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The AGV STANDARDS project, established in 2009 with Valentino Rossi as its leading rider, is ready to get on the track with the first AGV Pista GP helmet. The AGV Pista GP sets new performance standards with its wide field of vision, low weight and compact dimensions, extensive ventilation, exclusive ergonomic design and class-leading aerodynamics. 

Development of the AGV Pista began by taking measurements of riders’ heads with a digital scanner. These measurements were then used to design the helmet from the "inside out".  It is based on the “Human Engineering” concept and applies to a new design process which starts from the components that are in direct contact with the head and gradually progresses to the outer shell.  As a result, the structural shapes imitate the area of contact thus providing greater safety and smaller dimensions.  AGV EXTREME STANDARDS HELMETS use FEM (Finite Elements Analysis) to set new standards in safety, comfort and ergonomics.  In addition to new levels of safety, the AGV Pista GP sets new standards in environmental protection with the raw materials and new technologies used in production having a focus on low environmental impact. 

"I consider the PistaGP helmet to be a homage to Gino Amisano, an enterpreneur I admired for his ability to innovate, for the standards he set and for the competitive spirit he had when he faced a challenge. The new helmet is based on AGV Standards, the project that follows Amisanos core values and revolutionizes helmet development, setting new standards for protection and ergonomics that can be demonstrated. The new generation of helmets developed through this project has the task of bringing AGV to lead again in both the market and the technical field." - Lino Dainese

Technical Highlights:

  • The residual impact force transmitted to the head is reduced by 36% compared to the limit established by ECE regulations.
  • The HIC index is 48% below the limit established by ECE regulations.
  • The basic visor movement area has been reduced by 71% compared to the GP-Tech helmet. This allows use of the space saved to increase the thickness of the absorption material, benefiting safety.
  • The visor is Class 1 optical standard approved for excellent vision.
  • The field of vision is 15° wider and the overall visor window area has increased by 9% compared to the previous helmet, without compromising its level of protection.
  • The Z-Lift index has been reduced by 44% after wind tunnel tests.
  • The air intakes have almost tripled in size, whereas the entire ventilation system of the PistaGP helmet removes heat and moisture very efficiently. The padding has a 3D concave structure, which is preshaped according to the morphological characteristics of the head, while the surfaces in direct contact with the head are free from stitching for guaranteed comfort.
  • Thanks to its "from the inside out" design, the structural components of the helmet are designed to provide the required performance while minimizing size and weight.
  • The frontal cross section has been reduced by 3% and the lateral cross section by 6% compared with the GP-Tech helmet. 
  • The fit of the PistaGP helmet, covered by three patents, provides an extraordinary high level of comfort and adaptability to different shapes, unknown up to now.

Features:

