Icon Variant Construct Helmet
Cool helmet that is high quality.
Very unique helmet finish combined with excellent fit and materials. The helmet is a little tight around the ears for me but it will break in. The liner is wonderful, eye port is easily the biggest I have ever used and the helmet has a certain heft to it but it's not heavy. It feels durable. It also looks the business. For those that have broken screws, were you using the supplied tool for shield changes? Love that the helmet came with an extra shield, shield tool, cleaning kit for the visor, and a really nice helmet bag.
October 19, 2013
Recommended. Stylish without sacrificing comfort.
This helmet is a great step from my previous, local made one.
I didn't buy this helmet from Revzilla. I bought this from someone on local internet forum. But I will write the review anyway to help everyone in needs.
- The design. You can't deny it. This helmet looks sick and badass. You're definitely going to be a center of attention when you wait for the red lamp to pass. A hybrid of street and dual sport helmet. Probably inspired by jet fighter helmet and Master Chief helmet. The Variant Construct is not as white as the picture shows. It's more like of a dirty white. And it looks like it has scales all over the shell. This is caused by the visible carbon fiber, wrapped by a clear layer. Yes, you can actually see the carbon fiber. Cool.
- The fitting. Well, the first time I tried it, I had a hard time getting it inside my head. Yes, it's true what most of everyone said here about the cheek pads feel like ripping your ears off. But after one week of usage, it gets more comfortable, and your head gets used to it. It feels snugged enough and doesn't wobble around your head. According to Icon size chart, mine would be Medium. And so I bought the M. The only problem I had is the fitting around the top-side of my head. This helmet is intermediate oval, and my head is round. It presses to much, and I can't stand an hour using it because it creates a headache. So I modified the EPS to make it shaped more rounded (not recommending you guys, as this could downgrades the helmet performance). Anything other than that, it's fine. Don't worry.
- The ventilation. This helmet has 7 channels of air intake. Tons of airflow. And when you pull out the comfort liner, you can see the channels inside. They are big. Each one of them. And they work as they should be.
- The shield. The Variant Construct comes with a pair, one clear and one dark smoked. Most of you guys probably still wondering if the dark smoked shield would be visible enough if used on night riding. The answer is YES. It's still tolerable, even when there's no street lamps around. You just need to pay more attention to the road and keep the shield cleaned. Problem is, it can be easily get fingerprints, and even when you clean it, the smudges are still there.
Changing the shield is a bit of a pain. You need some extra efforts to do that. Just keep practicing, and it would be no problem.
- Anti Fog. Works wonder. I don't know about you guys riding in winter temperature. But I tried it on rainy season when it's 18 degree Celsius. No fog. None. The breath deflector do its job well done, not to mention the dedicated air channel facing the shield to reduce the fogging. Pay attention when cleaning the inside of the shield. Only clean it when necessary, since all the anti-fog coating is inside.
-The view. It doesn't obstruct my view. It's good enough.
- The visor. Yes. When you ride above 120 km/h, you will feel the helmet pressing back when you do shoulder check. But keeping it straight, I had no problems whatsoever.
- The extras. Two manual books, one poster, a shield cleaning kit (empty spray bottle + micro fiber), one big bubble wrap to kill your time, cardboard box designed to keep your helmet secured in place, chin curtain, a helmet bag with an extra pocket, a pair of clear and dark smoked shield, hi-octane-overdose-written label, a dedicated screwdriver for opening the shield (don't lose it), and free Icon sticker.
September 22, 2013
The only thing that bugs me is the visor catches a lot of wind and yanks for head around.
September 16, 2013
I bought this as my second helmet. I find being able to see the construction fantastic. The comfort level is very good. I ride using this helmet on the weekends for nearly 3 hours without feeling the need to adjust in anyway. For me it fit true to the size. Air flow is excellent, can get a bit noisy at higher speeds. It maintains great stability at high speeds as well. This helmet will turn heads and what is great is that vinyl stickers will stay on this thing for a long time if you want to personalize it. For the price this helmet is excellent quality and recommend it to anyone who does mostly street riding.
September 4, 2013
This helmet offers great offroad style with on road features
After trying this helmet out for a couple weeks I've decided to write a short review. This is only the third helmet I've ever had and so far it is the best (and most expensive) one I have ever purchased. I bought the variant construct over the normal variant because the smalls were out of stock. Overall the style is awesome and unique. The dark smoke visor makes it look pretty awesome, and the way the helmet is designed, you get pretty wide vision for the style.
While on the topic of the visor, changing it is a bit of a hassle. You have to snap off these plastic covers and they seem a bit fragile. I'm afraid if I pull them out of their slots at just the right angle they will break. Only time will tell.
Another thing I would like to mention is the front nose vent. I can't tell if mine is broken or if it just doesn't work well. Open or closed, I can't feel a difference. All other vents work great though, the two on the top are really nice.
Overall I would recommend this helmet to someone who likes the look of offroad helmets, but wants street features like a ratcheting visor.
August 5, 2013
Great with some quirks
Provides decent noise isolation, going at about 70mph on the highway sounds more like flying in economy class on a plane.
The beak helps well with keeping the sun away from your eyes. There is a problem with additional strain on the neck due to beak catching to side winds if you turn your head, but I found it's easy to keep your head straight and I have not noticed any neck strain. The vents ventilate and are rather adequate at reducing fog, though I have not tested this in the rain or colder weather (vents closed). I don't think the front vent switch on the mouth guard really does anything; at least I did not have a noticeable wind draft inside. Consider getting a breath box if fogging is going to be an issue, especially with all the vents closed in the winter.
The only other problem is the visor mount! Unfortunately it will take 5 or so minutes to switch out the visor. Keep the tool that's provided on the key ring or an extra coin handy (or you could use a key). The screws are easy to lose if you are not careful.
July 29, 2013
Top end features for a great price
Great product top end features and finish with a lot of style
July 22, 2013
Style and Protection
Finally took this helmet out for a long commute and I was impressed by the lack of neck strain and fatigue. I'm used to riding with my visor slightly open for extra airflow but with this helmet I didn't need to at all. Another great feature is its wider view angles, making it easier to check for traffic without taking your eyes completely away from the front. I love this helmet and highly recommend any of the variants for an aggressive looking style.
May 22, 2013