AFX FX-41 DS Hi-Vis Helmet
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
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