AGV AX-8 EVO Hypno Helmet
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
I like it allot. but there's 2 negatives:
1. The upper part of the shield getting scratched from dirt on the seal. When opening and closing the shield, it slides 20-25mm on topp of the seal. so keep the seal clean.
2. Ventilation in the front doesn't close as much as i would like, on cold days i get a running nose cause the cold draft.
July 24, 2015
Great at first but then...
I watched the reviews and fell in love with the look and specs for this helmet. Bought the helmet and thought, AGV will be a way better improvement than my Vega! Wrong!
Immediately after first using it the chin curtain started peeling off! (Cheap glue I guess) I've since crazy glued it 3 times and hot glued it 2 times, but it still doesn't hold well. For the top vent I went to open it, and felt the top screw was loose. It was loose because it broke in half! I tried to drill out the screw because it's plastic, but instead it pushed the whole thing deeper into the helmet.
I bought this helmet in a small, it fit snug and seemed great, but now I've had it for 3 months and it is so loose! I tried washing the pads to "fluff them" to perhaps give me a tighter fit, but it's still loose.
Lastly, as I read in reviews it is noisy on the freeway, but also when riding on the street too! I can hear a whistling from the visor not sealing and perhaps it's the loose pads that aid in the wind noise, but it is a lot louder than my Vega.
Overall I'm disappointed that I spent a good chunk of change for a helmet that should have been an improvement, but instead seemed to be a cheap waste that looks cool :( I don't recommend this helmet.
July 7, 2015
Lightweight and cool but poor vision, hot, and noisy
I purchased this helmet last winter and have been using it regularly for about 3 months and about 6k miles. I live in Minnesota so my early riding experiences didn't include much hot weather. My first impression of this helmet was great! It looks awesome and it's lightweight. The problems I have with it are as follows: The AGV helmet is very noisy compared to my HJC full-face (CL-17) that I replaced. The padding is tight enough on my ears that they hurt after about 4 hours of riding. I have not installed the bluetooth yet but Andy's review said he had to cut away some of the foam. The visor is big with plety of open shield to see the instruments but that also means it can't go up high enough when I flip it up. The tips of the shield are right smack in front of my vision. I have to only raise it half-way. The visor is more annoying than the tight ears. This helmet is very noisy going down the road. Another reason i have not installed my bluetooth. The venting is not adequate. I don't need to be in an icebox but when the temps get above ~85 degrees my head is hot in this thing. It will be brutal when it reaches 100. The visor is only attached on either side with nothing in the middle. At highway speeds it vibrates so much it tickles my nose. My plan is to reinforce the visor with a center rib to help eliminate the vibrations. Lastly, the D-ring fasteners on the chin strap are difficult to reach, particularly with a heavy riding coat on. A quick release chin strap would be beneficial. My next helmet will likely be something different.
June 23, 2015
Ive had this helmet for a month or so. I bought the smoke shield. Looks great fits good. I did break a screw holding the visor on one morning on my way to work . I was going slow through some mudd in my driveway an the lens started to fog so i went to flip it up quickly an snapped the washer an screw head off. I didnt realize until i made it on to the freeway. When my shield started flapping in the wind. Agv doesnt make metal screws or washers so that kind of stinks but at least i got extra now. The other problem is the visor vibrates in the wind. So much it can get hard to see depending on the wind. I ride a 1190 adventure with the big wind screen an its very adjustable. I never found a setting that helped. Every thing alse about the helmets is great. The cloth inside is soft an some how does a good job of not ripping my ears off or gabbing my ear buds when taking it off an on. I would buy this helmet again. But the carbon naked version .
May 26, 2015
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
Nice looking helmet
Bought this helmet a little while ago....been riding mostly in cold rainy weather. Seems to be fitting slightly large, really comfortable...quite a bit of buffering at speed above 120km/hr but that was expected with the visor.... Really good vis and the white and red helmet sticks out on the road which is nice. Not much ventilation but the haven't tried it without the mouth/chin piece .... Fogging up lower speed on cold rainy day but alright at highway speed... Would not pay full price for this helmet but with a big discount it's alright.. Super light. Awesome for long rides...
March 30, 2015