Shoei CW-1 Face Shield
Purchased the dark smoke shield for my Shoei Qwest. The shield is same quality as the clear shield that the helmet comes with and it installed easily. I would have liked if it had been darker, probably dark enough for most people though.
November 24, 2014
Impact Tested, Rider Approved
So, this is a visor. Not much to say other than it is easy on/off and looks good. What I can say is that not to long ago I went down on my bike doing about 45. My Shoei Qwest took the major hit, with the visor being scraped across the top. It held up well and didn't crack. While I'm not planning on testing it out any more, it did it's job and I am appreciative for that.
November 24, 2014
Bought this and I actually like it better than the original clear one I have. It doesn't fog up like the original one that comes on the helmet. I got caught with it riding at night and I could still see perfectly fine. Totally worth it.
November 7, 2014
Shoei replacement shield.
Great clarity, but fogs up a lot. I may look into their pinlock shields.
November 3, 2014
Absolute protection, mediocre cruising comfort.
As far as the visor's main job, protection, this one does it perfectly. I've toured thousands of miles with this visor on my Shoei Qwest, been hit by bird sized bugs, pebbles, stones and lord knows what else, and every time objects bounce right off without a noticeable scratch. What did scratch, however, was the pavement when I went down after hitting a deer at 35 MPH. The helmet and visor performed flawlessly and though the visor was obviously scuffed at the point of impact, it remained in place over my face, didn't break or detach, and protected me perfectly. That's the first thing you want in a visor, and Shoei's did it.
What it doesn't do so well is ventilation and noise reduction and here's why. The visor has detents that allow you to crack it open for varying degrees of airflow, but from my experience, even the first of these detents (which opens the visor the smallest amount) creates way too big an opening. That was the case when I got caught in a rainstorm on one tour and had rain droplets coming in through the small opening, bouncing off the helmet's "jaw" area, and then splashing up into my eyes. I tried closing the visor, but with the humidity the visor fogged in seconds, despite the rubber nose guard and ventilation ports that are supposed to prevent that from happening. Also, that large a visor opening adds a lot of noise to a helmet Shoei purposefully tried to make as quiet as possible. Again, its quiet when the visor is fully closed, but then I run into fogging issues.
I've only owned two helmets (this and a Scorpion EXO 1000) and while the Shoei is, in my opinion, better made and more durable, the Scorpion's ventilation and visor detents were more thoughtfully and effectively designed.
All in all, I'd still go with the Shoei, as I don't ride in the rain that much and was able to maintain good enough vision despite the annoying splashing, but I hope Shoei does some research and figures out how to make this good helmet better.
October 29, 2014
Install easily - works well.
Dark Smoke helmet worked perfectly during recent trips to Arkansas and Colorado. I was able to forego sunglasses and rely on the tinted face shield instead.
Swapping the new face shield onto the RF-1100 was a snap and the new face shield fits perfectly with no gaps and no wind noise.
October 20, 2014
Get what you pay for
Not much to say about this face shield besides the fact that it does the job. Smooth operation when adjusting or opening/closing visor.
October 13, 2014
Tint is perfect
Ordered the tinted visor and it is perfect. Got caught having to use it at night and could still see. Highly recommended
September 30, 2014