AFX FX-41 DS Helmet
OK helmet, poor QC
This is my first foray into the realm of budget helmets. I needed a new lid to replace my Arai Vector as it's out of it's service life and falling apart (amazingly comfy lid btw). I'm not intending on using this for long, only a few months until some new helmets I've been waiting on are released. With that in mind, here are my thoughts:
Fit: A little large. I wear a medium in most other manufacturers (Arai, AGV, Shoei), and I like my fit snug so the helmet doesn't bobble around (you know...proper fit). The medium AFX is pretty big and there is definitely some play right out of the box. My head measures just a tad over 58cm, so according to the size chart I thought medium would be fine. It fits, but wobbles a little more than other helmets I'm used to. I'm not sure if the small would fit better or not; just be weary.
Noise: It's louder than my previous helmet, but I wear earplugs or earbuds for any ride longer than 20 mins, so this doesn't bother me. I haven't heard any whistling or anything weird.
Venting and Airflow: Most of the venting comes up from the neck area, or in through the visor when cracked open. I get absolutely NO venting through any of the vents on the top or back. There is excessive hot glue plugging up the holes under the plastic vent pieces rendering the vents useless. Luckily enough air comes up from underneath that it hasn't mattered yet.
Vision: Shield is clear and distortion free for me. Sunshade works great and comes down nice and low. Just dark enough to block enough sun to make it comfortable, but not so dark it's hard to see in dusk/dawn situations.
Finish and Quality: Terrible. Glue over-applied everywhere, so much so that it has blocked all of the vent holes. Visor seal is crooked, and forehead liner attachment points are bent. In general, most fit tolerances are huge. Obviously there is little to no quality control within AFX, or they just don't care, because this helmet is a travesty in this department. Very disappointing.
Conclusion: I didn't expect too much out of this helmet for it's cost, and most things are forgivable for a low cost lid. The blatant lack of QC in the manufacturing process however is somewhat frustrating. Obviously, I don't expect this helmet to compete with other helmets 5x it's cost, but some BASIC quality control would have been nice. To have all of your vents plugged from the factory isn't acceptable in any helmet at any price. This is something I can't even fix as the holes are not accessible from the inside of the helmet. Other than that, it's about what I expected. Maybe I've been spoiled by my previous helmet, but I tried to keep my expectations low with this. It'll work for the next few months, then serve as a backup.
September 23, 2014
a little noisy, but worth the price
much better on the road than the 39, a little noisy but with all the vents its to be expected. fit is like was described and comfortable all day.
September 22, 2014
This is the 2nd AFX DS-41 I have purchased from Revzilla.
I contacted Revzilla on the sizing and was assured it was the same as the AFX-39, which I wear a small in.
I ordered the Gray AFX-41 in a small.
Upon arrival,and trying the small 41 on, it was noted that the 41 in small is way smaller than the AFX-39 small!
There seemed to be zero padding in the neck, and forehead area. It fit very tight!
Also, on the back of the helmet there was white showing through where it looked like they had missed painting it.
I returned the helmet to Revzilla, and chose a medium AFX-41.
They were out of stock on the Gray, so I chose Flat Black.
The Medium 41 fits a bit lose, but there is proper padding in the neck and forehead area.
The ventilation on this helmet is insane! Tons of air flow!
Vision is also excellent , and the shield seemed to fog less than my 39.
The drop down tinted visor was also great, although a bit cheap. The shield seems to hold its position in the detents better than the 39 also. I can crack it open to the 1st detent and it will stay.
This helmet is noticeably louder than the 39. I attribute this to the ventilation, and the way air flows in beside the shield and tinted visor.
I had no trouble with the shield hitting the visor and scuffing up the clear shield,as others have described. The Visor, in the lowest setting, allows the shield to fully retract up.
Overall, I love this helmet. I'm saving it for a summer helmet, and keeping my 39 for cooler temps.
September 22, 2014
Great helmet with a few flaws...
Got the helmet in Feb 14'. I use it daily and I like the wide field of view and the flip down sun visor when I'm in the dirt although it's way too light to block any real sunshine. I ride about 50/50 as I'm in Uganda. The drawback to this helmet are that it's HEAVY but for the price I expected it. The other BIG drawback is that the constant use of the face shield quickly stripped away the ratchet notches so the visor no longer stays up.
I wrote AFX and they've sent me a new visor and shield which they say has been improved over the original for free! Haven't tried it yet as I'm in Uganda and the package was shipped to my US address. I hope to update once the new stuff is put on. All in all, it's more than adequate for the price!
September 22, 2014
Awesome helmet for the price!!!
I love the way this helmet looks and feels.
Flows tons of air. You can feel the air in your face even with the shield down. I never tried using the visor, I took it off the moment I got it. My buddy said the visor catches the wind pretty hard at 50mph and above.
Very comfy helmet being how light it is and has a great field of view. I wear a 2XL scorpion exo 500 and a LG for this helmet.
Over all its a awesome summer helmet. It will NOT keep you warm in colder riding conditions with all the air flow.
My SENA 20s fits great using the sticky mount on the side.
I wear earplugs when I ride cause my bike IS SOOO LOUD!
(BMW S1000RR full akra with shorty can)
Only thing I do not like is the screw on visor system. No such thing as a quick change for that. I recommend the mirror shield.
September 22, 2014
Don't be fooled by the price!!
I bought this helmet as a temporary solution while I researched for my next permanent helmet. It has been a month and I'm still using it because I like it a lot!
I thought I was going to use it for a week while I bought another helmet to be honest, but I was very pleasantly surprised by it and I still don't know if I will buy another helmet as I'm liking it.
It is somewhat noisy, especially at freeway speeds, but it does have great ventilation.
The internal sun visor is a must in California and I use it on a daily basis.
The whole thing feels solid and well constructed for the price.
I was able to install the SENA SMH-10 on it as well without any issues.
I highly recommend this helmet if you're looking to save some money or if you want an amazing replacement helmet.
I would buy it again, no question about it.
September 20, 2014
I love this helmet.
I've worn a good amount, and own too many helmets, but this one fits my caveman head perfectly. I took the visor off, and it looks even better I think. I could not be happier with it.
September 16, 2014
a great product for the price. although cheap, this helmet is comfortable and stylish. it doens't feel super durable and its quite heavy, but much better than the options we have here in brazil. it's also loud because it's super vented, what is important for warm cities. the only con is the vision through the lowest portion of the visor, which makes difficult to see the panel without moving the head.
September 15, 2014