Internal sun visor or no?

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  1. jstyles

    jstyles Been here awhile

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    I need a new helmet and am looking at the Shoei GT Air 2 as one of my front runners. But I don't know if I would like the Internal sun visor. I have not had the clear lens on my RF1200 in several years. I like the dark one.

    Do any of you have any insight?
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  2. b4thenite

    b4thenite Long timer

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    I recommend.
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  3. AZMtnRider

    AZMtnRider Been here awhile

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    I haven’t tried that specific helmet, but I will never buy another helmet without the internal sun screen. I love it, no more messing with sunglasses or using a dark shield and not being able to see at night.
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    Same.
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  5. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    I have really enjoyed my drop down visor for the same reason; however, I do like having a tinted visor for long days in hot weather because it seems to keep the internal temperature of the helmet down a bit.
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  6. bisbonian

    bisbonian Long timer

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    I appreciate the drop-down sunvisor but I end up putting a smoked or mirrored face shield on the helmet anyway. I think the dark faceshield keeps my head and face somewhat cooler in southern AZ.
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  7. navi

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    neppi Been here awhile

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    Yes!
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  9. scootertrog

    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

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    Have you tried a RF-1200 with the Transitions shield? When I bought my RF, I was really in the market for the GT Air, but I couldn't get the GT Air over my ears without literally tearing the skin - the GT Air egress is a much tighter opening. There was a RF-1200 sitting right next to the GT Air, so tried it and that was the end of the story. Absolutely love the Transitions shield! The GT Air is also very noticeably heavier than the RF-1200.
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  10. Fastman

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    I’ve had them in my last 3 Schuberth helmets and would now never go without one.
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  11. vince82

    vince82 Been here awhile

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    It's intrinsecally less Sade as it introduces a weak point, but better visibility can allow you to avoid a crash altogether.
    For touring I'd say the pro outweigh the con
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  12. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    I recommend the flip down internal sun visor. I've had them on every helmet after my Arai XD. I hated changing visors. However, if you can get a Transitions visor, I would jump on it. My Klim helmet has the Transitions visor and after using it for about 6 months, I'll never go back. I absolutely love not having to worry about putting sunglasses on, swapping out visors or looking through the edge of the flip down sun visor. And they get super dark under the sun, not that slightly tinted like Transitions eyeglasses.
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  13. Jetpilot5

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    I don’t like the drop down visors. I wear prescription glasses and looking through the glasses, the drop down visor and then the clear visor is too many layers for me. Plus the ones I’ve had didn’t drop down far enough to be very effective and had me looking through the bottom edge. I wear an RF1200 with a dark tint shield on it all the time. That said I rarely ride at night so I’m not swapping visors all the time either.
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  14. Dale402

    Dale402 The holder of what's unused Supporter

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    I always wear sunglasses when riding, but prefer the brown tint ones. Having a drop down sun visor helps when I’m riding directly into the sun. And I don’t like the exterior visor except for rain, so it also helps when it’s chilly out to keep some air (and bugs) off me.
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    ScooterNoMore Been here awhile

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    Drop down. Two thumbs up.
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  16. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    I have advocated for a drop down internal visor for years. Oddly enough, my current Klim doesn't have one, but the transition visor makes up for it.

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  17. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Insert witty saying here....

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    I'm going to go against the flow...at first I thought wow, this is really cool!

    Reality is much different. I have two primary issues:

    1. It collects way too much dust and is awkward to clean.
    2. It doesn't block the sun as well as a nice fitting pair of sunglasses.

    My helmet has one but I never use it....
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  18. crackerguy

    crackerguy Been here awhile Supporter

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    I have a football head (long oval) that only really fits in an Arai, so no internal visit for me.

    The flip up external Arai deal works better than I thought it would, but I prefer a full tinted one if I know I won't be riding in the dark.

    I had to ride through the Sonoran desert in the middle of night with nothing but a tinted visor once and boy did that suck.
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  19. KingOfFleece

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  20. BritGuy

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    I have worn a Shoei GT Air now for 2 years, about 50,000km of mixed weather riding. My head must be Shoei shaped as every helmet from them has been very comfortable. The sun visor is one of my favourite features of the helmet, instant sun shade and quickly out the way if you enter a tunnel. I expect the next helmet I buy will be whatever the GT Air equivalent is in another two years.
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