AGV AX-8 EVO 5 Continents Helmet
Excellent Dual Sport Helmet with a Visor
I have been using this helmet for quite a few months now, I mostly ride dirt these days on my DR-Z 400 or KLR 250. But I also have a V-Strom 650 and I use this helmet for all my riding, regardless of conditions.
If you want a lightweight comfortable helmet for dirt and/or adventure riding, and you want it to have a visor, this should be your helmet of choice. It is incredibly comfortable and lightweight, provides awesome protection and field of view, and does not compromise your ability to wear goggles if you should feel the need. I find that I just use the visor because the helmet works very well with the visor and even when I am riding technical single track I just roll with the visor down. If it's very hot and humid where you live, you may want a helmet with better ventilation.. but you'll loose some of the street-ability of this helmet. It does an excellent job as a DOT dirt helmet and as a adventure helmet. If you are going to go for a long distance ride over 50 mph you should pull off the sun visor so that the helmet isn't pulled around by the wind, regardless it is a very good helmet even at high speeds (especially if you run it naked.)
Buy it, you won't regret. I tried the cheaper afx helmets first and they had defects right from the factory. Thanks revzilla for your excellent exchange policy.
October 8, 2015
Great commuter helmet
I really do love this helmet. I tried on a few of the cheaper alternatives before getting this one and I can really feel the build quality difference. This feels strong and solid. So far I’ve had it out in 80+ degree weather and 40 degree rain and its doing great at both so far, I’m thinking this will be a great commuter helmet. My only big negative is the visor swap, I really miss the quick swap on the other helmets I've had. I switch from clear to dark a lot and having to carry a tool (I have a small washer on a string) and deal with that slow swap is a little frustrating. Also, the peak catches the wind at freeway speeds and causes some low end noise. Nothing too bad and is probably not something most people will even hear. All in all I’m really happy with the helmet and love that I can pull the peak off and use it on my street bike as well.
October 7, 2015
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
Best All-Around Helmet I've Used
This helmet is an excellent option for those who want a helmet that can transition between off-road/dual sport adventure riding and atraight road/street riding. I ride a lil kawasaki klr 250, in which case a leave on the beak, pop out the clear visor throw on a pair of goggles and good to go! I also have a Ducati Hypermotard 1100S that I ride mostly on-road, in which case I pop off the beak and throw the clear wind visor back in. This helmet has 3 large vents on the front top, and a large vent on the mouth all of which are closable, and allow for excellent airflow. I have been very pleased with the styling and performance of this helmet. Although transitioning between the two styles of helmet that this contains in one, could be made easier by going with a tooless design as other manufactures have started doing, I can transition this helmet in less than 5 minutes, with tools that I always have in my pack. Overall very pleased!
September 14, 2015
Almost a great helmet
This could be a great helmet, but it has 3 annoying problems:
1. The visor rubs the gasket, causing scratches that are visible in my peripheral vision. Many reviewers have already pointed this out. It's annoying but not a deal-breaker by itself.
2. The peak vibrates in the wind, causing a low frequency vibration that seems to get transmitted directly into my skull. Earplugs to nothing for this, and it's very fatiguing. I haven't noticed any other reviewers complaining about this, but it's a major problem for me, and I've been avoiding this helmet for day-to-day use as a result.
3. The cheek pads have no cutouts for speakers/intercom. Is this an adventure helmet or what? I don't like the idea of having to cut into the lining on an expensive helmet.
Other than those issues it's a great helmet -- stylish, good finish, great airflow. A little noisy, but that comes with the territory. The peak is functional, and catches less wind than the Arai and Fox helmets I've tried (aside from the annoying vibration). The lining is comfortable, and the helmet is light for what it is. I like that the peak and visor can be removed independently from each other, and the visor works fine with goggles.
AGV just needs to fix those three issues and they'll have the best adventure helmet as far as I'm concerned.
September 11, 2015
Overpriced for what you get
Helmet is long and narrow externally. Headchecks at higher speeds catch the wind. Also not as stable as some. And this is with the peak removed. Under chin seal is fiddly to get in and out. Light, good looking and comfortable. If it cost $250 rather than $399 I'd be happier.
September 7, 2015
Great helmet, just not "$400 great"
I bought this helmet about two months ago and I've done about 1500 miles in it so far. Also, it's worth mentioning that I ride a naked bike (no windscreen). First off, I'd like to go over the positive aspects of the helmet: It's super light, reasonably quiet (compared to my previous helmet-Scorpion EXO150...which is a very loud helmet) and the volume really drops when riding with the chin curtain in, it has good ventilation, and the width of the eye port...wow. Incredibly large field of vision. If I'm looking forward, I can't see the edges of the eye port out of my peripheral vision. So given the positive features, I'm already happy with the helmet. But now, on to the negative stuff: It whistles...It's not a loud whistle, nor is it really maddening or anything, but it whistles at just about any speed above 45 mph. The chin curtain is poorly put together and the fabric started coming off of the plastic bits that hold it in place by the third or fourth time i used it. There's a serious design/engineering oversight where when you open the visor, the top of it rubs against the eye port gasket and now there are two spots on the top of my visor that are scratched, which is super irritating when riding into the sun. Also, according to AGV's size chart, I wear a size large, and when I got my helmet it was too big. I returned it and got a medium which fits fine. The padding inside the hemet certainly leaves something to be desired, especially if you're coming from an Icon, Scorpion, or Shoei helmet. It's reasonably comfortable on long rides but it will beat your ears up if you don't take the time to make sure they're really tucked into place when putting on the helmet. Also, The helmet is listed as being an intermediate oval shape, but I feel its kind of halfway between intermediate and round oval shapes. All in all, I'm happy with the helmet, but for $400, I shouldn't be scratching my visor just from using it normally.
August 26, 2015
After a 3300 km road trip I can say it is a great helmet
I took the white version of this helmet on a 3300km road trip. On this trip we pretty much hit every weather condition from heat, to down pours and even some snow on a mountain pass. Helmet held up really well.
What I liked:
-Extremely light for the price. Definitely helped reducing fatigue on long rides.
-Visor/peak angle is good. During the day it really help lower glare and cut down on sun directly hitting my face
-Visor/peak was okay on highway. Despite the warning found in the box not to exceed 100 km/h and other users reporting vibration, I was regularly riding at 120 km/h and did not experience any noticeable lift or vibrations. This all depends on your bike and wind shield of course. Mind is a Hyperstrada with a Puig touring screen.
-Looks cool. I rock the dark shield and it just looks amazing, I get people complementing on how cool my helmet is all the time.
What I didn't like:
-Helmet is a little hot. Both from the material they chose which felt hot to the touch, to the surprisingly low airflow to the face (compared to my Icon Variant), adds up to a kind of hot helmet for summer. Not unbearable, just not the coolest.
-Somewhat load, I rock earplugs or noise isolation earbuds, but wind noise is still pretty harsh for a helmet this price. Though I can see why given all the angles and the peak on this helmet.
-My biggest complain, it is almost impossible to fit communicator speakers in. I mean I can put them in but it gets so tight it hurts my ears. So I ended up going with earbuds.
Other than that, I would have preferred a ratchet style buckler, but not a big deal.
All in all still love this helmet. Not as comfortable as my Arai Signet GT, but way nicer than my Variant.
July 31, 2015