Photochromic Visors on the Way

If you’re like me, you sometimes get irritated by bright sunlight when riding, so you want a darker visor.  But, as soon as you stick a dark visor on your helmet, you have to ride at night, or in heavy overcast, and you need to switch out for a clear visor.  Why can’t you have one visor that does everything?

Well, maybe you can.  ShieldTech LLC is partnering with Transitions–the people who make those eyeglasses that get darker as the light gets brighter–to release a new line of helmet visors (PDF) with the Transitions technology.  So, in dark conditions, the visor is clear, but as the sun climbs in the sky, the visor will automatically darken.

So, by summer, you should be able to get a photochromic visor for your helmet, as long as it’s a Shoei (RF1000, TZ-R, X-Eleven, Multitec), Arai  (Quantum, Profile, Corsair, Vector), or Akuma (Phantom) helmet.

Maybe it’s time to think about a new helmet, too.