My favourite riding sunglasses are my Bollé Mamba II safety sunglasses - they're light and wrap around properly while being by far the most comfortable ones I've found. They're also cheap.

There is a downside, which is normally only apparent in winter but was a bit of an issue yesterday morning: they fog easily, especially on the bit I look through using the drops or aero bars. Yesterday was sunny all day, but I started before it warmed up, so I was out in around 10°C, sweating a little. It's possible wind chill on the outside was cooling the glasses, as I averaged >30km/h for the hour or two this was a problem, before the day warmed up. This wasn't about stopping, because I didn't, but when rolling along. It was better when riding into the sun, but that never lasted long.

I like the way they sit so close to my face, but it means that unlike my less-good cycling-specific glasses there's no airflow behind the lens.

The issue may be what they call "upper protection". They're a sort of frameless design, but with a little ridge running along the top of the lens, at eyebrow height and touching my face. It's visible (just) in this photo of them upside down: enter image description here

They're getting a little scratched and it's nearly time for a new pair, so it's a good time to try some experiments. Is there some way I can increase the airflow behind the lens? Are there designs that do this so I can be inspired? I don't really want to try a coating, because I'm likely to wipe it off.

Other, looser fitting and less comfortable glasses don't fog up nearly as much (including another Bollé polycarbonate pair, so it's not the material).

  • I do have a couple of ideas, but want to see what others think before mentioning them
    – Chris H
    May 26, 2020 at 7:48
  • Wouldn’t airflow behind the glasses defeat the whole purpose of bicycling glasses?
    – Michael
    May 26, 2020 at 8:34
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    People who engage in Paint Ball games use a product called Cat Crap on their face masks. While the name isn't appealing I have used it and it does work
    – mikes
    May 26, 2020 at 9:59
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    @Criggie I don't get on with caps under my helmet - they're too hot in summer and the brim get in my line of sight when I get low. Similarly the only helmet with a brim is a reserve commuting one for when the better one is still sweaty from the night before
    – Chris H
    May 26, 2020 at 12:57
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    You can also spit in the glasses leisurepro.com/blog/scuba-guides/… May 26, 2020 at 14:46

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The problem with fogging up glasses lies with the shape of the glasses AND the shape of the rider's head. Some combinations are simply incompatible.

Since you can't change your head, try with a different pair of glasses. Also, some glasses have small ventilation holes at the top of the screen. Or you might get replacement screens that have these.

  • Your point is a good one, however these are the most comfortable pair I've had, as well as being one of the best for vision (as I seem to use the very top of the lens, and the edge gets in the way if they slide down). Similar ones aren't available to try on (in fact nothing is available to try on at the moment) and I'm not going to buy stuff at random. You get a +1 for the mention of small vent holes - that's assured me that such a thing is reasonable.
    – Chris H
    May 28, 2020 at 7:02

I've made some modifications and the first test ride (mainly testing fit) was successful.

I noticed on close examination that the bridge fits my nose almost perfectly (except for a slight asymmetry in me - swimming pool steps are harder than cartilage). This means little or no airflow between my nose and the lens. The modification to deal with that is reversible - I hot-glued some strips of old inner tube to the bridge pads, making the glasses sit a tiny bit higher and opening a little gap.

I also drilled 3 holes (⌀2 mm) in the bridge. I may enlarge them to 3 mm.

modified sunglasses

A warm afternoon test ride including using the aero bars and putting some effort in showed that they fit just as well, don't slide down, and vision through the top of the lenses is better. I could feel air flowing behind the lenses where I couldn't on Monday, though still not as much as I'd get with a less close-fitting pair.

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    I still need to test in cooler conditions, and may put anti-fog stuff on just one side at the same time.
    – Chris H
    May 28, 2020 at 7:24

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