Icon Variant Big Game Helmet
Coolest looking worst product Icon makes
My girlfriend bought this helmet for me for our anniversary last month. I have loved every Icon product I have ever had till now. After several hundred miles I am ready to give my thoughts about this helmet. First, like most Icon stuff it is very well made with a fantastic aggressive style and a good soft inner lining. That ends the good stuff. The peek is very well designed to give very minimal lift up till about 60mph. At expressway speeds you do notice the peek and when you turn your head for a lane check you best be ready for a large lift from the peek. If you are not prepared it will feel like your head might get ripped off. Next, the fit is problematic if you are between sizes. Icon's size chart has some gaps between sizes so, if you are close to the max size for a large (like me) it will be very very tight. Don't even try it if you are really between sizes! The chin bar looks like it has lots of room but don't be fooled!!! Icon for some reason filled the inside of the chin guard with almost 2 inches of rubberized plastic. This is ok if you have a small nose but, I do not. Every time my nose rubs the inside of the chin guard. If you wear glasses the extra snug fit around the face makes it almost impossible to get your glasses on. And now the worst problem is the shield changing system. I am SHOCKED that Icon thought this is an "ok" system!!!! To change a shield it takes a tool and at least 10+ minutes and a bunch of frustration!
In short DO NOT buy this helmet if you..
Are between sizes.
Spend anytime on the expressway.
Have a big nose.
Want to change shields for any reason at any time.
September 19, 2015
Great cruising helmet
This helmet is great for cruising speeds. If you're constantly wanting to go fast, this helmet isn't for you. Top visor piece gets caught in wind easily when trying to attempt fast speeds and can really be annoying when riding fast. My neck was killing me when i rode for about 2-3 hours, breaks here and there. I broke into the helmet and its really comfortable to me now and i just cruise with my bluetooth unit on with pandora running.
September 28, 2015
Great helmet with one major flaw.
I love this helmet, the anti-fog coating on the visor is absolutely amazing, any moisture simply runs off the visor and barely affects your vision.
Wind noise at high speeds can be a bit loud, but that's expected. After a days ride in it I only had a slight headache, nothing too bad.
My one serious issue with this helmet is the visor changing mechanism. Whoever designed it is a total drongo. I hate changing the visor, I feel as if I'm going to break the dang mechanism and visor. Idiotic design. That alone makes me not recommend this helmet if you'll be changing the visor often.
Another issue I have is that the smoke / reflective visors aren't marked with the ECE certification, leading to people being fined for "not meeting the helmet standards" where I live.
September 24, 2015
Variant raiden is awesome
I really liked this helmet when I tried it on at the touratech rally. I had narrowed my choices to this, the Arai xd4, and the Touratech Aventuro. After trying them all I decided on the raiden. Despite being heavier than my other choices I love this kid. I had a cheap Bilt helmet before and there is no comparison. The helmet flows massive air. I live in the deserts of Eastern Washington and regularly rise in 100 degree temps. This lid makes it feel like air conditioning and the liner sucks sweat like a vacuum. Also the design is wild and in your face. The white and blue match my BMW G650GS Sertao perfectly. If you are looking at high end helmets, consider the raiden Varriant. Love it.
September 10, 2015
Perfecto en casi todo sentido
Tengo una yamaha fz6 S2 y este casco en casi todo sentido es muy bueno, primero esteticamente es super cool. Tiene una amplitud de vision que no conoci en ningun casco, gran corriente de aire una vez que abres todas las entradas de aire.
Ahora la contra.... si eres una persona que le gusta el agressive riding NO COMPRES ESTE CASCO, una vez que estas arriba de los 150 km/h se vuelve super incomodo, el viento en la visera hace que el cuello te duela y si superas los 180 km/h ya imposible...
Para todo lo demas, es super comodo, con excelentes materiales y super cool.
September 9, 2015
you will hear the noise form the air going in the vents but that is about the only complaint.
The soft rubber part over the chin area is starting to come off already after about two weeks of owning the helmet. i did get caught in the rain one day thou so that may be why but i still think that shouldnt bother it.
September 7, 2015
Great Supermoto Helmet
I recently switched from motocross to the street on a Supermoto bike, and did a lot of research on a suitable helmet. I was between the AFX and this one, and I couldn't pass up this sale. The helmet is beautiful and very comfortable. The vision is excellent, and I have been caught in a downpour in it and it handled the rain well. Only downside is that the top vents (for me) are almost impossible to open, so I just leave them open and don't mess with it. Other than that, great helmet, I would definitely recommend. I get comments about it almost daily.
September 7, 2015
The Icon Variant has everything I was looking for in "road" sumo helmet. The styling is on point, visibility and ventilation are great, and cuts the wind surprisingly well for a visor helmet. The only thing keeping it from achieving a 5 star helmet rating for me are the time consuming steps required in face shield replacement and limited space for my in-helmet Bluetooth speakers. But a great helmet none the less.
September 1, 2015