When it comes to intense trail rides where you spend more time lifting your bike over obstacles than you do with the motor running on two wheels, chances are you might not be wearing your goggles, or if you are, you can’t see because your dog breath has fogged them up. It doesn’t take much to work up a sweat and fog up the inside of your lens. With the MXT Goggle retailing at $50 and the Haber Eliminator (Automated No-Fog Fan Technology) at $130, that pricing might just have you thinking about running your goggles around your arm next time your lens fogs up. This system is such a luxury to have, and it’s not until you switch back to regular goggles that you realize how nice it is to have perfectly clear vision.
The fit of this goggle isn’t perfect, and the Eliminator doesn’t help out, either. The goggle’s frame is pretty rigid, and the Eliminator fan system that sits inside the top of the goggle only adds to this. Also, the foam is a bit harder than other brands, which makes for a mediocre fit. In order to get the goggle to seal to your face, you have to adjust the strap pretty tight. The fan requires a single AAA battery to operate. You can switch the fan to completely off (which I recommend for gear bag storage to save the battery), automatic and always on. These settings are good to play around with so you can figure out just how much fan use you might need on a given ride. I mostly had it set to the automatic setting. This way you get the most life out of the battery and the fan kicks on just enough to keep the fog away, except for the heavy foggers who reported that the fan had a hard time keeping up in the automatic setting. But it does help the typical fogging, especially in colder weather. The good thing about the Eliminator is that it can easily be fitted into most goggles, and paired with an already strong-performing no-fog lens to become priceless. Glasses-wearing riders will love it if their prescription lenses fit with the Eliminator in place. —Chris Green