  • 4 shell sizes 
  • Carbon Fiber Shell
  • IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) with wide ducts hollowed into the shell 
  • Removable and washable inside padding 
  • Hygienic treatment of the comfort padding 
  • Breathable Lycra micro-porous lining and Dry-comfort fabric with sanitizing treatment  using CoolMax fabrics
  • Double D retention system 
  • XQRS (Extra Quick Release System): shield replacement without tools in few seconds 
  • RACE 2 flat, non-scratch visor with wide field of vision, ready and suitable for tear-off strips (sold separately)
  • Total protection from UV rays 
  • Highly scratch resistant paint 
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Amazing helmet At first sight I knew I wanted the helmet, even if it had some nuances, I figured it would be one of four helmets so it could sit if I wasn't a fan. After receiving the helmet let me say I haven't touched any other helmet, it's extremely light weight, the field of vision spoils you, makes other helmets lacking, and amazing airflow. It is a little noisy and it comes with earplugs just to give you an idea of what's to come. Hands down best money you can spend, you will want to get the pin lock for the visor fogging but that is the only gripe I have with it. I liked it so much I bought a corsa and am now looking to get another pista. July 27, 2014
I have 6 helmets this 1 is my favorite This is my first carbon fiber helmet and since i bought it i stopped using the other 6 helmets I have. Some of my helmets are more expensive but less comfortable. The pista is an excellent investment. June 25, 2014
Pista GP Helmet is SICK Very expensive but this helmet is sick, feels like I'm wearing a pillow. Super light weight and very high quality and great airflow. The sweat band was a pain but it is just held in with velcro so it was easy to remove. The rubber plugs for the vents is a drag but I typically have my vents open on my other helmets all the time anyway. Not the quietest helmet I have worn but I wear ear plugs anyway and it came with new 3M ear plugs. Zilla had this to me in 2 days for near instant gratification and being my first purchase from Zilla I will be sure to return. Thanks guys. June 19, 2014
Pista GP This is truly the finest helmet I now own,, and I have 7 helmets,, better than the rest,, I have Shoei, BMW, Schuberth, and several others,, this one is the top of my list,, man I can't say enough good things about it.. From the first time I put it on it fits like a glove and does NOT put too much pressure on one's head ,, I'm really upset though... What the heck am I going to do with the other six helmets?????? June 16, 2014
Amazing Product! The helmet is very comfortable, tons of air ventilation, and the additional view makes a big difference! December 23, 2013
Feel like a champion A few things based on 500 miles in this helmet: a.) It's a freaking gorgeous lid. b.# A good bit lighter than my other helmets, but I'm not a pro, so I've never noticed a helmet being heavy. c.# Nice carbon weave with a super thick, really nice clear coat. d.) Noise levels aren't bad, but I always wear earplugs. Even just to run to the corner store. e.) For a road helmet, the ventilation ports are a pain. They don't have slider type ports like an Arai, Shoei, etc. The ports have rubber plugs that have to be completely removed and stored somewhere else, like a bag or pocket. They pop back in, but I'm not confident they will stay put if you accidentally seat one improperly. It does come with an entire extra set of plugs, but I'm sure I'll lose those too. The only slider style vent port is the one on the chin for ventilating & defogging the visor. It can fairly easily be operated with a gloved hand. f.) The liner/interior is quite nice. I really like the neoprene/lycra style liner. It feels really nice. g.) The Revzilla.com fitment chart was spot on. I have an oval-ish type head #to use an Arai/Shoei term), and the helmet fits a little snug, but I'm sure it will loosen up a bit over time. h.# The clear/stock visor seems to have a bit of a tint strip at the top. It's not visible from the outside, but works when viewed from the inside. The helmet comes with a stack of tear-offs for the pinlock system and also comes with a press on fog buster. i.) Kind of a normal thing these days, but it does come standard with a chin skirt and breath guard. j.) The first time I rode in the rain with it, droplets got sucked into the interior of the rear spoiler leaving a few dingy water spots. I haven't pulled the spoiler off to try to clean them yet, but I'm OC so it irks me to see them there and I don't want to have to do this each time it happens to rain on me a bit. k.) The spoiler seems to be effective over all speeds that I've seen #0 - 130ish mph). l.) Revzilla does not carry any replacement visors at this time. They are all "out of stock", which I think is code for "we haven't taken delivery of ANY spares yet since the helmet itself is so new.' m.) The eyeport is huge! I can barely tell that I'm wearing a helmet with this view port. It might seem innocuous, but I've owned a few very nice helmets in the last 10 years, and none of them get remotely close to this type of visibility. I never noticed until I put this thing on. n.) The carry bag is fairly light/thin. It is good for carrying the helmet but doesn't offer much knick or bump protection for the lid. I guess this is being a bit picky because the bag does pack-down for storing in a backpack, etc, but I would have liked another more padded, substantial carry bag like the Shoe X-11 comes with. o.) I don't get the "sweat band". There is a 1" lycra band attached to the liner and stretched across they eye port on the interior of the helmet. When you put the helmet on, you can adjust this band across your forehead to prevent sweat from running in your eyes. I'm not a sweaty guy, so the function of this thing is lost on me. More times than not, I tuck it up out of the way, and probably will end up removing it fairly soon. p.) Right now, the only graphics scheme available in the US is the carbon weave with the "Project 46" stickers like in the pic with my review. I assume different schemes will be available here next year. The stickers are clear coated to prevent issues there, and the yellow is the VR "highlighter" yellow. It can look a little more like a traditional yellow, depending on the light conditions. Overall, I'm super happy with this helmet. As with anything, there are some features that I wish were a little different, but I'm not Valentino so nobody's going to make me a custom helmet. As far as I'm concerned, this is as close as I'll ever get to a custom helmet because it looks, feels, and wears like I would imagine a custom lid would. October 24, 2013
First Class I switched up from a Corsair-V size M to the Pista GP size ML. Size recommended by Revzilla sales guy - perfect fit. My head measures 56cm and is a long oval shape. Big ups: Weight, amazing field of view, fit/comfort and looks. My little issues are: The sweat band isn't very substantial and I need to mess with it a lot to get it set right. Considering removal. I bought the "dark smoke" visor to go with it. Not very dark. It says 50% which looks about right. I need much darker like the Arai dark smoke which is about 30% The bag is thin, cheap and doesn't fit well. I expected more at this price point. Very happy with my new helmet. October 1, 2013
Bellissima Its a definitely a thing of beauty. Workmanship and quality are excellent. Carbon weave with the clear coat is gorgeous and very shiny. I have gone a few rides with it, no track days so far. I think the two things that stand out immediately were, the aerodynamics and the visibility. First the aerodynamics are amazing. The helmet stays so planted weather in a full tuck or just cruising around. Over 90 its the best helmet i've ever tried. Confidence inspiring, no pull back at all. Visibility was also great. Especially in a full tuck. Once again the best I have seen in a helmet. Its also super light. I did not think that it was even in the box when i unpacked it. Haha! It was pretty quiet up to 40 or so after that you really need earplugs. It gets really noisy above 60. So much so that I had to pull over and put my plugs in. I would expect this since its a racing helmet, with no noise insulation. Ventilation was only OK. Its supposed to be 193% better? Better that what? no ventilation? The little rubber plugs that close the ventilation holes is a good idea for a race helmet, but I will probably loose them in the next week or so. It comes with extra ones. Helmet fit really well. I am an intermediate oval. Once again its a race helmet so its pretty tight. I usually would wear a small in AGV or Shoei. I ended up with a medium small. It comes with extra cheek pads and is very customizable. Interior material was high end, but I have seen better material used in other top helmets. So this was a little disappointing. For that money I should be wrapped in silk. Over all I think its a beautiful helmet. Probably not a great street helmet, but amazing for the track. September 25, 2013
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
S C: Aesthetics definitely came into play. I could have gotten a plain black Corsa but I'd need to save more than $400 to do so. Everything they say on the box is true. Light, huge air, huge field of view, no lift, very low noise, and comfort for my face shape. Fit and finish is way better than my Corsair V. Oct 1, 2013
david m: Looks, weight, increased visibility and venting, and (most importantly) to look like Valentino Rossi ! Sep 24, 2013
A shopper asked: I really want this helmet can you please advise me weather or not its australian compliant? Mar 30, 2014
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Steven M: Yes it is. You can't buy helmets from overseas if you live in Australia. It has to be bought in australia as it needs the aus standards sticker. There are plenty of places in Aus that sell it. just jump on google. Jul 3, 2014
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Catalina B: No idea. I don't know the australian regulations. Mar 31, 2014
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A shopper asked: Looking at this helmet it is everything I want in a helmet, my questions are...
How is the road noise?
Is there room to fit a communication system in it?
Jan 22, 2014
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david m: The noise level is very acceptable. Not the quietest helmet I have but well worth the reduced weight on your neck. You can easily fit a comm system in it. I have a Sena in mine. Jan 22, 2014
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WILLIAM R: Road/wind noise is about the same as any other premium helmet aimed at the sporting market. It's not great, but with earplugs it is acceptable.

