AGV Horizon Racer Helmet
Very happy with this helmet
Unfortunately my Bell Star helmet didn’t match my new Ducati so I searched for something affordable, in the mid-performance level that looked great. My purchase of the AGV was just what I was looking for. Just having the retractable sun visor was worth the purchase. It is so convenient not having to switch visors to tinted or wearing sunglasses. Just a flick of the leaver and you have instant shades. The only problem I found is that the cheek pads seem to fit quite tight. They are beginning to break in but are still a bit uncomfortable. Other than this, I am very happy and would highly recommend this helmet. Above the features, it looks very sick.
July 21, 2014
this is an awesome helmet. I've compared it to the Shoei GT Air, the Shoei 1200 and the HJC FG17.
For my head, its the best fit together with the Shoei 1200. Its relatively light (given all its features) and has an excellent sun visor that is especially handy if you wear glasses.
The quality of the visor seems somewhat less than the Shoei or even the HJC (even thou thats a 180$ helmet). There are slight reflections on the visor and it seems to collect "dirt" extremely easily...not a good job AGV! For 400$ i expect more. The upside of the visor? its 100% fog free without any pinlock inserts.
The helmet overall is very comfortable with plenty of space for your ears, one of the main complaints I had with a lot of other helmets.
I think this vs. the Shoei 1200 is almost a wash. What won me over is the styling (looks better than the 1200 IMO) and the additional features such as the internal sun visor.
All in all, a very good helmet for the price.
July 14, 2014
Excellent ventilation and protection
I have just ridden from from San Francisco to Tucson with a nearly purchased AGV Horizon from my local store (my prior helmets were a Shoei RF-1100 and a GT-air).
During the trip I had had a big crash after hitting a small deer, going down hard face first and skidding for 60-80 feet face first. The helmet shield remained shut the entire time and while the helmet needs to be replaced, it did an amazing job protecting my head. I was able to ride two more days to Tucson.
Some general observations. I find the venting excellent on the helmet - the chin flows a ton of air onto my face and you can feel the air flowing over your head when the top vents are opened. The internal shade works nicely, although it takes a little time getting used to the small tab on the left side of the helmet that moves it up and down. I wear a smoke visor as well and was pleased how dual smoke visors worked crossing the desert. I didn't need sunglasses. The chin strap seems to be a little too much to the left. Not sure why it isn't more centrally located. Apart from that, it's a fantastic helmet with a great fit for my head. I wore it in the store for 30 minutes before purchasing. I tried numerous AGV helmets, but this one felt the best.
I just ordered a replacement one with Revzilla. :)
July 19, 2014
So I waited till summer to review this helmet because I live in Florida. Air flow is good, to me this was the most important thing, yes you still get hot but it has got good vents so when your moving very comfortable and it's 95 at the moment.
Sizing, I fell between 2 sizes and I opted for the larger size. Now the helmet is broken in it is a little loose but still secure and will not come off my head. Maybe I should have gone with the smaller size I don't know?
Vision is super clear. The sun visor/ glasses? not bad. To me it's fine, I wear glasses and these just take the glare away, could be a tiny bit darker. Vision wise not fantastic but good enough, not sure how to say it but it's clear but you can see lines if you look carefully. I knew this when I bought it and to me not a deal breaker.
The helmet is quite noisy but I ride a cruiser and it's got a big air kit on it so it's gonna be load anyway.
Slightly lighter than the average helmet imo and it's got the sunglasses in as well remember, very comfortable helmet to wear padding is real good.
Ok, is it worth the money ? is anything?
Would I buy it again? F*** yeh, in a heart beat. not only is it a sexy looking helmet but it's very comfortable, air flow is really good and no fogging.
June 30, 2014
This helmet makes me sad.
Love the look of this lid and in my mind the AGV brand stands for quality, but given the price, I'm sorely disappointed ...
