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 In Tests: Wide-Eyez

When Graham Hill (no, we're not talking about the twice World Champion Formula 1 60s) sent us from Colorado to its Wide-Eyez for a test, we first had some doubts about its use in the field of mountain biking but at the same time we also had a great curiosity to test it under different conditions, and in fact in some cases proved to be a real surprise.



The Wide-Eyez is a visor made of an acrylic plastic and designed to be applied to the helmet with the objective of providing a protection from sun, wind, rain, hail and snow. Also it allows you to also use eyeglasses and be moved up if not used or even be removed altogether.


It applies to almost every helmet model via a pair of 3M adhesive and Velcro fasteners. It 'available in three different colors: Clear, Solar Bronze and Smoked Grey. The weight measured by us of the visor was 48 grams while the hardware assembly weighs 23 grams.


The Wide-Eyez is sold directly on the website of the manufacturer to the $ 39.95 price, including a choice between the three color shield and mounting hardware. E 'can also buy the packaging Day & Night, which includes two visors referred to a choice between a Clear and Smoked Bronze and Grey, in addition to hardware assembly, to the price of $ 59.95.

Info:  www.wideeyez.com

The test

The installation of the Wide-Eyez on the helmet is made without difficulty. After removing the normal visor, if present, once fixed the two stickers on the sides of the helmet, it is then possible to apply the Wide-Eyez through the two Velcro hooks, which in their turn are fixed to the visor by means of a screw. These latches can still rotate so as to allow both to lower that of fully raise the visor. If an error occurs, however, the stickers can be removed if done immediately, and correctly replaced. In any case, the manufacturer makes available on its website a descriptive of video editing.


We received in testing both the Solar Bronze version that Clear. In any case, the drive of the Wide-Eyez to decline or rise is very practical and once placed in one of two positions the same remains stable well, thanks to the presence of two small locking holes at its ends.


The material appears of excellent quality and provides a good vision without producing distortions, as well as a substantial protection from dirt and sunlight as regards the Solar Bronze version. Basically it's almost like having a mask, although the aesthetic aspect of the face look more like a jet pilot that a mountain biker. Also good mounting stability.


We appreciated a lot on particularly cold days, when the wind protection has proved very successful which offered not only the eyes but also the surrounding areas and without otherwise creating pesky fogging. On evenings out we could make, however, the Clear version.

It is a fairly new product that beyond the aspects a little 'bulky, will be greatly appreciated by those who wear eyeglasses and does not feel comfortable with contact lenses or want to purchase the glasses specific, but you can also find popularity with those who prefer more protection than is offered by regular glasses.


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Test - A visor rather than glasses


Bikin'Valais has readers up on the other side of the Atlantic and one of them, Graham Hill, is the patron of Wide-Eyez, a company based in Colorado that produces visors to ride your bicycle helmet. When he asked me to test one of these visors, I of course agreed, while being quite skeptical about the usefulness of such an accessory. One of the slogans that I read on the site was: "You have a windshield on your car, why not bike?" Well, just because I like to explore the area without windscreen ... The nose in the wind, immersed in the world that I travel, rather than hidden behind glass.

Given this, Graham sent me a model "sport" untinted. The accessory also comes in larger "tower" and with a tinge "bronze" against the sun.


First stage assembly. There must still be a little handyman (but a little bit is enough) to position the two brackets stickers on the edges of the helmet.

Mounting the visor on the helmet Casco.

These supports are provided with a double-sided sticky tape on one side and a sort of "Velcro" plastic on the other. A climb two other small media on the visor before assembling it all, through the magic of the velcro. The visor, if it has been properly positioned, then is pivoted between the raised position and the lowered position, covering the high face.

Accessories "velcro" stickers come with the visor.

Accessories "velcro" stickers come with the visor.

To be honest, my first attempt was not the most successful. The shape of my helmet "Casco" prevented the double-sided to adhere properly. The second installation, a Giro HEX, was done without problem, with a very strong fixation. The mechanism that rotates the visor is however a bit difficult to adjust precisely, between too loose and too tight. The pivot is either too easy or too hard and tightening discards a bit at the mercy of pivoting.

The pivoting mechanism is a little time recalcitrant.  Either too loose or too hard, the middle ground is hard to find.

The pivoting mechanism is a little time recalcitrant. Either too loose or too hard, the middle ground is hard to find.

Fixing the visere on this headset proved problematic with insufficient contact surface for the pressure-sensitive part.

Fixing the visere on this headset proved problematic with insufficient contact surface for the pressure-sensitive part.

An effect "windshield" effective

In use, the first moments are a bit disconcerting. Accustomed to wear sports glasses, at first I found the "glass" fairly remote, with an effect "windshield" real. Then I forgot. There, in fact, the protective effect against the wind much better than with glasses. Even in the cool mornings of March and April the eyes ran over and I could easily read the screen of my counter, which was not the case in previous days, eyes misty when I lowered the head. The protection against the wind is clearly the highlight of the set, with sufficient ventilation to prevent fogging in wet and cool weather. My visor is totally clear and transparent, but Wide-Eyez also offers a model with tinted glass for warm days. This can be useful to medical spectacle wearers who want protection from the sun while enjoying a sunscreen at the same time.