I don't see how there would be room for a comm's system in mine, but I haven't looked into some of the new Bluetooth comm's systems either.
Jan 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: Why is it not SNELL approved? Oct 26, 2013
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WILLIAM R: I am not an expert on this, but this question probably could be answered better by AGV America. However, I suspect it is not Snell rated for several reasons. One, it costs money to have Snell test & rate the helmet. Two, DOT rating is all that is required to sell them in the US. And three, the EC/TUV ratings used to rate helmets in Europe is just as strenuous as the Snell system. I know each organization does their own specialized, proprietary testing with Snell supposedly being one of the best. But from my research, it doesn't look like the Snell testing methodologies are really all that different than what is required by the EC regulations. Oct 26, 2013
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WILLIAM R: I am not an expert on this, so this question probably could be answered better by AGV America. However, I suspect it is not Snell rated for several reasons. One, it costs money to have Snell test & rate the helmet. Two, DOT rating is all that is required to sell them in the US. And three, the EC/TUV ratings used to rate helmets in Europe is just as strenuous as the Snell system. I know each organization does their own specialized, proprietary testing with Snell supposedly being one of the best. But from my research, it doesn't look like the Snell testing methodologies are really all that different than what is required by the EC regulations. Oct 26, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hi, I am trying to decide between the AGV pista GP soleluna or the Corsa turtle rossi. For the road/commuter(city) helmet in around 30-40 degrees centigrade 90-105 F, which is the best choice? Which is quietest? Aug 4, 2014
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Erol L: Unfortunately, I'm not able able to answer your question satisfactorily. I own the Pista & the Schubert SR1. Both are top of the line helmets. Primarily, I've not made my decision based on noise reduction properties of the helmets, but safety, reliability & to a lesser degree based on the design, when I've purchased the Pista! It's an amazing design! It got it all!
Based on my readings, the noise of reduction of any given helmets vary only by a few decibels. If you are a hard core street or track rider, in my humble opinion, one can not tell the difference.
Aug 4, 2014
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Paul N asked: Would totally get this helmet without second thought or hesitation if not for the fact that i have to manually close up the ventilation vents. everything about this is perfect and i get the whole lightweight thing but paying 1.4k and i still have to stop my bike in rainy weather, pull those plastic bits out of my pocket and putting it in really makes me wonder if all the inconvenience that comes along with it is worth it. Do they send extra's ? what if i lose one ? do i have to order those things again? does it come with spares ? Oct 22, 2013
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WILLIAM R: Yes, it comes with two sets of vent plugs. Oct 26, 2013
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A shopper asked: What are the shell size differences between a SM and MS? Also what are the size differences of the padding? I was in a local retailer and i was told the padding in the helmet can be adjusted for a tighter or looser fit. Is that true? Aug 6, 2014
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AGV Pista GP / Corsa Sizing

