LaZer WideRace Lumino Transitions Face Shield for Kite / Falcon / Osprey / Kestrel
Recommend? Yes and no
First off, the transitions part of this lens is fantastic, One shield for both day and night. The thickness of the visor is great too. the locking portion of the lens is also very nice. The Pinlock, about 90% nice, but I live in a dry climate.
What I don't like about it is that at night, there is a multi-color star pattern around every headlight, taillight and reflection that you can see. When this is really a big safety problem is when you look to check the lane next to you in traffic and there are so many lights that you can't tell what is the car and what is the star pattern.
A couple of nights ago, I rode to the premier of Hitting The Apex at Universal Studios in L.A. Tons of traffic and with all of the headlights and taillights, a couple of times I had to lift the visor to even see of the lane next to me was clear enough to get over. This was at speed, so the wind blast was considerable. I had no choice, though, I had to see to be safe.
Both Lazer and Revzilla know about this problem and I am not expecting anything from them, because they have bent over backwards for me on some other customer service issues.
But buyer be warned, if you live in a city with a lot of traffic after dark, be prepared. Otherwise it is tolerable, but still pretty distracting.
As others have mentioned, the Pinlock doesn't totally fit perfect on this and I have had fogging at the edges and a little at the top. RZ did help me out with this and the new insert works better. I bought the Kestrel helmet and the WideRace transitions in March of this year and to my dismay, tonight the red tab at the bottom center of the helmet has broken off, leaving a gap in the middle that looks like a couple of missing teeth. I have a clear visor, but not another transitions visor, which I'm really bummed about, especially at the price of these things. without the tab, it is more difficult to raise it, as I have to hook my glove into the opening left by the missing tab. It would be much much better if the tab was molded as part of the visor, as other visors are.
Lazer makes or supplies standard thickness visors with the transitions for different models, but for these helmets only the WideRace. I don't understand why. It really sucks that our only choice for a transitions lens is so terribly flawed, particularly at this price.
November 20, 2015
Works great with my Kite helmet.
I really like this shield because it adjusts to the light very quickly and I don't have to wear sunglasses. It has worked well on my Kite helmet for 10 months now and I have not experienced any problems.
October 30, 2015
A few shortcomings, but recommendable.
I wanted to use this shield because of 1) the Lumino technology, and 2) because of the locking mechanism and the beefed up shield thickness. I have the regular Lumino shield already, but I would have it flip open to the first detent when I would do head checks while at highway speeds and it's really windy. Using the helmet's chin curtain eliminates this, but here in SoCal, especially now when it's this hot, I wouldn't really want to use a chin curtain and reduce air flow.
Similar to a previous buyer, the shield arrived in the box with the white reflective strip attached to the top of the brow, as well as the pinlock insert to the back of the shield. I wanted to use the red reflective strip instead, and I don't really need the pinlock insert at the moment. After removing the pre-installed items, there was sticky residue left by the adhesive from the white reflective strip, and the silicone bead from the pinlock insert seemed to have baked itself onto the back of the shield's surface. A little Gum Out helped clean these off, but I was still wondering why Lazer wouldn't just send the package to its customers without pre-installing anything and letting the end user decide what they need.
I'm happy to say that the locking mechanism works very well, and using the supplied hardware to fuse the shield onto my helmet adds a good look, as well as a boost in confidence with the increased safety factor. The shield is visibly thicker than the normal Lumino.
Thing is, this Lumino seems to only go to a light smoke tint no matter how intense the sunlight is (and I assure you, it's pretty intense down here right now). I set the normal and race Lumino shields besides each other under the sunlight, and they do have a significant difference in how far they each darken (normal Lumino goes dark smoke, while the race stays light smoke). The race Lumino's tint still works fine with reducing glare from the road and traffic, but I do wish it turned a darker shade.
October 10, 2015
Transition element is awesome
Transition element it awesome. Gets very dark and then completely clear at night.
Peal away pegs loosen and fall out.
Water has penetrated between the two parts of the face shield and i'm having difficulty draining it.
I would recommend the simpler version of this shield.
June 26, 2015
the transition feature rules
the lock is very hard to close, the pin lock wont seal so wen it´s raining water enter between the pin lock and the shield, is not shatterproof but the transition rules and is very sturdy
June 30, 2014
What a disappointment!
5 Stars to revzilla Customers Service, ZERO stars to this faceshield...
I have a Lazer Osprey genious helmet which I love.
I decided to upgrade to a full carbon version, and also upgrade the visors of both helmets to WideRace Lumino.
I have pre-ordered two shields in Jul 5th, and had to wait for the shipping up to Sep 30th.
No problem waiting, I thought, as I was buying the ultimate shield. Was I really?
Facts have proven me wrong!
Based on the price and Lazer advertisement, I expected shields to be nothing but perfect, but in reality they are anything but...
Pinlock insert came aready installed on the shield, but shield behind pinlock was not perfectly clear. No Problem, I can just remove it, clean the shield and put it back, right? wrong!
Silicone seal was adhered to the shield and after removal some "crums" were left over the visor. I had a lot of trouble cleaning the shield, and Pinlock insert seal was damaged.
Besides that, The whole pinlock insert does not sit perfectly over the shield anymore, and there is no tension adjustment for it, as the usual excentric pins system that works so well is not used in this case. Pinlock insert gets deformed, pressed against the visor at the fixing points, and borders are lifted, leaving a gap between seal and shield.
Combined Tear-off posts - Pinlock fixing pins is a mess. it is just impossible to tight the bolts and not deforming the pinlock insert. Removing the white reflexive band to install the red one is also a mess, glue residues are left over the shield, again, a lot of trouble to get it perfectly clean...
I am really disapointed with all the above, but at least I still have the second shield, new in the box, let's give it a try!
Even though this shield is also not perfectly clean behind pinlock insert, I had just removed the pinlock protective film and installed the shield on the helmet, but.....
It just fogs! Testing the helmet under fresh, humid weather, this shield just fogs completely, totally different from regular pinlock inserts I just love and trust so much.
Better getting back to standard faceshields and regular PInlock inerts, what a disappointment and a waste of money!
5 Stars to Revzilla because when I ordered the Lazer Osprey Hyper sport full carbon helmet back in July, it was supposed to ship with a Lumino shield (regular type, not WideRace), but probably due to the waiting for the visors, the helmet that was actually shipped came with a normal clear visor. Contacting Customers service to report that, I was informed that Revzilla was going to refund me the value of one WideRace shield, which helped to "ease my pain" a litlle bit. Thanks for that, Revzilla!
November 13, 2013