Kabuto Aeroblade 3 Helmet - Solid
Superb build quality & value.
In addition to the Kabuto Aeroblade 3, I own older Shoei, HJC, and Bell helmets. (Different years and models of these brands had different head profiles to fit my longer, borderline "rectangular" head shape.)
The Aeroblade 3 is an interesting helmet compared to the others.
At first I thought this helmet was noticeably louder than the others, until I began to observe the "noise" did not become significantly louder at increased speeds.
In fact, with the Aeroblade 3 I could hear the outside world (read: signal) with minimal intrusion of helmet/wind induced noise.
Although I have not measured what would be called the signal to noise ratio, I would say the Aeroblade 3 scored significantly higher in this area than with any other helmet I have worn.
When a new helmet feels close to fitting my longer oval (rectangular) shaped head, several additional hours of wearing the helmet are required before I can make a final decision/judgment.
I have liked the fit of some helmets in-store while shopping, only to discover after purchasing them and wearing them around the house, that the "mating" between my head and the helmet lining changed for the worse.
The Aeroblade 3 changed for the better following the "wear-in" period. (The term "break-in" for a motorcycle helmet is best avoided.)
Initially, I was concerned the small amount of pressure I felt on my forehead meant an instant rejection, however the rest of the fit was excellent--so I waited it out over the course of several "wear times" of an hour or two for a few days before deciding the helmet's fate.
Had it not been a keeper, I would have considered the Arai Signet-Q as the alternative--at a significantly higher price.
Of course, fit is unique from "head to head," so taking the time to abrade one's face until the Goldilocks "just right" fit is found may be worth the effort (and exfoliation).
The Aeroblade 3 face shield has fewer detents than my other helmets, yet each position feels definitively more precise, positive, and firm (superior, even, to what I noted with the Arai).
At 3 pounds 8 ounces, the helmet weighs what it weighs.
To say it is heavier or lighter is relative. If it is compared to other helmets with Snell certification, in a similar price range, and designed for sport-touring, it would be fair to place it toward the lighter end of the scale.
As per its excellent visibility, the helmet feels lighter, still, as if less material interfering with my vision creates the sense of reduced mass and weight.
I have worn this helmet while riding my "better than new" 1983 GS1100E and my wife's VTR1000F, and found the helmet unperturbed in either bike's normal riding posture at legal highway speeds. At higher speeds (>160 km/h) a tucked position was typically adopted with comparable results.
I am more than pleased with the Aeroblade 3 and think it is an excellent helmet--and a genuine "bang for the buck." That said, had the Kamui been made without built-in sunglasses and with 'D' ring strap fasteners instead of their quick release buckle system, I would have purchased two!
Also, while I hope never to have to take advantage of Kabuto's crash warranty, it speaks well of the company.
December 15, 2014
Love this helmet. Tried on 8 or so similarly priced HJCs and Shoies, but this one felt the best. Nice and light, good visibility, and looks badass. Enjoying the vents on warm days, haven't used the fog free device, but hear good things. I ride 100 miles/day and no comfort complaints. Definitely recommend.
November 1, 2014
good helmet for the price
I use this Aeroblade III for a year,
All I could say is it is a great helmet for this price range. Sport touring style and good stable below 140 km/h. Good ventilation for summer weather and very light weight.
What I don't like about this helmet is when you open the visor up to it max point, it sit in weird position. You still see the below part of the visor. And on the visor open up pin, it is not strong enough for year use, it broke already.
October 21, 2014
I have one and it is the best helmet I have ever tried on.
It's a tight secure helmet that won't move around on your head but is still comfortable and does not crush your head with plenty of space around the ears.
October 6, 2014
I have to say this helmet fit myself very well. I am very impressed with the ventilation and vision. I would definitely recommend Kabuto!
September 4, 2014
Not A Touring Helmet
Kabuto states this is a helmet for sport touring or touring. I would not recommend it for touring. I ride a HD Electra Glide with a 6' windvest windshield, and I sit upright.
My head size is 22.5 cm and I am a medium oval. Helmet fit is subjective, so let me just say this. The medium was to big and the small was a little on the tight side especially the entry.
Now, lets get to the features. Helmet internal comfort (padding) is good, but not as good as a Shoei in the same price range The wake stabilizer works well with no buffeting when turning my head. The vision is good, but I would not say fantastic. Air flow from the top of the helmet was not good for me, but again, consider my riding style. The top vents are difficult to manipulate with gloves on because they are flush with the helmet. The bottom vents worked well.
I ride most of the time with the face shield open and did get some whistling, but nothing major. The problem with the shield in the open position is, at 55+, it did not want to stay open (weak detent). There are only three positions with the shield and no city opening (you do get a pinlock with it). However, in the closed position it locks firmly and I experienced no leakage in the rain. One thing that bugged me was the face shield has a black tab on in rather than just being clear to open and close it. I always saw this black dot (tab) out of the corner of my eye. For my purposes this helmet did not meet the upright touring I do. I would recommend this helmet more for sport touring or for those who have a more forward lean with their riding position and who ride mainly with the shield down. I sold this helmet on Craigslist and bought a Shoei Quest that is perfect for my riding style and the features I wanted. Revzilla Rocks!
August 14, 2014