|q If you can’t see it, you can’t ride through it. You can have the greatest quad ever built with the biggest motor and the best suspension, but it’s worthless. You can have the most well-honed skills and perfect physical condition, but you can still be out-ridden by a little old lady on an ATC90 if she can see and you can’t.
That’s why keeping your goggles clear and clean is so important. But when the dreaded fog comes, there’s almost nothing you can do, aside from stopping your ride and wiping your lens. There are lots of products that deal with this, from special lenses to creams and chemicals. Some are more effective than others, but the most sophisticated solution we have encountered is the Haber Eliminator. This is a little blower that attaches to the inside of your goggle frame to keep air circulating within the goggles to make for a clear view.
YOUR BEST FAN
The Haber Eliminator is more than just a fan. It’s a little turbine that actually sucks air out of the goggles rather than blows inwards. The people at Habervision say that the goggles are designed to take fresh air in through the top vents while the exhaust goes out through the bottom. The shape of the helmet and the goggles make a natural low-pressure zone around the bottom of the goggles when you are moving forward at speed. But that low pressure disappears when you stop. The flow reverses when air heated by your face rises. When this happens, the humidity level goes up, temperature meets dew point and fog occurs.
The Eliminator has a little humidity sensor that detects when this happens. That triggers an automatic switch for the turbine to come on. You could also select a position that leaves the fan on at all times. The motor is powered by a single AAA battery, which seems to have a very long lifespan, but we assume that the best battery life is attained in the automatic position.
CLEAR THE AIR
When you install the Eliminator in your goggles, two studs poke through the top foam and fasten the module in place. If your goggles have a small frame, you might have some concern that the module may interfere with your vision. In reality, riders only expressed this concern when they weren’t riding. Once underway, you generally forget the module is there.
So, does it work? Absolutely. The Eliminator isn’t a major factor while you’re moving, but as soon as you stop, if you see fog start to form, you can reach inside the goggle frame, turn on the fan, and then watch the fog clear. If you have it in the automatic position, you generally never get to that point where the goggles fog. You can basically double the effectiveness of the Eliminator if you combine it with a thermal (double-pane) lens.
When you fog up in the middle of a ride, you’re generally dealing with a different set of circumstances. This rarely happens in cold weather, but is more likely on a hot, humid day. Hot air has a much higher capacity to hold moisture. There are times when you can actually see droplets of condensation forming on the inside of a goggle lens. We managed to overwhelm the Eliminator on such a day, but we still had better results using it than when using a conventional set of goggles.
The Eliminator is sold primarily through their website: www.habervision.com
. Currently, it is at a discount price of $65. Scott sells the same product in its own goggles with the Scott name. You can find Scott products at virtually any dealership. q
The Haber Eliminator is an automatic device that deals with goggle fogging. It is also sold under the Scott name.
The Eliminator tucks into the goggle frame and usually isn’t noticeable once you start riding. Goggles with larger frames work better.