Question about face shields

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  1. NHL Rules NBA Sux

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    Today I bought a new face shield for my helmet. This one is a clear one as opposed to the old cage style that I normally use. The reason I bought a new shield is because I am thinking that it will help me see better on the ice because I sort of have trouble with my vision with the traditional cage style shield. Does anyone else notice a difference between the two styles? are clear shields easier to see out of? what are your experiences?
     
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    There are pros and cons to each. If you can keep the fogging down clear shields are pretty nice. I have an Itech shield that has wire cage at the bottom with replacable half shield. All in all it's pretty nice. The down side to it is two fold. First, I wear presription sports goggles under my helmet so the combinatoin of the goggles and the shield is a recipe for major fog. Second, you need to replace the clear shield periodically due to scratching. Once it gets a few scratches on it it becomes hard to see through.

    Bauer and a few other cage manuafacturers have created low gloss silver cages to make it easier to see through. I haven't tried one personally so I can't vouch for them but both my daugters have them. I have held it up to my face before and I do think it would be easier to see out of than my full black wire cage.
     
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    yeah the one I had before is a Bauer helmet with the black cage. The shield I just bought is an Itech. I was wondering if those were pretty good
     
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    I love my combo...and fogging isn't an issue with me. I personally don't have j-clips on my helmet since it don't fit so my shield is farther away from my face, and I smear shampoo all over it and my glasses so keep the fogging low. Scratching isn't an issue either as I always store my helmet in a spare jersey when in my bag.

    In addition to the gunmetal cages...Itech has an I2 with black outside and white inside. I've been curious and interested in trying that sometime.
     
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    Do you notice a difference between using the clear shield as opposed to the cage? can you see better out of it?
     
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    Heck yes...I was actually a visor wearer for a little while there till I realized some of the guys I play with have no control of their sticks.
     
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    meaning you were afraid you would get wacked in the mouth?
     
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    Essentially yes....

    I'm interested in trying the I2 cage with the white color...cause normal cages, I just can't help but notice the bars in front of me! I'm wondering if the white helps at all in blending in.
     
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    I use the low-gloss silver cage now after previously wearing a black one. I really like it, to me it's much less noticable than the black.
     
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    I use a white FM480 cage, switching from a black FM480 and the white really blends in with the ice and boards and the visibility is a lot better, in my opinion.
     
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    I always had planned to get a white or silver wire cage but ended up geting black. I found that the black "faded away", as opposed to white which I initially thought would blend in. But trying them on - black seemed better and I know at least some people prefer black. Silver for the looks is great, but I worried about reflection of it (into eyes), and also whether the paint would be more easily scratched off, leaving the wire metal exposed. (dunno that was a rational fear or not :) )
     
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    The black never bothered me. The white blurrs against the white ice and boards background in a way that thows off my focus, though I only used it once and I haven't tried the grey.

    Full face visors protect the eyes way better than half visors.
     

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