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Though I did not manage to time it, the


transition from clear to dark seems quicker than dark to light, and so the technology seems to err on the side of retaining dark slightly longer. I suspect that, if riding sud- denly from broad daylight into a tunnel, one would have to open the shield some to be able to see the road better. The Shoei description says the transition occurs within two min- utes. Qualitatively, I would look at myself in the mirror when the sunlight levels seemed to change. When blue skies went to brief, patchy cloud cover, I went from not being able to see my eyes through the visor to being able to see more of my face, reflecting the lightening gra- dation and photochromic adjustment. Not only that, but the impact, scratch resistant, 3D injection-molded shield allows crisply clear vision, and with the darkening, even seems to increase the saturation of the view, making the surrounding colors more vibrant. My eyes are actually pretty light sensitive,


and although the photochromic transition shield does not get as dark as my sunglasses, riding all day in the bright sun did not tax my eyes, and never did I feel a headache coming on (for me, the true test). Because of this, I count the CWR-1 Transitions Photochromic Pinlock Shield a success.


If you want a Snell


certified helmet that also adjusts while riding to light levels, this is it. The GT-Air with its manual internal drop-


down sun shield, for example, is DOT but not Snell certified. Likewise, over time, the GT- Air’s internal sun shield can begin to fog up when it is cold outside, because it is not the component with the Pinlock; I suspect that fogging would not be a problem with the RF-SR and transition shield, because the tran- sition shield can take a Pinlock directly. The SHOEI RF-SR helmet is made of mul-


tiple layers of fiberglass and organic fibers (Advanced Integrated Matrix / AIM+), with four shell sizes with different customizable, fully removable and washable internal pad options that provide a size range from XS to XXL. The RF-SR helmet starts at $399, and the


optional CWR-1 Transitions Photochromic Pinlock Shield runs $169.99. More informa- tion is available at shoei-helmets.com/hel- mets/rf-sr.html.


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