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AGV AX-8 DS EVO Helmet

The AGV AX-8 DS EVO Helmet has taken one of the most high-end and lightweight dualsport helmets on the market (AX-8 DS) and has made some significant upgrades. Additional technical features like the visor and visor mechanism, a chin air vent that can be opened, and an open-able supplementary vent on the top of the AGV AX-8 EVO guarantees all the performance and comfort of a road model.

The AX-DS EVO features internal padding with increased thickness for improved comfort and greater stability. The shape for the outer shell in the chin area combined with a wider and softer base edge compared to the previous model reduces interference with any back protector used and decreases risks of impact traumas, thanks to its shock-absorber function.

Features:

  • SSL (Super Super Light) carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass shell construction
  • IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) funnels air though channels in the outer shell
  • Flat dual face shield in non-scratch, antifog polycarbonate
  • Dry-Lex internal padding with sanitized treatment
  • Removable and washable cheek pads and internal lining
  • Outer aluminum peak screws 
  • 3 shell sizes
  • DOT

4.2 / 5
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5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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AGV Helmet Sizing

Size  Head (cm)
2XS  51-52
XS  53-54
SM  55-56
MD  57-58
LG  59-60
XL  61-62
2XL  63-64
3XL 65-66

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

How To Measure

H Head Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and ears. Pull the tape comfortably snug, read the length, repeat for good measure and use the largest measurement.
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Shoei Hornet, Arai XD-4, or AGV Dual EVO? AGV Dual EVO!!!
I wanted a good dual sport helmet, and not some junk $110 bare minimum helmet. So, I looked primarily at the Shoei Hornet, the Arai XD-4, and the new AGV Dual EVO. They're all top-teir manufacturers who make quality products. Ok, I've been wearing Arai Helmets for the last 10 years, so my natural instinct was to go with the Arai. But then I discovered the AGV Dual EVO and had to check it out. I ruled the Shoei out pretty fast as it has quite a few negative reviews and I just didn't like it when I saw it in person.

So, now it's down to the Arai and the AGV. Ok, this is where things get a little sticky. I will say without a doubt that the Arai is a HIGHER QUALITY helmet with better craftsmanship. When you put the two side-by-side, that's apparent to anyone. The padding in the Arai is made of multiple density foams and it's covered by a softer-faced fabric. The AGV is still very comfortable, but the foam isn't quite as nice. Also the plastics and vinyl used for the chinstrap, nape area, and bordering areas isn't as high of quality as the Arai. But that's about it on the differences in quality. Are those to minor details worth the extra $150 bucks? To me, no.

Ok, so let's talk about the AGV:

SIZE: The sizing was spot on. Do yourself a favor and buy a $3 cloth measuring tape with both inches and millimeters and measure your head. Use that measurement to order your helmet size. At first I thought it might be too tight, but the foam has broken in and it's great. One thing I don't particularly find super comfortable is the chin strap. I feel it could be moved slightly forward as it tends to cut into your neck a little where it's currently at. I just wear it a little looser to counter that.

WEIGHT: Super light weight helmet! Perfect for those all day rides. However, they need to add some weight to the visor/peak. It occasionally vibrates at high-speeds (70-80), but when I strapped a small headlamp to it for off-road night use, all that went away. ZERO chatter at regular speeds.

NOISE: Ok, I'm going to knock off a few points here. It could be a quieter helmet. It's not as quiet as my previous Arai's, but I made a slight mod that fixed that. I removed the two cheek pads and put a section of Dynamat inside the helmet by each ear. Popped the ear pads back in and viola! Quiet hemet.

VISION: AMMMMMMAAAAAAAZZZZZZIIIIIIINGGG!!! The field of view on this helmet was the selling point for me! It's so good that you forget you're wearing a full face helmet. Anyone who says you don't need a dirt helmet with a wide field of view on a dual-sport doesn't know what they're missing. Zero distortion on the lenses...I have both smoke and clear.

VENTING: Pretty darn good. No hot spots and I like that all the vents are low profile, so there's no little plastic parts or covers sticking out that will break off when you drop it.

FOGGING: Well, this depends. Under most circumstances I have zero issues. BUT, I live and ride every single day in Seattle. When it's cold AND raining, I haven't worn a helmet yet that doesn't fog from the differential in temperature from your breath inside the helmet and the cold, wet air hitting the face shield. What did I do? Put a Respro Foggy in it on those days. Problem solved.

