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May 15th 2018, 10:17 PM   #1
 Leiza's Avatar
  Apr 2018

Need Advice

Hello everyone,
Have any of you experienced having a helmet that fogs up while driving at a cold weather? What do you do to stop your helmet from fogging because I'm having the same problem with my helmet. I hope you can give me some insight about this. Thanks!
May 15th 2018, 11:05 PM   #2
 Parilla125's Avatar
  Jan 2016

Pretty common this time of year. Either a snowmobile shield, pinlock, or double shield modification to your existing shield are the ones I have had the best luck with but keeping it clean with just a bit of soap residue left on the inside can work as well. My worst 'fix' was the anti fogging stuff you wipe on.
Just my experience, I am sure others will chime in shortly...
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May 15th 2018, 11:10 PM   #3
 MarvTravis's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
What you see as fog is minute droplets of moisture. An inexpensive fix is to wipe liquid soap on the inside of the face shield, let it dry a bit, and then buff it clear with a soft cloth or tissue. The soap lowers the surface tension on the inside of the face shield, and causes these minute droplets to sheet so you no longer see them. You'll probably need to repeat this process every other day or so. There's a commercial product called Cat Crap. Rain-X Anti-fog will do the same thing.

Conversely, if you apply wax to the outside of the face shield and buff it with a soft cloth or tissue, it raises the surface tension on the outside of the face shield, rain drops will bead up, and wind blast will cause the beaded rain drops to whisk off to the side of your face shield if you slightly shift your head position. Rain-X Windshield Treatment, (not Anti-fog) will do the same thing. If you have a mirrored face shield, DO NOT use Rain-X on the outside of the face shield, as it will damage the mirror surfacing.

So... it's soap on the inside, and wax on the outside.
May 16th 2018, 03:30 AM   #4
 Mudslinger's Avatar
  Sep 2016

  Africa Twin
I have tried just about all the chemical solutions, and while some work pretty well, there simply is no substitute for a pinlock shield.
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May 16th 2018, 04:11 AM   #5
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
I started with a helmet without pinlock support. Tried a few different things but hated all of them. Switched for a helmet with pinlock and have never looked back.
May 16th 2018, 05:09 AM   #6
 albatrosscafe's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  2015 Yamaha FZ-07

Don't even bother with applying chemicals/soap. It is something you have to repeat all the time and becomes very tedious. A faceshield with the "Pinlock" system stays 90% fog free with zero extra effort. I ride all winter, even in freezing temps, and Pinlock does a solid job at keeping me fog free.
May 16th 2018, 07:13 AM   #7
 DGA's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  An Ape and a Husky
Respro Foggy Mask is my favorite. Easily removable once mounted in the helmet and it works extremely well for me 5-6 years later.

This is just one place that has them, I don't remember where I got it from.
May 16th 2018, 07:15 AM   #8
 Burphel's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla

May 16th 2018, 07:27 AM   #9
 unicykle's Avatar
  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  gsxr600 gsxr750 gsxr1000 i like gsxrs
Head and shoulders dandruf shampoo works great, rub a generous amount on both sides
Of The visor and let It sit For A few minutes and polish it off with a soft Rag.
May 16th 2018, 07:41 AM   #10
 Nathan's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  space needle

Open the lid a crack? works for me...
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May 16th 2018, 08:06 AM   #11
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
  Jan 2016

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
Knowing the brand of helmet you wear would help with suggestions. Spending the money on a new helmet just to get a pinlock isn't necessary if you don't need a new one right now but might be worth consideration when looking for a new helmet in the future.

If you have a helmet that has pinlock visors available then spend the money and get one. The inserts come in different shades and I believe they have one that transitions with sunlight as well.

If you do not then I'd go with a fog city. Its similar to a pinlock but sticks on instead. They're universal and cost around $20. They'll last a few seasons if treated right. Be careful of what you use to clean them, including the towel, because they can get fine scratches easy.

I started off with fog city back in the day and have moved to pinlocks since they've become available for the helmets I wear.
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May 16th 2018, 08:26 AM   #12
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
  Apr 2016

I'm the odd one out in that I don't much care for pinlock shields. My RF-1200 has it, and the pinlock just feels off compared to the normal shield. There's a certain amount of distortion, it isn't 100% fog proof, and the pins are kind of annoying. The chin vent does a decent job of keeping the normal shield clear as long as I'm moving, but sitting at a light is still an issue. The shield locks down tighter than any other helmet I've tried on, so cracking it isn't as easy as it could be.

My old RF-1000 had a locking lever with a angled/cracked shield detente. Up locked the shield, down opened just one side a hair, and gave all the airflow needed to keep the shield clear at a light except for the very worst days.

I've tried Zooks and some no-name cat crap like stuff. They work... for about 15 minutes.
May 16th 2018, 08:42 AM   #13
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

Pinlock is life changing. Get it.
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May 16th 2018, 09:20 AM   #14
  Nov 2017
  Vancouver, WA

  2006 GSXR-1000
airflow. crack the visor open a tad, a little more if stopped and still fogging.
May 16th 2018, 02:53 PM   #15
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2004 DR-Z 400
As someone who wears glasses - which can occasionally fog along WITH the visor in wet/foggy weather....egad....pinlock is the way to go.

You might also try opening the rearmost vent(s) on your helmet, as that will sometimes help pull condensation away from the visor.

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