Icon Variant Construct Helmet
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
Best dual sport helmet out there
Still happy with it. Little noisy on the freeway but a supermoto doesn't belong in the freeway anyways. Great field of view, never gets too hot. Visor seals and lifts with ease. I'd buy another if I was in the market again.
July 14, 2014
verry nice helmet great fit after its broken in!!!
I've had this helmet for about 3weeks and ive used it every day. When I first put the helmet on I thought I was sick in it after finally getting it off and almost ripping my ear off I decided to give it some time to see if it would break in, so about after a week and possibly a broken ear (not really) the helmet was finally fitting normaly like my other helmets. The fit is snug and takes a little maneuvering to get off but overall it's a great helmet!!!
June 23, 2014
Overall this is a great helmet. It looks awesome and always turns heads! My only gripe with it is the noise level at speeds over 70MPH. Great for cruising around at lower speeds but when your trying to talk to a riding buddy on the highway over comms its very hard to hear them. If you do not intend to use communications devices or record with microphone then this is probably not an issue.
May 13, 2014
The Variant is by far one of the best looking helmets I've owned.
This helmet is great. I originally bought it specifically because of its looks but after I wore it a few times the features are really intuitive. The variant gives you massive airflow, visibility, and you can't beat the head turns from other drivers on the road. it fits really snug and it does take a couple of rides to break in the cheek pads but after that it's fine. The visor doesn't put a strain on my neck any more than any other helmet at high speeds. The pattern is an interesting touch. I wasn't totally liking it but it definitely grew. All in all its a great helmet.
April 28, 2014
this helmet is better than what I expected , top quality
April 16, 2014
as others have stated, this helmet isn't a true dual sport, but it looks the part and is has some nice features including the visor (obviously), good ventilation, a wide field of vision, and a very solid feel.
the weight seems on par with my arai and shoe helmets, but you will notice the air noise as it passes through the visor. the face shield also takes some getting used to. given the unique shape around the nose portion, it's a little awkward to ride with the shield half up - it causes a bit of distortion as the shield is not straight along the bottom.
the removable liner/cheek pads are a nice touch, and allow you to really customize the fit. i ended up buying an xl helmet and m cheek pads.
i haven't tried to remove the shield yet, but the instructions seem pretty clear. not as easy as some others, but i rarely change the shield so for me, not a big deal.
April 2, 2014