Icon Variant Battlescar Helmet
Icon Needs to Fix the Face Shield Bolts
I've really enjoyed this helmet. The style is fantastic and looks great with the reflective face shield. This fits me better than pretty much any other helmet I've owned and I feel like it offers great protection.
However, I have one ENORMOUS gripe about this helmet... and it will echo what so many others have said. The method that Icon uses to attach/detach the face shield is COMPLETE GARBAGE. The face shield requires you to remove to cover plates and unscrew two bolts for removal. Not only does this take a decent amount of time to do, but the bolts are awful. The bolts are incredibly soft and if your hand slips once while screwing or unscrewing, it will completely strip the head of the bolt. Additionally, if you're like me (driving both during the day and night often) and you change your visor fairly regularly it won't be long before the threads on the soft bolt get folded together and bind up in your helmet. If you're lucky enough to get the bolt out, the threads both on the bolt and where the bolt screws in to will be completely destroyed. You can purchase a pivot kit which includes new bolts... But, unfortunately that won't do anything as the new bolts won't screw into the mangled threads on your helmet. So, enjoy the $400+ display piece for your shelf... unless, of course, you want to just remove the face shield completely and wear goggles.
Can't recommend this helmet until Icon fixes this HUGE ISSUE.
September 23, 2014
Awesome design, great fit.
I recently destroyed my Shoei RF-1200 and started looking for a replacement helmet. Initially the crazy design of this helmet caught my eye, but when I tried on an Icon Airmada, it fit me much better than my Shoei did. I tried on a Large Airmada at a local store and it fit me exactly the same as the Variant does. Very comfortable lining.
The visor is a b**** to replace, and one of the screws came pre-cross threaded. Really cool helmet, I recommend it. Shipping took forever though; I hate UPS with a passion.
September 18, 2014
i thought it was small when i first got it but once i wore it for about 2 days it fit perfectly (i can even fit my glasses perfectly). the design makes it look big when its on my head but i am a very slim guy.it was a bit noisy on the freeway but nothing to bad. its comfortable and i have not had any problem with airflow through the helmet. I have no problems with vision in this. definitely worth every penny.
September 8, 2014
Love this helmet. In the wind it's kind of rough. Don't look up! But it's a comfy and not loud when riding. Would recommend if you think you could handle it in the wind.
August 26, 2014
After many helmets this is the one.
I have went through several helmets over the last 5 years looking for one that met my needs. I had a HJC Symax 2, and a Scorpion 900 transformer. in the last 3 years and did not like several things about them. I was always going modular helmet because I did not want to take my glasses off to put a helmet on. The Scorpion was too round for my longer oval head and went with this baby and glad I did. I spent the extra money for the limited edition Big game (zebra pattern with red graphic on the side because it matched my new Honda 2014 CX500. Looks good and love the look of the fiber through the color.
Best thing is though it really keeps your head cool and when I leave for work at 4:00AM does not fog. It is comfortable on a long (4+ hours on the bike). I finally found something that fit good and was comfortable and didn't fog.
August 18, 2014
Bit of a risk getting a helmet sent halfway round the world
but I am stoked. The design is pretty out there but I just
didn't want another black lid. I did lots of research and
this is was the coolest hi-tec helmet I could find. I love all
that post-apocalyptic stuff that Icon do so well, and the
quality of materials and construction is superb.
Smoked visor a must for that cyborg look, but the vision
through it is crystal clear, and a panoramic field of view.
August 18, 2014
VISOR: I ride daily on a high-speed toll road where I ride consistently around 100mph. The visor is not an issue at all. Turning your head is simple trick: tilt your head down, just a tad, then look over. Even at 85mph, wind won't catch. Remarkable actually.
If you are going much over 100, you're probably tucked down anyway, since any helmet would catch a lot of wind.
NOISE: A little louder than expected at highway speeds if you don't use the chin skirt. Outside noise not a problem, but because the chin is extended more winds comes into the helmet. Just wear the chin skirt that comes with it.
SHIELD SCREWS: The helmet is beautiful. High quality. I read what people said about the shield screws, and I've been gentle with those, which has kept them in fine shape.
SIZE: If you keep the clear shield on there, it looks very big in comparison to your face inside. If you have the dark shield on though, no big deal. When I got it, it was a big snug compared to my last helmet- but I figured it may be just a more secure fit. So I remeasured my head and consulted the chart that comes with it, and I'm spot on. Its not uncomfortably tight, just a perfect fit for me! I didn't notice the ears being as tight as people have commented on. They must have big ears or something.
August 14, 2014
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