For All Snow Conditions Wear No Fog Mask for Snowmobile Safety…
Why do you need a No Fog Mask while snowmobiling in Canada? Because keeping the fog off the inside of your snowmobile helmet face shield can be difficult on snowmobile tours as I point out in a previous post about visor fogging and in snowmobile magazine articles. Especially when the mercury plummets and your head and face are pumping out the heat inside your helmet to stay warm. Or if you’ve been playing hard in the snow conditions and your body’s really putting out the heat. Staying fog-free is even more of a challenge on your prescription or sunglasses lenses. Either way, fogging up obscures clear vision on your snow machine, which is both frustrating and a serious snowmobile safety concern during snowmobile vacations.
Electric visors and helmet vents can do their part to keep the atmosphere inside your helmet balanced to combat fogging, but the real secret is to stop your exhaled breath from making contact with your visor and lenses, and this means serious breath deflection.
While many helmets come with built in deflectors, I’ve never found one that fit my face tightly enough to seal all the air gaps that allow my breath to escape inside the helmet to cause fogging. That’s because these apparatus are not fitted to my face and operate separately and independently of it. In fact, the only sure way I’ve found of directing my breath away from my visor and lenses is with a No-Fog® High Performance Breath Deflector, billed as providing “the ultimate in clear vision.” My No-Fog Mask works best when the both the helmet’s breath-box and chin screen are removed to allow the full escape of the hot, moist air that No-Fog deflects down and away from my visor and glasses.
Sure, my No Fog makes me look like a bank robber when I take my helmet off, but this neat bit of neoprene engineering has a nosepiece that adjusts snuggly to the shape of my schnozz. Its deflector flap is long enough to push even my hottest air down and away from my visor and lenses – regardless of whether I breathe through my nose or mouth (A No Fog Mask has both nose and mouth holes.).
Meanwhile, the cut of the neoprene hugs my cheeks to seal out any air escape from that area. The result, as their name says, is no fog, even when I’m wearing eyeglasses – as long as I rest the bridge of my glasses outside on the surface of the N0 Fog nosepiece, not inside on the bridge of my nose (doing so breaks the seal and places my lenses directly in hot breath’s way).
My No Fog Mask fits easily under my helmet and fastens with Velcro at the back and by a strap that goes over my head (some models have adjustable straps). Then, with my jaw squarely ensconced in the comfortable No Fog chin cup, the whole apparatus stays put until I remove it, regardless of how I may turn my head while riding. What’s more, its neoprene material protects my cheeks to my Adam’s Apple from windburn and frostbite, while No-Fog’s “Dry Face” technology keeps the mask from feeling clammy against my skin. It’s this feature that enables me to remove my helmet’s chin piece to allow my expelled breath to escape completely without freezing any skin.
Riders who get claustrophobic with anything over their face may take a while to get used to a No Fog Mask. But if the alternative is fogging up, it’s worth the effort. The only other inconvenience is that I have to take my helmet off to remove my No Fog Mask, so it’s easier to leave my lid on during short riding breaks. This requires some extra care when snacking or sipping a drink (or smoking a cigarette for those that do). I’ve also found it wise to carry a spare No Fog with me just in case I lose one.
No Fog Masks come in a variety of configurations that work in all snow conditions and for any kind of snowmobile tours, including Gaitor™ (with integrated balaclava), Xtreme™ (with integrated neck curtain) and High Performance. They are fitted by neck size and it’s important to get one that’s not too big for you, because then it won’t be snug enough against your face to seal in and deflect away your breath.
Here’s a storage tip: save the white nose piece insert that comes in a new mask package. When storing your No Fog Mask between rides or seasons, help maintain the shape of the breath deflector by flipping it up and inserting the packaging insert as shown on the drawing on the back of the header card (basically storing it as shipped in the original package).
Lastly, my advice is to look specifically for the No Fog brand when shopping for a mask. I’ve worn mine for thousands of kilometres in all snow conditions. It’s held it’s shape and elasticity – and is still going strong, while I’ve seen knock-offs that have lost both of these important attributes much too quickly. If you want any more information, check out the Tech Tips and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on the No-Fog website – and then click on “Where to Buy” and scroll down to the Retail Buyers section. And by the way, I also use my No Fog Mask for face protection when riding my Sea Doo personal watercraft on chilly summer mornings! #ontariosnowtrails #gosnowmobilingontario #FXRintrepid
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The tips and advice in this blog are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.