Icon Variant Construct Helmet
Great product just slight problems
I first want to say I love this helmet. When I first got it a little over a year ago I was so excited. I got tons of compliments on it and love the way it feels. Yes when you first start riding you feel a tug at higher speeds but what people don't realize is that your neck and head get used to it. After a month or so if riding I no longer felt any tug at 100mph+ speeds. You also learn to angle your head correctly when looking behind you
My biggest problem with this design is the screws that hold the faceplate and visor on. More specifically the nut like device built into the helmet. After 9 months or so those nuts stripped and essentially rendered the helmet useless. At first they made the screws stuck in place so I couldn't swap my shields out for about 3 months and then when I did get them out the screws wouldn't stay in even after buying a new set. Because of that I am very disappointed and now have to replace my helmet outside of warranty.
March 5, 2014
It's a very nice looking helmet no doubt, but I had to return when I tried to fit my head in it. I'm a large in almost all helmets, so naturally I went with a large for this one too. So I got the helmet (Excellent service from Revzilla btw) and as soon as I tried to put it on, I noticed the cheekpads were WAY too tight, but once the helmet was on, it fit fine. I was going to order smaller cheekpads (a very good option), but after finding out they were $30 on top of a $360 helmet with another $40 visor (Gold Mirror), I decided I could find a better helmet for the money I was spending. I returned the helmet yesterday.
Hope this helps!
February 7, 2014
Awesome helmet...just not built for High Speeds
I've always liked the unique design of the Variant ever since it's inception. Only other helmet that I can compare to is my Scorpion EXO400 from long ago and it's a much smaller shell and wheighs about the same.
There is a bit of wind noise and lift due to the visor on the helmet. Also, riding a naked bike doesn't help cutting down the wind either.
Pricing is kinda steep for something that is built more for looks than performace. If you don't mind wind noise and the helmet lift while looking back, go ahead and give the Variant a try. Otherwise, get a full face, non-dual sport design helmet for high speed runs.
January 29, 2014
Great looking helmet
Without a doubt the best looking dual sport helmet out there.
January 7, 2014
Ordered two sizes, L and XL, runs a little small so XL was perfect.
December 16, 2013
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