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Bauer Aviator Pro Half Shield

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Bauer Aviator Pro Half Shield (Tinted)

Helmet used: Bauer 4500 (medium)


Fit: It fits the 4500 perfectly. It doesn't pull the sides of the helmet out where it attaches either, so it does not affect the fit of the helmet. Spacers are provided and the side slots allow you to position the visor how you like it: more forward, closer, higher or lower. It also stays in the same position and doesn't loosen up too much over time like some other visors.


Protection: Obviously, you're not going to get as much protection as any cage, but for a visor I would say that it is one of the better protecting ones. However, it is a non-certified visor. The Aviator does come a lot lower than the straight cut which is nice and provides a little more protection. It is a polycarbonate visor so it does have some flex in it, while at the same time staying strong.


Optics: One thing that I like about the Pro cut aviator visor was that the bottom of it comes down far enough so that it is not in the middle of your vision. With the straight cut visor I felt like I was getting dizzy from the cutoff point sometimes, but with this it is not a problem. There is no distortion with the curve in the visor either. I purchased the tinted version of the visor and I like slight tint it provides. The tint is very minimal and does not seem awkward looking out of it. I have worn this visor in both well and poorly lit arenas and there was no problem. Of course if you bought the clear version you would have a much brighter view, but I prefer the slight tint.


Fog: Although it claims to have an anti-fog coating on the inside, it fogs up pretty easy if you do not use any anti-fog. Once is starts to fog there is not much hope in reviving it on the bench. Alone, this visor will fog tons, but I have found that using dish soap on the inside before every game has almost completely eliminated any fog problems.


Durability: I take care of my visors and put my helmet in a pillow case when carrying it in my bag. The outside is pretty strong and there is no chipping or chaffing in the tint. I have also used paper towel to clean it (which usually puts swirl marks on visors) and I haven't had a problem. Microfiber towels are the best to clean it scratch free though.


Intangibles: This visor looks great. Clear or tinted, it is a very clean visor. Its simplicity it what makes it stand out among the rest, it just seems like how a visor should look.


Conclusion: Great visor. By far the best set up I have used over any of the straight cuts. Comes with all the hardware to install. A little pricey, but I think it's worth it.

Overall rating: 9/10

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