aficionados worth their salt are aware of Pinlock, a product that has become fairly standard. The insert is designed out of moisture-absorbing plastic and silicone sealant around the edges. It sticks on the visor forming a double screen arrangement.
Helmet must have Pinlock pegs to accept the Pinlock product. HJC CL 17 is one such helmet. Sealant secures it firmly around the edges and forms an air-tight pocket between the face-shield and Pinlock. The material of this insert resists condensation from forming on its surface. It absorbs the moisture before it can cloud your vision. You can locate the correct product for your visor on the Pinlock website. You can choose between yellow, clear, light and dark smoke colors based on how sunny your geography is.
For many high end helmets, Pinlock is a standard part of the parcel. Other helmets come with the provision to fit it in. Investing in a Pinlock is smart and downright necessary in cold regions.
2. Respro Foggy Mask
Respro Foggy mask utilizes the deflection technique that will avoid our breath from hitting the visor. Respro Foggy covers comes with Velcro and adhesive patches that can attach to the cheek pads and chin of your full-face motorcycle helmet. Once fitted inside, you can slide on the helmet and breathe. The air will be rerouted to avoid the visor. Respro Foggy is a simple solution in complicated times.
3. Other anti-fog inserts
There are other anti-fog inserts that are marketed for keeping your visor fog-free. FogCity Hyper Optiks light reactive anti-fog visor insert can be installed on to your face-shield.
It is a separate screen that varies for different helmet brands. It sits without any pegs. Another is Bob Heath Visors’ Fog Demon that can be used with many helmets including those with brow vents. They have both clear and tinted fog inserts.
4. Water repelling agents
Like Fogtech, Raincoat, Rain X et al., there are a number of water repellents in the market that will raise a quarrel with any water that tries to settle on the surface they coat. These agents can be used with both visors and spectacles or goggles. These are effective in preventing fog for some amount of time. They have to be reapplied when their vigor runs out.
5. Helmets with good ventilation
This is the most subtle yet effective method of keeping your visor from fogging. Ventilation plays a key part in keeping your head cool. Most helmets sport a chin vent and top vents. Now, helmets that are truly designed for comfort will have a flawless ventilation system perfected with wind tunnel testing.
They will feature impeccably placed chimney and chin vents to intake air into the lid. This should run through deep channels in the liner, creating a pleasant environment inside the helmet. This air will also literally take your breath away and swish it out along with hot air from the Venturi vents in the back.
6. Visor up
Clearly the easiest answer to visor fogging is keeping it partially or fully open. Motocross riders prefer little or no face shielding when they ride. Their chief concern is visibility. And visors always get in the way. Some helmets allow an intermediate position of the visor. It can rest halfway between fully up and full closed. This position is especially useful when it’s sunny or drizzling. This is not a foolproof option. After all, the purpose of visor is to shield your face. But cracking open the visor a little bit will give you instant respite from fogging.