Shoei CWR-1 Transitions Pinlock-Ready Face Shield
Not dark enough
Before I owned a Shoei helmet and their transition shield I had a Bell helmet with their transition shield. Both perform very differently, and after weighing the pros and cons it boils down to a "matter of preference" (and I use quotation marks because it's really a matter of which feature you're willing to sacrifice).
So first of all, and most importantly, The Shoei shield doesn't get as dark as Bell's. On the few occasions the sun was in the perfect position to blind me, I found myself squinting and trying to avoid the sunlight. I never had to do this with my Bell face shield.
However, since it rarely is a problem I've been willing to overlook this flaw thanks so the pin-lock feature. IF ONLY BELL HAD A PIN-LOCK VERSION! I start riding last winter (almost one year exactly) and my face shield fogging up was a major issue for me; more so than the sun being too bright.
So it's worked for me and I don't necessarily have buyer's remourse, but sometimes I do kind of wish my shield got a little darker...
November 15, 2015
Expensive but totally worth it
Ever since I switched to riding with a full face helmet finding the right shield/sunglasses combination has been a chore. Before buying the Transitions shield my go-to combo was sunglasses with a clear shield. I ride usually during the day... cold or hot... sometimes into dusk (only if I have to... too many deer).
Purchasing the transitions have made my life way easier. I use my regular clear riding glasses with this shield. The shield gets plenty dark enough for me. My litmus test is if I can see myself in my mirror.... when the shield is full dark I can see myself just barely. The shield works as described... gets dark when it's sunny... lighter when it's cloudy... clear when the sun sets. No more fumbling with extra shields... no more messing with sunglasses. The transition happens quickly and if I had to quantify... I'd say from inside the garage clear to full sunlight dark in a couple of minutes. I bought one for my wife (her sunglasses aren't comfortable while wearing her helmet) and she's also very satisfied. Hope this review helps... I know this is an expensive endeavor.
FYI... I've ridden with the shield during the day while wearing my sunglasses (grey lenses--not too dark) and the combo makes it too dark.
November 13, 2015
worth every penny. also works good with the pinlock shield
October 13, 2015
Does not get dark enough
For the money you pay for this...I'm sorry....i'm pretty disappointed in the performance of this transition shield. I would only buy this shield if you absolutely need it. if you are regularly out from day time into the night.
The shield requires strong sunlight to get dark, so mornings when sun is up, but the temp is down, the shield is almost clear. Overcast days...it's still basically see through (clear). In strong high noon type of light, the shield gets darker, but still quite a few shades lighter than the regular smoked shield. I always feel like ppl can see through this shield no matter how tinted it gets. I want a dark a shield!
Now, in no light, it's clear as clear. it's great there. But for rides where I know i'll be home before dark, I see myself not using this shield anymore, and going back to the regular tinted. This $150 shield is going to stay on the shelf for occasions when I know i'll be out late, which is a shame because this is supposed to be a do it all shield.
August 24, 2015
After a long wait for this to get in stock, I'm glad I did. It was worth the wait. The lens transitions as advertised and you don't even notice it until you take the helmet off. This lens is well worth the money
August 16, 2015
Doesn't get dark enough
It's a Shoei product, and fits perfectly. Just doesn't get dark enough, and it turns purple-ish instead of smoke. I live in Hawaii and need to wear sunglasses under it...
August 13, 2015
A good idea and should add convenience to my rides, but wait!
I received the visor!! It was on back order for a long time. It's good to be in possession of it finally. When I opened the shipping box, the visor was packed in what appeared to be a UV protective sealed sleeve. I immediately thought that this might be to prolong its life. But why would this be necessary? Well, in reading the very small product description on the UV barrier sleeve, this product has a limited life. It doesn't state how long, but eventually the shield will not go fully clear even when riding at night. It's performance is also effected by various weather conditions. Hmm, this is a bit of a buzz kill. $153 for a limited life product. I think this is something that should be included in a web site's product description. That said, I will ride with this shield and see how it performs short term and see how it holds up over the long term. I bought it, it's mine, I'll use it. I hope I feel I got my money's worth when it finally degrades to an unusable condition. That's a lot of money for a shield. Hope it lasts! I'll update after I've had a chance to use it for a while. Good roads, everyone!
August 6, 2015
Another Great Product from Shoei
The Shoei Transitions Pinlock-Ready Face Shield is everything I was hoping for. I was a little skeptical about the transitioning, fit and clarity of the shield before ordering but once I installed it on my helmet, BAM, I am extremely happy with the overall performance with the shield. It is super clear and the transitioning from day to night is excellent. Maybe Shoei will make one for my Quest?!?!?!
August 6, 2015