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post #1 of 34 Old 07-03-2019, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Lets shed some light on Sunglasses !

I know this subject may have been posted in the past ,but for newer members
it may need to be revisited.

There tons of options for sunglasses so post a response on what works for you.

Also, helmet shields , Dark tint, No tint, Mirror tint, or No shield at all. Pick your poison.

If you wear corrective lenses, Tell us what options work the best for you.

As riders we want to make that experience the best it can be and being able to see
clearly day or night when riding means many of us have some tried and true stories
to tell and good feedback. So jump on in....

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post #2 of 34 Old 07-03-2019, 09:40 PM
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I like an amber tint visor. It cuts the glare effectively, tends to sharpen things a bit, and can be safely worn at night, although oncoming headlights appear yellow instead of white. I will switch to a clear visor for longer planned night rides, but the amber is handy if caught after dark unexpectedly. When riding through tree lined roads or other areas of light/shadow it helps to see in the darkened areas, where a smoke tint visor would be difficult.
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post #3 of 34 Old 07-03-2019, 09:57 PM
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I have sensitive eyes so I always have sun glasses on outside. I have found Costa sun glasses to be my favorite. On my helmet I run a light smoke visor with the internal dark sun shade.


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post #4 of 34 Old 07-03-2019, 10:21 PM
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I run a dark smoke visor on my helmet during the day. If I'm working late (or not that late in the winter), I keep a clear visior in my top box and swap them out. I just don't enjoy messing with sunglasses under a helmet. After doing it for years, I decided to splurge on dark visors when a replace my helmets.

If you do use sunglasses under a helmet, a wrap-around shape with bayonet temples worked best for me. This is what I used to ride with: https://www.randolphusa.com/men/avia...e_pa_size=55mm

Off the bike, I've got a pair of Oakley Half Jackets with mirrored, polarized lenses. I like the replaceable lenses, so when they get scratched I can swap the lenses out for less than half the cost of a new pair of glasses.

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post #5 of 34 Old 07-03-2019, 10:50 PM
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I wear corrective lenses and clip on sunglasses when afoot but settle for the semi dark lens of Bilt helmet I'm currently using for riding. Same with the Scorpion helmet I used before I got the Bilt.
The minor shading I get from the helmet lens is enough to make my ride comfortable.
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post #6 of 34 Old 07-03-2019, 11:00 PM
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I had Lasik surgery about 25 yrs ago and how need a bit of correction which is taken care of with soft, daily use contact lenses.
- I use a clear visor with drop down dark sunshield (Shoei Neotec and Scorpion AT950).
- on really bright days I don't drop down the sunshield but wear Serengeti sunglasses which I find fit well under the helmet. I have various pairs but mostly wear something like this.

Something I found that really helps with glare is a strip of black Gorilla tape about 1.25" wide across the top of the visor. It seems to cut down the glare when riding into low angled sunlight but doesn't hinder my field of vision.

This combo seems to work good for me but everyone needs to find their own comfort level with eyewear.

I should add that I do not wear polarized sunglasses under my visor. If find that when I do, the road surface does not appear normal and I find it hard to judge conditions.

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post #7 of 34 Old 07-04-2019, 07:36 AM
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I wear contacts when riding, a bit of a pain if they dry out on a long day, but I much prefer contacts to glasses inside a helmet.

Used to wear sunglasses when riding, Serengeti's with slight photochromic lenses, super comfy and just the right amount of tint. Fantastic company as well, replaced my previous pair when I cracked a lens for I think $50CAD.

Lately, I love my the flip down sunvisor in my Schuberth. Always thought it was a gimmick until I tried it. Such a pleasure to be able to instantly adjust it on an overcast day that goes back and forth from gloomy to blindingly sunny.

Zero interest in a tinted visor, there are days when I need all the vision I can get.

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post #8 of 34 Old 07-04-2019, 08:07 AM
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I wear corrective lenses(glasses) and have tried prescription sunglasses in the past. They dont work for me. I wear an HJC modular with the inner sun shield, my glasses have the darker transitions tint and now Im trying a transitions pin lock on my clear shield. Now I can ride directly into the sun with the pin lock and the drop down shield in use. Under normal conditions the transitions pin lock is good for the limited night riding I do, and having the drop down is great for direct sun. I tried tape and such on the visor and it works but I cant hold my head in the position it needs to be in all the time. The pin lock with transitions isnt cheap around $75 but seems to work well.

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post #9 of 34 Old 07-04-2019, 08:14 AM
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Something I found that really helps with glare is a strip of black Gorilla tape about 1.25" wide across the top of the visor. It seems to cut down the glare when riding into low angled sunlight but doesn't hinder my field of vision.

My C3 is tight for wearing sunglasses....the built in tinted visor is "okay" but not as optically correct.
Still working on a set of sunglasses that fit comfortably in the C3.
I prefer sunglasses as you can get better optics and clean them more completely.

My RayBan "shields" work wonderfully for my convertable helmet in Australia. they are pretty much full eye cover and very relaxing in bright sun. It was dumb luck they work inside the helmet I use for Australia....not even close to fitting on the Canadian helmets.

Be careful with anything polarized as it can get "interesting" if you flip your clear shield down.

On my old helmet AFX-55 ( I wear the bottom config )

that I used on the latest trip I do have a metallic full shield in gold that I bought as a bit of a lark and on a bright sunny day it is the best of all.

While it's gold on the outside the actual vision is colour correct and just dimmed down ...eyes relax instantly but it does make you look like a spaceman.

Value for money on the AFX-55 is superb and the optical clarity and very wide field of view was a treat. Visors reasonably priced too.

The Schuberth C3 I bought used for $300 cdn and it's my go to for cooler weather and it simply does not fog.
It's pretty warm tho, visors pricey and certainly not worth the money new in my view.
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post #10 of 34 Old 07-04-2019, 08:23 AM
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I wear Dewalt tinted safety glasses for one I get them at work for free. Two they are pretty dark (I am somewhat light sensitive). Three they are comfortable to wear all day and have good enough styling for me.I also have a dark tinted drop down shield in my helmet that is about 1/2 as dark as the Dewalt safety glasses. Many times I use the two together and would still like something darker.
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