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Does anyone have any experience with this product?

http://www.pinlockusa.com/

I need to replace both my dark smoke and clear visors and came across these inserts. I often leave the house during the day and do not return until after dark but carrying both my visors is inconvenient. Any suggestions?

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I confused about exactly how that system works, the website is not real informative.

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there are photochromatic shields available

I put the 2nd shield inside a sack/sock whatever (actually socks scratch, so don't use them) and then throw that inside my jacket around the side of my belly...never notice it.

Many newer jackets have that pocket built in.

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I don't know anyone that has it, but WebBikeWorld seemed to like it. Try it out and give us a review on your experience.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/anti-fog-visor/

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I confused about exactly how that system works, the website is not real informative.
It replaces your existing shield with a clear one with two pins on it. Then you purchase the inserts that come in different colors and lock them onto the inside of the shield via the pins. It works like a double paned window, trapping air between the insert and the shield, preventing it from fogging up.

I'm not really concerned too much with fogging, though; if it actually works that's a bonus. I'm considering buying the system so that I can easily change from a dark tinted insert during the day, to a clear insert at night.

This page shows the system in 3d.

http://www.pinlockusa.com/3d/

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Clear lense for me, sunglasses work.

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I guess I don't see the advantage since you would still have to carry a different color shield insert, how is that better than carrying a clear shield and a tinted shield?

I usually only use my dark tinted shield when I'm taking off for a day ride in bright sunny conditions, otherwise sunglasses and the clear shield work fine.

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I stuck one those edge sticky no fog thingies on my helmet visor. It worked for a while, but this weekend I realized it didn't age well and distorts the image. So thanks to your thread I just ripped it out and can see again!

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I guess I don't see the advantage since you would still have to carry a different color shield insert, how is that better than carrying a clear shield and a tinted shield?
I somewhat agree with you here, that's why I was hoping that someone had already tried one. I guess I'm just hoping that because the insert is smaller, that it will be less of a nusance to carry...?

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I usually only use my dark tinted shield when I'm taking off for a day ride in bright sunny conditions, otherwise sunglasses and the clear shield work fine.
In El Paso, 350 days out of the year are bright sunny conditions = excellent riding year round!

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Shield's on order. I'll update in a couple of weeks.

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Shield and lens came in yesterday. I have not yet tried it on the bike but it seems there might be a certain level of distortion that would make using it unsafe. I hope to try it out today if the wind would just die down; want to try and avoid sandblasting the new shield on its first use if at all possible. As far as it solving the problem of carrying two shields, now that I see how flexible the lens is, I'm confident that I will be very happy with this product. As for its anti-fog characteristics, it seems effective, but I don't feel qualified to make that assumption just yet.

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You should not get much fogging in El Paso. At least I don't think you would.

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Ok, so I rode around with this thing a little yesterday and this morn. IMHO, I do not believe the benefits outweigh the risk. The lens certainly remedies having to carry two shield, but because the lens does not completely cover the shield, it gave me that same annoying feeling ones gets when your sunglasses keep falling to the tip of your nose. Distortion only occurs around the edge of the lens, not as bad as I had thought it was going to be. However, it forces you to stay upright in order to see clearly, so definitely do not buy this system if you prefer an aggressive stance; DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY CAN OCCUR! Finally, and probably most annoying to me, would be the fact that it greatly hinders your peripheral vision.

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You should not get much fogging in El Paso. At least I don't think you would.
This is absolutely true. I very rarely have problems with fogging out here. Winter nights are chilly enough to create a little fogging at stops, but that never bothered me too much because as soon as I start moving it clears right up. I'll probably still use it for a couple of weeks to see if I get used to it; if not maybe I'll donate it to someone who would better be able to test its anti-fog characteristics, since that's what the system is actually marketed for.

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my nolan xlite helmet has the pinlock pins already on the visors as well as pins on the outside for tear offs. The ones I have seen from nolan cover the entire portion of the visible part of visor, so no foggy ring or anything. Also I think they stick right to the inside of the visor, not gap between them and the visor. I might check it out, as I can see the yellow one they offer would be convenient. Also might check into the exterior tear offs as locust season is this summer.

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