Discussion in 'General' started by Eddie Span, Feb 8, 2021.
I have an RF-1200 with the photochromic shield. Works perfect
Am I missing something? Why not just use a normal tinted shield? For track use that’s what you’d use 99.9% of the time anyways and you can just swap to a clear if needed. The retractable shields block where much of the venting would be as well. Not to mention I’ve seen guys get sliced by those in a crash when it hits their nose. I just don’t see the upside to them for track use at all.
If you plan to use it on the track and want strong ventilation with an open field of vision you do not want a helmet with a drop down inner shield. The brow of the helmet has to be thicker to allow room for the shield and will close off your field of vision while in a tuck. The shield also prevents the designer from placing vents in the brow of the helmet which is a prime spot.
I have the Shoei tinting shield. Not overly happy with it. It gets more of a purple than going dark smoke. I mean, it's handy but I would like darker for bright days. Plus they are $$$ and take one good rock to the shield and you're out big bucks.
Buy two helmets. One for street w the drop down and one for track w amazing ventilation.
Agreed. Plus retractable shield helmets are heavier.
And they have less ventilation.
star with the flex liner provides a big window and great protection. been my choice for a couple years.
Pro tip there is a plug in the front chin vent from the factory and pulling the chin skirt increase air flow a ton
I just stepped over to my tool box.
I really like his reviews. He gives me the vibe of never being a BS'er.
Here's his review of the LS2 Arrow. One of the main reasons I gave it a try.
Brian Van the man, you would think he could find some tighter fitting shirts.
Consider that most helmets with drop down visors do not pass Snell certification.
I think the Shoei GT-Air II and AGV K6 are very good options for street helmets with an internal visor.
That being said, like others have pointed out, those are street helmets. Get yourself a proper helmet for the track with a few shields.
Yeah, I like Brian's video reviews also. I've moved them above Revzilla's reviews in my preferred watching order.
If he's reading this, then I'd suggest looking into better lighting options. Like whatever Revzilla is using. Sometimes the gear is too dark to really see small details.
To update the thread, I've pretty much decided on the Bell Star MIPS DLX Helmet ($400-$500'ish) which comes with the photochromatic shield.
And I have resigned myself to the fact that I may just have to replace the shield once a year for best darkening performance.
The advice in this thread was super helpful!
I would recommend going ahead with investing in a dark tint shield for full sun days. That transition shield will do you fine for those partly cloudy and cloudy days for years.
Agreed with the others, just run a tinted shield and be done with it.
I run one all the time, unless it’s pitch black night time.
Sunny, overcast, rain, whatever. Tinted visors are great.
ON STG's site, keep an eye on the closeouts. I have purchased a few higher end helmets that just happened to have last years cool graphic for a significant saving. I prefer the Bell transitions visor for the street, but for track use I would just get a cheap dark smoke visor. Not sure why you would change out a transitions visor after a year. My current one is at least 3 years old and still works fine.
I've had two Transition lenses for my Shoei RF1200s in the past 6 years. Both turn quite black in the sun. And do for years. I only replaced the one because of rock pitting. Many thousands of street miles. So, I guess this really means, the technology varies *shrug*
I've read several people mention issues with the Bell transition lens losing the ability to darken after a year. And several other people say Shoei shields are newer tech and don't have this issue. I wonder if Bell has revised their shield since initial release. Probably not, since it's still the same part number.
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