S.H.I.E.L.D. Tech has taken the concept of transition lenses to its next logical step, tint transitioning helmet visors. For the rider that’s had to pack a clear shield when going out on a long ride, or for the time you wore sunglasses under your clear visor, now there’s a helmet visor the eliminates the need pack multiple shields for changing light conditions (and to comply with Johnny Law).
Having to just recently brave a late night ride while only having a tinted visor on our helmets, we’re very excited about this product from S.H.I.E.L.D. Tech. We like a dark tint here in our office, and S.H.I.E.L.D. Tech claims their visors will get as dark as normal sunglasses. Since mileage can vary in that department, we’re not sure what the really means, but from the pictures a “light tint” is easily achievable.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Tech initally plans to have replacement visors available for Shoei (RF1000, TZ-R, X-Eleven, Multitec), Arai (Quantum, Profile, Corsair, Vector), and Akuma (Phantom) helmets by the Spring of 2010, with other manufacturers being added later down the line this year. Orders can be made from their website, pricing doesn’t seem set yet but appears to be in the $99 range.