GMAX GM11D Dual Sport Helmet - Solid
Not great, not horrible.
This was the first DS helmet I ever purchased. I ride a street legal dirtbike for a living and was looking for something with a wider field of view, something that would keep the wind off my face on colder days, and, since I ride with a partner, something to keep the dust off my face a bit better than a regular motocross-type helmet.
This helmet absolutely fit the bill and worked better than expected for all three issues I was looking at fixing. I really appreciated being able to ditch my goggles and, even with the face-shield closed, I got tons of ventilation. And even with the large amount of air moving across my head, with the chin curtain in and the shield closed, it kept me far warmer than I would've been using a typical MX lid.
A couple problems keep me from fully recommending this helmet and will have me looking at a different brand now that the GMAX is broken.
One, the shield fogs very easily. I guess I'm spoiled with my street bike no-fogs, but keeping your vision clear on colder mornings was challenging.
Two, the liner snaps need a major redesign. Nearly every time I pulled the helmet on or off, one of the snaps (usually those on the rear neck) would unsnap. Aggravating when simply brushing your hand on the liner would cause the snaps to undo. Shame, because otherwise the liner is very, very nice. I should mention that the helmet fit me a bit loose so it wasn't a case of me trying to shove my big, fat head into a tiny hole.
Three, this is fragile! My helmet rolled off my bike and landed IN GRASS and that spelled doom for the shield locking detents. I pulled the shield off, figuring I knocked something loose and would be able to repair it, but there was nothing obvious. After this incident, the shield was either all the way closed or all the way open (after I rigged up a latch to keep the shield up).
Also, last night, I brushed against a branch and the top visor mount broke, causing the whole visor to slide down and cover my eyes. Look at the picture of the helmet and how the visor bolts to the top of the helmet and you can imagine how and where it broke. Prior to this, the front edge of the visor cracked and broke off after who-knows-what happened. The visor is pretty brittle...just wish it were a hair more flexible just to be able to withstand day to day wear.
I could probably find a new visor and new face shield locking parts, and I can deal with the liner issues, but taken all together, it's hardly worth hanging on to, so into the garbage it goes. It lasted 3 months (5 days a week, 8 hours a day) and is probably a really good case of getting exactly what you pay for. If you're gentle on your equipment and you're OK with the slightly goofy looking style, this is a great value. It's comfortable and beats the pants off the normal helmet/goggle configuration. I just need something a little heavier duty and maybe geared for more of the dirt side of our sport rather than the pavement side.
October 16, 2013
I love this helmet!!!!
Great helmet. Shipped really fast. I really like this ste helmet. I would defintely recommend if your are a dual sport rider.
October 14, 2013
This is a great helmet
Bought this for my brother and he loves it uses it for his dirt bike and street bike
November 25, 2013
Absolute best entry level DS helmet on the market!
The Gmax 11D,S is by far the best entry level, dual sport helmet money can buy. I've tried other brands and they were no comparison. One important feature of this Gmax is the ability to slightly vent the shield. Anyone who's ever worn a helmet will agree. Most others at this price point don't allow this. The ventilation throughout the helmet is paramount. There are many options for shields as well so if you dont like to vent, you can buy a dual lense shield and have 100% zero fog. I have a dark smoke dual lense and it works perfectly. Cheek pads are another amazing feature here. They are the same type used in $400+ helmets. Very comfortable, super easy to clean, wonderfully priced, and the comfort liner is right on par. My helmet is a medium. It comes with 20mm pads but I ordered 25mm and the fit is now perfect. Glad to say I can't comment on how protective this Gmax is, but it does feel very solid and I surely feel confindent while riding. Lastly, quite possibly the best feature of this helmet, is the full shield clearance when raised. Nevermind goggles, even a small pair of sunglasses are a pain to handle if the shield doesn't raise like this one. Overall, there is no helmet this close to a hundred bucks that will give you the standard features and options that this one does. It's definitely a winner. I have matte black but I'm actually ordering another in the white/silver graphic. There are two small downfalls in my opinion, there is no option for a second sun shield, and there should be more color options for the graphic version. I ride a honda so I'd love some red mixed in. Those two changes would make this helmet absolutely flawless. Not a huge deal though. I hope this review is helpful and gives you a bit of insight. Ride safe. Two wheels down!
2008 Honda CRF230L
August 3, 2013
Great helmet for the price
Excellent field of view.Doesn't blow around in the wind
July 8, 2013
2 days of wear started to fall apart
After only wearing this helmet for 2 days during my motorcycle safety course the liner that was glued to the foam liner which the comfort liner clips onto began separating from the rest of the helmet and sounded like there was crunchy plastic under it. I know my descrition of the issue is hard to picture so please look at the attached image for a better idea.I bought this helmet from a local shop and they were kind enough to either order me another or let me exchange it for a different helmet. I chose to get a different helmet seeing that after 2 days of wear it was falling apart. I could not trust my head inside this. I would only recommend this helmet to someone who is only looking to have something on their head because its the law. Also the previously posted review about the helmet shattering on a grass impact does not surprise me in the least bit. It sucks because the helmet was very comfortable and the coolmax liner was very nice perk for a low end helmet.
July 5, 2013
Can't beat it for the price!
Ridden about 700 miles with it in a variety of conditions (spring in Michigan)
I was skeptical about the air flow until i rode in 40 degree weather and opened the vents. Lets just say my bald head was cold! The vents work for sure.
The cool-max lining is amazing compared to other helmets that I tried on. I feels like a high-end helmet at a fraction of the cost. I'm also able to wear ear-buds for music. The helmet slides on without pulling them out.
All in all I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. It looks great, feels high end, and at a price point that is quite digestible.
~get out there!
June 10, 2013
Why I bought the Fly Trekker DS helmet instead of GMax.
I'm in Canada and bought from a local vendor, but I love Anthony's videos and the product reviews at Revzilla.
Anthony asked to share observations about the GMax DS helmet, so here's why I made my purchase decision to buy a Fly Trekker DS helmet instead of the GMAX DS helmet:
I didn't even know the GMax existed. I was all set to buy the Fly Trekker, until I noticed the GMax helmets on display in my local "royal" distributing centre. They were also displayed as Snowmobile helmets because of the visor design.
The GMax helmets were sexier than the Fly Trekker, had a better field of view when the visor was up, had a dual pane visor and were competitively priced. Goggles fit okay with this helmet and the GMax fit was better than the Fly Trekker.
??? So why did I chose the Fly Trekker over this helmet ???
It quickly became apparent to me and the salesperson that the GMax helmet uses very cheap snap closures to secure the helmet liner pads to the helmet. Just picking the helmet up and getting it ready to put on caused the snaps to come apart.
The Fly Trekker helmet liner snaps were far superior to the GMax liner snaps.
After all of the wonderful, sexy features that the GMax helmet had over the Fly Trekker, it was simply the CHEAP SNAPS that turned me off of the GMax. I did not want to be constantly reconnecting the liners to the helmet every time I took it off or before I put it on.
I was very disappointed, because I thought it was a much sexier helmet with WAY MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK than the Fly Trekker. I JUST COULDN'T BRING MYSELF TO TRUST THE GMAX DURABILITY.
Since I never bought the GMax, I can't comment on air flow or other features that require me to actually use the helmet.
May 26, 2013