Kabuto Aeroblade 3 Rovente Helmet
Good overall helmet
I bought this as my secondary helmet but compared to other helmets it's light and if you got the right size a nice fit doesn't hurt the head like some others and if you're like me aka baller on a budget it's not a bad price
November 2, 2015
Excellent value - high-end helmet for middle-of-the-road price
I have only recently gotten the helmet and have only used it for a few short rides at moderate (60 mph or less) speeds so I can only offer initial impressions. That said, I am very pleased with the helmet. I have owned helmets from other well-known premium brands, and this helmet is competitive in terms of features and finish. It is quiet and extremely light, and offers good ventilation at at 40 mph and above, although below that I needed to open the face shield. (Good ventilation is especially important to me due to the climate where I live.) It was comfortable right away despite some pressure on my forehead but I expect that to improve as I wear it more. I was pleased that a Pinlock anti-fog shield came with the helmet.
My only quibbles concern the lack of a face shield detent for a "just-a-crack" barely open position, and the ridges and other sculpturing are a bit garish for my tastes. On the other hand, Kubota claims that those are functional and contribute to the helmet's aerodynamic properties, e.g., low noise levels, lack of buffeting or lift at speed, and good ventilation. Since I was pleased and impressed with all of those attributes I can't argue with their claims, although some of the other helmets I have owned have been equally good without the Kubota's ridges and other aero features. Still, on the whole I am very pleased with the helmet and would recommend it, especially at the price.
October 21, 2015
This is my first Helmet, love the graphics and simplicity of the design. But due to my big head, even 2XL is a bit tight and unfortunately no one locally have a 3XL for me to try on prior to purchasing this on Revzilla. Took it out on So CAL summer earlier this year (100 Deg & 80% Hum), and vents works great to blow warm humid air through. My only discomfort on this helmet is the chin strap being too close to my throat, which irritate my skin every time I turn my head. But all in all, it is a great helmet if the size is right.
September 3, 2015
Delivers high end quality at good price
I've riden a little over 500 miles with this helmet and I've already gotten my money's worth... I will start by giving Revzilla the accolades they deserve. The depth of product reviews I was able to research on the website is ultimately what led me to purchase this helmet. And once I pulled the trigger, it was at my door in less than 48 hours.
Now about the helmet, I have a couple friends who I ride with who invested in the Shoei RF-1200 which revzilla has high remarks on and comparing my helmet with theirs the Kabuto offers all of the same features with exception of the wind mesh at the chin. It does all of this at about 100 dollars less. Furthermore, and this is just my opinion, I think the aeroblade 3 just looks great. The helmet is very quiet and stable at speed so it is good for long rides.
I recommend this helmet to anyone.
August 24, 2015
Tried a different Kabuto helmet on and absolutely loved it but wanted something a bit cheaper. It was between this and the Shoei Qwest. I ordered this one up and on first try it seemed a little small and had some pressure points but within a day of riding it fit like a glove. Lots of airflow, looks great, wide view, comes with a pinlock. Like it a lot more than the Qwest. Only negative is it gets fairly noisy compared to others I've tried.
August 12, 2015
this helmet is very good
This helmet is very light stylist and its very comfortable when wear it
June 23, 2015
didn't buy from revzilla but..
I found it at my local bike shop on sale for 230$ couldn't pass it up. Helmets really light, wide range of view, not the greatest padding but comfy. mine came with a pin lock visor which honestly dosnt seem to help at all. It is quite airy so when it's cold a balaclava is a necessity. But over all a great helmet!
March 22, 2015
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