Icon Variant Battlescar Helmet
Great Airflow... a bit too much! The visor does get whipped around at speed.
Great helmet... super comfortable! Great Airflow... a bit too much! The visor does get whipped around at speed. Up to about 40 mph is great... but after that if a bit too much. I ride a naked bike and you can really feel it at speed. Excellent styling... looks pretty sick!
October 20, 2014
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
Variant Helmet Matt Black
Few months ago I bought a Variant Helmet. Never saw one here in New Zealand. I just like the looked of it as I follow Miz Shift on YouTube and it does stand out from everything else even when you have a flash bike but people first point of view will be your head. When I first got it I had been pulled over more then I can ever count cause the cops never seen one. Never got a speeding tickets just wanna check out my helmet and take a picture with it. Everything about the Variant is great. I don't know about you guys with the wind noise but I listen to my music when I ride and I wear a bennie and a neck cover which make it air tight on my ears and I can't hear the wind noise. The only reason will make me think twice about buying another is that I have to pay an extra NZ$386.00 as custom fees. It's sucks but I want my helmet so bad. Revzilla and Icon, please I know a lot of people they wanna buy a Variant helmet from here but since they found out that I have to pay another NZ$386.00 custom fees they back off from it. I want a few but too bad cause by the time the helmet get here I am spending NZ$900.00+.
It's a great helmet and I recommend it.
Ride - GSXR 1000 K9
First ICON Variant Helmet in New Zealand
October 21, 2014
My head is intact
A few years ago I went to the store looking to buy an Arai XD-somethingorother, and the salesperson (whose judgment I trust) convinced me to try a Hi-Viz Variant. It was a better fit, and the outwardly-curved visor had better optics. On the bike, there was a bit of buffeting and noise from the visor, but no big deal once I knew what to expect. It never made my neck tired on long trips, plus I commute east in the morning and west in the evening, so the visor was a great sun-blocking feature. In the rain (I live in Oregon), the helmet never fogged. Because of the curve of the visor, any water that seeped in around the top edge did not run down the inside of it, obscuring my vision, but merely dripped straight down and out the bottom of the helmet.
Three days ago, my helmet did its job. I lost traction on a wet road, avoiding a cager who violated my right of way. Helmet hit pavement at about 25 mph, on the right side, and scraped for a bit. I have no head trauma and no neck trauma. My head didn't bounce. I didn't even see stars. I will absolutely be buying this helmet again. I only wish they still made it in hi-viz orange.
October 17, 2014
Work of Art - No - It's a MASTERPIECE
WOW - LOVE IT. Gotta be the coolest helmet ever.
Outside of looking amazing it is really well built. I agree when I first tried it on I felt like the guy getting his face pinched between two fingers. But after a few hours in the saddle it relaxed and is very comfortable now.
Since I ride a "dual sport" massive speeds and helmet lift will never be a problem.
Was going for the flat black but at the last minute decided everyone wears that so got the silver (Medallion) with a silver face shield. Holy Moly it looks great. The finish is perfect > Went over it with a flashlight and magnifying glass. The shield is not too dark (kinda a little darker would be nice) but now I can keep it on at night and no need to change.
Also I have thick sunglasses and just tried them with the helmet since people said you could not ear glasses - they feel fine.
Cons - Very minor - Wish they would make the strap a ratchet strap like my old helmet, D rings are a real PIA.
2nd my cleaner bottle was empty...waaa. :) No bigs.
Also glad Icon does not go overboard with crazy fancy packaging. It is nice packaging but companies that go over the top make you wonder if they could just chill out and save me money on something I throw away anyways.
ZLA you guys are AWESOME!!!
October 17, 2014
Satisfied with the Icon Variant
I've had a couple hundred miles under this helmet so far and I am completely satisfied so far. I bought this helmet for its looks, safety, price and overall rating. Good airflow on the hot days. Good wide field of view. Average noise. Yes, the shield is a bit of a pain to change but I knew that going in so I'm okay with that. I would recommend this helmet.
October 7, 2014
Good quality helmet
I chose this helmet mainly because I like the style, but also because it has great ventilation. My only complaint is that there's no quick shield change, expect to take a few minutes to switch out, and be careful not to strip the screws!
October 2, 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