OVERALL: Styling is awesome! Looks good both with and without the visor/peak. Comfortable, lightweight, great field of view. Quality is 100% perfect, but the price point isn't too bad either. I'd like to see this helmet at the $300-$350 mark and the Arai at the $450 mark as that's what they're really worth.

Ok, hope that helps with your
June 8, 2012
Ride:
2013 KTM 990 Adventure Baja
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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2 / 5
Good, but not perfect - A long term review
I've had this helmet for about two years now, so I've had plenty of time to see how the helmet has performed, the pros and the cons. In general I'm pretty happy with it, but it's definitely not a perfect helmet.

Let's start with the bad:
- My biggest complaint with the helmet is that the upper water seal that prevents water from coming inside de helmet from the top is too hard and in time ends up scratching the face visors. I have two visors (clear and smoke), and both have a cloudy mass on top of my eyes because of the scratching. It's manageable, but definitely uncomfortable. (I did read that they fixed the problem eventually, no idea if they actually did)
-Noise and wind. This helmet is quite noisy at high speeds, and the shape makes the helmet move when you turn your head. This is with the peak off. Peak + high speeds is out of the question, the wind makes it vibrate at a very obnoxious low frequency. When I go touring, my solution is using some good earplugs and go without a peak, then it is ok.
-Safety. I've noticed the helmet doesn't cover as much of the lower-back of the head as other helmets. This is a small cause for concern, however I'm not totally certain it does have an impact on the helmet's safety. Fortunately I haven't had a crash with it yet
-Fogging. The visors are supposed to have antifogging coating, but with both shields it fell away very fast even with proper washing care... The solution here is slightly open the visors. It takes some getting used to because it has few stops but you get the hang of it.

Not all of it is bad though, it has some very good pros:
+Weight. This helmet is LIGHT. I mean super light. It's always come out as the lightest in any direct comparison I've done (with plenty of other moto friends). Once it's on, you basically forget it's there
+Vision. The faceshield is huge. It has by far the largest field of view I've seen in any helmet (including Schuberth and Nexxt, which pride themselves in having great fields of view). I love that it doesn't only have lateral FOV, but horizontal. It's super comfortable to just flick your eyes down and see the instrument panel without having the helmet blocking you.
+Comfort. The lining is super comfortable, soft and easy to wash. The general fit, strap and weight are superb. This and the amazing field of view add to the experience of not feeling the helmet on your head.
+Style. I love this helmet's looks, both the physical design and the paint scheme (I have the white, red and black). I love that it's pretty different from most helmets, it's far from boring but it's not the typical super crowded and blegh raceboi designs.
+Versatility. The helmet is designed to have the visor popped out and put some goggles on. I haven't ever done this as I have a dedicated enduro helmet, but it's good to have the option. I also like the option of having the peak. In city riding it's nice to have when the sun is going down, and even to just switch its looks.

In the end it's a very cool helmet, with very good features, but it's not the best. The price is a little too high for my liking, however if you manage to find it on discount as I did it's a good option. See the cons, and if you can live with them, go for it, it's a great helmet!
September 28, 2015
Ride:
2013 BMW F800GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Great look/fit/feel
This helmet is awesome. I came from dirt bike helmets to the icon variant (also a nice helmet but not as nice as the agv) to this. The only thing I would say is a down side is the mouth of the helmet seems close to your face like a lot of street bike helmets. Coming from Mx helmets this will take time to get used to.
April 19, 2015
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
2 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Good helmet but some things to consider.
I have owned the non Evo version of this helmet (AGV 8X DS) for a year now and though it's a good helmet I wish there were some things I knew before hand.

The Good:
The helmet has great styling, it is very light, and It has an excellent field of view. Also, this helmet moves a lot of air and stays very cool. I spent this summer driving in 111 degree weather and my head was the coolest part of me. Overall this is a comfortable helmet.

