Icon Alliance Dark Helmet
I bought this helmet to replace a cheaper HJC, so I don't really have much to compare it to. That being said, however, I am very pleased with this helmet.
The face shield hasn't fogged once, even on cooler mornings going to work. The Prolock is very stiff when latched and usually takes two hands to open, so if you're riding through town and want to open it up at stop lights or while you're going slower don't latch it. This really isn't that big of a deal, though, and it's easy enough to close without latching. I've only used the dark shield once, but it worked well and blocked the sun without making it hard to see.
The helmet has good air flow and with the different sets of vents it gives you options depending on the temperature and where you want the air. There are two vents in the front of where your mouth is and when they are open it lets air flow over the lower half of you face and part of you neck (which feels amazing). The vents on the top also work well and keep things from getting too steamy.
The only thing I'm not too happy about is that the light colored lining shows every little bit of dirt that gets on it. Not a big deal, but it just looks kind of nasty. The lining does breath well, though, and dries fast.
Bottom line: this is a great helmet, especially for the price. If they still make it in five years when it's time for a new helmet I wouldn't hesitate to get another one.
August 26, 2015
Bargain bin price but not bargain bin quality
I've had helmets that cost twice as much as the Icon Alliance Dark and weren't nearly as good.
I've been riding with a Schuberth C3, which is known for being a pretty quiet helmet. Moving to the Alliance Dark I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't suddenly assaulted with unholy amounts of noise.
The matte Rubatone finish gives the helmet a badass look but it is comfortable enough that you don't have to be a badass to wear it. The large fits me a bit snug but is not uncomfortable and in all honestly I've probably been wearing my helmets looser than I should for safety's sake. Riding around in 90+ degree Texas heat today was about as comfortable as can be expected, showing that the vents are doing their job. My Sena 20S mounted up nicely and I can still listen to music at freeway speeds.
It is a nice touch that Icon supplies both a tinted as well as clear faceshield with this helmet, especially considering how reasonably priced it is. I ordered Icon's yellow shield and that is what I primarily ride around with. It makes things easier on my eyes and kinda sorta replicates the look of the (sadly discontinued) Icon Airframe Ghost Carbon.
If I have one gripe about the helmet is that it can be a pain to get the faceshield open when the shield engages the Prolock, but at least it adds confidence that the thing won't fly open when you need it most.
August 22, 2015
I love this helmet! The style is nice and it comes with a clear and shaded face shield. I think that's pretty good bang for your buck not having to go through the hassle of buying one separate. Fits me great. The padding inside is a little stiff when putting on and taking off but doing that a few times it'll break in and I'd rather have my helmet snug the moving around on me. The you can hear the wind through the top vents when they are open but it's not that loud.
August 17, 2015
This product is great for the price! Very happy!
This is a very comfortable and well designed helmet!
August 12, 2015
Great helmet from Icon!
I have been looking for a new helmet for a bit and I had settled on a different Icon helmet. Then I realized it came with just the clear shield and after a little more research I found this one that came with both. All of that aside, it fits great and looks great, all with the necessary DOT ratings.
August 3, 2015
This product is a great value. It has DOT and ECE safety ratings, it's relatively light, comes with two visors, and fits and looks great.
This is a great helmet for the price, it offers great protection, fits and looks great, and comes with two visors. This helmet comes with DOT and ECE ratings which means it's rated just as good as any bell helmet etc. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good deal on a helmet without sacrificing any protection.
August 3, 2015
Sharp looking helmet with two shields!
I really like the matte finish of the helmet and the included shields, clear and smoke, are an awesome bonus! It's my first helmet and it will seems like it will hold up very well before I pull the trigger on a more expensive helmet. Defiantly recommend the Icon Alliance!
August 3, 2015
Great Lid for Price
I ordered this helmet after watching Anthony's review. He was "spot on". Helmet fits my oval head shape perfect and moves a good amount of air. Great bonus for it to come with a second shield (smoke). Had to pay an extra $40 to buy a smoke shield for my last helmet.
August 3, 2015