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Tinted Sheilds, particular color for particular situation?

I am hoping to order my gear by the end of this week and so I will probably find a couple more questions for everyone.

When ordering a helmet, is there any reasons a face shield should be of a particular tint for different situations? Such as a darker one when riding into a sun set etc etc. Just wondering if there is any advice you can provide on the issue?

Right now I am looking at both Icon and Scorpion helmets. From the reviews it seems that Icon shields fog up too easily and that the Scorpion's anti fog system works really well. These are from the reviews on motorcycle-superstore.com if that changes anything.

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Clear - good all around; if you're going to be out riding all day, and don't want to tote along another visor, go with clear, and wear sunglasses to cut out glare while riding.

Clear Anti-Fog - your best friend on cold winter mornings. Requires special cleaning care, but well worth it.

Dark Smoke or Mirrored/Iridium - Provide shade much like sunglasses. NEVER wear at night or in low light (most will actually say this on the visor itself). Be very careful cleaning oridium/mirrored visors, as the finish scratches really easily.

Then there's hi-def; I've seen blue, orange and yellow. All are supposed to give greater clarity in low light situations (dawn, dusk, night, rain or fog). Someone else may be able to give more clarification on which is best for which situation).

My old helmet is an Icon with regular clear, iridium and clear anti-fog shields, all of which were great for their specific purposes. I actually found I rode with the clear anti fog for at least half the year (it's great for mornings when I'm riding to work and it's below 50 degrees or so).
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I have a scorpion exo-400 with a clear antifog windscreen. The only time it fogs up is when I have my helmet on for a couple minutes before I start riding in the mornings. I have a pari of smith axis sunglasses with interchangable lenses with a rose and polarized. Rose gives more contrast than I ever iimagined and polarized is great if the sun is coming up or going down where you might look right at it.
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I have a scorpion exo-400 with a clear antifog windscreen. The only time it fogs up is when I have my helmet on for a couple minutes before I start riding in the mornings. I have a pari of smith axis sunglasses with interchangable lenses with a rose and polarized. Rose gives more contrast than I ever iimagined and polarized is great if the sun is coming up or going down where you might look right at it.
Interesting that you mention the Polarized... I never noticed it with my Icon, but with my Arai, I can't wear Polarized glasses with it. It distorts the lower half of my field of vision, and things like shadows (i.e. from trees) and things like that just totally warp... it's very disconcerting.
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I've never noticed anything. Bad part about sunglasses is that if you aren't moving they try to fog up pretty quick.
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Clear - good all around; if you're going to be out riding all day, and don't want to tote along another visor, go with clear, and wear sunglasses to cut out glare while riding.

Clear Anti-Fog - your best friend on cold winter mornings. Requires special cleaning care, but well worth it.

Dark Smoke or Mirrored/Iridium - Provide shade much like sunglasses. NEVER wear at night or in low light (most will actually say this on the visor itself). Be very careful cleaning oridium/mirrored visors, as the finish scratches really easily.

Then there's hi-def; I've seen blue, orange and yellow. All are supposed to give greater clarity in low light situations (dawn, dusk, night, rain or fog). Someone else may be able to give more clarification on which is best for which situation).

My old helmet is an Icon with regular clear, iridium and clear anti-fog shields, all of which were great for their specific purposes. I actually found I rode with the clear anti fog for at least half the year (it's great for mornings when I'm riding to work and it's below 50 degrees or so).
Thanks Neebelung! Sounds like I may want to order several different ones. Now will jackets have a pocket that will allow me to carry and extra one or do I need some kind of tank pack? I could see myself riding somewhere mid day and then returning home late at night.
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My joe rocket mesh jacket has a pocket for a visor on it. As far as I know joe rocket is the only brand that does that but I may be wrong.

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Thanks Neebelung! Sounds like I may want to order several different ones. Now will jackets have a pocket that will allow me to carry and extra one or do I need some kind of tank pack? I could see myself riding somewhere mid day and then returning home late at night.
You're welcome.

So far, the only jacket I know of that has a pocket for carrying a spare visor is the Joe Rocket Phoenix 4.0 (mesh). I did see DLIT post up recently about a visor carrier he has that straps to your mid-section, under your jacket.

I carry my spare in a soft fuzzy sock, in my tank bag (the shape/size of the little Icon primer bag fits a visor perfectly).
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Someone posted a link to a zisor carrier you can strap on under a jacket. Usually I just carry mine in my tail bag, though I don't always have it on...

I don't care for blue/pink/yellow visors. They actually cut out part of the spectrum, making everything a little darker and distort colors. I have a light smoke (only one I found locally) and a clear. Even the light smoke makes it very difficult to ride at night. I need a dark smoke for riding into the sun- the light smoke doesn't quite do enough. Also- my helmet is too tight to wear sunglasses under.

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I did see DLIT post up recently about a visor carrier he has that straps to your mid-section, under your jacket.
You beat me to it.

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Awesome, more very useful information! Hopefully when I get everything setup and have a basic understanding of everything I can make some kind of Newbie post that will help sum up most of my posts lately. I heart this place.
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Awesome, more very useful information! Hopefully when I get everything setup and have a basic understanding of everything I can make some kind of Newbie post that will help sum up most of my posts lately. I heart this place.
You seem like you've been learning a lot. Glad to see we can help every once in a while.
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You seem like you've been learning a lot. Glad to see we can help every once in a while.


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I forgot to mention that my jacket is the joe rocket reactor 2.0 that also has a visor pocket.

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I forgot to mention that my jacket is the joe rocket reactor 2.0 that also has a visor pocket.
Cool, good to know more than just the Phoenix has that feature.
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I forgot to mention that my jacket is the joe rocket reactor 2.0 that also has a visor pocket.
I'm still curious: how would that feel in a crash?

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I have an icon helmet and it doesnt fog up to bad
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I'm still curious: how would that feel in a crash?
Trying to avoid testing that but with how it sits wrapped around the ribcage it shouldnt be too bad unless the plastic cracks and stabs you. Id figure at most just a bruise.

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