Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Portland, Oregon
Faceshield fogging--got heated shield yesterday
I went out yesterday for 5 hours in heavy fog with the temp between 33 and 38 degrees. Even the bike's windscreen was covered with moisture, though there was no rain and the roads were dry. I have a Hotwired heated jacket and was comfortably warm, and comfy gloves, but I was having a continuous trouble keeping my Schubert C3 Pro's faceshield clear (it has a pinlock insert) and was driving with it cracked open a lot, which was uncomfortable because of the chilly air and a safety consideration so I had it full up part of the time. Anyway I got frustrated and while having breakfast in Vernonia, Oregon I started looking online for helmets with heated facemasks. I noted online that snowmobilers have better helmets for cold conditions, often having helmet devices that keep one's breath away from the faceshield, as well as heated masks on some. Those might be an option, but instead I noticed a couple of brands (Bell and Scorpion) of moto helmets with heated visors are available (unfortunately not Schuberth) and so I bought a Bell helmet with an electrically heated facescreen, MX-9. It will no doubt be a lot better for fogging than the Schubert if for no other reason because it is about 3x as "airy" (Schuberths' are very tight, you could describe them as either "well-insulated" or "poorly ventilated", depending on your mood at the time) besides having an electric faceshield (not yet hooked up.) Worth a try. I've got 30 days to take it back. I use Splugs (hard-wired ear buds) so the additional noise should not be a problem.
The rest of the story: When I cleaned my Schuberth helmet this morning I found that the pinlock was not seated on the bottom--about a 2mm gap--so was not really able to insulate the faceshield well, as designed. Hmmm. I should probably try the C3 Pro out some more before giving up on it. Just my personal story of trying to cope with winter issues. Nice time to ride, actually, if you have well-behaved equipment. I'd be curious to hear from other pinlock owners on their experiences with fogging.