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Offline BJ_CT

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Pinlock evaluation
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:40:35 pm »
So I rode into work this morning, about 50 miles, about 50 minutes and the temperature ranged from 23F-28F, overcast skies.  Have to stop at serveral lights and ran into some stop'n'go traffic too.  I have a clear Pinlock face shield for my HJC Sy-Max helmet and this morning it really paid for itself.  I won't bore you with how it works only to say that it works extremely well.  While the area outsidef of the Pinlock itself was pretty consistently fogged over, include heavy water vapor directly below my nose, the Pinlock remained mostly completely clear with only occassional light fogging at stops.  IMHO, worth the extra money.

I bought the face shield with the Pinlock but you can also buy only the Pinlock piece and drill holes in your existing shield (or so they say) for the included plastic mounting studs.

http://www.pinlockusa.com/index2.htm
http://www.webbikeworld.com/anti-fog-visor/

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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2010, 02:00:20 pm »
The WebBikeWorld review was not clear[no pun intended] about where the Pinlock is installed.  Do you have yours mounted on the outside of the shield, or inside where your face and mouth are?

Do you wear a balaclava over your nose and mouth?  And finally, does your helmet have a breath shield?

Thanks for the idea since Wisconsin has a few cold days too!

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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 12:53:41 am »
The WebBikeWorld review was not clear[no pun intended] about where the Pinlock is installed.  Do you have yours mounted on the outside of the shield, or inside where your face and mouth are?

Do you wear a balaclava over your nose and mouth?  And finally, does your helmet have a breath shield?

Thanks for the idea since Wisconsin has a few cold days too!

Matt


Hey.  A fellow Badger.  :) I grew up in Barron County.  I also remember when anything above 0F is good.  :) The answers are:
It's mounted on the inside of the shield.  No but I use a bandana just to keep the wind off my chin (a trick I learned in Wisc).  No breath shield. 

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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2010, 05:55:36 am »
When I bought my Shoei Multitec helmet, the salesman assured me that "unlike lots of anti-fog gimmicks, Pinlock actually works."

And he was right. A recent ride in the cold (near freezing) and wet (cats and dogs) proved that the visor refused to mist up. Plenty of condensation outside the area that the Pinlock insert covers, but that's OK 'cos I don't generally look through those bits. My Multitec helmet didn't come with a breath shield.

The insert goes inside the normal visor, with its raised gasket against the plastic so that a small air gap is formed. Hey presto: double glazing.

Stickers and labels say that the Pinlock insert shouldn't be used at night. This seems to be because the double glazing produces lots of extra reflections of street lights, headlamps, traffic signals, etc.

Incidentally, the Pinlock insert is available in smoke as well as clear. It gets better and better!

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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2010, 01:50:38 pm »
With all that humidity inside the helmet, I wonder if regular eyeglasses would fog up inside the helmet?

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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010, 12:00:32 am »
Nolan helmets come with the pinlock shield too. Glasses only fog when I'm sitting still ...  :P
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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2010, 12:09:38 am »


Looks pretty cool, when I need a new shield I'm going to see if I can get one, no more sunglasses under the helmet then.

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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2010, 12:48:00 am »
Just thought I'd add a couple of things -
I wear glasses all the time and have never had them fog up in my HJC.  Not sayin' it couldn't happen but...
I use the Pinlock at night without issues - don't recall seeing warning lables but I probably ignored them if they were around.
This might all be different with a helmet that puts the shield closer to my smilin' face.
Finally, I also have a 2nd smoke Pinlock on a clear shield and this I don't like for summer use when fogging isn't an issue.  Prefer a straight smoked shield instead.  However, I might really like to use it in the winter against the clare of snow.

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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2010, 02:46:06 am »
I ride daily in and around Seattle. I used Pinlock on my old HJC C15 and it worked really well.  When I bought my new Shoei RF-1100 it came with a breath box so I didn't think I needed one.  The Shoei, though a great helmet, fogs up really easy. I got rid of the breath box, and bought a Pinlock shield and insert and ride with a clear view ever since. It's the only thing I found to keep the shield clear when riding where it's cool or moist.   

I have also used the pinlock in combination with the Respro Foggy Mask when temps drop into the 30s.

Pinlock does the job. When I first rode at night with the pinlock I noticed a very slight double reflection of headlights when looking at the shield.  I soon got over it by focusing on the road instead of the shield. :)
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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2018, 11:13:26 pm »
Wow!  Eight years later and this information is still relevant.

Since my original posting, I have changed from HJC modular to a Shoei modular helmet.

And I have had a pinlock shield on the Shoei since day one 3 years ago.

Now, I believe the pinlock is 'wearing out'.  I am getting fogging up on the inside regularly now.

I do not exchange the pinlock from clear to tinted like I did with the HJC.  Only a clear pinlock shield on the Shoei. I thought maybe the sealing factor of the pinlock is wearing out and not trapping the air like it should.


I believe I will get another pinlock insert soon and report my experiences later.

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Re: Pinlock evaluation
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2018, 02:23:00 pm »
My HJC came with pinlock shield as well having not ridden for a number of years when I bought the HJC I knew nothing about the pinlock and now I couldn't imagine not having it.
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