Size Measurement (cm) Hat Size
XS 53-54 6 5/8 - 6 3/4
SM 55-56 6 7/8 - 7
MS 57-58 7 1/8 - 7 1/4
ML 59 7 3/8
LG 60 7 1/2
XL 61-62 7 5/8 - 7 3/4
2XL 63-64 7 7/8 - 8

Shell Size Shell 1 Shell 1 Shell 2 Shell 3 Shell 3 Shell 4 Shell 4
Helmet Size XS SM MS ML LG XL 2XL
EPS 1 1 2 3 3 4 4
Interchangeable Liner Size SM XS MS LG ML 2XL XL
Interchangeable Cheek Pad Size SM XS XS LG ML 2XL XL

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

Click here to see the full AGV Helmets Size Chart
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Carbon Fiber / LG 893346 6001O9DW001009/6001O9DW-001-L In Stock: Ships next business day
Carbon Fiber / ML 893345 6001O9DW001008/6001O9DW-001-ML In Stock: Ships next business day
Carbon Fiber / MS 907884 6001O9DW001006/6001O9DW-001-MS In Stock: Ships next business day
Carbon Fiber / SM 893344 6001O9DW001005/6001O9DW-001-S In Stock: Ships next business day
Carbon Fiber / XL 893347 6001O9DW001010/6001O9DW-001-XL In Stock: Ships next business day
Carbon Fiber / 2XL 893348 6001O9DW001011/6001O9DW-001-XXL In Stock: Ships next business day

At first glance you're seeing a helmet that very few people in the rest of the universe have seen at this point. This right now is the only Pista GP Helmet, the successor to the GP Tech from AGV. This is the only one in North America.

There used to be two, a few days ago, but Valentino has left and he took his AGV Pista that he was wearing currently in MotoGP from Indianapolis, he took it with him. I think he's back in Italy, so we have the only one left.

Now as you come in here and look at it I will tell you that I have an ECE rated version. It's a production model, ECE. What does that mean? Because it's not DOT it's going to be slightly lighter weight than the DOT version, which you will eventually see in the States at that sub-fifteen hundred dollar price. So you're going to look at a helmet that is full scale, carbon fiber, race bred. This is the new thoroughbred in the AGV line.

