Shoei CW-1 Spectra Face Shield
Not bad, but not great
I got this for my X-12 and it really ups the look to the next level! I went with the gold mirror and it blocks the sun perfectly. I would not recommend this at night though. The downsides to this shield: it's expensive and there is no anti-fog coating.
March 23, 2015
Keeps minimum UV
Keeps your face in shade. Keeps your face in private too.
March 16, 2015
Pricey but well worth it
I use this shield during sunny afternoons with no need for sunglasses, which was the main reason for getting it. The mirror looks amazing, night visibility is not terrible believe it or not. Although I did change to a hi-viz yellow pinlock shield for the dark just to be safe (and well worth the anti-fog). Great thing about these CW-1's is that taking the extra shield to work and swapping them out for the proper visability conditions is a breeze.
September 15, 2014
Everything I could ask for!
Chrome mirrored shield looks perfect on my helmet! Great sun protection and it keeps my face really cool on those sunny days, not too dark when looking through it as a rider but nobody can see your face which I think is a pretty cool feature.
Didn't use it at night and probably wouldn't recommend unless you have some superpowers or something because I had it on my helmet on a rainy day and it doesn't repel water like the original clear shield so my vision was limited, other than that great shield and does't scratch but you CAN'T use dry paper towel to clean it. wet cotton towel works best
September 6, 2014
Overall a good choice, but some drawbacks
Having used this visor for two seasons of riding now I can leave my impressions. I have the gold colored face shield.
- Looks good. Can't see in the helmet when fully closed so you have that stealth look. I used to have a dark smoke tinted lens on my other helmet and I wanted to keep that feature.
- Functional as well. Cuts down on glare and is a good shade for bright sunny days, as well as gray skies or even well lit night time riding.
- EXPENSIVE- $HOEI charges a lot of money per face shield and per component, and already a lot per helmet as well. give us a break somewhere
- Durability - i can already see some nicks and scratches here and there. not enough to see during use, but when i look at my helmet closely while not wearing it, it's visibly scratched.
otherwise pretty standard. quick release like every other helmet. a note on night riding. in brightly lit environments like NYC, sure you can use this for short sprints. but on the taconic for example (unlit highway) this helmet is useless. it's not intended for night riding anyway but without street lights it wouldn't be comfortable. if you are riding sunset hours swap to a clear or bring a spare pair of glasses to ride with.
September 1, 2014
Like the style!
This was easy to interchange with the clear shield that my RF-1100 helmet came with and I love the style it adds over the original clear shield.
August 4, 2014
Good but definitely not great.
Clarity is very good but you definitely have to squint from 10 am to 2 pm or if driving into the sun. It does allow some dusk/dawn use. Unfortunately it is not a substitute for my Serengeti velocity sunglasses.
July 14, 2014
I got this one so I can switch the from the clear one when it is sunny and bright.
It is slightly overpriced, but fits perfectly and easy to mount it onto the helmet.
July 8, 2014