Kali Naza Liberty Carbon Helmet
Initial thoughts: HORRIBLE
I originally purchased this helmet because it was carbon fiber and sub $400 and the graphics look amazing. Unfortunately that is all this helmet has going for it. I received this helmet on 10/18/13 and had to send it back on 10/22/13. When I first pulled it out of the box I was blown away at how light the helmet was and the graphics look amazing. I tried it on and even though I am a large in most helmets and according to the size chart on revzilla and on Kali's website it fit a bit loose at the top of the head and the cheek pads were so tight on my face it was almost uncomfortable but that is something that will break in. I usually wear a thin headwrap too keep the sweat from getting to my helmet so the looseness was not felt with the head wrap on. I rode with the helmet for a couple of days and after careful inspection I noticed that the inside of the chin bar would move around while I was riding. So much so that when I was riding with the visor up it actually blew the breath deflector clean off the helmet. I took it home and really started looking at the build quality and was shocked at how shotty this helmet is put together. The strap is rough and hard to cinch down and take off. The visor is one of the most difficult to change I have ever seen. The snaps on the liner are cheaper than stuff I've seen at a dollar store. The chin vent is on par with everything else. CHEAP! For close to $400 I would go with anything else. I don't feel comfortable even riding in this helmet because of the subpar build quality. I have an HJC CL-16, which was about $120, and this helmet is so much better than the KALI. Fortunately revzilla is helping me rectify this situation. Unfortunately because I have already used the helmet I will probably be stuck with the helmet. I hope this review will guide people away from this helmet and save them the grief I am having to go through. I will post an update once I get this problem resolved. Ride safe!
October 23, 2013
Great helmet overall. I question it's durability though.
For a sub $400 CF helmet ,this is a great deal. It is very light-weight and it doesn't weigh down your neck like many helmets. It is quite comfortable inside and seemed to fit my head perfectly. The sizing guide is spot on. The air flow seemed good. It was average for noise at 60-70. The helmet itself seems constructed well. Includes very nice padded carrying bag. With a smoked shield (sold separately)it looks awesome!
This is a great helmet, HOWEVER, the plastic that the vents on the top and back are made of is complete garbage. My helmet came inside of the padded carrying bag and was inside of a box full of packing material. STILL the plastic on the back of the helmet was smashed up. And there is no way it could have left Revzilla in this condition. This plastic is thin and fragile. If you dropped this helmet on the ground or banged it around at all, this plastic will break. If you keep it in the padded bag and are very careful with it, then I do recommend this helmet. But Kali needs to seriously rethink the plastic venting material.
October 8, 2012
Best Bang for your Buck
Coming from a racing family, I've gone through many different helmets. Saw Kali and was a little skeptical, but I needed a new helmet and didn't have $$$ to drop on other helmets and I wasnt happy with my last helmet. So i took a chance on Kali. I ordered a Large because i thought they ran a little small. Wrong! Revzilla was awsome and quick and in no time I had a medium. Put it on and wow!!!! The carbon fiber on this helmet makes it the lightest helmet ive worn. And makes its one of the cheapest helmets i've bought without sponsor help. Took it out on the road. Came back and i was one happy camper. Didnt have much noise problems at 80MPH even with a bike with cut exhaust. Track day, about 130mph it got a little loud with bike and wind but mainly bike. But air flow is excellent!! It whisps air really well. Kinda like having a nurse there to dab your sweat when a doctors in surgery! If your a racer on a budget, no doubt Kali Naza is your helmet! And if your a racer with riches, Kali is still your helmet!
August 1, 2012
Solid performer, but quality control and material quality issues
The Kali Naza CF helmet is aimed at providing those of us who want the light weight and strength of carbon fiber, combined with an aerodynamic design at an excellent pricepoint.
I can say that the Naza CF hits all these points, but misses on some of the fundamentals that make up a solid, good helmet.
Compared to several other helmets I have owned, I can say that the fit and finish of this helmet has a long way to go before it can compete with the mid-high range helmets, carbon fiber or not.