The advantage of a visor attached to the helmet is also not having to search his glasses ... If you have your headset, you have your "glasses".

On the helmet Giro, fixing is stronger.

On the helmet Giro, fixing is stronger.

Find the right setting

Plus points. For cons, I'll start perhaps by mounting the set. Simple, but still more complicated than to grab a pair of glasses, provided we know where they are stored. My head is slightly bent (I hope it is only the outside), I have had fairly fumble for the right position of the bindings. And again, it is not won, for two reasons: the helmet moves slightly in use "real" and the weight of the visor induces a slight rocking forward. However, the visor is only effective if it is near the nose, but it comes quickly after a few moments rubbing bumps. We meet and having to straighten his helmet at regular intervals. No big deal circulating quietly, but I will not put my visor helmets while mountain biking.

The pivoting mechanism.

The pivoting mechanism.

A look to accept ...

In the end, this visor keeps its promises of "windshield" to cyclist, by housing much wind and being always available as long as you have your helmet with you. Personally, and quite paradoxically, it is perhaps this effect "windshield" bothers me more ... All in all, it is not really worse than glasses, but not frankly better either. As for the look, we say that it depends. The head of the wearer and all of the viewing angle. From quite frankly ugly. But this, this is not really the fault of Wide-Eyez.

Effective against the wind, but the look is still special ...

Effective against the wind, but the look is still special ...

In summary:

A useful and effective accessory if you often ride in the wind, on paths not too saggy and you're the type to misplace your glasses, look at a particular price and less variety in the choice of your "pare -breeze". Difficult to match your glasses to the dress of the day


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Daily Camera - March 2, 2014


Graham Hill started Boulder-based 21 Wheels in 1997 as a means of developing avenues for alternative transportation. Since that time, Hill also has sought to launch functional products he thought could fill voids in the bicycle industry.

One of those efforts led to the creation of Wide Eyez, a bike helmet shield suited to affix to the existing helmets on the market. The shieldwould help to provide protection from the elements and other issues such as insects.

Hill spoke with the Daily Camera last week about Wide Eyez.

The following has been edited for clarity and space.


1.) How long has the shield been in development?

For about a year. The product just came out a few weeks ago. It was my love for bicycle fairings (windshields used to reduce drag or protect cyclists). I used to sell recumbent bicycles ... (including those) with a windshield right in front of you.

Then I had this used bicycle helmet that I picked up at a garage sale and it had a shield on it. I thought that if I made one a little bit differently and made it more of a universal application, maybe that would work out.

2.) What traction — in sales and pick-ups by stores — has the product gained since its launch?

I'm getting into some stores and already have some online presence.

There are a number of verticals in the bicycle markets: cyclocross to road bikers to mountain bikers to commuters ... the list goes on. I think I've really fallen into the adventure cycling, the mountain biking and commuting (segments).

This is not a high-end product, necessarily, yet it is a functional product (that can be used) for events such as Ride the Rockies or commuters biking long distances. I think Wide Eyez is appropriate for that. If you wear sunglasses for a long period of time, you can get sore. This product (can) flip up like a visor on a motorcycle helmet.

I think it's appropriate for long-distance riding, those who commute year-round.

3.) What hitches did you encounter when you were developing Wide Eyez?

First and foremost, I wanted to brand it as a Colorado and Made in the U.S.A. product.

Certainly, I could've introduced this product by sending my specs and my CADs offshore somewhere. But anybody could do that.

Cycling is becoming more U.S.-branded. We wear more bike helmets in this country than most places around the world. ... Because of that, I really wanted to have a product that was universal in its application.

For liability issues, I could not drill into a helmet. I wanted to come up with something that makes sense and was at least stylish enough that it could be applied for the daytime user as well as the nighttime user.

It's a clear shield designed so that there is room to wear optical glasses or sunglasses underneath. I don't tout the UV in my shields, but there is some UV (protection) in there.

4.) Do you continue to be involved with 21 Wheels?

I wanted to differentiate the two (companies). 21 Wheels is not necessarily all bicycles. It's concepts, it's projects, it's consulting.

5.) What are your next steps for Wide Eyez?

Mostly to really penetrate those verticals. And personally, I do know a number of people in the bike industry. I will continue to work with those contacts, but also personally go to the more viable bicycling communities (such as) Minneapolis; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Chicago. Those are my visits for sure that I will have.

I probably will visit most of those places before the end of May, while, of course, building Boulder, Denver and Colorado.

If I could crack into three or four markets, I think I've got a pretty good shot to make this a pretty sound business.

— Alicia Wallace

The Boulder Source - Feburary 11, 2014