Icon Variant Construct Helmet
The dang faceshield!
I've had this helmet for about a year, but not too many miles on it. This is the nicest helmet I've owned. It's very evident ICON cares about build quality. I get a good feeling owning this helmet. The Construct looks sick too.
There are a lot of complaints about changing out the faceshield. I don't mind it that much. I don't really change out faceshields during rides, but if I did it wouldn't be a big deal. Pull over, grab a coffee and change out the shield.. just do it carefully. I also don't notice the peak at all. Whatever light movement I get while turned to the side I'm totally used to at this point. I also actually have muscle in my neck that I exercise and use.. yes even when I'm riding.
So you get a clear and dark faceshield with the Construct, this is great! The helmet looks great with the dark and it's a bit tight to wear sunglasses under, which isn't my preference anyway. The clear shield seals perfectly; makes it the quietest helmet I've put on. The dark shield does not; this is my biggest complaint about this helmet. I think the helmet looks even better with the yellow shield but if I bought it for 45 bucks there's no evidence now that it would fit. The dark shield hits the "nose bridge" on the helmet and leaves gaps under the "eye sockets". This funnels noise and air right into your eyeballs with the shield fully closed.
To me this is a pretty bad flaw but still not a deal breaker. I'm interested to see if/how I can fix it and what ICON has to say about it.
July 28, 2015
Good but not Great
This is a really good helmet that looks amazing. The liner is very comfortable but a bit on the snug side. The main reason that I wouldn't call this a great helmet is do to the difficulty of changing out visors. The first time I changed visors I accidentally broke the mechanism. The second time I couldn't get the visor to seat properly after 15 minutes of messing with it. The visor system is terrible. Otherwise, great airflow, great design, and great comfort.
June 2, 2015
Went down in this helmet, doctors said it saved my life. Sadly I don't remember the accident so I think I stuffed a minor concussion and it broke my clavicle
Will be buying again.
May 22, 2015
Vents really well and an eye catcher
I bought this helmet off an impulse because I really wanted an Icon Variant. I bought it with the mirrored visor and it goes so well together.
Exterior: The finish on the helmet is amazing. Before I bought the helmet, I've read on reviews that the helmet appears with a yellowish tint that doesn't show up in the pictures. True, but to an extent. It's very much a white helmet, but under certain lighting its yellow, but its such a mild yellow that you would have to be looking for it in order to notice. I love the look of it because its such an odd looking helmet, especially on a super sport. I always get stares from people in their cars whenever I'm at a light and its pretty cool.
Features: The helmet vents really well. It's mostly because of the peak at the top of the helmet. The peak helps funnel air into the two vents in the front plus there are two more brow vents under the peak. It's not summer yet here in Georgia, but the temperature has gone up to about 85 degrees and I can ride around without sweating in it. The added chin curtain is amazing, I used it when the temperature was cooler and it kept cold air from circulating in the cold spot under my chin.
Most important thing about this helmet. You are buying it solely on looks. The peak does nothing as far as blocking out the sun or act as a visor of any sort. Another thing is whenever you're going to do head checks on the highway you'll notice quite a bit of drag because of the peak. This feeling goes away after about a week or two of riding with it when your neck gets used to the extra drag.
April 30, 2015
love the variant line
Great helmet, this is my 3rd variant. I will continue to buy them as long as they make them.
April 20, 2015
Bit spendy but great quality
I ride a ducati hypermotard and thought this helmet would go with the bike. Comfort and lookswise I've been happy with my purchase. It's an expensive helmet but in the long term it's going to be a good investment. Overall pleased with the buy.
April 13, 2015
One of the best looking helmets on the market!
Good finish. Awesome color. Lots of different layers and bits and pieces in the finish. Comes with a clear and smoked visor. The airflow is great. Also comes with chin curtain and the piece on top is a little prone to catching air. You will get used to it within 2 to 3 rides. Blocks out the sun alot. Wide view. Great fit looks great on the inside. Overall great helmet would definitely recommend.
April 10, 2015
This is a great helmet. My experience changing out the visors was a little tricky. Definitely not a quick swap. Helmet is just a tad bit louder than I would like it to be but is still quieter than my old rf1100. Field of view is amazing on this helmet. My vision isnt hindered at all with this huge visor.
March 16, 2015