Kabuto Kamui Helmet - Solid
Excellent bang for buck helmet
I was looking for a helmet with pinlock and a drop down sunvisor. Originally the Shoei GT air was in the running, but the price (more than twice what the Kabuto cost) made me look elsewhere. The Kabuto Kamui had everything I was looking for at the right price. They include a pinlock in the box which is fantastic. Favorite feature: The notchout for glasses. Makes wearing glasses with thicker frames much more comfortable. My only complaints so far 1) At highway speeds and performing a head-check, when turned there's a bit of air that seems to come through the visor (at least that's how it feels). This is only a problem at about 65-80mph. 2) The quick release buckle is noticeable around the neck, but you get used to it after a minute or two. Despite these two issues I still really like this helmet.
June 29, 2015
Great Helmet, Quiet and comfortable. Five Stars!
This is a very high quality helmet for a good price. I ride a naked bike and the helmet is very quiet. Anyone that says these are loud must have only used Schubeth C3's to compare it. Much quieter than my old Arai Quantum and 10x better than a modular helmet I have.
It doesn't catch the wind when I look over my shoulder and the inclusion of the retractable sunshield, breath guard, chin guard, quick release and pinlock shield really make this a bargain. Five stars in my book.
May 29, 2015
My choice for cool weather commuting
I was looking for a hi viz, full face helmet I could wear for commuting in 40 to 60 degree temps that had a drop down sunshade, ratchet strap, pin-lock anti-fog lens, and was eye glass-compatible. This helmet had all of those features at an affordable price. The helmet feels very comfortable and well balanced on my head. I bought a size medium, and the helmet fit similar to another medium-sized helmet I have. The sunshade is dark, similar to sunglasses, and extends down enough to cover my field of view. I really like having the sunshade, so I don't have to carry sunglasses or a tinted shield. The ratchet strap is stiff out of the box, but breaks in after a week or two. The ratchet strap makes it really easy to latch and unlatch the helmet with gloves on. The pin-lock lens works as advertised, and I leave it on all the time. The helmet may be a bit loud, but I only notice when I get turbulence off my windshield from strong winds. Overall, I'm very happy with this helmet.
October 19, 2014
Great features in a stylish looking helmet
I bought this helmet for the features and style at this price. I love the flip down sun shield. I love the vents. I love the full face protection. However, my cheeks were killing me for the first week. I actually took some stuffing out and re-seamed it rather than order new inside pieces. So, I'd say it runs small. I feel much more comfortable now and look forward to many safe miles in it. OH< it does have a very 'new' smell that lasts a while. I put it on the floor with the shield open with half a dryer sheet in it to pull the smell out. Worked great ** I would've given 5/5 stars if it was comfortable without me having to customize it myself.
October 13, 2014
I'm satisfied with this lid.
I have Shoei J Cruise, however it doesn't fit my head shape. This supposed to be functional and reliable with reasonable price range. It seems to be cheap somewhat especially edge of main shield and movement of inner sunshade. I'm very satisfied with this as a whole, because of fit to my head shape relatively round. Only one claim to be improved is change material of ratchet buckle. Since it's made from metal and hard plastic, I feel to attach it to my neck umcomfortably.
September 8, 2014
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