Arai Pro Shade System
I was somewhat skeptical of this product, thinking it would increase the noise level of my helmet, I was pleasantly surprised that the noise level remained the same. The tinted shield is somewhat different from having a full size tinted shield but it was easily adapted to. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes having the versitility of a tinted shield and a clear shield combined. Perhaps the tint could be a little darker but I am very pleased with this product.
April 19, 2016
I really wanted to love this product but it's not quite perfect enough
I have an Arai Signet-q and wanted to add a drop-down sun visor to it, so purchased the Pro Shade system a few months ago. There are plenty of things about it that work great...I think the light tint is perfect for most daytime light conditions so I keep it in the "down" position most of the time. I love not needing to carry separate sunglasses with me.
My main and only problem with the system is that I cannot get the shield to stay in the up position at freeway speeds of 70+. I commute into work at 4am and my route includes a short stretch of freeway. This morning alone, on just that 5 mile stretch, the shade slipped down 6 times. It's quite distracting when it happens and I need to take my hand of the handlebar to push it back up every time.
I grant that it could just be user-error and that I don't have it installed correctly, but I have read other review which complain of this same issue so I know I am not the only one. I still recommend the product and will continue to fiddle with the hinge so I can hopefully get it to stay in place, and until then I will continue to use it. Just beware that it seems to be a bit more finicky than other brands that build their sun shade into the inside of the helmet.
April 13, 2016
I was a bit skeptical to be honest but after one use I am in LOVE with the Pro Shade System... If you give yourself just a little time it's so easy to use and works like a charm.
I just did a 400 mile ride that included everything from overcast skies to a BRIGHT in your face Sunrise while riding east and I loved the flexibility. I used it as a "visor" for the overcast skies, and middle part of the day but that early morning "in your face" sun while riding east (and I mean it was IN MY FACE) just dropping this bad boy down was awesome.
I've had helmets with the internal visor but actually like this system much better.
I did ened up getting the "long" version of the visor as I like that better when in "visor" mode.
April 1, 2016
This system is awesome. The shield is a pin lock so it doesn't fog up. The shade locks in the up and down positions and the wind doesn't budge it. It's easy to use and the face shield brow vents are still accessible. You can change the color and type of shade as well as the pin lock inserts. There's a video review of it on RevZilla.
March 16, 2016
Pretty much required purchase
This is the longer visor, which covers more of your field of vision than the stock one. I can't imagine why they aren't this way already when you get the helmet. Highly recommended. I actually use it over the light smoke pinlock insert. Installs in less than 5 minutes.
April 12, 2016
Love that I don't have to change out my glasses to get shade
I've worn my helmet twice since I got the shield, and I love it. It's a great little visor when it's up, and when it's down, it gives me enough protection from glaring sunlight.
I tried to lift it up while wearing my denim kevlar glove but couldn't do it while stopped at a signal. I will have to pull over to pull off a glove, to pull up the visor when I don't want it down any longer.
It may just be a matter of practice. I hope so. When you're riding canyons where the sunlight is in and out depending on where you are and the time of day, it's a great feature to have, to be able to lift it easily when you don't need the shade. If I figure out how to lift it with my glove on, I'll update. I just couldn't get my gloved thumb under the shade enough to grab it, to pull it forward and up. I could do it with my bear hand but not with my glove on. Hope it's just a matter of practice.
Still, I love the shade. I love that it's built in, and I don't have to worry about whether or not I'm packing sunglasses.
I wore my light grey polarized clip-ons on my corrective eyewear under the shade today, during a mostly sunny day. There was very little cloud cover. The tint on my shades is very faint, but I wore them for the polarizing effect. I didn't find the combined shade to be too dark. It was very comfortable.
Happy with this purchase.
February 26, 2016
It works.... but...
Plan and simple, it works. It does what it was intended to do. Before this I carried a regular SAI dark smoke visor and a SAI Dual Pane because I work 2nd shift. To stay legal I needed a clear visor for the trip back home. Having the bottom exposed didn't bother me too much. I did like being able to look down and seeing my gauges clearly.
My only concern is that when riding in the morning. The light entering the clear section would create a reflection that was bouncing off the smoke visor from the inside. So I was getting a lot of small funny shiny lights that wasn't really there caused by the reflection. I think it has to do manly by the insert gasket ring. The light hits it at a weird angle and you see all sorts of stuff. At night it's even worse from the street lights. First time at night with it and it was quite distracting actually. I'm sure in due time I'll get use to it. The eye brow vents are so incredibly cheap though. It's so flimsy but when opened all the way. It flows a ton of air and I mean a lot of it. Much more than on the regular SAI shields with the flip up/ down.
The visor is easy to work once you understanding how it's suppose to work. Taking it off is easy but putting it back on is tricky.With it up I don't really notice any extra wind pressure but of course with shoulder checks you'll feeling it. Haven't had a chance to take it in the rain but I'm hoping with it up, it'll help block some of the water lol
To me it does look cool when you have the visor up though. Kinda like the peak on some helmets, just smaller. But the convenience of not having to carry two visors saves time and space which is always a plus.
February 13, 2016
This product works as advertized
The shield was easy to install if done per the demo on Revzilla. I found the length and design of the sun shield to be appropriate, it allows clear unshaded views for mirrors. May change my mind once I have the sun bouncing of the mirror into my eyes but that normally is not an issue. Just wish is was less expensive and that they had one for my older Aria Vector Helmet.
November 16, 2015