We first met Paul from Visorvision at Silverstone in 2010. The team were taking part in the test day just prior to the third round of the National Endurance Championship.
I had already been using the V2 Sponge for years to clean my visor and when I got talking to Paul, realised that it was his company that supplied the product. If you’ve never tried it then I recommend it, it’s the easiest way to clean a visor that I know of. Jonty and I both use it as it’s a quick and easy way to clean our visors between sessions.
The test day was a gorgeous day, clear blue skies with a warm and dry track. After we talked, Paul gave us some other products to try, with no pressure other than “give it a go and let me know what you think”. We parted company on Friday night as he wasn’t going to race on the Saturday.
Race day turned out to be a little different from the test day! Practice was in the dry but right at the start of qualifying the heavens opened and it started to bucket down with rain and it didn’t stop all day.
Jonty and I tried the Raincoat product Paul had left with us to see if it would make a difference and I have to say that both of us were stunned!
The treatment that it gives to your visor means that you don’t get that annoying layer of droplets on the outside of the visor as the moisture builds up. The compound means that water simply balls up and runs off. You don’t even have to do that really annoying “turn your head sideways into the wind stream” malarkey that I’m sure you are all familiar with to clear your visor.
Endurance racing doesn’t stop when it rains…
Not once did I have to wipe a finger over the visor or even consider moving out into clear air to improve my vision. I simply put the bike where I wanted to and Raincoat took care of the rest. The result was a second place on the day and lap times as quick as Steven Neate, BSB National Superstock rider.
Personally I think that there’s a tremendous amount of cack around product endorsements. Most of the crap you see from the professional riders is based on how much dosh a company is prepared to spend on them and how available the rider is to receive that dosh!!! ; TM72 Racing is an amateur team. We make our money through normal jobs so we don’t have any self-interested commercial agenda to follow.
You can’t race if you can’t see and wet conditions present enough challenges to a rider without having your visibility compromised. When you race in endurance and the conditions are changing it becomes even more important. Every race is declared a wet race so, if it does start raining the clock doesn’t stop, you just have to deal with the conditions.
In my view Raincoat is one of the best products that I have ever used, simple in its execution but effective in its impact. If you value your vision in wet weather conditions I wouldn’t hesitate to use Raincoat.
UK National Endurance champions 2010
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Andy McKnight TM72 – UK National Endurance Champions 2010