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We've both have the Candy Red metallic HJC helmets and have been looking at getting some kind of tinted shield. Since we both wear glasses and don't have prescription sunglasses the only other option is a colored sheld of some kind.

What's the difference between all the colors & the Iridum shields, or is it all a marketing ploy :? :?
 

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DIFFERENCE IN SHIELDS

There is a difference in shields! Yellow will really brighten and make things in your peripheral range come alive...we use these for skeet shooting...and they work great when it is dull gray misty gray outside...and even fog lights are yellow. the dark smoke is like wearing sunglasses,,,nice till night time or dusk when you can hardly see anything...iridium is great as well...buy one and you can always use it in place of a clear, light smoke or dark smoke. They actually work...You should be able to get you glasses on after you put your helmet on and raise your face shield...if not HJC makes different pads for thier helmets...
 

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What is the purpose of the Iridium?
Does it sharpen/inhance otherwise define the view?
How much does it cut down on the glare when it's a bright sunny day?
How do they compare to a smoked shield?

I'm full of questions about the iridium as I've never seen/heard about it before and don't really understand the purpose of it.

For shooting I've got a pair of Bole sunglasses (when I wore contacts) with 4 interchangable lenses. Used the heck out of them in the desert but when shooting I was never a big fan of the yellow lenses. For me the rose or clear lenses worked best.

No problem getting the glasses on after the helm is in place. It's just a pain & slows down things a tad.

Since I'm a volly FF/EMT I need to get dressed quick at night, grab a coat/helm and hop on da bike. Been taking the truck, but with the price of Diesel as long as it's even semi nice out the bike will be my main transportation.

I'd like a shield that really cuts down on the glare in the day but is not dangerously dark at night. It's only about 2 1/2 miles to the station, but that's way to far when you can't see :shock: :D
 

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How do you explain...iridium is like smoke...I think that it reflects more of the UV rays than a smoke or dark smoke does allowing your eyes to actually see more. Like Oakleys protecting you from both UVA and UVB, the Iridium is like that...it's really difficult to explain...like the difference between rose and yellow. In Sicily the sky/background was nearly all gray, overcast so the yellow glasses went on, when the sun was out and the sky was blue I swithed out my UVEX lenses to dark gray. The cost of one shield is worth you to invest in. I don't care for looking at them from the outside but the inside looking out is great. Ther is also now a tape that you can wear on the top third of your shield...I'm not to excited about tilting my head to use that portion though..
They do cut the glare...
 

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Jeez, I feel like running out and getting an iridium shield! :wink:
Good job of explaning them, ZX. When there are so many choices out there, it's often hard to know what to do so good input on things is really appreciated.
 

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RampRat said:
We've both have the Candy Red metallic HJC helmets and have been looking at getting some kind of tinted shield. Since we both wear glasses and don't have prescription sunglasses the only other option is a colored sheld of some kind.
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I have HJC Symax and AC-3. I thought that tinted was a good thing, since I wouldn't have to take my sun glasses on and off. Didn't like the Dark Smoke. At certain angles it looked like I was looking through a fog. I switched back to clear and sunglasses. Also, since I sometimes can't be sure if I will make it back by dark I didn't like the idea of taking two shields.

I realize you have prescription and your choices are limited. Maybe the lighter smoke would be better.

I did find one thing out. Shields (clear or smoke) and polarized sunglasses do not work well together. You get some 60's colors going on. :wink:

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60's colors

EWWWWWW!!! Not a good thing! I'm not into those kinda trips! I like the Areneiline rush when you stop ans see trees hundreds of feet below and perhaps a river...or like in Northern Colorado the waterfalls and creeks/small rivers flowing under the highways and the trees...everything smess so great that youjust can't get enough of it. You just want to keep deep breathing the great clean air, finally forcing yourself to quit before you pass out...I sat by a turnout, and finally started walking to stretch my legs...I love the fresh air and freedom, greens, blues, the sound of water...oh yeah, polarized sunglasses...huh?
 

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ZX-2R said:
EWWWWWW!!! Not a good thing! I love the fresh air and freedom, greens, blues, the sound of water...oh yeah, polarized sunglasses...huh?
EWWWW!!! is right. I like the stuff you mention also. That's one of the best reasons to ride a motorcycle. You feel it. Not just observe it out a window.

Polarized sunglasses are a good thing when you live where there are hardly ever any clouds. Just do not mix with face shields. :)
 

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SMELLS, FREEDOM

We have a 2000Ford Windstar SEL...$41,000, with EVERYTHING including the 2" ball hitch. Leather, lumbarseats...AM,FM, CD, Cassette, has a VHS player or you can connect your own inputs throug it and watch, listen...cruise....everythig...but even cross country 4 times from KC, KANSAS to the West Coast California all over and back...I've slept, Driven, ridden front ,back, all the way back...I just miss a bike...I'm working out a few things...and hope to be back on one soon.
 
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