AGV Pista GP Carbon Helmet
Style and features are awesome!
My head size was 61mm. I got the XL , it was rather tight at first,but after wearing for about 2hrs ( 1 wk) it was true to fit.
airflow was great ,there are adjustments in the head liners ,but it wasn't necessary ,styling and looks are stunning.
My ride: 1199 Panigale. R
June 21, 2015
Pricey, but worth it
My head measures 60cm and the L fits me absolutely perfect. It's a little more snug than my Shoei GT Air but not in a bad way. This helmet honestly feels like it was custom made for my head. The aerodynamics are incredible; there's nearly no buffeting at all which significantly cuts down on neck fatigue after riding longer distances, the weight of course helps in this area as well. I'm extremely happy with this helmet and actually considering buying a second. It's so hot in Florida my sweaty head tends to stink up helmets fast if I wear them everyday, I think a second may be in order so I can rotate them and air them out a bit. If you're on the fence about this helmet just go for it, it's worth the money.
April 18, 2015
Well worth the money paid
I've been riding bikes for a lot of years now, and I have to say this helmet is awesome. It took a little bit of work to adjust it to fit perfect. But once it was all done ( you can fine tune these helmets ) it fits and feels great. Very quiet helmet. Vet very light and little to no drag when turning head from side to side doing highway speeds and over.
March 31, 2015
Terrible Quality Control but a Potentially Great Helmet
I have a love / hate relationship with AGV and purchasing this helmet has been no exception. So far I have purchased 5 AGV helmets, all of which have had quality issues. This one has disappointingly followed suit which is totally unacceptable for a safety product, especially a flagship model such as this. AGV helmets have the potential to be great when they get it right which is why I keep trying them but quality issues really impact confidence in a product.
The first Pista Carbon I purchased had frayed, messy carbon fiber seams under the clear coat and had scuffs, etc in several areas. It should never have left the factory. The second helmet had a visor which was jammed closed. Having now fixed this myself I decided to give it a chance on the road. Here's my findings...
Compact, light and good looking. I hate when manufacturers use the same shell size for several head sizes. Invariably this leads to "bobble head" syndrome for slim people like me and probably doesn't help with aerodynamics, buffeting, neck pressure, etc. There's no such problem here as they use a different shell size for each head size. It feels and looks like it was made specifically for me.
Very good safety ratings. The road going version, which is of a similar design as the Carbon, received a 5 star SHARP score which is even better than the Arais I have been wearing for years. That's really the most important feature.
It slices through the air like no helmet I have had on every bike I ride. Although it is always referred to as a helmet for the track and sportsbikes, in my experience this helmet performs in any street scenario too. It worked very well on my S1000RR but, surprisingly, on my completely unfaired BMW Nine T, there is no buffeting whatsoever and the chin curtain really directs the air around that area better than sport touring helmets I have tried. Ventilation is decent but not as noticeable as I imagined and nowhere near where it needs to be around the visor. Plus, it's either on or off when you are riding as it uses a rubber plug system to control air flow.
Vision is superb. The best of any helmet I have tried. The eye port provides great forward and lateral visibility, even in the tuck position. The visor changing system is a welcome relief after wrestling with the hit-and-miss Arai solution for years and the safety latch, designed to prevent it opening in a crash, is useful for cracking open the visor for a little extra airflow which you will really need (see “ THE BAD” below). The visors themselves are absolutely incredible. Thick and optically extremely clear. The visibility from this helmet is like going from standard definition TV to widescreen HDTV.
Removal and reinstallation of the liners, cheek pads, etc is easy although the manual could explain this better. There are plenty of spares available. There are a lot of customization options to get this helmet to fit you just right (see below).
Aside from the poor quality control (which is inexcusable for a premium helmet) there are a few niggles I have with this product. First and foremost the visor release is a little difficult to engage with gloves on. Enlarging the button a little and raising the profile of it slightly would be enough to make it easier to locate and release.
It’s noisy. No big deal. Everyone should be wearing hearing protection when they ride anyway and AGV supply this in the box in the form of 3M earplugs. I like these better than the speciality Auritech ones I purchased from the UK.
The visor mists very easily. Either the breath guard is not effective enough or the air flow needs dramatically improving in that area but I get misting all the time.With all the vents open it will mist up even in dry 80 degree summer weather even when in motion. I adjusted the helmet fit to no avail. With my Arais I only experience misting in the depths of winter and when at rest.
Also...be aware that the customization available on this helmet can turn it from a torture device into a great helmet with adjustment of the foam plugs and velcro pads. I didn't last 15 minutes around the house before the hot spots started and I developed a headache. I nearly gave up on it. Then I finally read the manual :-) After slight adjustment it is comfortable for longer periods. I still have not found a configuration which gives me all-day comfort yet so I am somewhat disappointed in that aspect. I need to be able to ride several hours to the track, be comfortable on track and ride home again without any distractions from a helmet. Hopefully with wear it will conform more to my head shape. I only mention this as I usually pull on a helmet and it fits or doesn't fit. This one doesn't work like that out of the box.
This part is purely subjective but I'd really also like to comment on the AGV paint schemes. The company seems to have three options; no paint, bland generic designs and Rossi replica schemes. The most beautiful helmet they should have made was the Rossi Pista GP minus the Rossi graphics. The tech data overlay was so cool but the "46" a step too far for me. We all love Rossi but I stopped putting my heroes posters on my bedroom wall when I was a teenager and I feel the same about motorcycle gear. How about some more imaginative, original designs? The plain carbon looks incredible but it could do with a few tasteful, non-Rossi flashes to make the rider more conspicuous on the road (in a Dainese-esque Rosso Fluoro perhaps to match the leathers?). How about a hi-viz version of the clear rear spoiler for road use?
AGV - please tighten up on quality control. That this is your flagship helmet and it ships with obvious defects is a disgrace.
Potential purchasers - if you head is even close to the ideal shape for this helmet and you want super light, customizable, five star SHARP protection and the best forward vision in a helmet, this should be on your list to try.
Revzilla - you guys are the best in the business.
August 6, 2014
nice to view very extreme looking looks intense smoking the air waves very good .
May 27, 2014