Things to consider:
Anthony mentions in the review video (@ about 3:30) that you can flip your face shield down over your goggles if you hit a dust cloud. However, this is not the case. Wearing goggles with this helmet requires you to remove the face shield completely (unlike the Arai and Shoei variants). Goggles will not fit properly with the face shield on and open, let alone close down over the straps.
Removing the face shield requires tools.
You can not "crack open" the face shield to allow a little air to flow. There are only three positions for the face shield... closed, half open, and fully open. In the halfway position the aggressively angled bottom edge of the shield lines up directly in your field of vision distorting your view.
The optional/replacement face shields are among the most expensive I've seen.
There are no recesses in the helmet for intercom speakers.

For what it's worth the AGV AX DS is still a good helmet just some food for thought.
September 18, 2012
Ride:
2011 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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3 / 5
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One issue!
I have ridden with this helmet for about 3 months now and am very happy with everything but one. The top half of the shield rubs on the gasket at the top when you open the face shield. This has led to the top half of the face shield being scratched and it is right in line with your vision. I may be the unlucky one and just gotten a dud. But unless you want to replace the shield every 3 month stay away from this helmet.
July 3, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Best of both worlds!
I wanted the best duel sport helmet at the best price. I narrowed it down to the Arai xd-4, Shoei Hornet and the AGV AX-8 EVO. I was lucky enough to try on all 3 helmets. Each of the helmets were very similar in construction. I did not feel any brand was more safe then the other. They all felt top notch for either highway or off road riding.

In terms of fit:

I have a long narrow face and the Shoei felt a bit loose and the style compared to the others was very plain looking. The Arai fit like a glove as did the AGV. I wear a size M.

When it came down to buying I chose the AGV.

I felt at $530 Aria is essentially charging a $130 premium for the helmets notoriety.
I also bought the dark shield for $69. $470 for both IMHO was a great purchase.

The helmet has great visibility with zero distortion. Goggles fit beautifully with shield up or down. The visor screws off easily if you want to ride long distances at high speed. Helmet is also very light. Interior padding is great and the craftsmanship is stellar. I believe AGV is owned by Dianese.

