Shoei CW-1 Spectra Face Shield
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
Great product, but...
Mine arrived with a little portion of the tint missing right in the center of the shield. When I'm riding I don't notice it, and it's not big enough to obscure my view with the sun shining. But when I stop I can notice it and it's annoying. Especially for the price, I expected the quality to be perfect.
Also, it's pretty dangerous to ride with at night. I know that's not the intention, but I've been caught staying out later than expected. Once the sun is down I have to flip it up to see the road.
July 3, 2014
Super Hero Look, All Star Performance
Location: Texas = Hot & Sunny
I bought the Gold Spectra CW-1 for my Shoei RF1100 flat black helmet. The reason I bought this particular one was two fold: first, the spectra reflective coating will keep my face cooler, and secondly, because of the looks... it's just flat out awesome looking! Plus, my bike is a deep yellow, so it compliments it nicely.
This is more expensive than a regular smoke lens, but you have to justify the difference yourself. For me, it was the looks... not because of being vain, but it's just different, and different gets you noticed, and being noticed keeps you alive!!
Performance: The tint level is similar to my Ray-Ban sunglasses but not as dark as my dark Oakley's. In Texas, the sun can be intense. While I haven't had to wear sunglasses underneath, I do end up squinting a bit, but not uncomfortably. On occasion because of the intensity, there is a bit of glare back on the inside of the lens... again, not horribly noticeable. The fit onto my helmet required two tries. The first time I didn't read the instructions, but did the job. On my first ride I had a bit of a whistle, so before I adjusted the tension, I read the instructions and did the install again and it worked perfectly. Perfect seal!
Day vs Night Time Riding: This is the big issue for most visors... do I need to carry two visors? For me... No. The tint on this Gold Spectra is dark enough to keep me comfortable during the day, absolutely perfect on a slightly cloudy day, and not dark enough to hinder my riding at night. Now, keep in mind, I'm riding in city / suburban areas, so there is typically ambient light to help illuminate the road, but the visor is perfectly fine. In fact, the day I wrote this review I rode to work on a dark overcast morning and it was absolutely fine... no concerns what so ever.
Issues: Fogging... not a big issue, but I have noticed on cool mornings, it tends to fog quickly when stopped. I may try some divers anti-fog spray, but in reality, this isn't a show-stopper. Yes, I'd love for it not to fog, but I'd also love for it to automatically transition to clear also, but the technology isn't quite there yet. Yes, I know there is a transitions lens coming out for the CW-1, which is what I was waiting on, but they keep delaying it... it's been delayed for over a year, so I decided to get this one and stop waiting. Now, the only other issue is the tint level. I'm even debating as I write this to whether it is really an issue. Because, the tint level right now is perfect for daytime riding and can accommodate night time riding. But, I'd like it a bit darker for daytime, but then that would probably mean I'd need a clear lens for night... so you decide.
Cleaning: One original concern I read about was durability... people say the iridium finish scratches. I don't know about that yet... I store my helmet in the Shoei helmet bag and am not rough with it. It's taken many bugs to the face and cleanings, but looks brand new. I clean it using the Honda Pro Spray & Wax Cleaner that I use on my bike. It lifts the dirt and buffs to a perfect reflective shine.
Verdict: This is a great shield. The gold spectra is just awesome. It keeps it dark enough for day and light enough for night. And the other thing... it's noticeable. Not just noticeable but super hero noticeable... like an astronaut!! I ride a Can Am Spyder so people already think it's a Transformer, but adding this visor just completes the package of awesomeness!!
June 23, 2014