Rumor has it that it rains in some parts of the world, and that motorcyclists often choose to ride anyways. For those of you who ride in the rain and are fed up with trying to ride while pawing at your shield or turning your head from side to side to get the drops to blow off comes Rainpal - an electric wiper for your face shield.
The Rainpal’s inventors claim it fits onto most full faced helmets, has multiple wiping speeds including a delayed speed, holds and disperses visor cleaning spray, and charges via USB. It can be detached in seconds when not needed, and Rainpal claim they’ve tested it up to 100 miles per hour.
The unit is controlled by a button on the side or a wireless remote which is strapped to the bars using a watch like enclosure system and comes with hot swappable batteries, which provide 90 minutes of continuous swiping.
Rainpal claim the kit will even diminish visor fogging too. That fogging is caused by differences in temperature on the interior and exterior of the visor, and keeping cold water off the front helps reduce the temperature Delta.
Unsurprisingly, this invention comes from England, where it rains just a tad more than it does here in Orange County. The unit weighs 150 grams which shouldn’t add too much weight too the helmet, but could feel odd concentrated on the visor.
Despite the fact that the Rainpal looks dorky, their helmet graphic looks nothing like a motorcycle helmet, and their website looks like it was designed by ten year olds - the Rainpal looks like a well thought out and developed little invention and would likely be worth the price of admission for those people who don’t think a little rain means it’s time to sit in a car.
The Rainpal retails for $70 for the black version, but you can pay an extra $1.25 for one with a U.S. or English flag on it. For those of you who ride in the rain, would you wear one?