Kabuto Kamui Helmet - Solid
Impressed for the money!
Kabuto is new to the U.S. market, so there wasn't a lot of information out there when I ordered my helmet. I feel I have an obligation to review it honestly and help those who are on the fence to make up their minds. The first thing to note is the price; there aren't many impressive helmets in this price range. If you've decided you want an internal sun shield, you have even fewer choices. That being said, this helmet is executed very well and is better than expected for the price.
The fit, for my head, is even better than high end Shoei offerings. This isn't to say the Kamui is equivalent to a high end Shoei, but more expensive doesn't always mean better fitting. The helmet is snug but comfortable, not too heavy, and easy to get on and off. The ratchet strap, once adjusted (which is a bit of a pain), works wonderfully and is very convenient considering double D-ring helmets require gloves to be off (at least in my experience). The ratchet strap is a little bit uncomfortable at first, before the material is broken in. Once broken in, no problems.
The helmet seems very aerodynamic, and I don't experience any buffeting while riding at any speed. The wake stabilizer seems to do its job, and it's perfectly comfortable to turn my head either direction; it no longer feels like the wind wants to rip my helmet off as it did with the old one. My one gripe is that the helmet is a little loud, but I think that's to be expected at this price point. On the other hand, it is nice to hear more around me in exchange for wind noise at speed. The included chin spoiler helps with this.
The internal sun shield is extremely convenient and I'm very glad I went with one. Riding without sunglasses is much more comfortable for me, and the mechanism to open and close the visor works very well. You may want to keep sunglasses on you in case it is overly bright outside. Otherwise, I haven't had any issues.
The included pinlock is a very nice touch and it is indeed fogproof. I wasn't able to fog up the helmet no matter how hard I tried. Now that it's been installed for awhile, I don't even notice it's there.
If you're on the fence like I was, go try this helmet on. If it fits your head, you will love it. The most important thing is fit, features come second. For me, this helmet fit the best out of any I tried on. For $300 less than the very nice helmets I was considering, I'm thrilled.
August 26, 2014
Somewhat average helmet lacking the most basic features
I tried this helmet on in a store and it seemed to fit the bill great: correct shape, drop down sun shield, not too heavy, snug fit. So I purchased it from Revzilla. Helmet arrived, factory packing is 2 thin sheets of styrofoam: 1 on each side of the helmet. That leaves 4 sides separated only by a sheet of cardboard from FedEx monkeys. (this is not Revzilla's fault, but manufacturer's)
Good: Helmet fits nice, isn't too heavy, quiet on freeway with good airflow. Airflow with vents open is fantastic. The drop down sun visor is very nice.
Bad: No locking mechanism for the main visor. Traveling at 70-75mph will force the visor closed: can't prop it partially open with a lock as I can on other helmets. However, turning my head to the side will cause the visor to lift up with air pressure because there's no lock. Reaching 65 mph with visor open will force it to slam shut under wind pressure because the mechanism isn't strong enough to hold it propped. Ratchet strap (instead of typical D ring) cuts into the chin because of odd angle. Adjustment strap has no way to be secured, so it flaps in the wind hitting the neck. (can be easily remedied, but no provisioning from factory design). Latch levers for vents are loose and rattle (I thought this was a 1 off instance, but the replacement helmet had the same issue). I do not hear the rattles on the road, so that's a positive.
Revzilla's customer service has been fantastic with the first helmet I received, but the issues this helmet has will prevent me from buying a Kamuto in the future.
July 5, 2014
Talk about bang for your buck...this is like 600 dollar helmet for 250. The only reason it's low is because it's new the the USA i heard from a guy that works at a shop. The most comfy lid i've had. built in glasses slit work great..don't push them or twist them like all my other helmets. I could break this down part by part, it has a lot in this helmet. amazing price. also comes with pin lock, that works amazing for free. When i turn my head the air flow design is so good it doesn't pull like your looking to the side. way cool lid. highly recommend. OH and i can (with gloves on) put the quick release chin strap on and off super easily and fast...and the sun viser works awesome.
June 18, 2014
I returned this helmet, so this review is of the fit and finish only, because I wasn't able to road test it. I ordered the large and the fit seemed true enough, slightly larger than a Shoei large. The interior shape is quite nuetral, between shoei and arai. Padding on the inside seemed lacking and the helmet itself seemed massive. Its also heavy, even compared to other ISV equipped helmets. The sun visor however seemed to be quite good, the deployment mechanism was sturdy, easy to find and use with gloves. The visor itself is dark tinted and comes down far enough. The main sheild mechanism however seemed very flimsy and fragile. The chin spoiler was impossible to attach, as if it was meant for a different helmet. The ratchet style chin strap is plastic and seems similarly flimsy and wouldnt tighten to a secure fit. Ive had helmets that were far more quality for a hundred dollars less.
June 12, 2014