All in all, very pleased!
April 9, 2012
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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Didn't buy just 1 but 2!
Not gonna lie the very first thing I wanted to do after taking this thing on it's first ride was to pop that visor off. I bought this helmet because it's the most lightweight helmet that you can get for the price, and when it has that visor on it unless your in a more tuck position the visor pushes air staight at your head and my neck began to hurt after thirty minutes of riding. BUT I didn't buy this helmet for the visor. Other than that IT's all positive. The visibility is fantastic. I took the extra plastic piece out that sits right on the bottom of the faceshield and it opened up the bottom of the shield a lot. During the hot times of summer I like to pop off the front of the mouth piece and allows TONS of air to pass through their without sacrificing safety like with the half helmets. But when it gets cold it's nice to have that neck roller to keep air out of the helmet and also the chin guard. It's a relatively quiet helmet but i'm a driver that likes to wear earplugs anyways but it's not bad when I accidentally forget them. We had already purchased one of these and couldn't get away from it so we bought another one!
September 23, 2014
Ride:
2013 Honda NC700X
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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the price is right
Compared to the other high-end DS helmets, this one is pretty basic - and the price reflects as much. I chose it because of the value and style. I wasn't sure what to expect because the reviews of this helmet are all over the place. I was pleasantly surprised to find the helmet is quieter than my Shoei Qwest it's replacing and it's very stable at speeds up to 75mph. It's my first DS helmet and I was concerned the peak would be too much like a sail. It will catch some air but it isn't crazy. The chin curtain fell apart on me during the first ride. Really poor build quality there. I might super glue it - might not. Venting is good. Other reviews complain about the face shield developing scratches from the gasket. I see what they're talking about and I'm OK with getting a new shield from time to time because this is the coolest-looking DS helmet on the market and after wearing it for a few hundred miles I'm very happy I bought it. It comes with extra face shield mechanism parts which give you the option of having a detent halfway between open and closed or no middle detent. I got it at RevZilla's shop in Philadelphia. Cool place.
May 4, 2014
Ride:
2013 BMW G650GS Sertao
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Perfect*** (If you're not using a headset.)
Coming from an AGV K4 EVO, I expected a similar fit with a similar sizing. This AX-8 EVO that I received in large is a perfect and snug fit. It is a very light helmet and out of all of the other DS helmets, it is the sharpest looking one. The visor seal stops any water from outside and the switches and vents are easy to operate. The one and only qualm I have with this helmet is I cannot comfortably run SENA speakers in it. They create pressure points on my ears. This causes discomfort on 30+ minute rides and when taking the helmet off. In addition, mounting the headset bracket involves working with the rubberized footing at the base of the helmet, which crackles as the glue comes apart when you do so. Buy this helmet if you don't plan on using a headset and be happy as a clam. Look elsewhere if you want to use the bluetooth.
January 6, 2015
Ride:
2013 Suzuki DR-Z400S
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Not a bad helmet for my usage.
I use this helmet when I ride my BMW R1100 RT, so I'm using it for road riding. I've also been riding dirtbikes for decades so I know what I like about particular helmets.
For me the decision to by this helmet allowed a melding of the attributes I wanted in a helmet. Mainly a good sealing face shield, a wide field of vision and a peak or visor.
The AGV does all that and generally I'm pleased with it.
My only complaint at this point is the obviously flimsy construction of the peak, it's very weak and doesn't need much force to get it to snap. Mine took one tumble into a gravel parking lot from the seat of my bike when the wind caught it and blew it off. $37 later and I have a new peak, I will be very careful with it this time. My dirtbike helmet has taken many more times the abuse and has even survived a few mellow endows intact. That's what a dual sport helmet should be able to withstand. If I used this helmet on my dirtbike that stylin peak would be snapped off in the first fifteen minutes of riding.
For the usage I bought it for it's okay, I'm satisfied with it.
June 7, 2014
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Why did you choose this?
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Looks like I stole it from a storm trooper's speeder bike.
S A on May 25, 2016
Needed a new brain bucket with a visor.
John D on Apr 2, 2016
Looks like I stole it from a storm trooper's speeder bike.
S A on May 25, 2016
style, price, and reviews
Peter R on May 17, 2016
Needed a new brain bucket with a visor.
John D on Apr 2, 2016
Best helmet I've ever worn. The visibility alone makes it top notch. It's quiet, comfortable and awesome looking.
Carl B on Mar 11, 2016
great dual sport helmet,looks great.
dan k on Jan 6, 2016
Video that Anthony did
John F on Nov 26, 2015
I chose this helmet based on primarily based on reviews, especially about noise level, weight, and stability at speed. I originally wanted an Icon Variant, but this helmet seemed to be more dual sport oriented. Plus it looks better with the peak off. I'll post a full review when it arrives.
Julian N on Jun 8, 2015
Recommendation from Revzilla Rep based on the description of my odd shaped head.
Cesar G on Apr 12, 2015
Because its stylish.
Rafael Z on Apr 7, 2015
Looks nice on a sumo.
En H on Nov 29, 2014
look at it
petehemlock on Sep 23, 2014
i chose this helmet because it has a jet fighter look with wide peripheral vision and because the icon vaquero is sold out and because i can't afford the AGV Pista GP carbon helmet right now.
Damian V on Jul 29, 2014
I already have an Arai and was looking for another a light helmet of good quality .My local store only carries Arai and shoei
Herve B on Jul 20, 2014
Best relation price/quality on dual sport offering, Great design
Pedro Miguel C on Jun 22, 2014
Great features, great look - getting back to owning a bike and new to the market - video breakdown helped with the selection, venting looks easy to use appears to be 3 to 4 season riding helmet and versatile to use off road!
John C on May 8, 2014
Quality, fit, price/performance.
Mark S on Apr 30, 2014
Replace prior ax-8 that kissed the road
MELVIN B on Apr 28, 2014
tried on at Cycle Gear, they didn't have it in stock wanted me to order from them pay CA sales tax and drive back to the store and pick it up.. heck with that I'm buying it from Revzilla
Tom H on Apr 27, 2014
Light weight.
James L on Apr 22, 2014
The video overview you guys did as well as the reviews.
Ron W on Mar 17, 2014
Been acing to try a DualSport. This seems like a good entry-level helmet.
Snorre Kveim on Mar 5, 2014
AGV makes hands down the best helmet on the market! I spare no expense when it comes to protecting my dome piece.
Brian C on Jan 31, 2014
This helmet has all the features I was looking for EXCEPT a drop down sun visor. I will post more after having worn it for a while assuming it fits my head shape.

