AGV Skyline Block Italy Helmet
Looks Good Functions less than ideal
Wanted a quality helmet (obviously) that looked good. I thought I did enough research but apparently not. While the helmet does look fantastic its riding quality is less than desirable. First issue I've had are the cheek pads, I wanted some that are removable so I could wash them, and understand they can't be permanently attached, but I shouldn't have to put the pads back in every time I take off the helmet. Next, I suspect the reason for the pad issue is a result what appears to be the inner EPS liner delaminating for the shell allowing the cheek pad to unclip from retainer. Whether this is common or not I don't know but it says a lot for the quality of this helmet, and company. Ventilation from the mouth piece is pretty decent, with your head just right it is quite refreshing, however, it does not provide any anti-fogging function what-so-ever, and the visor retention system is complete garbage, no matter what retention clip used there is no setting to "defog" the visor while at highway speed. Additionally riding with the visor "cracked" (1st setting is 1.5 in wide) the wind coming in is unbearable even with the internal visor down (this visor actually works pretty well). Sound level, where to start.... I've only had two helmets and this is bar far louder than my cheap HJC, I can't believe anyone would sell a helmet the actually whistles above 55mph, seriously people is QA dead? Comfort wise the helmet is decent after break-in, it arrived very snug but I figured that's fine it'd break in to be a well fitting helmet, and it has, however what has not changed and is the worst part of the helmet is the retention system. Its called a "Double D-ring" in the write up but it is actually an at best annoying at worst larynx crushing ratchet clip you'd find on a pair of roller blades, yes great for on and off with gloves, terrible while riding.
October 29, 2014
Great helmet for the price
Overall, I think this is a great helmet, especially taking the price point into account. I rated it as 4 stars, but would have given it 4.5 stars if possible on Revzilla's rating scale. I've ridden about 1300 miles in it so far.
- Love the graphics, especially in the Italy colors.
- Fits my oval head shape really well.
- Very comfortable padding, though cheek pads do fit tight to start
- Internal sun visor is nice feature at this price point -- though it isn't perfect, see below.
- Venting works well, and chin vent is easy to use.
- Really good field of vision (maybe a little restricted up top when in a tuck), with nice visor detents.
- Love the quick release strap.
- Construction appears very high quality and seems durable.
- Noise level seems rather high. I haven't tried other helmets in this price range, so I'm not sure how it compares, but it's as noisy as my $120 HJC.
- Sun visor does not come down as far as I'd like. Leaves a strip of un-blocked view below the visor, which is not too annoying once you get used to it, but not ideal.
- Though I love the graphics, I agree with others that the Italy colors are a tad brighter than I would have preferred.
- Also as others have mentioned, the shell appears to be on the bigger size -- but I'll give AGV the benefit of doubt and chalk that up to providing better protection and accommodating the sun visor.
So, all in all, I love the helmet and highly recommend it to anyone with a long oval head-shape looking for a sub-$400 option, even if it's not absolutely perfect.
June 9, 2014
Quality issues but didn't regret buying it
Basically I bought this helmet for its looks and the internal sun visor. Compared to my previous Shoei helmet, it feels a bit cheap and I've had an issue with it since day 1. If I use the lever to put the sun visor up without care, it will get stuck and am not able to lower it unless I take the helmet off and use a credit card or something to un-jam it.
In saying that, it's a sexy helmet and I love it.
May 20, 2014
I like it but didn't blow me out of the water
First off, this is my first helmet beyond the ~$100 mark, so take that into account as I haven't had too much experience with higher end helmets. I honestly bought the AGV Skyline Block Italy helmet because I think it looks awesome and it has the drop down visor. The first thing I noticed about the Block Italy graphic is that the green and red colors are a little brighter than I expected, but it has a much better finish and attention to detail than my old budget helmets and it definitely still looks sharp. The drop down visor is nice, but it could be a tad darker. The interior padding is super comfortable but needed to be broken in just a little to fit perfectly as it was a little too snug on my cheeks at first but are fine now. Some think the helmet is bulky and I can't disagree with them but what do you expect with the internal visor? The ratcheting strap is easy to use, but I find the release tab gets tucked upwards inside the helmet instead of downwards making it difficult to locate with a glove on sometimes. There is also a small D-ring on the base of one of the straps, so with a cable you can still attach it to your bike if needed. Another small gripe is that it is near impossible to operate the chin vent switch with the chin curtain attached. Not sure if you'd ever really find yourself in that situation but it's just something I noticed. I haven't experienced any fogging issues, and the faceshield swap is super easy and the different detents that come included are nice. I use the standard detends and the open and close positions feel super solid, so no popping open when looking sideways. The venting is pretty good and with ear plugs it stands the quietest helmet I've owned (not sure if that's saying much though). Personally, I think the helmet is worth the extra expense but at the same time, I'm again not super experienced with helmets at this price point. Overall, with all the features and styling, I really like the AGV Skyline Block Italy and would recommend it to anyone riding in the 3/4 position.
April 23, 2014
comfortable, affordable helmet
I wanted a basic, plain lightweight helmet - the Skyline was a good match for my needs.
-easy shield swap
-modern, quick attach/release adjustable chin strap
-As other reviewers have mentioned, the shell is kind of bulky. I wish it was a little more streamlined/low-profile but I'm guessing overall protection would be compromised)
-I found myself torn between two sizes. The medium was unbearably tight but the large felt almost too comfortable. I went with the large but wish it was a bit more snug since I know it will give a bit over time.
April 14, 2014
Good entry level minimal fogging
Starting off I have been wearing this helmet for commuting to work, mornings the helmet fogs up a little at stops when moving it's okay , the helmet also fits the thick framed black eye glasses I wear. I never use contacts and this helmet is accommodating. It's a good helmet , my only complaint is the shape . It looks a little big /egg shaped other than that it's a good helmet with internal sun visor
March 9, 2014
Ok, So I just got my AGV Skyline helmet in matte black.
All I can say is DOPE! Helmet looks real sexy and fits great. Changing the outer and inner visors is really simple as well.
Over all, SEXY helmet! Oh ya, Im in Canada and this came in 3 days. Super quick! Great job!!
I cant wait to use this when the season starts. Will be able to comment on Protection & Durability, as well as Air Flow.
February 28, 2014
My wife and I both chose this helmet after trying quite a few different models. I'm used to offroad/motocross helmets, with this being my first street helmet. I had to go with a slightly larger size than I have in other brands, not that it made any difference in my opinion of it. Even with having to go with a slightly larger size than I'm used to, the padding fit snugly exactly how and where I needed it to. It's very comfortable and the light weight makes it easy on the neck when on longer trips.
We both love the drop down shaded visor for riding during the day, though we both are planning to switch to a slightly darker tint. The quick release outer visor makes cleaning or replacing a breeze.
The ventilation is good, though on a hot day a little more wouldn't hurt. However it does come with interchangeable locks for the visor opening positions, one of which is a micro-open that aids in airflow. The closeable upper and lower vents are nice when you choose to ride in the cold. The helmet also includes a deflector that snaps in place around the lower part of the face shield, which helps to control airflow through the helmet. This piece definitely helps when riding in colder conditions.
My only gripe is that the Matte Black finish tends to show and scratches or scuffs more than I'm used to with other helmets. Otherwise, I have and would continue to recommend this helmet to anyone who is the market for a new one, and wanted a good bang for their buck.
January 17, 2014