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Anyone know about faceshield colors?

Hi,

I have a SHARK RSR2 helmet on the way and I want to add one or more different faceshields. I've searched around but can't find any info on which applications each color is suited for.

Do any of these colors accentuate contrast at night - or is the clear shield always the best option for night riding? Not just looking for a night shield so if you have experience with these let me know their strengths and weaknesses.

Any advice is appreciated!

1. Iridium blue

2. High def blue

3. High def yellow

Thanks, Mark
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Wear a clear shield at night. ANY color added to a visor decreases the amount of light that can pass through it.

Also you might want to know that the outside color of a visor may not be what color the visor looks from the inside of the helmet. My Blue Mirrored visor for my RF1000 is in fact a dark grey looking through the other side.

Dark grey or brown is best for daylight, and clear at night. Many say they can see more with a yellow one at dusk, or dawn, but that is a very narrow time frame for using a visor.

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Blue is for bright daylight and iridium for daylight glare. Both reduce the amount of light passing through the lens, so not good for nighttime.

High def yellow is best for enhancing contrast and light in low light applications, but usually not recommended for night driving or bright light environments. I had a pair of yellow eyeglass clip-ons that were designed for night driving, once. They helped reduce the glare and halo effect of oncoming headlights, but overall I didn't like the effects.

For me as much light that can reach my eyes at night is best, so I stick with clear. For bright daytime, I use smoke grey, because it does not distort natural colors. For cloudy daytime, I go with amber (which is actually a good overall color) or rose for enhanced contrast (i.e., fog).


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I actually grabbed all the colors available for my brain bucket, walked to the front windows of the store, and started looking through them at the sunshine. None of them looked like I expected them to based on the "outside" color.

I finally got the gold one, because it looked best from inside. Either way, when it gets dark, swap out for that clear visor. Everyone is trying to kill us, and you need that extra bit of visibility.
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Thanks guys. I'm going to stick with clear for night as it sounds like the only plausible option. I currently use a light smoke/grey for daytime with my EXO-700 and it works well in the daytime and is useable if I get stuck with it at night.

I've been leaning toward one of the blue's over a smoke for daytime since it matches the helmet well. I'm concerned that I'll get tired of the high def blue since I'm guessing that everything will be shades of blue. Since the mirrored-blue doesn't do that, that's probably my best bet for a blue shield - at least on bright days.

Thanks again. These shields are $70-80 each so I'd like to get it right the first time. Your insight is just what I've been looking for. Glad I didn't waste my money on the yellow.

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I wear the clear at night and bought a dark shade shield for day time. Like KM said, I've read that the yellow lens is good for low light, such as around dusk or dawn and when riding in the rain. Other than that I can't say much else that hasn't already been said.


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These shields are $70-80 each so I'd like to get it right the first time. ..............

Eighty bucks? Jeez, and I thought the 55 I paid for my Blue mirrored "Specta" shield was a ream job.



One of my favorites is a "gradiant" grey that I bought for my wifes other helmet. The bottom half is clear enough to see at night, but the rest is tinted dark enough to keep the sun at bay. (the blue helmet on the left)



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I also noticed with my tinted shield on, my polarized sunglasses sometimes makes certain things looks different.

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I also noticed with my tinted shield on, my polarized sunglasses sometimes makes certain things looks different.
I have the same effect with my clear and smoke visor when wearing polarized glasses. A lot of things turn a funky iridescent rainbow color. The eye doctor told me its a common problem using polarized lens and plastic visors. Of course they told me this after I bought a pair of polarized prescription sunglasses specifically for riding.

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80 bucks is way high and I got sticker shock when I saw it. It's 3mm thick and I guess that's how they justify it. That mirrored blue does look sweet.
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