Have worn the helmet for 3 months now. It fits me well (similar to Arai RX-Q). Great field of view.
Only complaints: Noisy & intercom speakers were a difficult fit. Required trimming the foam which I don't like doing. Check the tightness of the visor mounts before & after riding. Mine fell out on the first ride.
Mark on Dec 17, 2013
Good reviews, fits my atv'n needs
M L M on Dec 9, 2013
Light, good styling for DS bike, removable visor, accepts goggles.
Avery A on Sep 23, 2013
I was looking for a white helmet to wear at night in order to increase my visibility. I opted to go with the AGV AX-8 DS Evo for several reasons...1. The increased line of vision which will reduce my blind spot at night, 2. Aggressive style, 3. The quality and affordability of AGV and 4. Planting a seed to eventually purchase a dual sport bike, 5. The white so i can be seen at night.
I'm currently on a Duc Monster with a black jacket and black matte arai... Not safe at night.
Alex L on Aug 28, 2013
style, price, and reviews
Peter R on May 17, 2016
Best helmet I've ever worn. The visibility alone makes it top notch. It's quiet, comfortable and awesome looking.
Carl B on Mar 11, 2016
How is the clarity of the shield? I have a cheap Bilt adventure helmet, It is like looking through a fish bowl. Very distracting.
A shopper on Feb 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This is the best full face helmet and shield on any helmet I have ever owned. It is super clear and practically distortion free. There is NO blind spot with this helmet, you have complete peripheral vision and it is super light weight. I love this helmet. It runs a little small but with Revzilla's no hassle exchange its a no brainer. I personally think it looks best without the visor on.
There is much talk of this helmet being very light weight. Can you tell me how heavy this helmet is in a large or medium?
A shopper on Dec 29, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I find this helmet to be very well balanced & fairly light. It weighs 3 lbs/ 4.6 oz on my kitchen scale. It feels substantially lighter than my Arai RXQ. As this was a Christmas gift & I live in Alaska & it's currently too slick to ride.
so I can't speak to the noise levels but expect it will have a little extra due to the peak.
Hey i was wondering if the visor peak on this helmet was removable?
A shopper on Sep 5, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is. You have to have a screwdriver to do it, but it can be removed. Enjoy the helmet! I love mine!
Just bought the helmet. Where can i get a dark visor for it?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Revzilla carries it. It's the version from the previous helmet version but fits the new evo. I have it and it's super cool.
I would be installing a Sena BT headset in this helmet. Does anyone else have this set up? I see in the other questions where it says there are no recessed spots for the helmet speakers, is this a problem when it comes to comfort?
Paul B on Sep 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I installed the smh-10 headset fairly easily on this helmet. There is room for the speakers.

I removed the padded inserts (they snap out easily) and slid the speakers between the actual padding and the fabric cover. It was very easy to do. I don't remember having to make any modifications to the padded inserts for the speakers. If anything, I might have had to make a small incision to slide them in. You will need to play with the wiring a little bit, but it all fits together nicely.

A couple of tips:

1.My headset came with a wired mic and a boom style mic. The wired option works much better.

2. If you plan on using your headset for listening to music, I highly recommend a set of Torx speakers. They plug into the Sena headset and sound incredibly good.

Hope this helps,
--Jason
There is much talk of this helmet being very light weight. Can you tell me how heavy it is in a large or medium?
A shopper on Dec 29, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This is the lightest helmet I have ever used. It is so light and comfy that I have forgotten I had it on a few times. Fantastic bucket for your brain holder. Seriously you will not be disappointed with this helmet. AGV is the best.
Hello! I'm interested to buy this helmet, but afraid to miss the size. I live in Ukraine, so due to complexity of returning process (to the USA and back - it's neither cheap nor fast) i'd like to pay extra attention picking the right size.
Usually I wear "M" sized helmets. I have tried Icon Variant sized "M", HJC CS-12N sized "M", Shark S650 sized "M". But, the only AGV helmet I tried - it was AGV RC-5 Skull off-road helmet, also sized "M" - was unbeleivably small for me.
I also tried Uvex Enduro and it also should have been size "L" to fit my head.

