Icon Airmada Sensory Helmet
Icon Airmada Helmet
I thoroughly enjoyed opening up this package from Revzilla. I love the graphic, not just because it's wild but because I can be seen very well in it. This is a definite step up from my 7-zero-7 helmet (which was about $100), but the Icon is also almost 3x times the price; and wow what a difference it makes when you invest in a skid lid like this. Definitely light and comfortable and the micro fiber is very sift to your skin, The neck opening is a tad small, so getting your head in the helmet is a little interesting as it literally wraps around your whole head. I agree that it is a long oval, and you can feel the shape engulf your head. Noise? As noted above, it is a little noisy, but that's what earplugs fix... And to be honest, if you wanted something really quite, buy something that is double this price (Arai or Shoei) and you will probably achieve the noise level you prefer.
I was a bit skeptical about ordering an Icon helmet, but to be honest, I am very happy with the purchase and I would definitely buy another one (possibly a more expensive and quieter one) later down the road... But for now, this helmet works perfect for me and my uses.
August 11, 2014
"eye-popping" graphics, but budget helmet
Graphic design is so odd but unique/awesome that I really wanted to like this helmet more. Other reviews point out narrow neck roll when putting on, but my trouble (and reason for return) was actually the shell around the neck roll. Even with the straps pulling outward to compress the cheek pads/neck roll, I could not don the helmet without my temples and cheekbones scraping the bottom edge of the helmet shell. Once squeezed on, the liner was plush and comfy, giving me my preferred "race-fit" snugness. Pulling the helmet off was the same problem as going on. I know there are multiple shell sizes of the airmada that may work for me (or u if finding same problem)
Visor optics seemed fine around the house, but visor felt flimsy torsioning when raising/lowering the shield over the pinlock at full close. Visor quick-release is poorly constructed (compared to my HJC FS-15 and Scorpion exo-500). Owner manual says to make sure visor is secure after change-out, but REALLY(!) do ensure the quick-release is truly popped and secure before riding, as I did a practice change-out and it worked fine until sliding visor up to widest detent would consistently release one side of the visor from helmet. Fixed by removing visor competely, wiggling the quick-release lever back and forth a few times...cheap + prone to user error.
IMO, my cheaper exo-500 is heads and tails better than the airmada in features, fit, and construction. Too bad nobody else right now makes a helmet look quite as crazy and cool as Icon...
August 8, 2014
Overall great helmet.
I've only purchased Large helmets for 30+ yrs., I would recommend XL for anyone considering this helmet because the L is a very tight on & off & in fit.
August 2, 2014
Helmet is very comfortable.Not only does it "LOOK" awesome but it's very quite and fit was great. only thing that i would change is to add some more vents. However it does not affect the comfort of riding it however. You have to be doing around 45mph for the wind to be a factor in the cooling aspect of it. Overall great helmet!
June 30, 2014
A good value
First, this is really a $200 or $220 helmet with a $50 paint job, so one should consider this helmet in the lower-mid-range.
All the basic functionality is there. The size and number of vents is spot on. The liner is pretty comfy, and it doesn't fit awkwardly. My main helmet is a Shoei RF-1100 and this fits about the same way.
As I expected, the helmet is just "meh" wherever moving parts are involved. The face shield quick-release mechanism is, frankly, terrible when compared to my RF-1100 and mediocre compared to other helmets in the $200-$250 price range. The shield lock is, if anything, blue-collar.
I bought this helmet as a backup for rainy days and to boost my visibility when I ride in the dusk. It's neither comfortable enough or fully-featured to serve as a cross-country touring helmet, but it works fine for commuting and 30 mile jaunts.
June 21, 2014
This helmet get "eyes on", excellent graphics, the icon optics visor feels better than my sunglasses. Comfortable. I used to have an HJC helmet and i will stay with ICON all the way. They improved the visor lock making it easier to operate while riding. It has lots of vents to improve air flow even at low speed. I totally recomend it.
June 20, 2014