AFX FX-41 DS Hi-Vis Helmet
Good, but you get what you pay for
I wore the FX-39 until I was in a wreck last fall. Figured it was a good time to upgrade to the new model.
Overall, I'm impressed with the features available for the price. Styling is better, sun shield, better liner than the previous model and it even seems slightly quieter than the 39 (emphasis on slightly, this is still a pretty loud helmet).
It isn't without issues, but no helmet in the $150 range (new) will be.
The issues I have:
The visor is strange for two reasons - The "raise it to flatten to reduce distortion" is fine for the bulk of your viewing range, but the crease in the visor on the bottom is exactly where I glance down to check speed and turn indicator. The second issue is it just doesn't raise far enough. I have to tilt my head back to see anything other than the ground in front of my bike clearly.
Very minor complaint, but regarding bluetooth accessory - I've had to swap to a double-stick solution for both the headset and the speakers in the helmet. I'm not a fan of semi-permanent solutions and would prefer to be able to use the clamp and velcro (SMH S10).
Finally the finish - I ordered the orange (last one was black and a guy turned in front of me, figured visibility was the new priority). The paint is fading on the top. I don't see any issues with the build quality, but at any price the paint shouldn't be fading like it is, especially here in AK where we're not exactly overwhelmed with sun.
Very good entry level helmet and good features for the price, just keep in mind the potential shortcomings of helmets that are cheaper.
July 9, 2014
Shield doesn't retract _enough_
I think this helmet is great until you are going slow enough that you want to lift the shield (because you're in highly technical stuff) and then the bottom of the shield always seems to be right where i want to look.
July 3, 2014
I have 17 helmets this is by far the best value
I have paid too much for helmets in the past this one is absolutely the best value for money would buy another looks cool too.
June 2, 2014
Not bad for the money
Well I got a large and maybe should have gone with the medium. So if you're an Arai person...down one size. Little noisier than I like but it's also not a 700 dollar helmet. Great field of view and the spring loaded sun visor is great.
May 5, 2014
Value-added features in budget friendly gear
Fit and finish of the AFX FX-41 Hi Viz (Orange) helmet was frankly, more polished than I expected. I have been wearing high dollar flip-ups and 3/4 helmets for years. But a recent Airhead GS purchase prompted the off-road helmet purchase. I like the shape of the bottom edge of the helmet to help prevent injury, the helmet is light and faily aerodynamic, and the fit on my large melon was snug but is breaking in nicely. Great color that I hope lasts. I will look for the next gen for my next off road purchase. GO AFX!!
April 22, 2014
Great for intended use
Outstanding air flow at lower speeds and the visor blocks the sun almost as well as a ball cap.
If you ride in hot sunny conditions it's great and the Hi Vis Orange really stands out.
Highway speeds, wear foam ear plugs and be prepared for the wind to catch this helmet more than a typical street helmet when you look behind you.
If it's cold you're going to be cold -- but the face shield won't fog which is great. If you ride in the cold, or long stretches at highway speeds -- there are better helmets.
April 14, 2014
Great helmet for the money!
Like others have said, this helmet runs on the smaller size. I'm an XL in most other helmets but I ordered a L and it fit perfect. It is a warm weather helmet with all the vents. Goggles will work under the shield, at least my Scotts fit. Not sure about all brands. Internal shield is a nice feature and I had no problem with eternal shield hitting the visor in the up most position. Likey due to the visor being adjustable. Finish work is not of $500 quality, but it is fine. Some minor sharp edges and remnants of glue needs to be cleaned off, but very good bang for the buck.
April 7, 2014
OK below 45mph, deafening above that and poor design=returned after 1st ride
I live in the South and do a lot of commute riding on my Triumph Tiger and thought this would be a great option, especially after seeing another rider from about a 1/4 mile away wearing a helmet in the same color.
Mine arrived a bit banged up in the box from the factory (customer service was great about working with me) and my 1st impression is that at $129 you get what you pay for.
-Better field of vision than my Shoei
-Vents are AMAZING (very cool on hot days)
-Color (hi-viz yellow)
-Easy to remove & wash liner
-Good ear cutouts for headset
-Chin strap system easy to operate, even with gloves on
-Visor options (main & internal sun shield)
-Bad design: Visor scratched the shield when I flipped it up
-Big (maybe 10% bigger than my Shoei)
-Catches wind & pulls head when not looking straight ahead
-Not easy to mount external Bluetooth box (SMH-10)
-No easy place to mount external mount for GoPro
-Inexpensive construction (get what you pay for)
-No padding in factory shipping box
-Shield fogged immediately
-Did I mention it was LOUD?
If you look at the picture on this page you will not a small cutout vent at the neck line below the visor screw. On the one I received this vent now has a back cowl that protrudes from the helmet. This seems great for venting, but is the only spot to mount my SMH-10 and caused it to stick off the helmet about 1/4" and generate extra wind noise. I may remove the cowl, but I hate to potentially damage the helmet and block the vent.
Also, I've never worn ear plugs before on my commute, even on my Ducati, but this helmet is so LOUD (over 45mph) that I have to. This seems due to the high cutout of the neck line. However, this cutout also permits me to turn my head further when looking over my shoulder since it does not hit the armor in my jacket shoulders like the Shoei did. I also took the helmet off and went to carry it by the chin and my fingers poked through a cheap mess on the inside that looks like it was hot glued in place.
Overall this is a fine helmet for around town in you are on a budget, but terrible on the highway. I was making a lot of compromises for this helmet, but when I flipped up the $55 mirrored shield to try out the internal visor and then flipped it back down it was scratched in 4 places from making contact the the visor due to really bad design. That was the last straw.
I returned it, and the guys at Revzilla were great at working with me. Ended up biting the bullet and buying an Arai XD-4 in the same color. It's so amazing that I will never buy another "cheap" helmet.
April 4, 2014