Icon Variant Salvo Hi-Viz Helmet
A terrific helmet but tight in the face pads.
This is a great helmet. Quiet with little wind noise. The cheek pads are way to tight, though, and require swapping out for the next size down. This was my first Revzilla purchase and the service was fantastic.
May 6, 2013
Incredible Lid! Couldn't be happier
I was overdue for a new helmet so I wrapped my head with a computer keyboard wire to get my measurements. I've got a 23 5/8" head around and I ordered a Large. I was skeptical because my last Zox helmet was a small - way smaller than my suggested size according to the sizing chart. Either way, it worked out perfectly! Absolutely perfect fit - nice and snug.
I noticed right away on my first ride that the vision is incredible. I feel like my face has a lot of space inside the visor. Superb venting customization, perfect for when I need to cool only the left side of my brain when I'm thinking critically.
I opted for the high-vis orange. It looks awesome with my black jacket/pants/bike. I'm like the f***ing headless horseman riding my black steed with a neon floating jack-o-lantern head darting through traffic. You get noticed, noticeably.
One thing I will say I noticed is that although the visor is awesome at highway speeds because of the aerodynamics, it really sucks doing shoulder checks at high speed. Once you turn your head away from straight forward there is a lot of drag - and if you're wearing sunglasses underneath it puts a lot of pressure on your nose as the helmet shifts - uncomfortably so. That's really my only gripe, and considering 90%+ of my riding is in the city, I am down to deal with that.
You'll love this helmet! But don't buy it. I like having the only one in the city :)
April 18, 2013
Different is good!
The airflow is superb and wind noise is quieter as I had expected. Head checks with the anti-lift visor take some getting used to.
The HiViz is great. I get a lot of people telling me my helmet is annoying and obnoxious. That's good, if it's annoying, that means people can see me.
The variant feels solid and adds a new type of aggressive look to the sport bike rider. It's a real head turner.
The only gripe that I have, is the face shields aren't really "quick change". The helmet comes with a small detent that is used to pop the side plates off to get to the face shield. It's kind of a pain. If you're one of the people that gets caught in the dark or in the light with the wrong face shield on and carry a spare, it'll take a minute to swap them out.
January 7, 2013
I got the hi viz yellow. I love it. Fits very well just a little tight I the cheeks. It is louder than expected but not too bad. Venting is excellent. Keeps my head cool on the hottest days. The brow vents keep your head dry. I sweat a lot and when I'm moving my head is dry. The lense does fog. Icon needs to make a pin lock. Then the helmet would be perfect.
December 12, 2012
Pricey, but a good helmet
Is it worth $390? Probably not, but the style of the helmet won me over the first time I saw one. I ended up buying the Hi-viz yellow Variant in XL. The size fit perfectly to the sizing chart provided. I did buy another face shield the replace the clear one that comes with the helmet, and its a PITA to swap em. Wind noise is kinda high, but certainly not extreme. I have been riding with the helmet for the past couple days in 20+ mph winds and gusts up to 30mph. At speeds greater than 60mph it does get blown a little in the wind and the visor does catch some wind when turning. Overall I like the helmet and no one has one locally, so I get cool points.
November 10, 2012
Best looking helmet on the market
I hav had this helmet almost a month and it has broken in nicely. Right out of the box it did put a lot of pressure on my cheek bones but that has gone away. I got the highviz orange and it looks amazing with my orange Icon overlord prime jacket. The helmet is a little bit of a brighter orange of course. Oh, and everyone just flat out stares at you so be warned, lol.
October 10, 2012
great for street and off road
I've had this helmet for >2 months now. The size is about the same as Arai, ie, one size smaller than Shoei for my head. New Mexico summer is hot and this helmet makes that not a problem with all ventilation adjustments. The color, I got yellow, looks great; it has a very sporty look. Also, car drivers have told me they see me at >1 mile away. One thing I worried about before buying it was that the visor would catch in high speeds on road, but that is no problem at all. Turning your head at high speed (lane change) is no worse than any helmet. All in all, a very nice helmet -- highly reccomended.
July 30, 2012
Fits very small.
I saw others reviews saying that this helmet fits small. I had previously had a Joe Rocket size XL. The measurement in the Icon fitment guide had me as an XL. I got it and it was very tight, especially in the cheek area. I reordered an XXL (all from another vendor) and it was still too tight. The original vendor had XXXL on extended back order so I ordered it from Revzilla and received it soon and it is just right. So, take caution when ordering if you have not had a chance to try one in person to determine your true size.
June 8, 2012