Tinted Visors for your helmet

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by disconnected, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. James Adams

    James Adams non impediti ratione cogitationis

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    I use a tinted visor, as dark as I can find. I've had helmets with the drop-down sunshades, but I just don't like them as much due to the optical quality (yet another layer of plastic that I have to look through -- I wear prescription glasses) and how easily they get dusty and scratched up. Sometimes I will even wear my prescription sunglasses with the tinted visor if it's bright and sunny.

    I always bring a clear shield with me, unless I know that I'm just going to be out for a little while with no risk of heavy clouds or night.

    As an added benefit, a good tinted visor really reduces the radiant heat on my face, which can be a big deal down here.

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  2. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    I have an afx dual sport helmet. I have a darrrrk visor that I love using in the the hot sun, then I carry goggles in my backpack for night riding or dirt. I just flip the visor up and throw them on. Well....That's what I used to do, before I lost them around Jackson Hole, WY.....


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  3. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    I have the blue iridium on my Arai, and really like it. I carry a clear shield in a Shield Sak, which makes it easy to carry. I went to buy another, and it appears they've gone under.
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  4. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Quit holding back, tell him what you really think! :lol3
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  5. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    That's fine for those who want to swap out shields. I don't due to time dealing with a helmet sheild.

    BUT, I have learned something - the inner pocket. That's good information for those who prefer to do so and I shall remember it and probably look for that feature in coats when goofing around. Seems it could do more than just store a shield.
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  6. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    That is one of the reasons I have started wearing a dual sport helmet most all the time over a regular street helmet. The visor lets me tip my head a bit to block the sun. Even with extremely dark tint sunglasses there are those times when the sun is just right on the horizon to deal with it without the visor (bill as you might call it). Seems like all those newer convertible helmets offer smaller visors for them. Totally functional.
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  7. vortexau

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  8. SlowPony

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    I've got a helmet with a drop-down visor and I love it. It's the most hassle-free way I've found. I would get prescription sunglasses - having a built-in visor doesn't really help when I'm not on the bike - but I have a terrible tendency to break/lose things like that. If my visor wasn't attached to my helmet I'd probably lose that too....
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  9. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

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    I ride almost all the time with the darkest tint that Shoei offers. The only time I feel the need to swap back to the clear is for actual night riding.
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  10. Megamoto

    Megamoto Yes, I do look like this.

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    Get a lid with an internal sun shield. Better than an egg and bacon butty, with brown sauce and dockers doorstep bread.
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  11. ride4321

    ride4321 Long timer

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    Shit, I've been wearing this JR jacket for years and didn't know that was what that pocket was for...and mine's labeled just like yours.:lol3 Thanks. I'm gonna go buy a tinted visor now.:clap
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  12. dwoodward

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    I had an HJC with internal visor. Hated it, and not just because the mechanism (on top of the shell) leaked when it rained... me living in Western Oregon and all.

    Just bought a Shoei Neotec- which ought to meet the "high quality" checkbox, yeah? Yep, still hate internal visors, for pretty much the reasons Mambo Dave mentions- the optical quality is meh, it's not dark enough to help (on it's own) so I have to wear sunglasses anyway, plus it's another layer to collect crud and have to be cleaned- and it's hard to clean.

    I'd rather have a tinted visor and switch, but Shoei isn't goign to make a tinted visor for that helmet because it has the internal sunshield. Meh.
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  13. PalePhase

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    +1 on the photochromatic shields. I have one for my Bell RS1. Best $120 I have ever spent.
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  14. Human Ills

    Human Ills Useful Idiom

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    I'll second the DS lid with dark shield for day and goggles for night, worked really well and you don't have to baby the goggles nearly as much as you do a shield.
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  15. mrphotoman

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    Mine works great and does not leak, in fact none of mine with internal visors leak. LOVE the internal visor, beats the hell out of packing and swapping out 2 visors every time the sun gets in my eyes.
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  16. cellige

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  17. Skyshadow

    Skyshadow Banned

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    I love my tinted visor....but for a different reason.......anonymity. There are times when I pull into a gas station and just want to gas and leave. I leave the helmet on, visor down...gas and go. No eye contact, no problem
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  18. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    I'm late to the discussion, too lazy to read this whole thread and have nothing to contribute to the OP as I have never used a tinted shield, but I just wanted to mention that tinted shields are illegal in some places like Michigan.

    The odds of getting pulled over are low, but I figure an educated populous right?
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  19. dwoodward

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    Interesting. Generally, vehicle equipment legal in the state of registration / title is given a pass in another state where it would otherwise be illegal. Wonder how that works with riding gear.

    Is Michigan a helmet law state? Would I be legal without a helmet, but not legal with a helmet that has a tinted visor? What if I leave the visor open?
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  20. Vulfy

    Vulfy Been here awhile

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    Well I was caught today after a sunset, in a thunderstorm, in my tinted visor... It SUCKED! No more tinted visors for commuting. I'm switching to clear with sunglasses.

    I'll still use tinted for practice Gymkhana sessions, when I'm an entire day in the sun on a bright parking lot, but no more for commuting.
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