(emphasis mine) On my most recent helmet purchase I declined the visor and vents bells and whistles and opted for simplicity. DOT approval assumed, your comment about head shape hit a critical issue to me - which is fitment and comfort. I spent a half dozen Fridays on the way home from work trying on helmets and settled on an HJC CL Max II modular. It's an inexpensive helmet that fits me perfectly, and my second of the same model. Arguments about quality are endless. At the moment I have two Shoei's, a Scorpion, and another one whose manufacturer I can't recall stashed in the carport. Two of them are full cover lids and one is a modular. Then I have two open-face models that are wired with audio for use on the Wing. The fit on the HJC is always comfortable and the first CL I had (inherited in a bike buy) performed flawlessly for five years of abuse, including a trip on the CDT in 2010. Out there, I figured out quickly that if I crashed a head injury was not as likely to get me as the blunt force trauma of the sudden stop of the bottom of a 300 foot plunge off a cliff, or that of t-boning a trail side boulder or becoming impaled on a cacti... And as a matter of personal need, I suffer chronic dry eyes and wear a type of sunglasses that have pads around the frames to keep dust and wind to a minimum. The openness of a visor type shade with the accompanying wind on my eyes would quickly make me miserable -- and stopping every 50 miles to put in eye drops is a pain. All that said, the convenience of any modular is unbeatable when paired with the wind and weather protection it offers.