AGV AX-8 DS EVO Tour Helmet
Good helmet but NOISY!
I have worn this helmet for several thousand miles now, both in town & extended trips. The fit leans toward the rounder side of the oval head shape. Not quite as round as an Arai RX-Q but close. I find it to be a comfortable helmet all round. If you use in-helmet speakers you will have to modify the ear pockets as there is not enough room provided for even the thinnest speakers. The helmet is also very noisy which I attribute to the basic design of the helmet. The field of vision is huge which is why I was attracted to this helmet. Unfortunately the shield detent/ratchet stops are very far apart & there is no detent for just cracking the visor for clearing breath fog. The screws that hold the shield in place vibrated loose & fell out on my second ride causing some fumbling to catch the shield. AGV said they were sorry but wouldn't send me a new set. Don't be so cheap AGV. The peak makes head checks at speed require a few attempts to get used to but when you expect the extra lift it becomes routine. All said this is a good helmet but these small quirks keep it from being a really great helmet.
June 24, 2014
Very comfortable, 100% recommended
100% recommended except for windy roads. Great design
June 16, 2014
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
I really dig the helmet and it is very comfortable. I did notice that it I had to be careful to tuck my ears in when I put the helmet on otherwise it would stay bent (or folded over a bit) with it on. People have complained that the ear cushions were a bit much but it really hasn't been an issue.
One concern is that I am going to buy a bluetooth headset (Sena SMH10) soon and I am not certain how the sound from the speakers will be muffled by the cushions. I honestly doubt it will be too much of an issue though.
I have taken it on/off road and the airflow is good on road. I have only taken the helmet to around 60mph and it is very comfortable. The peak of the helmet does pull my head very slightly if I turn my head at these speeds but I will be taking it off at these speeds in the future. The peak is fantastic for sunny days if I forget my sunglasses or when bits of dirt/rocks fly at my from my buddies when I am off-road.
The helmet is easy to clean after getting some mud on them. Disassembling the helmet's visor/peak for cleaning is very easy and they included some plastic screws that use a coin instead of a screwdriver. When putting the visor and peak, be careful about the plastic screws as you can easily break them if you cross-thread the screws - Luckily, they included extra plastic screws.
When the visor is up, you have the two bottoms of the visor in your field of vision but it isn't very distracting.
There is some road noise but it isn't too distracting.
Overall fantastic helmet with good airflow for when I am on/off road.
May 31, 2014
Comfortable helmet, requires some breakin, handles condensation really well.
This is my second ax-8, replaced first because it kept my cheek bone from smacking the pavement; visor folded in but didn't break and cosmetic damage to the face guard. Suppose to replace after an impact.
The second's redesign has nice improvements especially the rounding of the bottom front. For size, I have an oval head and measures right between the Medium and Large, this time I went with the smaller size knowing that they do breakin, snug putting on but once on it feels right where the large did have some movement.
May 22, 2014
Needs design work
It's difficult to knock the helmet too much, because some of my dislikes are completely subjective. Having said that, I would not buy a helmet with a visor again. It's impractical for anyone that needs to ride to an off-road spot and back on tarmac at speed. It's very uncomfortable. The helmet is the loudest I've ever had. At anything over 40 mph, with the visor down, I couldn't be heard by my riding partner over our intercom. The visor also has two big flaws. The angle of the visor is very steep and it bends your vision unless it is closed. It also has no indent to allow a small amount of air in. It's either open or closed. I just road a portion of the TAT wearing it and it was a pain. I should have worn my Quest and not worried about looking stylish.
May 19, 2014
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
Parts is parts...
I received my helmet today, removed it from the packaging, and parts began to fall off...
First the vent thing in front of the mouth area, then the chin dam fell apart.
Instead of $399.00, this should be $250.00.
I've got an AGV K4 that I got for $179.00, It is a wonderful helmet, this helmet...well isn't. Back to Shoei.
May 1, 2014