The quality of the internal materials used is below average for helmets in this price range. The plastics used for the vents and switches felt like they belonged on a cheaper helmet. The fabric that lines the EPS material seems cheap, other brands I've worn definitely used better materials on the internals.
The design of the snap anchors into the EPS foam also makes me question their durability over long term use and repeated removal of the helmet liner. The snaps that hold the helmet liner can also be difficult to get a positive engagement on - but a couple seem overly easy to become undone too.
As for quality control, the helmet I received had some issues with the fabric and optical quality/fit of its visor.
The fabric that covers section of the EPS liner is glued on, and it looks like they missed a spot on the helmet I received resulting in some loose fabric.
The visor has some optical distortions and didn't completely seal with the rubber gasket in on section. I can get it to seal, but with addition effort of manipulating the visor on that side.
I also found excess glue on a couple of external spoiler/vent plastics.
Performance wise - the helmet does live up to expectations. It is a little on the louder side, but its light weight combined with its aerodynamics left me with very positive impressions at higher speed riding and head checks.
Wind buffeting was at a minimum. Airflow was adequate - but not great. The two sets of cheek pads and liner material were comfortable and snug, however the helmet strap was a bit excessively long and flapped around a bit unless I somehow tucked it away.
Its light weight gives me confidence that I could ride this all day without getting fatigued. And its overall design and graphics honestly looks top notch.
At this time I can say that if all you're simply looking for a light weight helmet that performs well at cutting through the wind and looking great while doing it - the Naza CF might fit your bill.
However, if you're looking for a helmet that does the above and has quality internals, better long term durability, and good fit and finish, I would have to sadly say look elsewhere.
Granted, this is KALI's first foray into the street market so some growing pains are to be expected.
At its current price point the Naza CF is the cheapest carbon fiber helmet you'll find out there. And with its unique use of bonded low/high density EPS, it can theoretically provide a higher level of protection than your average helmet.
Their customer service from what I understand is top notch, and I honestly hope that they incorporate some of the feedback and criticisms into their future releases. They also have a 5-year warranty on this - which I'm sure they'll honor if you truly have issues with the helmet you get.
If KALI manages to get SNELL certification, and finds a manufacturer that can up the quality and workmanship of its internal components, and their overall quality control, they'll have a highly competitive product.
This review is meant to be a simple and honest opinion of the helmet I received.
June 29, 2012
This is my second Kali, I started with the motocross carbon fiber version and liked how light it was. I ordered this one for street use and like how light it is. Like other reviewers, the chin strap is a tad on the long side so snap the long end otherwise the loose end whips and flaps in the wind, which gets annoying. I have owned numerous Arai helmets, I prefer the Kali due to its weight and is far cheaper.
June 11, 2012
This is a nice helm, I think you can't go wrong if you have this shape of head. Not for long rides, but 2 hours is fine.
May 22, 2012
As far as my research permitted, this helmet was the only one I could find with the revolutionary "conehead" technology, plus I wanted carbon fibre
As far as my research permitted, this helmet was the only one I could find with the revolutionary "conehead" technology, plus I wanted carbon fibre. So I actually went looking for an helmet with these features; safety was my pre-eminent concern because I ride a GSXR1000 K12 which as you know can go very quickly. I knew my standard head size which was medium so I ordered into Australia from the USA. The fit and attractiveness, quietness and lightness were a bonus, and the airflow control is great. I highly recommend.
April 30, 2012
Bought one of these at a local shop in January, but finally now can write a review after getting a few hundred miles under it.
Love the fit and finish. very comfortable and the graphics are super nice.
the carbon makes this helmet super light which makes it feel like you hardly are wearing anything.
just a couple small gripes..
- its louder than my 10 year old AGV it replaced. wind noise is louder than i would like
-the strap is both hard to operate, and slightly uncomfortable
-not many options for shields. i got a dark smoked, but would have liked a mirrored or gold option.
April 29, 2012