Icon Airmada Volare Hi-Viz Helmet
Great HiViz, full face helmet
For reference, this is my first higher price-point helmet. Normally I am around the <$200 mark. But I ride every day as a primary form of transportation. That said, this helmet satisfied my goal of a hiviz (day) reflective (night) full face helmet. It has minimal bells and whistles which is fine with me -- less to repair. The ears have ample space for ear plugs although the helmet is very quiet as is. The D-ring buckle is comfortable with enough length to make fastening easy. There is adequate closure around the neck to minimize air coming in but offset by good ventilation to use in the summer. I have not worn it in the winter yet, so I can't tell you if the shield fogs up. I used the size guide provided by revzilla and it was accurate. I honestly do not know if my head is round vs oval -- I think more round. Either way the helmet is comfortable and is getting more so the longer I wear it. I recommend this if you are in the market for a comfortable, visible, safe helmet.
September 1, 2014
Lacks attention to detail.
I'll separate this by good and bad to start.
The color scheme looks amazing and the reflective parts work well.
The air vents are easy to actuate.
The visor closes very securely.
Tight fitting, but comfortable.
It's a bit difficult to get the helmet on and off.
The nose piece is not centered, and there is no adjustment for it. (pictures included)
The graphics are also not centered. (pictures included)
The vents feel cheap.
I love the styling, color, and feature set of the helmet, but I know myself well enough to know I will never get over the off center nose piece and graphics. I put the helmet on, looked in the mirror, and thought I had it on at an angle since I wasn't familiar with the helmet yet, but upon closer inspection I had it fitted fine.
It a good mid range helmet brought down by questionable quality control. Some people may not care about these smaller details, but they drive me nuts. I'll be sending it back.
August 9, 2014
Look that great helment
Air flow is excellent, it's a little noisy and even when I measured my forehead it was a little small for me. But is a great helmet. Excellent style, everybody say "look that great helmet"
July 28, 2014
Very cool design and nice wide sightline. Great graphics
July 14, 2014
Great helmet for the price range!
This is my first motorcycle helmet. I wanted a helmet that would fit my definitely long-oval shaped head and this one does. With visibility in mind, I ordered the orange, which practically glows in the daylight. The paint job looks really slick and the shell has a great, subtle texture. I am very appreciative that there is a large area of reflective paint on all sides of the helmet for added safety.
For the lower to mid price range this helmet has everything I want. The removable/washable liner was a must. The Hydra-Dry material inside is very soft and well stitched. The overall constriction of the helmet is fantastic and it feels very high quality. It's cool that Icon molds a unique shell for every size of this helmet.
The shield moves up and down nicely and locks into place with a solid-sounding click. Peripheral vision is great. I like that there are tons of vents in this helmet (all open/close-able), so you can have plenty of air flow if you want it.
I have zero complaints and I am very much looking forward to riding with this helmet!
June 23, 2014
I love it but it's not perfect
Very light, very comfortable even while riding for hours at a time while also being a proper snug fit. No problems with buffeting and it has good periphery. Wind noise is kind of bad, it gets LOUD. It's forced me to convert to wearing earplugs full-time while riding no matter the speed.
As with most of the helmets I've owned I can't really notice a difference with all the vents opened or closed, unless the visor is fogging up. The helmet closure pulls the visor in nice and tight. I was concerned I wouldn't be able to open it one-handed but I can (although it definitely requires more force than a helmet with no snap).
Sometimes in the right light conditions the white plastic on the inside can reflect in the visor which is annoying but I usually forget about it pretty quick.
Love the high-visibility neon yellow and reflective bits. It's the reason I initially wanted this helmet. Although, I'm still a bit miffed that it cost $80 more than the base model, that's quite a bit extra for some graphics. It is sweet looking though and I feel like I got my moneys worth.
March 4, 2014
Fantastic hi-viz helmet
After being dissatisfied with a cheap helmet, I went shopping for a new hi-viz one. I liked the look of the Airmada Volare, the generous amount of reflective material, and the price seemed good compared to other top-brand helmets. So, I took a chance and ordered online. I usually wear a 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 hat size, so I got an extra large. The fit for me was perfect. When I say perfect, I mean snug all over, but still comfortable. The padding hits the crown of my head evenly around my melon, and as another reviewer pointed out, the cheek pads are generous. But, for me, the beauty of this helmet is how it disappears while I'm riding. The Icon face shield is visually flawless as far as I can tell, and peripheral vision is fantastic. I wear prescription glasses and I have no trouble getting them on and off with this helmet. That was a real bonus. Others have commented that the helmet is loud, but having only ridden cheaper helmets, the wind noise seems fine to me. I also agree with others that the venting is great. Very comfortable in a range of summer and fall temperatures so far. Getting the helmet on and off is tight, and the chin strap isn't exactly quick to do up, but I like those features in a helmet. It is no nonsense and feels very secure once it's on.
November 10, 2013
Functional for it's intended purpose with above average features.
Like the review above, you'd buy this to be seen. I bought the hi-viz yellow because it's the most obnoxious brightest color that exists without batteries. I've seen people look my way, slowly turn to look back, then snap back in my direction. Mission accomplished.
As a daily commuter, this definitely adds to my safety cushion. I added a silver mirror shield and it looks pretty sharp.
Aptly named the Airmada, the airflow is great. A unique feature is the small vent directly above the shield. It works in tandem with the mouth vent in reducing the fogging.
It is tight to pull on, and especially off, but it's snug. The cheekpads are pretty plentiful but you get used to it.
One thing to consider is the small rubber shelf that wraps around the back of the helmet and extends toward your neck. If riding in a forward sport position, it slightly impedes or presses on the back of your neck as you lift the chin of the helmet up. It may not be as noticeable to those with longer necks.
Noise is above average at speeds over 60 with the vents open and with them closed. The shield has nice solid detents that hold it securely in all positions. Locking the shield down is held with a metal button that takes a two handed effort to release.
One problem I've had with it is one side of the shield pops off occasionally when opening. It takes some careful focus when re-attaching the shield to make sure it clips in completely.
Great dry-wicking liner with some of the most comfortable material against your forehead and cheeks.
Overall a great value with features above it's price point.
I would recommend this helmet.
October 26, 2013