North45 scarf leaves your goggles fog-free


March 6, 2014

The North45 scarf has an escape route for your breath and is designed to prevent your goggles from fogging up

The North45 scarf has an escape route for your breath and is designed to prevent your goggles from fogging up

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Skiing, snowboarding and motorcycle riding are sports that probably present enough challenges already without an obstructed view of what lies ahead. However, those familiar with these sports have probably had their eyewear fog up at some stage, with the condensation forming on their goggles as they exhale, adding an undesirable degree of difficulty to the ride. Canadian-based start-up North45 has developed a scarf with an escape route for your breath, potentially making those last-second brakes, turns and swerves a thing of the past.

The North45 scarf is made from Merino wool and uses a two-piece design where one part of the scarf wraps around the chin, protecting the neck and lower face, while the second goes across the nose and hangs loosely below. This two-part solution creates a channel for the hot and humid air to escape, meaning the scarf won't get wet and freeze or cause fog to form on your goggles.

Furthermore, the overlapping part of the scarf has a simple magnet which snaps in underneath your goggles, meaning that taking it off and on again should be rather simple and not involve rearranging all of your headwear.

Following the success of its Kickstarter campaign in early 2014, North45 is offering the scarf through its website. It is available in four sizes ranging from junior to large at a price of CAD$49.99 (US$45).

Source: North45

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Nick Lavars Nick was born outside of Melbourne, Australia, with a general curiosity that has drawn him to some distant (and very cold) places. Somewhere between enduring a winter in the Canadian Rockies and trekking through Chilean Patagonia, he graduated from university and pursued a career in journalism. Having worked for publications such as The Santiago Times and The Conversation, he now writes for Gizmag from Melbourne, excited by tech and all forms of innovation, the city's bizarre weather and curried egg sandwiches. All articles by Nick Lavars

Looks nice and effective, but hardly new or innovative. I've used similar devices to survive Melbourne's winter riding conditions for many years. The ultimate solution was to move to Queensland....

Martin Hone

Going one better in 1970 I created and used a insulating foam device which routed outside air around my core and exhalations separately across the chest (to retain heat). It left my glasses clear over miles of cross country ski trek (wood skis, Pine Tar "wax")

This system was used on the arctic ocean at approximately 60 below zero F to a high of 20 below zero F. I toured old Early Warning System RADAR bases (DEW Line) an amazing collection of American Military architecture literally frozen in time and left to the foxes.

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