Different visor colours

Different visor colours

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Graham

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16,321 posts

232 months

Sunday 24th February 2013
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Looking at the array of different visor colours this morning


clear, smoked, mirrored, mirrored colours, iridium, yellow etc etc

I've never used anything other than a clear visor, and a pair of sunnies if its bright ( i wear glasses so i will always have glasses or sunnies on anyway) what does any one thats tried different coloured visor see as the advantage,

presumerabley mirrored is just an expensive form of smoked, I know yellow is good for contrast, but are they, especially the irridium worth the dosh ( around 100quid for the iridium), or should I just stick to the glasses.. glasses also seem much quicker to change in the holding area !!

is the answer just fashion?

G

CaterBram Jnr

77 posts

123 months

Sunday 24th February 2013
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If your using the visor for an MSA sanctioned event make sure you take a clear visor with you as well.

Section K 11.3. states that Goggles or visors must be clear or neutral density filters.

However there appears to be no clear definition of what Neutral density filters are, so I have seen some issues with a number of drivers on Scruiteneering.


AWRacing

1,532 posts

173 months

Sunday 24th February 2013
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I've had iridium visors in the past and find them no different to a normal dark visor and because of this i only purchased a dark visor when i updated my helmet. If you wear sunnies then i wouldnt bother buying a tinted visor personally.

I've heard the yellow ones are pretty good in the wet, but i just usually switch to my clear visor if its wet. what is irratating is that my tinted visor is 'double glazed' whereas my clear is standard - surely you want the clear double glazed to stop steaming up in the wet...

as for scrutts, never had and issue at MSA or FIA events with the dark visors. Occasionally they might as if i can see colours through it but thats it.

CNHSS1

941 posts

165 months

Sunday 24th February 2013
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i used to sell Oakley glasses many moons ago. The yellow lenses are great in low light (early morning/late afternoon) if no sun, ideal for a murky UK race day. Really do make a difference and im a sceptic normally. Persimmon (burnt orange clear) were popular with golfers as they accentuated the ball agianst the sky and then grass (or sand/water/trees in the case of my golf game...)

the idea of the iridium is that it bounces some of the rays away before the lens has to filter it. Probably pushing it a bit to make a real difference in UK summer (its a thursday afternoon this year by the way), but useful abroad or where the surrounding surface is light too (desert, US tracks etc).

i suffer with bright light and end up wearing sunnies most of the year to drive normally as even a bright day with cloud cover sees me squinting which is waring and not great for the concentration, so a smoked/tint visors useful then.

as has been said, some scrutes do get a bee in their bonnets over visors, although if its a choice between seeing the next corner/braking point or fellow racer, i think they'd struggle to make a great case to stop you. Biggest issue is that i havent seen 'reactolite' visors, so sods law its bright and sunny when you leave the line and dark as a bag and slashing with rain by lap 2...

TimCrighton

971 posts

164 months

Sunday 24th February 2013
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Caution on Yellow or Orange visors as they can make the colours look different, ie. blue's to blacks etc.

I've always raced with a clear or tinted visor (iridium).

number 46

992 posts

196 months

Sunday 24th February 2013
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I have had abit of an argument with scrutineers over an iridium visor because they claimed that they could not see through it from the outside, I.e. a Marshall would not be able to see if I was conscious after a crash. However, after some discussion he let me use it and I did find it good in bright sunlight and when the sun was low. I think you need to get one that is not too silvered much like a light smoke visor.

Count Johnny

715 posts

145 months

Tuesday 26th February 2013
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A few years ago, a scrutineer (while examining my iridium visor like it was a loaded pistol) asked if I was colour blind, so I replied that - as witnessed by my possssion of competition licence - I was not.

But what, he asked, would happen if I were to become suddenly colour blind in the middle of the race?

I kid you not. Gotta luvvem! Do they want us to race, because sometimes I wonder?

shirt

19,193 posts

149 months

Thursday 10th January
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CNHSS1 said:
the idea of the iridium is that it bounces some of the rays away before the lens has to filter it. Probably pushing it a bit to make a real difference in UK summer (its a thursday afternoon this year by the way), but useful abroad or where the surrounding surface is light too (desert, US tracks etc).
dragging an old thread up as i am looking to buy a visor for my stilo st5.

are the different colour iridium mirrors for different purposes or do they all look the same when viewed and therefore just personal colour preference? its sunny all the time here with desert around the track and also little contrast between sand and sky. what would be best for these conditions?

mat205125

15,725 posts

161 months

Tuesday 15th January
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TimCrighton said:
Caution on Yellow or Orange visors as they can make the colours look different, ie. blue's to blacks etc.

I've always raced with a clear or tinted visor (iridium).
Exactly that! This is why a white car or a yellow or red car can look very similar under street lights.

Not an excuse for ignoring a "meat ball" flag biggrin