Half a year ago I changed my regular Samshield Shadowmatt for the Miss Shield. I bought my first Samshield when they start appearing on almost every rider’s head – it was definitely a trend all over the world. I bought it because my previous helmet wasn’t a great one but I probably ended up buying this brand because I was also a “victim” of that trend.
I ended up falling in love with it, my little black Shadowmatt was super comfortable, I felt safe in it and it was pretty. I didn’t think it look fabulous on me but I thought that was something that would happen with all the helmets on Earth.
I used it every time I rode for about 5 years and the scratches and rust started appearing, the silver paint on the front disappeared leaving only a white and ugly square – it was the right moment to replace my old buddy!
I thought I would get a GPA First Lady but for some reason their helmets don’t make me feel 100% safe and there was another problem: would I really spend around 600€ on a new helmet? I didn’t think so.
Then everyone started talking about the Miss Shield so I decided to wait and see if was worth it. When I first saw it it didn’t love that band on the front. It looked a bit sloppy, like if it was there because they didn’t find a better way to join the two parts of the helmet but then I looked at the premium version and I thought that it was a fun way to personalise them.
The visor and that front band are the only two different things on the Miss Shield, everything else is just the same you get on a regular Shadowmatt helmet: the outer shell is made of polycarbonate, the inner shell is made of polystyrenene and you have the same foams to place inside the helmets as well. The ventilation of this helmet is just as incredible as on a regular Shadowmatt too.
There is only a negative aspect, not only on the Miss Shield but on every new Samshield helmet…In my opinion the finishes on the interior of the helmet seem to have lost some quality because now they are made of plastic or something that looks like it.
Now onto the real question: is it worth it? If you like this brand but the size of the visor is completely indifferent to you, go for the regular Shadowmatt. The comfort and features don’t change as I have said above. Its suggested retail price is 295€ and for the Miss Shield is 345€ which is a 50€ difference. There are some stores that have lower prices though!
If you are looking for a long visor then this Miss Shield is the cheapest I can think of and the one I recommend you – comparing with GPA’s First Lady and Kask’s Star Lady.
Uhh and I almost forget to say this, the Miss Shield looks a million times better on me than my old Shadowmatt!!