Icon Alliance Dark Helmet
Best bang for the buck!
I've had this helmet for just over a year now and am still very satisfied with it.
The liners are exceptional, very soft and comfy, especially when compared to other similarly priced helmets. However, compared to a Shoei or HJC helmet I've worn in size large, the cheek pads seem to be a little more snug than those, so be aware of that.
Ventilation is good, but that's to be expected with the big opening right by your chin. I installed a Shoei chin curtain (which fits perfectly) and it made the helmet much more high speed friendly, but it will cut down on airflow quite a bit since the vents aren't really that awesome.
The Rubatone finish looks great when new but is a major pain to keep clean due to it's rubberized texture. Not impossible, but it takes more effort.
The shields (it comes with two) are nice quality and easy to exchange. Fogging is mostly non present except when quite cold and only when I have the chin curtain installed. Even then it only happens when I'm stopped and clears right up once I start going again.
Overall this helmet is aces. I can wholly recommend this as a budget helmet which is much nicer than most others in it's price range. Even with a $15 chin curtain added, it's still a huge bang for the buck, especially with the two included shields.
November 19, 2015
Great Full Face Without Breaking the Bank
I have ridden with a wide variety of helmets from skid lid to full face of the years, and i have to say that the comfort fit and finish are very nice with the Alliance.I purchased this as a fall/ early spring helmet for more protection from the elements. I have been riding in 32 degree weather in the morning, and 59 degree weather in the evening and found that in both cases the helmet was comfortable. It is fairly quiet at highway speeds, and honestly i want a little road noise and to hear the sound of the pipes.
the fit and finish on the helmet is pretty nice. The design is eye catching and simplistic. The rubatone finish feels soft to the touch, but i could see this scratching over time. The interior pads are very soft on the face. The microfiber is very comfortable on long rides. This helmet will really squish your face when you first get it. It breaks in nicely and now fits like a glove.
2 Shields are a nice touch, and i like the look of the side-plates. They are a bit of a pain in the butt to get off, and like another reviewer said, felt like i was going to break it when i was pulling them.
The face shield is difficult to get over the retention pin when trying to raise the shield from fully closed position. A bit of an annoyance, but i can over look that for all the positives. I holy fogged the shield once, it was at a stop on a 32 degree day and 90% humidity. It cleared fast when i started to move due to the awesome venting.
I highly recommend this lid. is it a $900 helmet, no...is it worth the price of admission...yes and then some.
November 16, 2015
My new fave
This helmet is Great. I have not had it long but I will say this is my new favorite. This helmet is stylish if you are into the murdered out black style, but the fit is great and it comes with the clear and dark shield. The price for all that is offered is great. The fit seems true to size. i wear a large in all the other icon helmets and this one is no different. the only draw back is the white liner shows dirt easy, but you can wash it so not a deal breaker. ALL in all i suggest this helmet to everyone.
November 14, 2015
No room in ear for accessories.
Icon could have made a little more room around the ears so I can at least fit one of my headphones in without feeling like it's being pushed into my brain.
Overall, it does what it's meant to do. Keep you safe and for a budget price. Not to mention it looks nice :3
November 12, 2015
My fiancée was really happy with this helmet and can't stop raving about it.
November 9, 2015
Great helmet. I would have guessed this helmet could cost a whole lot more than it did. Great look, quality, and comfort. Sena bluetooth kit fit right in, and the smoke AND clear visor was a great bonus.
Overall very good helmet, highly reccomended
November 2, 2015
Great Price, Great Fit
*This is my first helmet and I have roughly 12 hours in it* I left the "Noise Level", "Weight", and "Vision" sliders at neutral because I have nothing to compare it with.
FIT: I have a round oval, narrow head and measured just over 22". I ordered the small and it was very tight and left a hot spot on my forehead after 15 minutes. Ordered the Medium and the Small cheek pads and fit was snug but better. Now that my MSF course time is over the helmet feels very comfortable and is broken in. It seems true to size I am just unfortunate enough to land right in the middle of small and medium.
LOOK: Helmet is cool. Definitely got some compliments already. It's a rubberized skin so it is soft to the touch and matte black. Pretty much like the sidewall of a tire. I like simple but different and this fit the bill perfectly.
ACCESSORIES: Comes with (2) shields, (1) clear and (1) smoked. Change out is pretty easy, but in the future I will buy a helmet with the integrated sun shield and clear visor.
AIR FLOW/NOISE: Unfortunately we only get up to about 15mph on the course so I cannot comment on this. It has chin vent that flips up and two venturi vents on top both of which can be opened or closed. it also has (2) vents that are always open on the sides.
I did a lot of research to find the right shape helmet for my head and I am very happy with the quality and value.
November 2, 2015
If nothing else, purchase this helmet
When I first got my bike, I did my research - I read as many helmet reviews as I could. Being on a budget too, I decided to pull the trigger finally on the Icon Alliance Dark. I could not be happier.
While the fit was initially a bit tight, the innards have since molded to my head shape and size (very much a round shape). Though I haven't had a chance to test out the helmet yet (thankfully), I am pleased to say that it feels sturdy and passes all DOT and ECE standards. It's pretty hard to find a helmet with this amount of safety for this affordable price point.
While riding, I have never fogged up the visor. Airflow is great - but the flipside is that I get a whole lot of wind noise. The visor can also be difficult to pull up due to the Prolock system, but I guess that means the visor won't suddenly fly up when I need it most.
All in all, a great first helmet. If you're looking for starter gear, this should be your first purchase.
October 28, 2015