Airsoft is a game that requires precision and skill, but how can you play with foggy goggles?
Airsoft players have to take care of their equipment, which includes taking time to clean their airsoft goggles.
But, what else can you do?
In this article, we'll show you fool-proof ways of stopping your airsoft goggles from fogging up.
Let's get into it.
There are four major reasons why airsoft goggles may fog up:
When your goggles (or glasses) fog up mid-game, it's incredibly irritating.
We've had it happen to us too many times. But, sometimes, there's not a lot you can do about it.
However, there are a number of clever ways you can prevent your goggles from fogging up as much.
The best way to stop your airsoft goggles from fogging is to try anti-fog spray or anti-fog paste. There are plenty of solutions on the market that work reasonably well.
Any anti-fog product is designed to cover your glasses in an anti-fog coating that prevents moisture buildup.
We have to be honest, though.
Your goggles will likely fog at some point during an airsoft game. It's an active sport. There are never going to be perfect conditions to stop fogging up from happening.
Do you think having a heart rate of 180BPM is going to be manageable without a little sweat or mouth-breathing?
Let's not kid ourselves.
Note: the safety of your eyes should be first priority. If you're mid-game and your goggles fog up, do not take them off to be cleaned. With BBs flying around the airsoft site, it's best you remove yourself from the game if you really can't see.
Keeping your airsoft goggles clean is essential as it will help prevent them from fogging up on the field.
If they're already covered with dirt and grime, then there's no way for them to work properly – so make sure that before every game, you give them an intensive clean using a dry cloth or a microfibre cloth.
You should also shake out any excess water and leave them overnight to let all of the moisture evaporate off after washing thoroughly before storing.
It doesn't matter what anti-fog solution you use if your eye protection is dirty from the very beginning.
Toothpaste can work for preventing airsoft eyewear from fogging up at all!
It may sound a little ridiculous but if you're in need of an anti-fog solution that's affordable then it's worth a try.
Just put a bit of toothpaste on your goggles or glasses and wipe them down with tissue paper - repeat the process until no more froth is coming off onto the tissue.
We recommend not doing this on game day.
Give this a try the night before or in the week leading up to your skirmish.
The last thing you want is toothpaste-smeared airsoft goggles for 8 hours.
Yes - spit can be your anti-fog secret weapon!
Saliva can break the surface tension which prevents fog molecules from sticking together.
Who would've thought?
Try putting some saliva on the lens of your mask or glasses and then wiping them clean with tissue paper until no more froth is coming off onto the tissue.
Repeat if necessary.
But remember: If there are tiny scratches on your lenses already, they'll get worse when cleaning them with toothpaste or spit so make sure that before every game, you give them an intensive clean using cotton buds or wipes instead for best results.
There are many different types of anti-fog on the market, but which one is the best for airsoft goggles?
The answer: it depends.
Some people have luck with using a certain brand or product and others don't. It's trial and error to see what will work for you specifically.
We've heard great things about Fogtech, an American-made product that can be used on eyewear of all kinds - not just airsoft goggles!
A lot of players swear by it, so if you're looking for a long-lasting and reliable anti-fog then we suggest trying Fogtech out for yourself.
The anti-fog products we've used ourselves:
Another alternative to stopping your goggles from fogging is to wear lighter face protection.
Mesh facemasks create moisture and thus, force hot air and water particles into your glasses.
Or, wear a hat. This will stop sweat from dropping down from your hair and into your airsoft glasses.
Extra points if you wear your cap backward like a real operator.
If you've tried everything under the sun to stop your goggles from fogging up and nothing has worked, then it might be time to invest in some new ones.
It can get pretty frustrating when this happens constantly while playing airsoft - how are we supposed to win if we can't see the enemy?
Our airsoft rifles become walking guides at that point.
We know how expensive equipment can get but investing in a decent pair of goggles is something most airsoft players can agree on.
Brands we've used:
There are a few brands that offer airsoft goggles with fan-based self-regulation.
What this means is that the fans will turn on when they sense fogging and will help to clear it up almost instantly.
The downside to this is that the battery dies quickly, so you'll need to bring an extra set - or have some charged up - just in case.
Two examples of these types of goggles are the ESS Crossbow Suppressor and Bolle X800 goggles.
Note: we haven't used self-regulating airsoft goggles so we cannot vouch for their integrity or effectiveness.
Here are a number of tricks to stop your goggles from fogging that we've not yet tried.
(If you have tried any of the methods listed below, let us know in the comments if it worked.)
There is no hard and fast way to stop your airsoft goggles from fogging up.
It's a collection of options that work together for the perfect solution to your steamy little problem.
Just remember trial and error will be your best friend. We recommend you spend the time learning about the products and read the reviews other players have written about them.