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Motorcycle Helmet Visors and Face Shields

Motorcycle Helmet Face Shield and Visor Information

wBW Face Shield and Visor Reviews:  Arai Pro Shade Review  |  Panoptx Taku men's motorcycle sunglasses and Zephyr women's motorcycle sunglasses review  |  V2 Visor Sponge review  |  Sunshift Photochromic Visor  | Fog City vs. ProGrip Photochromic Anti-Fog Inserts  |  Pinlock Anti-Fog Visor  |  Review of the Polar Optics sun lens  |  Wee Willy visor cleaning system  |  Smith Option Airflow OTG goggles  |  Roadgear Visor Sock  |  Roadgear Helmet Bag

Motorcycle Helmet Visor Anti-Fog Articles: RIA Permanent Anti-Fog Coating  |  Permanent anti-fog coating developed  |  FogShield Sport Review  |  Clarity Defog It anti-fog treatment review  |  Akuma Chameleon mirrored photochromic visor!  |  Methods for Evaluating Anti-Fog Treatments  |  Salclear TT Motorcycle Helmet Visor Anti-Fog Review  |  Review of FogTech anti-fog coating -- guaranteed to work  |  Review of Cat Crap anti-fog coating  |  Itech, C-Clear, Optic Guard and Vari-CLEAR Anti-Fog Comparison  |  All Kleer Plastic Cleaner and Anti-Fog  |   Itech anti-fog visor wipe packages are individually wrapped and claimed to improve the anti-fog and water resistant coating each time they're used; they're usually available wherever hockey equipment is sold  |  Oakley AFR Anti-Fog cleaner spray; Itech anti-fog wipes and Skate-Mate anti-fog wipes are available at Inline Warehouse  |  C-Clear is an anti-fog and anti-static product that also is claimed to be a lens cleaner

Helmet Visor Sun Shade:  Sunax Max for Arai Sunshield Review  |  Sunax Sunshield Review  |   See the wBW technical article on making your own "el Cheapo" visor sun blocker (photo below)!

Motorcycle Helmet Visors:  Check out the Super-Visoran easy-to-attach visor for full-face helmets to help block the sun  |  The Visor Shop has visors for many different helmet brands  |  The home site for Fog City anti-fog face shields; NOTE: Fog City doesn't appear to have a website; their products can be found at Modern World Providers and other retailers  |  Cleaning fluid for helmet visors - Aerostich has a product called "Clearview", which is a small container of visor cleaning fluid with a soft squeegee attached; fits easily in your pocket; search for item #1078  |  Electrically heated visors are available for some snowmobile helmets and some of those helmets are DOT FMVSS 218  |  RaceVisors (UK) carries a huge assortment of visors for many different motorcycle helmet brands  |  Sunax visors slip between the helmet and liner on most helmets

Motorcycle helmet visors, helmet goggles and sunglasses
Make your own "el Cheapo" visor sun shade!

Cleaning Motorcycle Helmet Visors:  wBW Clear Shot visor cleaner review  |  V2 Sponge review  |  See the many different wBW review articles on cleaning products for helmets, face shields and visors  |  CleanSafe is claimed to be the "environmentally friendly" way to clean and protect motorcycle helmets and visors

Motorcycle Helmet Visor/Face Shield Holder:  See the wBW review of the Roadgear Visor Sock and the review of the Roadgear Helmet Bag  |  Try the "Shield Sack"; keep a clear face shield in a sack in case you get caught out in the dark  |  The Speed Rack Helmet Locker attaches to a wall and provides storage for a helmet 

Motorcycle Eyewear - Goggles:  See the wBW review of Smith Option Airflow OTG goggles  |  Birdz Eyewear has many different types of goggles, over-the-glasses goggles, sunglasses and more  |  Davida makes vintage-look eyewear  |  Classic Goggles sells - yep, motorcycle goggles; classic Helston motorcycle jackets; gloves and other goodies  |   BUGZ Performance Eyewear can be used as goggles or converted to sunglasses  |  Doggles makes motorcycle eyewear for dogs; not recommended you bring the pooch on the bike though!  |  Prescription (and non-prescription) goggles are available at - you guessed it - Prescription Goggles  |  Phat Sport Shades carries many different types of motorcycle goggles, sunglasses and more are reasonable prices  |  Pro Vue prescription motorcycle goggles are used by many motocross riders

Motorcycle Sunglasses:  wBW review of Panoptx sunglasses made especially for motorcyclists  |  WileyX has some pretty cool looking shades 

Photochromic Helmet Visor:  See the wBW review of the A.C.A.S. Sunshift Photochromatic helmet visor; also see our review of the Fog City and Progrip photochromic visors that can be added to most helmets

Motorcycle Helmet Visor Decals - Stickers:  Harris Helmet Visor Decals manufactures custom-made visor decals for motorcycle helmets

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From "E.T." (11/09):  "First, thanks for all the reviews- the info is great and almost too much to absorb.  However I am wondering if reviewers pay much attention to the face shields on full-face helmets.

My AFD4 (Fulmer) comes with a face-shield that is designated as "not warranted shatter-proof" and has no DOT approval on there- thus runs into major trouble at New Jersey inspections.

Granted, New Jersey is one of the most anti-motorcycle states I can imagine and the DMV workers don't know squat about bikes, but is the face-shield the Achilles heel of helmets?  I've heard that some more expensive helmets - including Scorpions - are also marked "not warranted shatter-proof". If this is an issue, I think it would be a great thing to note in reviews.  Thanks again for the site!"

Editor's Reply:  You're probably right; I think most riders simply assume the face shield meets the same safety standards as the helmet shell.  But as far as I know, the DOT FMVSS-218 standard does not address the visor/face shield.

Most states (36 I believe) require a face shield that meets the now very old (first developed in 1971) Vehicle Equipment Safety Standard VESC-8 (opens a .pdf file).  Most of the helmet face shields we see have a "VESC-8" label engraved on them.  Some also meet ANSI Z87.1-2003 standards for eyewear.

But most face shields are also labeled 'Not warranted shatterproof" because it would be virtually impossible to claim that a face shield is "shatterproof" (whatever that vague term means!).  Given enough force, projectile and angle of attack, probably every face shield/visor will shatter at some point.

I have never seen a face shield with a "DOT" sticker or approval, because as far as we know, there is no such thing as a DOT standard for motorcycle helmet face shields.

Do you know exactly what the New Jersey law requires?  Perhaps their documentation will provide some clues...

If anyone has further information on this, please contact us at the email address above.

Follow-up Response from "E.T." (12/09):  "New Jersey inspection standards demand an 'approved' face shield or goggles, but fails to identify where such approval can be found... at least DOT helmets have a stamp.  I suspect the anecdotal cases of people being rejected at inspection for that may be as a result of someone at the DMV having a pissy day.

"NJ 39:3-76.8.  Goggles or face shield to be worn by motorcycle operator.  No person shall operate a motorcycle unless he wears goggles or a face shield of a type approved by the director.   The director is authorized and empowered to adopt rules and regulations covering types of goggles and face shields and the specifications therefore and to establish and maintain a list of approved goggles and face shields which meet the specifications as established hereunder."

Editor's Response:  Interesting - you'd think they'd simply go with established standards instead of testing and approving goggles and face shields independently and then publishing a list that...apparently is not published or available anyway?

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