The ECV Version came in at just under three pounds at 2.9 pounds range. They add a couple hundred grams typically when you go for that DOT conversion or certification. So probably the carbon fiber piece the GP will be just over that three pound mark. You know, in comparison to its predecessor the GP Tech, which I have here on the right in the Rossi graphic, and this guy was around that three pound six ounces mark. But remember, that's tri-composite; carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar, and this is a full carbon fiber helmet.

Now keep a note; within the new AGV line this is the thoroughbred race helmet. They have made trade-offs to get the weight down. They made trade-offs with the interface with your bike. They've made trade-offs from the way the vents work, and we're going to walk through that in a second. When you think about a version of this helmet, which would be really tri-composite, or carbon fiber and Kevlar, fiberglass, that's maybe more suited for track as well as road use, you can move towards something like the AGV Corsa, which may be down the road from AGV. It's somewhere along the horizon. We've heard inklings about it, but we have no idea when it's going to make it to the U.S. market. So it's part of that new family from AGV.

You know, AGV was purchased by Dainese somewhere in that 2009 range. As soon as Dainese came in they said, let's start to work on our next generation of helmets that are going to be an elevation from what we've seen, which has been great technology from AGV before we purchased it. This is the first model to be released and this is currently what you're seeing on Valentino's head.

So we've talked about the key difference here, which is it is very aggressive. If we look at the profile the first thing you're going to notice is this helmet is designed to be in the tuck. It's dramatically different than its predecessor. If we look at the way the coverage comes down, the way this chin bar is done, you now have a helmet that is going to give you better coverage on your chin, knowing that this in most situations on the race side of things is going to be sitting on the tank. And if we look at it, you've actually got 15 more degrees in the horizontal field of view above the horizon.

They've done that because typically a racer when his head is on the tank in that tuck is only using the top third of their shield anyway to look through. So what they've done is they've actually moved the horizon line of this helmet up a little bit. The way this sits in your head is meant to sit low, and sit all encompassing.

The fit of the helmet has actually been changed as well. We're going towards the universe of a very ergonomic fit shape. It was done with anthropomorphic mapping of the head. And what we typically see is this guy is going to fit about neutral oval to slightly round. It's actually egg shaped, so it's rounder in the back and then tapers toward the front. And even with those of us who have a more oval head shape, that's actually how it works. The back of your head is typically a little bit wider than the front.

So again, it's kind of the next generation of head shape here from AGV; very ergonomic. But it's not completely round, and it's not that long oval that we see all over the place. This is more of a neutral or egg-shaped oval. Again, a new fit shape.

Past the shape, if we get into some of the nuances, we've talked about the field of view of fifteen degrees above horizontal. We also have an increase of nine percent in total field of view here on the face shield. The face shield is also poly-carbonate, but now it is 3.3 millimeters thick. In the past we've really seen the Shark Helmets be the only helmets that have gone to that really heavy-duty Poly-carp class one optically correct UV proof shield. Now AGV is going into that next generation where it's a thicker shield, but they are using different criteria here to subtract weight but adding a stronger shield. So you're getting more bang for the buck; you're getting more protection.

Also notice on this shield the tear-off posts. We also have a new shield mechanism here in the front, a locking mechanism; met in the middle, it's technology stolen from F1. And really what that has done is allow either hand to crack the helmet into the city position. Notice there is my cracked, and it's locked right there; or go all the way up. So it's a button operated locking mechanism. Notice when I press it, one snap, two snaps, it goes all the way down. And there is big gasket that goes all the way around this monstrous I-port now that creates a great seal.

Staying within this new shield technology, now it's new shield change technology as well. The shield change side pod here, this mechanism, is 71% smaller than the predecessor on the GP Tech. So what you have is a lighter weight mechanism that takes up less space, and by having less space you actually have more room for the EPS inside the shell. And for quick release it's a slide down and a pull off. It's very quick and very easy. You'll notice that if I come in here and I show you, all you're doing is moving that tab down and it slides completely off. You can see how thick this shield is. To move it back on you put it in alignment, that's correct with this rectangle, and it slides on in one shot very simply, and that's it. It's very, very simple; again, a nice leap forward.

