Icon Airmada Sensory Helmet
Amazing design, Fantasic Helmet
I came from riding with a Akuma and it was a good helmet in all. But the helmet was loud, and got hot due to lack of air flow. The only thing I miss about that helmet what the transition lense it had on it.
This helmet though, is a bit of a tight fit because the overall shape is narrow. So getting your head inside the helmet for the first few rides is a pain. But once it's broken in(mind you, if you got the correct size#, it's a nice race style fit. The fin on the back of it is also very flimsy and fragile. Just be careful of that. Mine fell off a dining room chair and hit the carpet and cracked a bit, but nothing super glue can't fix! The airflow is very good and the lense rarely fogs. If it does fog, its just for a second, then it clears right up. For the price of $270 and getting fast free shipping#mine came 2 days after ordering), it's a great deal and a great helmet! Oh, and that design. It almost speaks for itself. Tons of eyes, bright green, and tons of heads turning when you pass by. Plus when it starts getting dark and the eyes start to show, it really grabs attention! Just a radical design and definatly unique!
The only thing is that I wish that Icon developed a transition lense for their helmets. Having to carry both visors on my person is kinda annoying due to me be in the army. I get to work when its dark and leave when its light. A transition lense would be perfect and make this an overall perfect buy. But the helmet, is definatly worth every penny!
September 4, 2014
Very cool, And looks like it does online!
I'm a first time rider and wanted to start with a decent helmet that would be visible and the Sensory is the deal. Everyone that sees it thinks its off the wall but it grows on them, the look is awesome and the fit is just as good... I have no hot spots or tightness so if your looking to grab heads get this helmet!
August 25, 2014
It gets looks.
I've been in this helmet for about a week now, and I'm enjoying it. I get the best looks from motorists as I ride past, and plenty of compliments both on and off the bike.
Great peripheral vision, venting is decent. All the vents make it a little noisy, but not terrible. The locking mechanism for the shields feels a little cheap, and is a pain sometimes to use. It's not easy to tell if the shield goes in all the way. Also, the pin lock mechanism is pretty difficult to open one-handed, say when you want to crack it open at a light or something.
Very snug fit, but I like it. My only area of discomfort is where the padding on the chinstrap is stitched to the webbing it forms a hard spot that presses right into my jawbone when I have the helmet on properly. I get used to it a few minutes in, but it's not ideal.
All in all, this helmets is awesome. My only other gripe is that I wish it came with or had the option to buy a chin curtain.
August 23, 2014
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