What's the best way to deal with Visor Fogging?

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  1. Speedslip

    Speedslip Adventurer

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    Temps are coming down and yesterday am was 38 causing my visor to fog like crazy. With my snowmobile helmet, i'm able to plug in and it heats the visor to solve the issue. Does anyone have an "ancient Chinese secret" for motorcycle visors?
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  2. hubbydubby

    hubbydubby Rugged Path

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    Will your existing helmet visor support a pinlock shield?

    If not, you can buy spray on liquid from an accessory dealer or use lemon juice.
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  3. Fastman

    Fastman Been here awhile

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    I had good anti-fog performance with a Pinlock on my Schuberth C3 Pro ... until using it in a dusty environment (Wheels of Morocco tour). The very fine dust embedded itself in the Pinkock seal and trashed the face shield. I ended up with a scuffed up outline of the seal on the inside of my face shield. I spoke to Schuberth at the BMWMOA rally in Iowa. It’s a known issue with the older Pinlock seal material. When I get around to replacing the face shield, I’ll try the Pinlock again.
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  4. lewisjr1

    lewisjr1 Long timer

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    If you have a snowmobile helmet with heated screen, then that's what I'd grab. I used one when riding out in Utah, and it was brilliant.

    Plenty of chemical sprays & smears attempt to reduce the fogging, but none are perfect. It also really helps to add a nose & breath guard, but not all helmets have those.

    In a pinch I just crack the visor and bare it. It helps that I also wear glasses, though, so I only cry a little. Still, it's a good cry.
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  5. FranknStein7

    FranknStein7 Been here awhile

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    Pinlock. I will never buy a helmet without one now.
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    Your pinlock needs to be seated correctly. and also in addition, You need to view the shield and the pinlock as a consumable. Might need to be replaced 6-12 months. or sooner depending on what conditions you ride and how you are for it.
    THere is no magic cure for fogging inside. Unless you spend some money on a snowmobile helmet with a heated shield combo.
    But do you want to plug it in all the time?
    YMMV
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    Boxerbreath 2017.5 GS Black Storm

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    Pinlock
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    phreakingeek Big Ear Inc - Virginia Provider Super Supporter

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    another vote for pinlock. But if not, I have had excellent luck using Motosolutions Fogtech DX on the inside of my face shield. Need to follow the directions or it doesnt work too well...
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    Thanks boys, had no idea about the pinlock and have helmets that will take them!! Until then, well be wearing our snowmobile helmets and start grabbing some tags up north!!!
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    I just rub dishwashing detergent, hair shampoo. something like that half rinse it off, and wipe it dry, I am a dive instructor, and the same applies to my dive
    mask,
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    Dang! I learn something nearly every time I visit the forum.

    Arai claims to have an anti fog visor, although I haven't tried it.
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    TurkeyRun Been here awhile Supporter

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    Spit works too

    But I’m in with the Pinlock
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    lewisjr1 Long timer

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    Just one example... https://www.snogear.com/collections...-gm11d-snowmobile-helmet-with-electric-shield

    And another... https://www.snogear.com/collections...tactic-snowmobile-helmet-with-electric-shield

    There are many others, and they usu. work well when used in conjunction with a breath box + chin curtain. Those last two items are helpful even without a heated visor.
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    Numerous threads on this subject under the Equipment forum also.

    I was a beta tester for that Arai visor prior to it being offered up for sale, and based on my experience and the more recent experience of many others don't waste your money. The coating doesn't work well (still fogs heavily), and is so fragile it scratches by looking at it sideways. I threw mine away after the test period was over as it was scratched badly even while cleaning it gently per the directions. Apparently even Arai reps at bike shows aren't overly enthused with it.

    The only drawback I've found with Pinlock inserts is if you ride extensively in the dark. Even their directions say not for night use, and I find halos around every light encountered - not so good with oncoming traffic. My 58 mile morning commute begins at 0400, so always riding in the dark then.

    This Foggy Mask insert by Respro is the only thing I've found for 100% anti-fog effectiveness in all riding conditions.
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    Thank you gents, having only heard of the breath mustache only recently. Apparently I live under a rock.

    I appreciate the feedback on the Arai visor as I was about to purchase one for my new DX4. I don’t often ride in the chilly weather here on the Emerald Coast, the high humidity makes fogging a problem at temperatures below 50F and of course when it’s raining. I’ll give the pinlocks another look.
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    I guess I'm the variable...I've had Pinlock on three different helmets and they didn't do anything for me. I use the tried and true open the visor one click and it clears instantly. This is on Arai, Shoei and Schuberth.l
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  17. Jerm21

    Jerm21 Been here awhile

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    Pinlock here too. I used the same one on my older helmet for 5 years and it worked great the whole time in all conditions. Same experience with my new helmet. I won’t own a helmet without one.
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    One of the many, many products I'd tried without success.

    Many of these may work OK in conditions where only light fogging may occur. My measure of success is no fogging at, say, 40 degrees in the rain, where cracking open the shield just lets rain run down the inside. Been in that situation too often and not fun.
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  20. Coma

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    Have you tried Rainex?
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