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post #1 of 6 Old Jul 10th, 2009, 6:57 pm Thread Starter
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Face Shield Colors

I was just looking at the face shield options for my Shoei Multitec, and I got to wondering about the various colors.

I'm very happy with the pinlock system for eliminating fog under almost any condition. On the other hand, I'm not sure if that parch of color in the middle of the shield would protect from glare as well as an entire shield of the same color.

There are various anecdotal tales out there suggesting that yellow helps in some conditions, that blue is restful, that the mirror ones are cooler because of the amount of sunlight they reflect rather than transmit.

Does anyone know if any of these colored shields are worth it? What's your favorite color and why? Any other insights welcome too, of course!

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post #2 of 6 Old Jul 11th, 2009, 10:26 am
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I have a silver mirrored shield on my Shoei RF. I've used it for about 5 years now. I also have a Fog City shield on the inside of it as well as a charcoal colored sunblocker (can't remember the brand name) strip along the top of the shield. It has worked very well for me. I don't have to worry about wearing sunglasses and it does seem to block most of the sun's heat. In fact I'm looking at Craig's List for a replacement since this one has some scratches after all these years. I've about 5 clear shields in very good shape but no other mirrored shields. I'd also consider a gold shield as well. I feel that because the mirrored shields reflect more heat and glare and the fact I don't have to worry about the discomfort of wearing sunglasses with the helmet they are worth the extra expense. They aren't that great for night riding but then I carry a clear shield in a neoprene sleeve and switch when necessary.

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My favorite shield color is the hi-viz amber. It reduces the overabundance of blue light (think how much sky there is) and helps sharpen images. It does distort colors a bit, but your brain will fill in the blanks and compensate the color shift.

I usually keep the hi-viz shield on the helmet for commuting duties. It can be worn in low-light (dawn or dusk), overcast and rainy conditions with improved vision.

One thing I do on all my colored visors is block the top 1/4 to 1/3 of the visor with tape. Since both my bikes have upright ergonomics, I never look out that part of the visor anyway and if I needed to, I can tip my head up. This provides a sunshade for low sun angle conditions and reduces the total amount of UV passed into the helmet. My clear visor I leave alone since I only use it after dark.

Store your spare visors in a tube sock to protect from scratches.

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Thanks for the tips. I'd heard that the amber would provide sharper vision, but never understood why that might be.

How do you folks carry extra shields? Is there some nice little rig to put extra shields in which will protect them from scratches and so on? I like to ride with just the side bags of my RT when possible, which means all the time except on long trips. I keep a warmth layer and a rain layer in one bag, and the other is largely left empty so I have a place to lock my helmet and gloves when parked. This leaves a little space, if I'm careful, but maybe there's some good way to carry shields that I don't know about yet.

Thanks again!

Edit: Boy do I feel dumb! You both told me how to store the shields, and I somehow missed both recommendations. Thanks yet again!

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I use the bag that comes with most helmets to hold a spare shield.

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Re: Face Shield Colors

Originally Posted by pickerbiker
I use the bag that comes with most helmets to hold a spare shield.
Hmm. I keep my helmet in the bag when locking it in the side bag, so the shield mounted on the helmet at the moment doesn't get scratched. Maybe I don't need to do that. Or maybe I can get my wife to sew me up a custom shield carrier.
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