Transitions SolFX Photochromic Visor
Transitions SolFX Photochromic Visor
Akuma Chameleon Photochromic Helmet Face Shield With Aegis Hydrophobic Treatment
wBW World Exclusive Report by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better and that it couldn't be done, how about this:
A photochromic visor that turns from clear to...mirrored!
But wait -- that's not all!
The Akuma Chameleon isn't just photochromic; it's a true Transitions SOLFX brand visor -- the best there is!
BUT WAIT -- there's even more!
Why stop there? As long as they were at it, Akuma added their Aegis hydrophobic treatment to the Chameleon visor!
The Aegis hydrophobic coating is designed to repel water and dirt! We reviewed the Akuma Aegis visor treatment when the technology was first developed, and we even included a short video that illustrates how easy it is to remove grimy stuff from the visor surface.
Not enough for ye? Well, there's more: The silver-colored Chameleon photochromic mirrored visor shown here will also come blue, gold, and iridium versions!
And the Chameleon and Shield photochromic visors also meet the elusive (try to find a copy of the actual text) U.S. Department of Transportation Vehicle Equipment Safety Standard No. 8 (VESC-8) for motorcyclist eye protection, referenced by 36 states in the U.S.A.
The Chameleon looks great during the
day, but Akuma says the Chameleon has also been designed
for use at night. Blast it with some UV radiation
though, and it quickly transforms to the full
In actual use at night, the Chameleon is darker than a clear visor or the Akuma Shield smoke-colored visor, but certainly not as dark as the typical smoke tinted shield. My night vision is pretty bad, so I wear a clear visor if I'm going to be out at night.
There's no doubt about it -- Akuma is on top of it when it comes to motorcycle helmet visor technology. They started with the Sunshift photochromic visor (review), then they developed the Akuma Gemini (review) "Tint on Demand" electrochromatic visor that uses battery power to turn the tint on or off.
Next came the Aegis hydrophobic visor treatment, and now we have a series of photochromic visors using the genuine Transitions SOLFX brand technology.
Here's a photo showing the Shield Transitions SOLFX visor on the left and the Chameleon visor on the right, taken in the studio. You can see that the Chameleon starts out with a darker tint than the Shield, which is nearly clear:
Next are a couple of photos showing the Chameleon mirrored visor on the Akuma Phantom II helmet. We stuck the black and white contrast chart in the visor in the photo on the left; this chart shows black through white with various shades of gray in between, which are repeated on top and bottom.
You can see that the Chameleon visor moderates the contrast and decreases the brightness, as it should.
The photo on the right is the left side of the helmet in the left photo; it shows the trees in back of the helmet reflected in the mirror of the Chameleon visor.
Next is another photo illustrating the mirrored coating on the Chameleon visor on the left. This photo was taken in the studio, with no UV radiation to activate the photochromic mirror. It illustrates the slight mirror tint on the Chameleon. The helmet on the right is the Akuma Ghost Rider (review).
And next is a photo, taken in the studio, showing the Akuma Phantom II helmet with the Chameleon Transitions SOLFX photochromic visor on the left and the Phantom with the Shield Transitions SOLFX smoke photochromic visor on the right.
We had a can of Liquid Performance spray wax (review) handy (which we use to clean up the helmets before the photos are taken) and we placed it inside the helmet to illustrate the starting point of the tint on both visors.
Note: For informational use only. All material and photographs are Copyright © webWorld International, LLC - 2000-2011. All rights reserved. See the webBikeWorld® Site Info page. NOTE: Product specifications, features and details may change or differ from our descriptions. Always check before purchasing. Read the Terms and Conditions!
Please send comments to
Comments are ordered from most recent to oldest.
Not all comments will be published (details). Comments may be edited for clarity prior to publication.
wBW Face Shield & Accessory Reviews
wBW Visor Anti-Fog Coating Reviews
wBW Visor Water Repellent Coating Reviews
wBW Visor Cleaner Reviews
wBW Special Report