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    Clarity Defog-it Review

    Fogged faceshields for many of us are a dangerous fact of life. Most of the "anti-fog" preparations work badly or not at all as is true of most OE faceshields which supposedly prevent the problem. "Pinlock" and other "double layer" fog preventers DO work, but they come with different problems.

    I learned about Clarity Defog-it on webBikeWorld and recommend you check out their very positive review, as well as the comments from the dissenters.

    Well, I just got mine today and am VERY IMPRESSED for what it does to prevent fog on my Shoei RF-1000 shield. If you decide to try it, you might want to follow the steps below which takes into account the advice from folks who were happy.

    1. Remove the shield and soak it for at least 20 minutes in your kitchen sink using warm water and dish soap. Then use a SOFT cotton cloth to remove not only any external bugs, etc. but any other products you might have applied to the inside of the shield. Rinse and dry with a soft cotton dish towel.

    2. To confirm (or refute) that this stuff works, you need a "before and after" breath test. If breathing on the shield doesn't cause fog, stick it in your fridge or freezer for a few seconds. Your breath should instantly fog up the shield.

    3. Apply 5 drops of Defog-it to the inside of the shield and spread and polish it around with a microfiber cloth (not included but maybe important.) Polish only enough to eliminate any smears.

    4. Repeat the "breath test." If it bascially worked with only small areas of fog, use a couple more drops and repeat step 3 on those areas. Repeat the breath test.

    I have no idea how long this stuff works - if it indeed does work for you. Your comments, both positive and negative, I am sure will be informative.
    Doug
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    Doug,

    How long does the "anti-fog" remain effective? That is a lot of work for something that only lasts a few hours or even a day.

    In my experience, most spray on anti-fog works for a few hours without the need for removing the shield, etc. Can you report back in a week and let us know if the stuff is still working? I would get some and apply it if it continues to be effective.

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    The first BMW system helmet (made by Schuberth natch..) also had available a heated faceshield. Seemed like a grand idea except it distorted a bit when the heat was on (it was very fine wires sandwiched between two layers of plastic).. made it less then useful.

    The Schuberth anti-fog shield that originally came with the first Concept was wonderful. They apparently had process problems since it became less wonderful with time - and the last batches had problems with the coating peeling off.. they have now gone to a PinLok system (inner anti-fog insert that snaps into the inside of the faceshield.)

    I have two bottles of the Clarity Defog-It.. and have only used it once, on sunglasses I was wearing while doing some snow-blowing. The sunglasses almost instanty fogged up without it. With it - no problem, no fogging. Seemed to work. It's been on the sunglasses for about 2 weeks now, let me check how they're doing.. I can fog them with my breath (so I guess I'm alive..) - guess it's time to redo the stuff. They have been cleaned several times since the snowblowing so it's not too big a surprise.
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    I snagged some Z-Wax that "Zooke" was hawking in Orugh-gun. Works great when it's freshly applied but doesn't last. There's no real difference in how long it lasts whether you use the wax or the little spray bottle of the stuff. Spray bottle is more convenient on the road becasue it's faster to work with.

    So far, I've yet to find the majik bullet in anti-fog sprays, waxes or coatings. None work any better or any longer than just good old spit does. Spit on the faceshield, wipe it around with your finger and wipe it dry. You can also get similar results using Palmolive Dish Soap. Just a dab from teh bottle, smear it around and also wipe it dry.
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    I ordered a bottle and it's so tiny, I know I'll never find it in my tankbag when I need it.

    $9.50 for a 0.2 oz. bottle
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    Well, based upon the glowing reports, I, too, ordered some from Amazon...when I get it, and if it gets cold enough again to use my full face, I'll try it and report back as well...

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    Before you go toss money at anti-fog products, you really need to check them out thoroughly.

    "In another punishing test, a lens treated with Clarity Defog It was placed over constant steam. No fog formed for 6, 10, 20 minutes, even 60 minutes, depending on lens type. Other antifogs? They failed in as little as 5 minutes."

    60 minutes in cold conditions ain't gonna get you very far down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveAikens View Post
    Before you go toss money at anti-fog products, you really need to check them out thoroughly.

    "In another punishing test, a lens treated with Clarity Defog It was placed over constant steam. No fog formed for 6, 10, 20 minutes, even 60 minutes, depending on lens type. Other antifogs? They failed in as little as 5 minutes."

    60 minutes in cold conditions ain't gonna get you very far down the road.
    Steve,

    I don't see there where they said fog DID form after 60 minutes.. it just sounds like that's how long they were willing to stand there holding the lens over the steam..
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    Uh, Don?? You really don't think someone stood there holding a lens over steam for an hour, do you?

    They're trying to make their product look the best it can. They can set something up [and do set something up] to hold the lens over a steam producer for weeks if they like - but they don't. They tell you it will hang in there for an hour that they've tested.

    Call me a skeptic but I don't believe they would stop it at an hour if the product would work longer.

    My experience with anti-fog stuff is pretty significant Don, and like you, for a lot of years - in my case, more than 50 on bikes. I've bought "stuff after stuff" trying to find something that actually works - and continues to work for an entire long trip in cold and humid conditions. I have yet to find that treatment that will do that and not distort the faceshield.

    However, again like you - I continue to spend money on what I refer to as snake oil.
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    The only anti fog products I've used that worked worth a damn, especially when I lived in the Greyt Northwet where it rains a lot, were the Fog City and the Pinlock. They both work the same way -- by trapping a layer of air between two layers of plastic -- but I favor the Pinlock because it's removable and isn't as "prismatic" on point light sources at night. As long as they're installed right, they work "forever".
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    Thumbs down No good

    I have tried several times to get it to work and it did not. It is junk in my eyes. The only thing that works for me is the pinlock setup. I have read all the report and bought it based on the great reviews. In this case I disagree and I should have known better... anything with that good of review is almost too good to be true... In my case it was... besides, having a clear shield does not do any good if your glasses fog up... Oh, yeah, it put a coating on the glasses that I can't get off. I am hoping it will wear off over time...
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    Talking Cat Crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerkuh View Post
    besides, having a clear shield does not do any good if your glasses fog up... .
    I had the same problem with a pinlock visor. The solution was a Respro Foggy Breathguard


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    Even better:

    Open face shield slightly, place bike in first gear, let clutch out slowly as to not stall bike.
    Allow engine to reach about 3,500 rpm and do the following: Shift into second gear and close the now completely clear shield.

    No muss no fuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTRandy View Post
    Open face shield slightly, place bike in first gear, let clutch out slowly as to not stall bike.
    Allow engine to reach about 3,500 rpm and do the following: Shift into second gear and close the now completely clear shield.

    No muss no fuss.
    Yep. Next thing you, people will be wanting electronic starters on their motorcycles.

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