The Wide-Eyez All-Weather Bike Helmet Shield is a lightweight acrylic visor that you can quickly add to your bike helmet to give you protection from the wind and rain while cycling. I tried it out on the weekend, and I have to say I am impressed.
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Here you can see Maggie (Mrs. Average Joe Cyclist) modelling the helmet before we put the Wide-Eyez Bike Helmet Shield on, and after. I prefer the after, and so did she! She loves this shield, as you can see from her beautiful smile!
The Wide-Eyez Bike Helmet Shield is designed and made in Colorado, USA. It arrives in a little green box, containing the shield, the nose guard, and a few small pieces to enable you to attach it to your helmet.
The Wide-Eyez Bike Helmet Shield is Quick and Easy to Assemble
There are so many small pieces that it all looks a bit intimidating when you take it out of the box, but the instructions are clear and it’s actually a cinch to assemble.
Maggie installed the Wide-Eyez Shield on one of our helmets in about two minutes. The hardest part was pushing the nose guard into place, so I did that – it took about 7 seconds.
I took some video to show how easy it is to assemble. In this short video Maggie assembles the Wide-Eyez helmet shield and tries it on, and then comments “Now THAT is going to really stop the wind.” Then she shows how easy it is flip up the visor. Pretty cool for something that took about 2 minutes to assemble.
I took the Wide-Eyez Bike Helmet Shield for a test run, and discovered it has these advantages:
- You can wear your glasses underneath it. This is a huge plus, as it means you can wear your glasses when it’s raining. This has always been a problem for me, especially when cycling in dark, rainy conditions. I really need my glasses then, but that’s exactly when I usually cannot wear them, due to streaking. This even applies to my relatively hydrophobic Adidas cycling glasses (reviewed here). They stay dry for longer than regular glasses, but usually not long enough to get home.
- The Wide-Eyez Bike Helmet Shield keeps your face much warmer. I did my test run when the temperature was about four degrees below freezing, and it made a big difference. I tried flipping the visor up and down as I rode, and I was amazed at what a difference it made. It dramatically reduces the amount of freezing wind hitting your face, making for a much more comfortable riding experience.
- The Wide-Eyez Shield would probably also be great in summer, for keeping bugs out of your face. There are times in summer when there are so many bugs out that it’s hard to breathe, and it will be great to have the visor available.
- The Wide-Eyez Bike Helmet Shield will provide protection for your eyes, preventing you from having small particles blowing into your eyes. This can be really uncomfortable, and even dangerous.
Bottom Line on the Wide-Eyez All-Weather Bike Helmet Shield
This is a clever and practical product that will be useful for people who bike in a wide range of challenging conditions. In particular, it could make life a lot more comfortable for cyclists who commute in the winter.
I really like this Wide-Eyez All-Weather Bike Helmet Shield and give it a big thumbs-up!
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Alex T says
What’s the tint like in practice, especially for commutes in the winter when it’s dark and wet and visibility is poor even with clear lenses?
How does it handle rain – does it fog up or become really hard to see through?
It sounds like a good idea in principle and I’m interested in giving it a try, even though it does look more than a little goofy 🙂
Average Joe Cyclist says
Hi Alex. Yes, I agree it can look a little goofy. But it’s like I say to my kids when they don’t want to wear helmets – I would rather look goofy than dead! Also, once you have your helmet on and everything else, no one can even recognize you. I tend not to care what I look like when I am biking, as long as I am comfortable and safe. For example, high-vis vests definitely have NO cool factor, but they might just save my life. Getting back to the visor, I plan to try it out in rain this week – I will then post an update. The visor is available in tinted as well as clear. I like the tinted, but have just ordered a clear because it is dark and wet most of the time at the moment. Because of the easy mounting attachment, I think I will easily be able to switch from tinted to clear.
The WideEyez were tested specifically to deflect various types of weather including rain, snow and wind. The can be used with or without sun/prescription glasses. They don’t fog so they become much more valuable than glasses or other options. If you add RainX to the outside of the lens, it even becomes a better product.
I look at them as functional and a great addition to a bike helmet. You won’t lose it and it can be used year round if you cycle year round! Check out http://www.WideEyez.com for numerous testimonials from users.
Michael (Treasurer) says
Price? And – is it a good idea to wear a tinted visor in the dark? On those odd days in Victoria in winter where it’s sunny I wear tinted riding glasses during the day and clear at night so how feasible is it to switch from tinted to clear?
Average Joe Cyclist says
Hi Michael. The product is offered in clear and tinted. Most of the time in winter I would ALWAYS wear clear. It would be easy to switch visors using the same mounting attaching. So ideally I would have clear and tinted. I have just ordered a clear one, as I only have the tinted.
Clear and Solar Bronze are available at http://www.WideEyez.com
Clear for non sunny days and night riding!
WideEyez are $39.95 or if you get a Day&Night Dual Pack they are $59.95 for all times all weather for one helmet!
$39.95 for Solar Bronze or Clear
$59.95 for a Day&Night Dual Pack
WideEyez are $39.95 a piece. A Dual Pack for Day&Night is $59,95.