GMAX GM54S Hi-Viz Helmet
You get what you pay for
It is what it is. Its a loud, mediocre helmet. In the month I have had it I have already had the two front vent covers fall off. The Wind noise is awful at speeds above 35, and even with all the v vents open I sweat like a pig.
That being said, for the price, considering it is a modular helmet with integral sunshade and rear light, its a trade off. The modular chin guard is great, super easy to get the helmet on and off and nice to cool off/talk at stop lights. The red flasher is helpful as well at night, as well as the neon yellow actually working very well. Apart from the sweat, the helmet is very comfortable on my head. I never feel constricted or heavy. Granted Im a strong and large guy so its not too burdensome to wear it.
All in all, I will not be buying this brand again for the reason of air flow and noise level. I would much rather have a quieter helmet with a cooler head than a modular one.
For a cheap first helmet it definitely did the job I expected, but next time Im going to go the extra $100 and get something better
July 23, 2016
Excellent for price
I am very satisfied with this helmet. Airflow in summer time is great. If your looking for a helmet that has all the features of high end then look no further.
August 24, 2016
Nice budget helmet
I bought this helmet a few months ago and it's been great. I'll start with some pros: This helmet looks nice, internal sun visor is amazing, air flow is spectacular, and the modular design is done well. Some cons: THIS HELMET IS LOUD. I have to ride with ear plugs and even then it's really loud around 70+mph. It seems most of the noise is from wind entering from the neck as well as from either side of the helmet where hinges for the modular helmet are. This helmet also feels a bit cheap but that is to be expected with the price point. It still feels like a solid helmet and i believe it will protect me in a crash. Overall the main drawback for me was wind noise, other than that I love the helmet.
August 10, 2016
LOVE this helmet!
Lighter than my last helmet, decent air flow, snug comfortable fit...looks sharp as well. Very happy with this purchase!
August 4, 2016
It's heavy @ 1st, but I got use to it. Has little pockets for head phones (i can't use ear buds) tons of vents, it's 100degrees here & I'm not ringing wet when I take it off. Very well padded. Light on back is great, especially when my tail light went out 1 night. The view is unbelievable, great on side vision, like I don't hav a helmet on. Love the adjustable sun shade inside. I'm not easy on my helmet & it's holding up great. I feel so safe w/this helmet. Wish had gotten sooner.
July 30, 2016
We bought three of these helmets (one for me, one for my hubby and one for my 17yo daughter). I love all the features this helmet has but the drawbacks are significant. The helmet is very heavy (4.5 pounds) resulting in a sore neck every time I wear it for distance rides. Holding my head up in windy conditions is a chore. I've only had mine for a couple months and the two plastic pieces that slide the sun visor up and down blew off while going down the road. I have a fairly narrow face but the cheek pads squeeze so tightly that my upper jaw is in misery after a couple hours. A larger size may fix that problem but then the rest of the helmet would be too big. My husband actually has dents in his head from the weight of the helmet after a day of riding. My daughter hasn't worn hers much. Hopefully hers will be better. We've already replaced mine and my husband's with something else.
July 19, 2016
helmet is all that Revzilla says that it is.
I took the Gmax gm54s out for its first spin this weekend. The fit felt very secure and comfortably snug. I like the ease of operating both visors. The Sun Shade visor is great with the only exception that I find that it distorts my vision slightly with my prescription glasses. I will probably restrict my use of that only to those times when the sun is in my face. I find that the noise level is pretty quiet and airflow seems good. It is really nice to put on a helmut with a pristine visor. Guess that will not last for ever but was not overlooked or unappreciated. Color is great: almost a rock solid match for the moto guzzi metallic grey. Very pleased in Virginia
July 19, 2016
Great product for its price!
I ordered this helmet for four reasons: it was a modular helmet, it was available in Hi Viz yellow, it promised to have good ventilation, and because of the rear light.
The helmet did not disappoint. The modular system works as advertised, and it has all metal mechanism, which is safe. The latch to open took me some getting used to, I wish it was a little bigger and under the chin like a Schuberth, but beggars can't be choosers.
The Hi Viz yellow does not disappoint, it is truly a high visibility shade of yellow, not the canary yellow you see in pictures. It stands out quite well during the day and night.
Ventilation is very good, there are loads of options on vents to close and open, and I usually ride with all vents open because here in Virginia it's pretty humid. WIth all vents open I get no fog on the inside visor while moving, my prior helmet, a Joe Rocket RKT Prime got lots of fog inside. Hige improvement here.
The rear light is excellent. I end up riding at night a lot because of work, and adding that extra light point up behind my head is one extra layer of passive safety to help me be seen. I decided not to splurge for the available brake connection because the light is not brake-light bright, but for an extra light point it is good.
Fit is a little tight, I bought the large size, same as my other helmets, but I should have ordered extra large. I did not return to get a different size because I needed the helmet now (my previous helmet cracked when it fell in the garage), so I just ordered the extra large liner and different size cheek pads. With the new liner and pads the helmet fits great. When it gets cold I wear a Klim balaclava and even with the balaclava it fits well.
My two biggest gripes with the helmet are the cheap build quality and the way prescription glasses fit with the cheek pads.
The build quality could be a bit better, all the plastic bits on the vents are slightly flimsy and I can see I will have to be careful to keep them from breaking. Yes, it's a sub 200 dollar helmet, but even at this price point I think the plastic should have a better fit.
Prescription glasses tend to ride up on the helmet while riding because the cheek pads force them upward. The narrower pads I bought for helmet fitment helped a whole lot, but once in a while during a ride I have to push my glasses down. I wish there was a channel contoured into the cheek pads to prevent glasses from doing that, I am thinking of modifying my cheek pads to create such a channel.
Other than that the helmet is great, for the price I don't think you can find a better modular helmet.
May 18, 2016