Icon Variant Construct Helmet
May be a little tight!
It looks amazing and and breathes very well. The texture on it looks even better in person and the red lining brings it all together nicely. Goes with any color bike and the style suits any kind of bike.
The only negative thing is he size. I am loyal to Icon and only wear their gear. I have always ordered a large helmet and from my previous 2 helmets I have never experienced fitment issues. However, this helmet is a bit too tight. Not so much that I had to return it but just enough to where my checks are sore from being pushed together so much.
With that being said I'd suggest ordering one size bigger for comfort reasons.
June 28, 2016
Good First Helmet with some minor flaws
Icon always has a fun and unique style to their products and this helmet is exemplar of Icon's style. This helmet definitely stands out and gets a lot of compliments and is also very popular with stunters and motovloggers.
This has been a good helmet and was easy to modify the cheek piece to accommodate the mounting of Sena bluetooth headset.
This helmet had a considerable side profile and turning your head at freeway speeds to look over your shoulder will definitely increase the drag since the side profile is quite large due to the motocross styling.
The top vents on the visor are difficult to open close and have proven nearly impossible to open or close while riding even when stopped at a stoplight. I haven't had issues with any of the other vents.
Changing the faceshield is a bit of a chore and I had to buy a replacement pivot kit since one was damaged while trying to change the faceshields. Construct came with two faceshields but the tabs that go inside the pivot kit were shaped differently on each shield which seems to be a manufacturing defect that contributed the the pivot kit getting damaged.
I've definitely liked this helmet but it's not enjoyable for longer road trips but I'll definitely keep if for my dual sport adventures and pick up a different helmet for commuting and spirited riding.
May 27, 2016
Love the dual sport look of the helmet but its actually a street and preforms as such. Helmet looks so sweet and i like the raw look of the construct. Comfortable but runs a bit small.
May 24, 2016
This helmet saved my life....
Literally. Just last night... A driver pulled a U-turn in front of me in an intersection, he didn't bother to look before he did so and I slammed into his car at approximately 70 km/hr. After I was launched into the air and bounced off his car my face slammed directly into the asphalt. This helmet not only took the impact but allowed me to walk away with only a sprained right ankle. I was also wearing full gear at the time. I cannot say enough about this helmet. If anyone is looking at this helmet and wondering about how safe it is, I can attest to how well it worked in a major impact. I'm still here because of it... Thank you Icon.
June 28, 2016
Love the looks of the variant. I Bought the rubatone, and have knocked it around a few times being clumsy and found it very hard to scratch. It will make turning your head a little troublesome going over 70 with the visor wanting to take lift, but as long as you are aware of it, there is nothing to be worried about.
Overall a very good helmet.
June 14, 2016
Amazing Helmet, Icon Delivers
Air flow is exceptional. I would recommend earplugs of some type in order to keep the noise down. There is a lot of ports that can open up to allow tons of air flow, with them all closed and the lid down its not super loud.
Color is white, that said in certain areas (right under the face shield when fully closed) where the coating is thicker, it looks more like a slight yellow, off white color. Predominantly the helmet is white though.
The black on the helmet is matte, the helmet shell itself is gloss and I for one love the contrast it creates. That said I may buy a new visor for it so I can add some color to the top of it without ruining the beautiful clear coat it has going on.
The helmet comes in a gym bag of sorts, rather then just a helmet bag. I like it because I can use it in everyday life or use it to carry my helmet. I prefer my parents old helmet bags though. That said, the visor can cause some bags to be very tight around it so be careful of that.
Packaging is on point, they certainly know how to deliver their product.
Faceshields are a pain to change, I don't mind because I run the tinted all the time but if you commonly change out a clear/smoke for mornings/afternoons you may want to pass, or grab a light smoke for the happy medium. you do get a Smoke and clear with the helmet, so if your like me you get the smoke and there is no need for a separate mask purchase.
I have not ridden with the chin curtain on, though I'm sure it does help with cutting down wind noise. You also get a cleaning cloth and some cleaning solution to keep it pristine.
The size as a lot mention is narrow. I commonly wear a medium, a large fits me perfectly here. Run 1 size up what you normally wear, if in doubt go to a local dealer and see if they have a Variant (any style) in stock to try on.
The helmet is a bit heavier then my old one, it might take you a bit to get accustomed to it, the visor can cause some lift as well. I don't find it to be that bad though.
FoV is enormous, you can see for days in this thing. The shield is a bit snug too, you to pop it open it can take a bit of convincing, other times it opens just fine. seems to be how you place your thumb, or how you try to lift it open.
April 11, 2016
Dual Sport perfection.
I have heard it said before that this is not a dual sport helmet, but I have to disagree. I am about a 50/50 rider, with a total of 1700 miles on this helmet in the past 5 weeks. It is reasonably good at canceling the wind noise, and slides over earbuds fairly easily. The visor seems to ride high at first, but with the chin skirt installed it is easier to recognize that the helmet should just be tipped down a bit. When new the face shield is almost difficult to see if you are looking for it. I found myself reaching to put it down as I got on the bike to find it already down.
That face shield brings me to the fogging. The only time I have ever had this helmet fog on me, was when I have already been riding, and am tired, and sweaty, and drop it and have to exert while not moving forward. Aside from that Icon's advert of "fog free" has held true.
I will say that at speeds of 70mph or above, the visor will catch the wind a bit, but again, tilt the helmet down as it was intended, and it will not try to lift off of your head.
The Variant Battlestar is the best helmet I own, and I plan to buy a Variant, Hard Luck in the very very near future.
May 3, 2016
Icon Does It Again
Icon helmets have always impressed me. I finally bought the variant after spending 3 months researching and trying on different helmets. The size chart is 100% accurate. I'm rocking a 2x now, which is exactly what the sizing chart called for after measuring my head.
From RevZilla, the shipping was fast (I live in NY so it was one day shipping from their main warehouse in PA). You can really see RevZilla takes pride in their packaging and making sure things arrive safe and undamaged.
The icon box that the helmet comes with is pretty cool looking. In fact, I've kept the box it came in.
Straight out of the box, it is a head turner. I've rode a few times on the highway and city and it turns heads since I've bought it. Many people have asked me where I bought it, and I always say RevZilla. It's where I always get my parts!
Bottom line. If you want a helmet that has a huge field of vision, is pretty lightweight, looks really cool and will actually protect your grey matter, this is the helmet you want to buy. I have complete confidence that if you buy this helmet, you will be impressed and quite possibly an Icon helmet rider for life.
May 2, 2016