Schuberth C3 / S2 Pinlock Lens
No Fog but Less Vision
The product does exactly what it claims to do....prevent fog! You will not have a problem with fog if you use this product. However, it would make more sense if the lens was not a yellowish color. The color is not what you would call amber, but rather a dullish light yellow that can really reduce your vision - especially in low light conditions. I am not sure why the lens was not just made clear. If you buy this product you will have something that works well enough on clear sunny days. In the evening, and especially at night, your entire face shield will become useless. Schuberth really did a poor job with this product. Sorry, I am a Schuberth fan also, but this product does not meet its potential. Not even close.
May 6, 2013
Really works to keep visor fog away
My Schuberth helmet came with a pinlock inner shield 2 years ago. I never took it out; left it installed since buying the helmet. It does affect vision a little, but I got used to it. When it rains, though, I can see clearly at the same time others are wanting to pull off the road because they can't see! It really works to keep the fog and condensation droplets away.
Well, it worked until the little slots that fit under the pins began to wear out. They're under constant pressure; so over time, they elongated. That allowed a gap in the seal between the inner shield and the visor. Didn't know it until I rode into a cold rain on a 15 hour cross-USA ride. Instant fog and condensation forced me off the road. It was really bad between the inner and visor.
So I guess these have a finite life span. OR (as I'm doing now), I'm not installing the new Pinlock inner shield until it's needed. Will keep it stowed in the tourpac and install whenever I don my rainsuit. That should work if I can keep it protected from scratches and damage. They should have a thick cloth-lined storage pouch for these things.
April 29, 2013
eliminates fog, just as promised
easy to install,makes helmet look like it beongs on a fighter pilots head
February 18, 2013
Must-have item for cold weather riding
If you have a Schuberth helmet and ride in cold weather, then the pin-lock lens is a must. It is simple but amazing technology. I have now been on rides where the condensation around the pin-lock lens is dripping wet, while the lens itself is clear and dry. So, just buy it.
In this review, I would like to highlight Revzilla's great service. It turns out the first lens I bought was mis-packaged by Schuberth. The package was labeled as a small, but in fact the lens was for the large Schuberth helmet shell, so the lens was about 1" too long. Revzilla immediately sent another one without doubting my contention one bit. The new one fit, and I returned the original. This was my first Revzilla purchase, and I'm impressed!
January 15, 2013
really good product
no fog, no water, clean vision. all good
Its a really good thing to have on a helmet!
January 10, 2013
It's a pinlock lens. Not much else to be said. Installed correctly, it works great.
Clear lens with silicon bead along edges to seal against inside contoured area of the face shield on my C3. Perfectly clear. Looks optically correct, considering the two lenses introduce reflecitons at night and sometimes distortions around the edge of the visual field. The anti-fog coating is pretty good; but don't wash it and be careful how you clean it. I ruined the pinlock lens that came with my C3 by washing it with mild soap and water to remove smudges, and had to buy this replacement. It somehow lost it's bottom seal against the face shield, and began fogging between the lenses, necessitating the purchase of this replacement. I'll be much more careful with the inside of the lens in the future, just wiping it with a damp microfiber lens cleaner to remove smudges, then a dry one to remove any traces of dampness. At $40 a pop for these little sheets of German plastic, I don't want to buy any more.
November 19, 2012
Not Scratch Resistant
Scratches easy when cleaning/wiping, even with micro-fiber cloth.
November 28, 2011
Visor Fogging's a Thing of the Past
The pinlock visor shield lens has really revolutionized my foul weather riding. Let's face it, if you can't see, you shouldn't be riding. If you have to keep your visor up and get smacked in the face by cold rain, that's no good either.
I used to be limited by fogging of my visor in really cold or wet conditions. Not any longer. These pinlocks really work! The nice thing is they're unobtrusive enough to just leave them in there all time...at least, that's what I do. My first one that came with the helmet lasted about 2 years (25,000 miles). It was scratched, didn't seal well and then started sagging down allowing an air gap to come between it and the hard plastic shield. I was constantly having to push it up into position.
Hopefully this one won't do that. I only have about 2,000 miles on this one that I've had for about 2 weeks. But the seal has been rock solid. I can't say enough good things about how well these actually work. There is no fog that forms on the inner face of the insert. Even if it does get moist under extreme conditions, you can still see through it as the water tends to form very small beads as it condenses. If that happens, opening the lower vent takes care of it.
I got a chance to test it out pretty well taking a ride through the Appalachians in early November. We hit hard rain at about 38F. The shield worked great. I stopped to help out a rider who went down on a rain-slickened curve. While my chin guard was open, the inside of the pinlock lock got pretty wet from just direct rain. Water condensed on it, but it was still possible to see. Once I got back on the bike I just opened up the lower vent and it cleared right back up.
I don't think I could go back to a non-pin lock again.
November 7, 2011