Moving into the venting now, again this is the AGV Pista GP. The Corsa will have open and close able vents; the same thing with the GT Veloce, which were the new helmets from 2013 or beyond from AGV.

But really here in this race helmet you can see I have one vent open and one vent closed. On the AGV Pista I have removable plastic mounts that are really designed to only come into play in bad weather, because for the most part they didn't want to add any weight by having a mechanism for open and close that is built in. And if you'll notice here, these are about three times the size of the vents that were on the GP Tech. So what you're getting is the same IVS System from Dainese, which actually if you look at the profile of the helmet has been lowered into the shell. But they've tested it and it is a 193% increase in the ventilation here on the Pista GP. So the surface area of the vent has been almost tripled.

You have an additional vent in the middle; it's venting to five 10 millimeter holes in the EPS liner, which you can see. I believe it's an aluminum or titanium mesh behind this. Again, dramatically, almost a 200% increase in air flow in the helmet. And if we look at the front we also have a vent down here that's operable from the inside of the helmet. And you can see I'm doing that really quickly, you can see it open and close. That's on the inside underneath the helmet; it's a slider.

Moving to the back, there are a few different key things going on here. Now you have your exhaust ports. You have six; three on each side, 10 millimeter vent holes. The air comes in through the EPS; it's channeled across your head and sucks away that warm, moist air. And using the low pressure area behind the helmet of high-speed air, you're now getting that exhaust further flowing out the back.

Another key standout feature here on the AGV Pista Helmet is our rear wing. It's actually removable; it's actually designed to shear off in a crash, so again, it's adding to the passive protection of the helmet. But what you have is an add-on that adds 44% more down force to the helmet in the tuck than the predecessor on the GP Tech. We've seen some other manufacturers of MotoGP Helmets that are taking this stock helmet and adding these clear spoilers, almost in a bolt-on fashion to the helmet. They do it in a bolt-on fashion so it can break away and it doesn't catch. And to create this in full carbon fiber would actually be really difficult to have it be structurally strong.

So this bolt-on piece, and it's really cool; I've actually seen the painted version. You can see Rossi's helmet in MotoGP. Whether they do the clear or the painted, it's a very cool feature. But it's actually a decrease in lift. So what happens is when this helmet is at speed in this position you're going to get a lot of turbulence, a lot of high-speed air that's going to flow off the helmet. But by having this spoiler you're increasing the down force of the helmet, and you're going to keep it stable at speed as well as head check. So again, it's all about down force when you get into this realm at speeds like this.

You know, we talked a little bit about carbon fiber. A lot of people think about carbon fiber, but they're not quite sure where the value is. They understand that it's strong, and they understand that it's lightweight. But to build a helmet at this spec, that's going to pass ECE, and that will pass DOT, what you're trying to do is have strong materials that you can use the least amount of. So by using really exotic materials like carbon fiber you're trading the exotic strength of the material and the ability to use less of it. It's equating to less weight in the helmet. So again, you create a very, very lightweight helmet that doesn't trade anything by way of protection.

Other key features that stand out here on the AGV Pista GP, and I showed you a brief preview when I flipped it over. I might as well get my do-nut out of here. Let's show the bottom; let's show the neck roll, and let's start to talk about the guts.

The first thing you're going to notice is that when you think about a race helmet, you look at a helmet and again, this is the same thing that Valentino's using in MotoGP right now. Think about a helmet and a rider that is not as worried about noise. A race helmet is really engineered to not be distracting, but to fit well, to be aerodynamic, and not to whistle. But when you think about it, racers wear ear plugs. So what they want to do is in place of an emergency cheek pad removal system, you know, on the AVG Corsa, you're going to see a full neck roll. And the neck roll contributes a seal. It also contributes to the quiet of the helmet. Here in MotoGP they are not worried about it. They wear ear plugs, so it's fine. So what you have is from a comfort standpoint and a weight standpoint you now have this neoprene neck roll that's very simple. It's integrated with the cheek pad system that is multiple density, and it really just fits nicely and neatly into the helmet.

You know, past that we have the EPS, and I believe on Valentino's version you can see titanium double D-ring construction. And as I move in I want to talk about the new style ergonomic EPS. They are actually using four shell sizes for the Pista GP, and they are using four different size EPSs as you go up the size range. And it's a completely new style of cheek pad as well as comfort liner.

