Jon Farmer (Montreal )
If you are looking for a low-priced, simple helmet with a good built-in bluetooth system for listening to music and making calls with, this is the helmet for you. I did a lot of research before choosing this helmet (looked at Sigis, O'Neals, Bilts, etc.) and read a ton of reviews on all of them. For all of its features, this one is by far the best-priced and is the one most likely available wherever you are (I initially wanted a large, black Bilt bluetooth helmet, but it wasn't available anywhere and this was the cheaper 2nd choice). I can't speak for the Bilt I didn't get, but I am very happy with this one. FIT - It fits well, but not perfectly. Based on your head shape, you might find it digs a little bit in certain areas when you put it on (for me, it's at the forehead, but I've read it can be in other areas by other reviewers). Either way, it is very minor and unnoticeable after a minute or two. The sizing chart for this helmet is accurate (I sized higher-end of large and large fits well). FEATURES - The features (i.e. built-in bluetooth) are the only reason I bought it. On day 1, I recommend you read the manual and learn/practice the controls in your house (adjust the volume, change songs, take/make a call, etc.); if not, you'll be annoyed with the controls while riding. Because of the way the helmet is built, the cushions act to keep external sounds out and the speaker sounds in (i.e. at mid-high volume in stand-still traffic of my first ride, I couldn't hear an ambulance's siren right behind me, so be careful!). Taking calls with the built-in mic works very well (i.e. they can't tell you're riding) at <70km/h and is just okay (i.e. they say they can hear some air turbulence, but still hear me clearly) at >70km/h. I agree with the other reviewers that the speakers don't provide as much bass as one would like and the mic is effectively useless at very high speeds (>120km/h). Air flow - I was really surprised, but air flow is excellent! During hot days, its never hot with the vents opened. During cold days, it only fogs at very slow speeds (vents wont help, opening the visor a crack solves the problem immediately) and at high speeds with vents closed, you stay relatively warm and there's no fog! Speaking of which, the included visor is NOT DESIGNED FOR THE PINLOCK SYSTEM! (you won't need it, but I thought I'd mention it) Appearance - Its a simple looking helmet, so nothing more to say about that. Cost Benefit - Its the cheapest built-in bluetooth helmet of good quality out there right now. Of course you could find higher-quality built-in bluetooth helmets for >$600CAD, or buy the helmet and bluetooth separate for >$450CAD, but having a cheap built-in version is so much easier and simpler for the buyer (I really don't know why there aren't more of these out there!). Ultimately, you'll be happy with how much (or how little!) you paid for the quality of this helmet!
Wayne Cridland (Sandpoint )
I bought this helmet 5 years ago and have been very happy with it. The fit was correct and sits well on my head, even at 75mph. There is some wind noise with it but not bad enough to wear ear plugs. I like that I can lift the face and take a drink without removing the helmet. Good helmet for the money.
Eran (San Francisco )
Whatever company makes these needs to re-learn how to make transparent visors. The plastic cover has weird streaks through it, making the ride very surrealistic.
Douglas (College Park )
No problems with this shield at all. Immediately swapped the clear one at purchase for this tinted helmet. Love it.