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It is not that dark. I've been riding before dawn and you can see perfect.
November 1, 2013
I bought a used wing several years ago, and it came with two Aria helmets, one of which had the dark shield. I hit black ice in January and went down ruining my helmet. I decided to stick with Aria and got the new Ram XC. I rode with the clear shield and it drove me crazy. I prefer the dark shield by far.
May 14, 2012
This is a nice Arai Quality shield, the method of removal/install is a bit of a pain but fine once you do it a few times. The medium shield isnt worth it as I would have rather had the Dark Shield which is out of stock everywhere, popular or discontinued I don't know which... Good optical qualities when closed....
April 17, 2012
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Dave W:I ride a Goldwing, so if it gets too dark I can just raise the shield. I bought the darkest one and love it. I have left before and around sunset, and really don't have any problems....throw rain into the situation, and it may be an issue. I haven't had the clear one on since '09. I would say it is about the same as sunglasses.Sep 23, 2013
The darker shield is like sunglasses, so using it before sunrise is not ideal. This is the one I use to protect my face from the sun, particularly in multi-day trips. I also wear a transparent sunglass with reading correction to better follow the GPS. Because of it, I just flip the visor open when it gets too dark.
Another option is to get the mid-tint visor which is a good compromise. I used this type under all light conditions with no problem. I switched to the dark one because I developed skin sensitivity to the sun. La edad no perdona...Sep 24, 2013
Brent S:I'd compare it to a set of dark sunglasses. I wouldn't wear it in the dark just as I wouldn't wear sunglasses in the dark. I'd say you need a little light to see well enough but doesn't have to be mid daylight. It looks darker tinted from the outside than it does looking from the inside out. I don't have much trouble during sunset but once the sun goes does its pretty dark. Very happy with it overall. The few times I knew I'd be out past dark I just put the stock visor in. Sep 23, 2013
I bought the darker shield this last january and it is dark. I use it all the time, day and night but it´s true that at night things are dark and sometimes it´s hard to see. It´s not terrible but you have to be careful.