Icon Variant Battlescar Helmet
Dual Sport perfection.
I have heard it said before that this is not a dual sport helmet, but I have to disagree. I am about a 50/50 rider, with a total of 1700 miles on this helmet in the past 5 weeks. It is reasonably good at canceling the wind noise, and slides over earbuds fairly easily. The visor seems to ride high at first, but with the chin skirt installed it is easier to recognize that the helmet should just be tipped down a bit. When new the face shield is almost difficult to see if you are looking for it. I found myself reaching to put it down as I got on the bike to find it already down.
That face shield brings me to the fogging. The only time I have ever had this helmet fog on me, was when I have already been riding, and am tired, and sweaty, and drop it and have to exert while not moving forward. Aside from that Icon's advert of "fog free" has held true.
I will say that at speeds of 70mph or above, the visor will catch the wind a bit, but again, tilt the helmet down as it was intended, and it will not try to lift off of your head.
The Variant Battlestar is the best helmet I own, and I plan to buy a Variant, Hard Luck in the very very near future.
May 3, 2016
Great features and great look.
I am a beginning rider and this is my first helmet so take that into account when reading the review. I chose this helmet after trying on every helmet in town that I could. I wear glasses and besides a very expensive helmet, it was pretty much the only one I could get my glasses in. I could also get them on with the other Icon helmets I tried on. I am wearing a large, although the measurement chart said I should be in a medium, it was just too tight though. It has been comfortable so far with the riding I am doing and am very pleased with it. I did get it on a sale price so that was another deciding factor. I would recommend trying on if you wear glasses.
April 27, 2016
I love this helmet from stunt riding in a parking lot to hitting up dusty trails it's perfect for all types of riding! Very comfortable and looks great! I have a Sena and a GoPro attached to my helmet.
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April 19, 2016
Variant for life!!
I love the look and feel of the Icon Variant. The nice airflow system design keeps me nice and cool during the summers. The wide visor allows me to have a vast field of vision before having to turn my head. Plus, it just looks downright mean and dirty. Hooligan for life.
April 12, 2016
Icon Does It Again
Icon helmets have always impressed me. I finally bought the variant after spending 3 months researching and trying on different helmets. The size chart is 100% accurate. I'm rocking a 2x now, which is exactly what the sizing chart called for after measuring my head.
From RevZilla, the shipping was fast (I live in NY so it was one day shipping from their main warehouse in PA). You can really see RevZilla takes pride in their packaging and making sure things arrive safe and undamaged.
The icon box that the helmet comes with is pretty cool looking. In fact, I've kept the box it came in.
Straight out of the box, it is a head turner. I've rode a few times on the highway and city and it turns heads since I've bought it. Many people have asked me where I bought it, and I always say RevZilla. It's where I always get my parts!
Bottom line. If you want a helmet that has a huge field of vision, is pretty lightweight, looks really cool and will actually protect your grey matter, this is the helmet you want to buy. I have complete confidence that if you buy this helmet, you will be impressed and quite possibly an Icon helmet rider for life.
May 2, 2016
Amazing Helmet, Icon Delivers
Air flow is exceptional. I would recommend earplugs of some type in order to keep the noise down. There is a lot of ports that can open up to allow tons of air flow, with them all closed and the lid down its not super loud.
Color is white, that said in certain areas (right under the face shield when fully closed) where the coating is thicker, it looks more like a slight yellow, off white color. Predominantly the helmet is white though.
The black on the helmet is matte, the helmet shell itself is gloss and I for one love the contrast it creates. That said I may buy a new visor for it so I can add some color to the top of it without ruining the beautiful clear coat it has going on.
The helmet comes in a gym bag of sorts, rather then just a helmet bag. I like it because I can use it in everyday life or use it to carry my helmet. I prefer my parents old helmet bags though. That said, the visor can cause some bags to be very tight around it so be careful of that.
Packaging is on point, they certainly know how to deliver their product.
Faceshields are a pain to change, I don't mind because I run the tinted all the time but if you commonly change out a clear/smoke for mornings/afternoons you may want to pass, or grab a light smoke for the happy medium. you do get a Smoke and clear with the helmet, so if your like me you get the smoke and there is no need for a separate mask purchase.
I have not ridden with the chin curtain on, though I'm sure it does help with cutting down wind noise. You also get a cleaning cloth and some cleaning solution to keep it pristine.
The size as a lot mention is narrow. I commonly wear a medium, a large fits me perfectly here. Run 1 size up what you normally wear, if in doubt go to a local dealer and see if they have a Variant (any style) in stock to try on.
The helmet is a bit heavier then my old one, it might take you a bit to get accustomed to it, the visor can cause some lift as well. I don't find it to be that bad though.
FoV is enormous, you can see for days in this thing. The shield is a bit snug too, you to pop it open it can take a bit of convincing, other times it opens just fine. seems to be how you place your thumb, or how you try to lift it open.
April 11, 2016
Great helmet and style
I just love the helmet, looks and feels great, air flow is god , no fog in the shield, it does catch some wind but nothing to worry, for sure I will buy again and recommend to my friends.
Thanks revzilla team.
February 23, 2016
I went for an XL instead of the L because of the shape of my head its more round than narrow I think I fits great on my head not to tight or not too loose just great. For my very first helmet purchase im more than happy with the product.
April 5, 2016