So, can anyone tell how AGV AX-8 DS EVO compares to other helmets, preferrably of the brands described above?
Many thanks in advance.
Konstantin U on Nov 29, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Hi Konstantin,

I have a large oval shaped head. I originally ordered a LG based on previous HJC Symax sizing. However, in this size although the helmet felt quite tight, I was able to push it up and off from under the chin bar. Exchanged it for a MD and this is perfect. Tight but comfortable with no risk of coming off. A great helmet BTW - quiet, light, well ventilated and the visor keeps distracting sunlight flashes off the screen. Hope this helps, cheers Bruce
Is there a pinlock option for this helmet?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2012
BEST ANSWER: At this time there is no pinlock shield available for the AGV AX-8 DS EVO Helmet.
My previous helmets have all been XS (M2R and Caberg). My head is a long oval shape and measures 54.5cm. Would it be best to get the XS or the SM?

Thanks!
red on Apr 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would go with the SM. My head circunference falls in the range of medium helmets, which is ok for an Arai helmet that I have. But I got my AGV AX-8DS EVO in size large and it fits as snugly as my Arai helmet.
What's the difference between the AX-8 DS Evo and the AX-8 DS Evo Tour? Besides the color choices.
Keith H on Mar 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The tour is designed specifically for street use and accommodates body armored jackets better. The non-tour is a dual sport design and the back edge of the helmet is lower for better neck protection and stability.

The AGV AX-8 EVO is the successor to the regular AGV AX-8 DS Helmet, and the DS is the dual sport version of their AVG AX-8 Dirt Helmet.  So, we've seen the AX-8 come out, the well adopted within the dirt world. They took it to the next level with the DS where they added the shield. And what I actually have here, the Silver as well as the White are both going to be regular DS's, and I have them out here. This is actually my helmet out here on the right, to compare to the EVO, which I have in the middle.  You're going to see they're very, very similar.

So, the DS took a face shield and some more on-road, off-road, dual sporting ability, and they've added that to the dirt foundation.  What they're doing with the EVO is they're really, they're really refining some of the nuances.  So, I spent a thousand miles in Italy in my AVG AX-8 DS. I have some signatures on it.  I rode with this guy on the Italian Legendary Tour.  And, if you come in tight, you can see what it looks like without the visor; really, I call it Top Gun Style.  It's really just a gnarly looking helmet, but what you're getting around that $400 mark is a very light weight very high end dual sporting helmet.

Now, moving into the EVO, I'm going to move my two helmets that are regular DS's out of the way here.  Moving into the EVO, the first thing I want to hit on besides the fact that it's a high end, really light weight, really functional dual sport helmet is the nuance's, the improvements over the last model which was the regular DS.  Now, on the EVO, we really have three main improvements.  The first one you can't see, and that's going to be the density of the padding on the inside as you get into some of the higher, the higher size range; so a large, extra-large, 2X in this helmet has a slight different fit pattern.  It's still intermediate oval but it's going to be a more consistent and better fit for you guys with big heads.

The second thing I want to note is when I flip it around to the bottom here, I'm going to pull of the chin spoiler, we've changed the way the front peak comes together.  The first thing we've done is we've gone from hard plastic and now, we've moved to a more rubberized piece here that's going to guard against really trauma to your chest and sternum area if you get in a situation where your head goes down and the helmet's going to come into contact with your chest.  It's not something they saw a lot of, but it's just something that they evolved after this helmet being out for a couple years; and so, you know, we want to make it a bit more protective.

The other thing they've done is they've increased the density and the size of the internal guts here right around where your mouth goes, or where this chin vent would be.  So, where this would come into your face in a crash situation, it's going to be a slightly more forgiving area of padding versus the thinner padding that was in the original DS.  The other notable feature here is we've gone to aluminum bolts here for the peak just for durability's sake.  You know, they were plastic bolts that sheared off on the previous DS and they've gone to aluminum.  It adds a nice style touch but again it's they're a little bit more rugged going forward.

If we come back to the helmet, if this is the first time you're seeing it, really, it's going to have all of the other, the same other properties as the original AGV AX-8 DS Helmet.  So, it's dual sport.  It's built off the dirt chassis of the regular AX-8 Helmet.  It's a very light weight helmet shell.  It's very strong.  So, it's DOT and ECE 22.05 rated.  It's going to be carbon fiber Kevlar and fiberglass so you know you're getting that composite shell that's really nice and light weight, but it's using minimal amount of materials because you're using more technical and more specific materials built to manage the energy in this outer shell.

