Icon Variant Battlescar Helmet
In Love with my Helmet
i have been riding with my helmet for about a month now, it has finally molded to the shape of my head and it feels great! the vision on the helmet is amazing! it is kinda loud on the highway but nothing bad at all! great helmet great price! thanks Revzilla
June 27, 2014
To start off I really like the look and feel of this helmet. First negative of helmet is if your riding in strong wind it will try and rip your head off. Second and worst problem with this helmet is if you intend on changing out the face shield you probably only get to do it about 6 times before the aluminum bolts that hold the shield on seize up and you can't remove them without breaking them off in the helmet. You would think that if your going to make a helmet and charge $400 for a helmet it would have and easy quick detach system for the face shield, like scorpion uses.
June 23, 2014
Looks really cool. fits like a charm and very comfy. I've decided it looks like a cross between a halo helmet and a wasps face.
This helmet looks Amazing. It's comfortable on top of that. I ride 60 miles a day with 90 percent highway and I put in ear plugs. To be fair I would put in ear plugs with any helmet because it's smart. The helmet creates more drag at high speeds compared to a non visor helmet, but it's not bad. In fact, after a week you'll have stronger neck muscles and you won't notice the additional drag :)
June 23, 2014
Ok, I've got an '14 FZ09 and I've worn the helmet for a few days now. The first thing that I noticed was a drastic reduction in noise by about 75%. Coming from the Bell Revolver (must be the noisiest helmet out there), this one is super quiet comparatively. I wear ear plugs and also installed the Sena SMH10R low profile headset which the bell also had so it's a direct comparison. Sena fits great without any pressure points on the ears.
The helmet fit is just slightly snug on the cheeks but I know that will break in after some time in it. It's not uncomfortable anyway so I don't think it's an issue even if it doesn't.
I was concerned about highway speeds but it proved to be a non-issue for me, I am learning to turn my head a little down and to the side when looking to the side/behind on lane changes to cut the wind so the visor doesn't drag. Works great. Buffeting is at a minimum, I would say it's less than the Bell, maybe because of the riding position on the FZ?
The downside to the helmet is changing the shields is a pita. They really need to come up with a better way to do that, I struggled getting the old one off and the new one seated right. The Bell and Scorpion EXO-1000 are much easier and don't require tools. This one does.
Airflow, airflow, airflow, wow!! I haven't ridden in really hot temps with it yet but the air flow is really good and adjustable.
Definitely a fan of this helmet though and so far the only knock is the changing of the shield.
July 17, 2014
Saved my head after hitting deer
This helmet has my vote. After t-boning a deer at about 50mph on my 2009 KLR 650 it kept my head and neck totally safe. What surprised me the most is that the visor thing on it didn't even break off. I got a massive deal on this one so I probably won't buy the same helmet again but I'm kind of cheap. If you got the money for this helmet and like it, buy it! It will protect you.
As far as the helmet itself goes, it has great airflow so you stay cool during the summer, but when you put the chin curtain in and close it up right that airflow really dies off so you stay pretty warm too. It's a little noisy but I didn't find that to be an issue because I had a bluetooth that was more than loud enough to overpower the sound.
The only cons about it is the shape is really good at catching a heavy crosswind and turning your head but you get used to it. I gave it such a low rating on features and bang for the buck because you would think with the price of the helmet it would have a build in sun visor but it didn't. It was also somewhat frustrating that you couldn't run it without the visor that was on it.
Overall I would fully recommend this helmet and I loved it while I had it.
June 15, 2014
I ordered the icon variant battlescar in dark earth.
The helmet looks amazing. The field of view is wider than normal . Changing the shield can be a pain in the butt, but can be done in less than 5 min. The visor blocks out the sun great. I don't get much resistance even at 150 mph, but side checking with this helmet may break your neck if your not ready for it. The sir flow is amazing. All in all this is one of the best helmets I've owned.
April 28, 2014
I wear a med in most other helmets, this i wear an XL, and my cheeks are still smooshed, no chewing gum for me. Not horribly but, hopefully the cheek pads will break in soon. Other than that, extremely happy. Much less wind noise than my HJC is-17, and far more visibility. Alot of guys think they look like the guy from the HALO game, i feel more like Dark Helmet from spaceballs. The shell is quite large. removing my windscreen does result in a lot of buffering in heavy crosswinds, not bad with screen on.
April 21, 2014
Amazing Air Flow
I live and ride in Las Vegas. I was looking for a full face for the protection but i needed the visibility of a half helmet so i could see whats going on around me. (in Vegas EVERYONE is actively trying to kill you) The field of view in this thing is awesome. On top of the visibility i needed something that kept me cool as my older Bell Arrow is quite warm in 100+ degree temps. The Icons visor does an amazing job of pushing air into the top vents and i can really feel the air keeping me cool as we've already had a few 90 deg days.
There is some buffeting in the higher winds of LV and turning to check your blind spots at highway speed is a little wobbly.
Lastly i have a rather large head and it was a really snug (I got the XL per measurements) but i pulled the cheek pads and just sat on them for an evening to help and after a few weeks the tightness is gone.
Pros: Airflow, airflow, airflow! Visibility. Style. Cost. Comes with smoked visor.
Cons: Buffeting at higher speed, fit takes a little bit to wear in. If its a little tight don't sweat it and return it. just sit on the cheek pads and give a couple wears.
April 14, 2014