Icon Variant Construct Helmet
Love this thing.
Matches my DR650 perfectly... and by "matches" I mean "makes me look like a psychopath as I ride to work." A great compromise between a street and dirt helmet, great ventilation, solid build quality, and although it might not be everyone's cup of tea, the visible construction of this specific model is a slick touch. My last helmet was a Scorpion EXO-400, which fit nicely, and in the ICON I am a size smaller, for what it's worth.
October 28, 2014
When I first decided to buy this helmet I was worried about how satisfied I was going to be with it given its high price, now that I got it I can say it would still be okay if they charge more for it, I mean this helmet is awesome and very comfortable and you can feel it's very protective, I am not even going to bother with the looks as it's the sexiest looking helmet out there, people always admire and complement on it especially with the mirrored visor on.
I highly recommend this
October 20, 2014
Snug at first, but needed broke in, now that it is, I'd never buy another brand,
Love it, wouldn't buy another brand, tried many but for cost and cool factor this was the one,
October 13, 2014
The white-ish color and black sunvisor really sticks out, making any sunset or sunrise easy to ride against. The wind noise is minimal for a DS helmet but you should certainly be wearing ear plugs anyways. I don't see myself putting bluetooth or a radio in the helmet anytime soon so the noise doesn't really concern me.
It's waterproof (obviously after the vents are closed) and the fog-free faceshield works ok. This is a great feature but it's not possible to make any visor "fog free" when you're breathing into a closed-off helmet, the vents are closed, heavy and cold rain outside, riding under 10 mph, etc; so I think it works well for what it is.
I originally ordered a medium, knowing I'm a small so I just ordered the small inserts and everything turned out ok.
Very comfortable helmet.
My only complaint is my own fault: I have a small head and helmets, especially DS helmets look rather large on me. Haha.
This is worth every penny spent!!!
October 12, 2014
Icon Variant Construct. Absolutely love this helmet! Best I've had yet.
Little background on myself, I started with an HJC helmet back in '05(Super Heavy). Shortly after in '06 purchased an ICON Domain(Blue/White) helmet which weighed considerably less, and in '09 got a new ride('05 600RR) and upgraded to an ICON Death or Glory Airframe helmet(Still have it).
I purchased the ICON Variant Construct and I love it. Yes, it does show the fiberglass weave underneath and, Yes, it does have an extremely, I repeat, extremely, light yellow haze to it especially in areas(the lip near the tab to open the face shield) where epoxy should be thick and have a little contour to it. Does it detract from the asthetics of the helmet? In my opinion, Not at all.
This helmet is meant to be a statement. The black/white contrast(along with my motorhead black/white jacket and B/W gloves) it definitely stands out. The smoke screen that comes with the helmet, is a MUST. It comes stock with the clear but included in the box is the dark smoke. I recommend to anyone that buys it to install the smoke. When I first used it, i could barely tell it was there except the fact that everything was a little darker obviously(not by much). These shields are so clear and perfect you don't even notice. This helmet also has an amazing field of view. I don't have to turn my head nearly as far as I do with my Airframe to see the lane next to me or behind me.
For the shield change, the manual could be a little better. When removing the side covers over the screws that hold the shield in place...pop the front of the cover up, and then PULL IT FORWARD AND AWAY from the helmet. If you look at the back two tabs you will see the that they point to the rear meaning you have to slide it forward and out away from the helmet to get it off or else you may break them off. Luckily I didn't break mine but now I know.(P.S. I have never broke the cover plates on my ICON helmets. They always see to be made out of material that can withstand the force of you removing them over and over.)
The peak on this helmet is hardly noticable to me when I am riding. I can barely see 1/4 inch of it when I look up, so it doesn't really obstruct my view. I haven't yet had the pleasure of using it on a sunny day as I am stationed in Germany and the weather is turning. I do feel drag when I turn my head to the sides to look behind or just looking around which is to be expected when having something like that jutting out from your head while doing 100km/h(stick your leg out and you get the same effect, yes?). However, in a straight line I find it quite nice on the neck I actually feel like it has a slight lift to it which, to me, makes the helmet feel lighter as you ride.
Fit wise, I've always felt that all helmets are too big for me(mediums, smalls are always too small). This one seems to fit/look like it is proportional. My older helmets were more round shape and always felt big after break in. I wear a medium size and this is as true to size as I can imagine. It's snug in the cheek/cheekbone area like a helmet should be to begin with and the pads will soften with use. The forehead and top are all well padded and snug as should be. I have't crashed and don't plan to with it so protection wise, I will have to take their word that it meets the standards. Especially the ECE standards that are followed in Germany(Well noted on the sticker on the back).
Ventilation is amazing with this helmet. However, with this added ventilation comes added road noise. Unfortunately, it is the nature of the beast and it is a little louder than most. To be honest, you should be ready for it. I've been riding for almost 10 years now and I can tell already(due to aftermarket exhausts) that my hearing is deteriorating. My suggestion, with any helmet, wear earplugs. With this helmet, if you do, noise shouldn't be any worse than most helmets.
I really don't know what else to say. I love ICONs style and when I first saw this helmet I knew that I would eventually get one and I do not regret my decision at all. Overall a fantastic investment.
If anything major comes up in the future i will update this review accordingly.
September 25, 2014
Incredible helmet, lightweight, excellent peripheral vison!
I love this helmet, I get sooo many compliments daily, it is a head turner. Very functional, lightweight, little wind noise, great vision, perfect fit!
September 8, 2014
Saved my head
This helmet is absolutely stunning! Pics don't do it justice. Goes great with my white alpinestars mesh jacket. The noise at high speeds is a little loud, but no worse than my icon airmada. At high speeds, the peak can pick up some wind but its not bad, especially if you tuck down.
I was going to give the helmet a 4/5 except today i put its protection to the test. Long story short, a guy fell asleep and drifted into oncoming traffic, causing a chain reaction of braking. My front brakes locked up and i went shoulder first into the suv in front of me. My shoulder left a huge dent, but is ok from the shoulder pad in my jacket. My head hit and shattered the tail light, no concussion, no head pain, nothing. Its truly amazing.
August 8, 2014
Great looking, great fit, but a bit loud when doing highway speeds
Love this helmet!
Took me awhile to bit the bullet and buy it, but I did and don't regret it.
Always get comments (which is just a fun thing) and I know I'm protected well.
I trusted the fitment chart and as others have said.. it was very snug to start with. But after 2 weeks of normal use, it's perfect.
I switched out of my XL Shoei Qwest to the XL Variant and am super happy I did. Way more air flow and vision. I actually have most of the chin bar vents closed because it was a bit too much on most occasions.
Currently using it on my 2007 Ninja 650r. Haven't tried it yet on the BMW 1150RT
July 28, 2014