AFX FX-41 DS Hi-Vis Helmet
Kind of cheap, but does the job.
I have the FX-41DS in hi-viz orange, and absolutely love the style. I remove the bill for street riding, as it catches quite a bit of wind at road speeds, but it's nice to have and still looks stylish without it. I'm a bit disappointed in overall quality, the finish and plastic pieces scuff extremely easy and the visor scratched immediately by rolling across my driveway after setting it down (admittedly kind of roughly). It's kind of loud, but that's to be expected with how many vents this thing has (freaking everywhere). Fit is nice, and it's quite comfy even with glasses (took a few wears to soften the cheek pads enough to make glasses comfortable). The slide-down sun visor is really nice to have, I would consider it a must. The mouth vent on mine does not close all the way, so this helmet may not work for cold-weather riding, but with this many vents I didn't expect it to anyway.
Overall, I'm happy with it. I'd consider the quality slightly cheaper than the price, but it is on the lower-end of the spectrum for helmets anyhow.
September 16, 2014
I always bought my stuff in black so it matches whatever bike I ride. Now that I dual sported my KTM, I wanted something that was hi-vis, looked good, flexibility of earbuds and glasses, flexible airflow and less wind buffeting. This helmet does all that and looks really good - except the wind buffeting and earbuds.
As for buffeting, it is the same as all my visored helmets and might be better if I removed the visor, but my eyes are sensitive to sun, so I really like visors. Plus, I also like to tilt my head down and use the visor for face/eye protection if the guy in front of me decide to throw a roost. The shield has great flexibility and space for goggles or glasses. The sunvisor that is included is odd as it comes down "half way" which is something I am not used to. I doubt I will use the feature unless I am desperate. With sun sensitive eyes, I am usually well prepared - but it is an extra feature if you can get used to it.
As for the earbuds, I was simply hoping the helmet would be quieter, but it is the same as all my other helmets (typically they are $100-$150 helmets). The ear cavity's are ample for earbuds, but it takes a bit of precision to get the helmet on/off with the buds in place. I took small headphones apart and put the ear-muff things in the ear cavity. It works, but not as loud as earbuds and with the wind noise, it was not a great solution. As for all the other points, my review ratings are accurate. Other input includes:
1) My helmet cam holder was easy to attach to the visor
2) Liner removes and installs easy
3) Padding was a bit tight on my cheeks at first, but relaxed within a few rides - was never uncomfortable,
4) Hi-vis orange matches my KTM well
5) The website was not clear if "Orange" was available. When I called Revzilla, they clarified the AFX requires they list it as Hi-Vis as opposed to "Orange". YOu may want to call and clarify as opposed to order on line as I was afraid I would get hi-viz yellow.
6) Revzilla was flawless to deal with.
7) The flip down face shield is SOOOOO NICE! Got caught on a cold night and it helped!
September 8, 2014
Great helmet but it faded
I have had this helmet for roughly 4 months. It has never been outside of my garage unless it is on my head. The whole top of it has faded like it was left in a FL sun for a week. It is my only disappointment with it,. It fits well, vents great, can be seen for a mile. It's too bad it faded.
August 27, 2014
Cheap Helmet. Not Safe.
Vision is poor, the plastic line above the seal actually just gets in the way of your vision. The material is not comfy. Hard to wear glasses with without your ears hurting.
Wasn't expecting much because of the price but it does look good. Not something I would wear over for more than 20 miles and I would probably die if I wore it on a trip.
I've reserved my helmet for passengers because I find it dangerous wear this thing in Los Angeles traffic. I am also comparing it to my Schuberth C3 which is a lot safer helmet in all aspects.
August 25, 2014
I was looking for a helmet to use primarily when riding my ATV. I liked the style and color. The integrated sun visor was a big must have. My motorcycle helmet is a Nolan flipup. Granted the flipup is easier to use with glasses, but the FX-41 with glasses is no problem. I put the helmet on loosely and slide my glasses in and adjust the helmet. Air flow is better than my Nolan which sometimes is like wearing a greenhouse. The FX-41 is actually quieter than my Nolan. Wind noise at highway speed (65mph) with my motorcycle windshield at the lowest point (it is electrically adjustable) is better than the Nolan. I will be using the helmet primarily for ATV use but it is also good for MC touring. I could have gotten any other helmet but this one was well worth the wait in getting it. (Backordered).
August 25, 2014
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