With the cheek pads, with the comfort liner, what you're going to see is a lack of seams; it's zonal mapping from a density standpoint. So what that means is while you do have a snap on the two forehead areas that click into the helmet, it's going to tuck under the neck roll in the back. But what you have here are areas, the lightweight density here, around the ears; you're going to have medium strength density around the crown of the head, in the back of the head. Notice the huge cutaways that are going to allow all of that air flow to come into the helmet and vent properly. I'll tell you, even with the cheek pads that we have still intact here, the cheek pads on this helmet are going to be high density around your cheek bones, but then they're going to be lower density around your jaw line and your upper jaw. Again, it's meant to it your head without creating pressure points.

And one of the other things you're going to notice is that this is zonal mapped, but it's also tunable. So now you have areas that could be pressure points for some riders, where you have different density of these disks that are foam and are flippable, so that you now can tune the way that this fits your helmet. So you are able to again open up different areas for further venting.

Notice here on the front you're going to see these holes line up with your vent holes, both in the front and on the sides with the chimney, so you get additional air flow into the helmet to circulate around.

Also if I flip it inside out you're going to see it's micro perforated; it's going to be wicking and is going to be very soft. And again, are we really looking at this and seeing one seam? That's huge, because seams are something that can add to the discomfort of wearing a helmet for a longer period of time. And when you have that discomfort, discomfort equals distraction which equals lack of focus, and on that racetrack that's not what riders are going for.

We're going to see in the AGV Corsa and the GT Veloce when they come out, I would imagine there's going to be a very similar style of comfort liner built in, as well. And if we look here, as I break open the inside, you're going to see all of the different holes. You're going to have five toward the front, six in the back for the extractors, and the way that this helmet shell is mapped out there are big channels that integrate with the IVS System that are going to flow air in, allow it to circulate freely around the head, and exhaust through those six holes in the back, and you can see them right in the back where I'm pointing.

No rear winglets on this helmet; again, it has been redesigned. But based on the wind tunnel testing it's going to flow almost 200% more air throughout.

So the other thing to keep in mind is the fit; remember, this was a completely new take on building a helmet. So many manufacturers design an aerodynamic shell, then they work on EPS, and then they worry about how it's going to fit the head of the rider.

What AGV really did, and they did it with Rossi and it started in 2009 on the AGV Pista GP, they said we're going to build a helmet that sits on your head and allows the proper field of vision, a proper ergonomics, proper safety spec, and we're going to build from the rider's head, and in this case it was Valentino, to the outside. So we're going to use a minimal amount of material; we're going to have multiple EPS, multiple shell sizes, and we're really going to start internally and use as little as we can to get us to a place that is light weight, quiet, ergonomic, and protective to end up with a fully then optimized to be aerodynamic shell. And it's really this ergonomic approach; it's different from AGV. We've just been really impressed with the attention to detail.

And speaking to the way that they've laid out the field of vision, you know, there is an extra 15 degrees from horizontal on up. Valentino's famous quote on this helmet since he started using it was that going to the new system, which allows the increased field of view, is like switching from TV to cinema. Again, it's just a dramatic step forward.

And we're really excited to see it done by AGV. AGV and Dainese have been producing very technical gear for a long time, and in our opinion it was time for them to step up. It was time for them to iterate and go to the next level on the race helmet, and really set what I think is a very high bar, compared to a lot of the best of what is out there in the step-forward thinking about helmet technology, ergonomics, and performance in a race scenario.

Now remember, you're taking 85% or 90% of this helmet and you're cooking it into the Corsa, which is going to be the sport, race, and road oriented. Really, this guy is a thoroughbred for the race track, so keep that in mind when you start to think about the new line.

But again, the carbon fiber helmet will be north of that $1,000 mark. We don't think it's going to be over $1,500 though, which is phenomenal and we expect graphics, solids, and carbon fiber designs. And again, remember that this is the prototype version that have here, which really has all of these different little icons, and these little performance features kinds of baked in. Really what they wanted to do was show it to us and have it immediately clear where all of the differences on this helmet came into play, compared to the very tried and true for its time, state of the art AGV GP Tech.