Removable peak, I showed you what that looked like on mine.  The nice part, my favorite things about the helmet, is I noticed, you know, when I spend a lot of time riding in this helmet, I wear it a lot when I'm riding our 12 GS, or again when I was touring with Dainese [SP] on the Italian Legendary Tour, little distortion in the face shield.  It's going to be a UV resistant face shield.  I didn't spend a lot of time changing face shields you know between a clear and a smoke but it is a screw mechanism.  It's not one of the super-fast change modules but again that, that's, I would consider that one of the drawbacks of the helmet.

Ventilation was fine.  I rode in Italy in this helmet.  It's got nice big channels on the inside.  You're looking at four intake vents from the front so you're going to have two brow vents.  You can see if you come in tight opening and close very easily.  A single chimney here right on the top, and as we move down towards the chin you know where you might just have a grill on your dirt helmet, they've gone with a slider up and down that's going to vent to your face, and again we do have a removable, removable breath guard here as well for the cooler times of the year, and also a removable chin spoiler.

If we start to turn it back, you're going to see that nice big rugged shape to it.  It's going to be that dual sport or off-road shape which has the ridge here that's great for putting your goggle strap across.  You can wear goggles with this guy.  And then, you know, hit a dust storm and flip down the shade shield.  But also, as we look at the back here from a venturi perspective, or from a breathability perspective, you're going to have two venturi vents up top as well as two that are built in along the rim here down at the bottom.  What's that going to do is whenever you have a sphere going through the air at high speed create an area of low pressure by the helmet, it's going to help suck out, passively suck out that more moist air that comes in through the front, pull sweat away, pulls that humidity away from your head, and sucks it out the back keeping you cool.

So, as we move into the guts of this DS EVO, we're going to see its similar materials that we've seen in the DS's and the AX-8's of the past.  It's going to be a wicking material, it's anti-microbial from AGV, and cheek pads are easily removable, solid neck roll creates a decent seal.  Again, I've dual sported in this helmet.  I've also spent over a thousand miles on the road on twisties working hard on the bike and I felt it performed reasonably well for my expectations considering I was riding a myriad of different bikes when I was overseas.  And really, you know, I chose a dual sport helmet that was going to be maybe a little bit of an anomaly compared to all the other sport helmets that everybody I was riding with was wearing themselves.

So, here's your cheek pad.  It does have a decent cut away to install a communicator system, but I found that I actually ended up trimming some of the foam, very easily removable on both sides.  So again, if you're sweating, if it's the summertime, pull over at a gas station, rip these bad boys out rinse them under the water.  In about ten minutes, they'll be dried out if you leave them out in the sunlight, and you'll be good to go, easy way to keep yourself cool in the warmer times of the year.  And, it's going to be four snaps to pull out the entire comfort liner, which we'll see encapsulates the head.

There you go, so we have nice big mesh panels that are going to allow the channels to do their job as air enters the helmet and then, circulates towards the back; and notice they've done an okay job of keeping the stitching away from areas that might create a seam.  I would love to see them move some of the snap tabs a little bit further away from pressure points moving forward, that would be one of my critiques of the helmet liner itself.  And if we look at the inside, you're going to see nice big channels, you know, 10 mm vent holes, both forward and aft where vent would, where the air is going to come in and hit your scalp and allow itself to get sucked through those venturi vents in the back and pull it out of the helmet.

The last thing, I did give it, I'm going to give it good marks from a personal opinion standpoint.  I did, I did mention I've ridden in a lot.  I also want to note that you know while I did trim the cheek pads a bit, I did have a good experience.  Notice I have an SMH-10 from Sena here as my comm system installed on my personal helmet, but I did feel that it was very easy to install the comm, it interfaced well.  You know, sometimes, when you get into the dual sport realm of helmets, it's a bit of a different shaped helmet so you might have different, or varying lengths of booms.  With the Sena, it worked really well.  Three of us used this in Italy.  It was a nice touch, and it actually, you know, you can see where this guy's mounted.  It didn't add a ton of turbulence to the helmet so I was, I was pretty happy with it.  You know I also managed to get Agostini, Lucchinelli, and Simoncelli to sign this guy.