Icon Variant Big Game Helmet
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
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
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
Awesome asethetics, mediocre wearability
OK, in my honest opinion. As a daily rider (every day rain or shine) this helmet is a total vanity item. Will it protect you? Absolutely! (Both DOT and ECE approved) But it's fitment is a bit odd. At least to my head. It's not a perfect fit (but fits well enough to protect), even with adjusting pads and such. Granted my head is more circular than oval, this helmet still fits me adequately. Not as well as my Scorpion or my HJC but it fits relatively well.
Back to vanity and looks, If you wanna look awesome and different riding around on the roads, this will make you stand out no doubt. I get tons of compliments on this helmet and not only that but I really dig the look of it. (After all, I bought it because it looked frickin' sweet) Especially when you pair the rubatone black up with the gold visor. Total spartan look achieved. It also helps that I never see anyone else with this helmet on, even in the Bay Area of California.
Airflow is extremely good as well, so good that I know this helmet will be terrible for winter riding.
All in all this is a very good helmet. Not the best out there, maybe a bit over priced. But it's still a winner in my book and let's be honest, it looks mean and wicked. If you have a street fighter type of bike, this really ties the aggressive look together. Personally, it looks complete with my Triumph Street Triple. If you are constantly checking this helmet out and wondering if you should get it, go ahead and pick one up. You won't be disappointed, even with some of the short comings it may have.
May 19, 2014
My head measured 22" exactly which was on the maximum measurement for fitting a size small. So I purchased size small and have to say It is a VERY snug fit. It has loosened up a little since my first couple of rides and I am confident after a season it will be perfectly molded to my face and a PERFECT fit. I have to say for It being so tight as it is right now, there are no pressure points that make it uncomfortable to wear. Also the material is very soft and feels good when wearing it. This is my first street helmet and am very happy that I went with the Variant, Looks dope paired with my WR250R! Very happy with the Revzilla Experience so far...
May 14, 2014
This helmet is amazing
This helmet is simply amazing. If its the style you want, just buy it now! My mind was blown at the FOV (field of view), almost nothing is blocked out. It blows my previous helmet out of the water.
As other reviewers have said, the cheek pads are pretty tight on my face. This was pretty bad when also wearing my sun glasses. So I would recommend buying an Icon Variant Face Shield that is tinted. I got the Dark Smoke and love it. After nixing the glasses I've started to like the snugness of the cheek pads and imagine they'll break in a little bit.
Just buy it!
May 1, 2014