Shoei CW-1 Spectra Face Shield
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
Fantastic daily shield
Great mix of shading and visibility - even when the night hits I can see very tolerably vs. some of the other shaded shield's I've used. On direct-sun super bright days, it's a little squinty but also totally fine.
June 16, 2014
Great shield and easy to install.
Blocks the sun pretty well. Not perfect in a full into the sun situation, but manageable.
If shoei could put a pin-lock system on this shield so we could put a clear pin lock on it would be perfect!
June 14, 2014
Great visor, add some taste to your Shoei
I got this visor after having done a Carbon Fiber vinyl wrap on my Shoei RF1100. It looks great and added even more personalized touch to the helmet.
As others have mentioned, it doesn't block direct sunlight that well, but it offers good protection from non-direct sunlight.
Other than that, it's your standard replacement face shield. The gold looks epic.
June 12, 2014
Gold Shield: Fantastic Optical Quality, Cuts down on glare/low sun well, You look like an astronaut and kids think you're cool lol
Review for the gold shield:
I love my new shield. I was a bit worried that it might be too dark but it works well even near twilight. (Haven't attempted to ride at night yet with it on, though I'd be hesitant.) Also, there is zero optical distortion.
I get headaches often from light and this helps very well for me and I don't have to worry about sunglasses moving around on my face or digging into my temples. Even does well when the sun is low on the horizon and glaring into your face.
*Tips for cleaning*
I always carry disposable glasses cleaner wipes. They work well on bugs if you wipe them off right after the ride.
Sometimes they streak or you may have trouble getting the visor back to that mirror shine. In this case use a gentle dish soap and water on a soft microfiber cloth. Only has to be damp. Then wipe dry.
No fit/finish issues.
A little on the expensive side but you do get what you pay for. If you're on the fence just buy it.
June 11, 2014