The visor doesn't seal completely so there's always a gap
If you turn your head to the side while at speed, the visor opens up
It whistles louder than a drunken sailor
The D ring is a pain, even without gloves.
Yeah, I love the style, but if I could return it I would. For this amount of cash, I expect a whole lot more attention to detail.
January 17, 2014
I've put about 7500 miles on this thing in the last year- when I got it there weren't many reviews on it and it was a bit of an unknown quantity. I did get the iridium visor as well, but it's very pricy for what it is. So far, the helmet is fairly comfortable, though extra padding on top would help. My issues with it are:
1. Visibility. While I've dropped $120 on iridium visors for the exterior and interior, I find myself using my AX-8 more often due to the wider field of view.
2. Quality. By now, checking the sides allows the visor to open up about 3mm while at speed, resulting in a lot of noise and dirty air. I'm fine with this at $150, but edging $400? That's inadequate. The plastic hinge system is easily replaced though, and you get some diff. sets with it to start, so changing them out fixes it.
3. Internal visor quality is questionable. Again, at half this price, I'd accept it, even expect it. But AGV/Dainese is higher end gear. So why is it that the interior smoke visor broke within the first 8 hours of use? Once I replaced it, it is constantly getting the forward edges hung up on the forward brow of the helmet, scratching (the stupid expensive) safety glasses.
So, for $360, this helmet is lacking. If it ever goes on sale, it's a better deal, but expect a maintenance schedule with it in the future. All the good stuff is still there, though it's not overly quiet. Easily swapped visors, good ventilation with positive, easy controls, a beautiful gloss finish on it, comfy liner, and stable feel at speed contribute to a very workable, classy helmet. But the 'premium' feature that tack so much on to the price do not live up to the hype. Having tried a number of helmets, I'd personally go for an AX-8 with some sunglasses instead of this, and that's where I've been going lately. This is a better option than the HJC equivalents with it's ridiculous shield retractor, and I do prefer it to the Arai's, but that's about it.
January 24, 2014
First helmet and loving it so far
Just got my licence so picked this up as part of my initial gear purchase. Helmet I got during the learner course didn't fit well, so have had experience of a bad fit, and this is the complete opposite. Have only done a bit of riding so far, but helmet has been really comfortable. Weather's been a bit variable, so have had the chance to test it out in wet and dry conditions, and dealt with it all well. Haven't had it out on a freeway yet, so not sure what noise will be like at speed, but otherwise very happy with my purchase!
November 22, 2013
Best helmet I've had so far
Double D chin strap.
Great in the winter (down to -5 Celsius here, and a thin balaclava keeps me warm).
Not too good for summer (can't really bear it after 30 Celsius, it's black..).
Aerodynamics feel great.
Unless u turn ur head to check the dead angle when over 100mph , as u escape the straight designed exterior airflow, the air will feel like suddenly pushing on ur head, but it don't feel flawed, it just feels like looking straight ahead makes all air resistance disappear.
The inside dark visor is a bit loose when locked open, but moves only on hard bumps and don't ever enter the vision field, it and its lever give a feel of reliable stuff.
There's a cool system of sliding releases for the main visor allowing removal in 2 sec.
It comes with 3 sets of inserts, setting different stops for visor opening, one is either visor all up or all down, one ads 3 stops in between, last one has an extra stop which allows opening the visor only a few millimetres, nice for rains.
I've worn it for about 5000 kilometers, a whole winter, every time it rained this year, I hit the top of the metal frame of my patio door a dozen times with it while passing through, on the visor sometimes too, and it's all in mint condition, few scratches on the side and behind, where it rubs on the wall i store it against, visor lost its fog proof screen fast but is like new.
Its deterioration is a bothering stage, it's nice when it's all gone.
Even after losing the fog proof screen there's little fog in the rain, only when u stop it really builds, decent interior airflow will usually clean the fog as u ride, u'll still need opening the visor at times in winter rains, or swap to the small visor opening insert, which takes 10 seconds.
It's good stuff.
November 15, 2013