With the incredible cold snap blowing through the Midwest (where I live) and the Northeast, I thought it would be good time to talk about cold weather shooting gear, namely eyepro. An issue with eyepro, unique to cold weather use, is lens fogging. For those of you undeterred by the cold, here are a couple of easy tips for fog-free eyepro.
Fog-protect your usual eyepro with anti-fog wipes. One foil packet contains three, reusable cloths. Give your [clean] lenses a wipe down with one of these to help resist eyepro fog. Each cloth lasts for about 25 applications.
Good ol’ windshield rain repellent is a cheap anti-fog solution. Spray a little on your eyepro to make the lenses hydrophobic. The fog of your breath will bead up and drip off, same as on your car windshield.
3. Ski goggles
The benefits are two-fold here. Many ski goggles are spacious enough to wear prescription eyewear, or standard shooting eyepro, underneath. The polycarbonate lenses also offer an additional layer of protection (I’ll leave it up to you to determine if your preferred brand has sufficient impact resistance to wear as cold weather eyepro on their own). Ski goggles often are vented to prevent fogging, and, bonus: because they cover more of your face, so they additionally protect against the cold and wind, making cold weather shooting more comfortable.
What cold weather shooting eyepro solutions do you use?