Nolan N104 EVO Hi-Viz Helmet
Great Helmet! Great Company!
I actually own the N104 Outlaw, but wanted to drop this review here. I've owned the helmet for 3 years and have ridden with it for about 15,000 miles in temps from 27 to 95 degrees and done all-day rain storms, even some sleet and snow once.
I had some trouble early on with ear pain, especially on the right side, mostly due to wearing glasses. Once I got the inner EPS mushed back a little, it has worked perfectly.
Here is the point of my note: After 3 years of service, the top vent suddenly blew off the helmet at around 60 mph on the last day of my last trip. I was bummed and sure that on a 3-year-old helmet I'd have to pay an arm and a leg for repairs, or just replace the helmet.
I contacted Nolan customer service and they replaced the part under warranty. Just a few hours after my initial email, I received notification the part was on it's way, with tracking info. It took about 2 minutes to swap out and works perfectly now. It was very refreshing to find a company that takes customer service seriously and responded so quickly to the situation. I could not be more pleased with Nolan USA's response.
July 21, 2016
At first I was skeptical of the ventilation as they dropped the brow vent but the ventilation is a bit better for it especially the chin vent. The brow vent wasn't very useful when the VSP was deployed.
I had the N-104 and wanted a Hi-Viz version. So I got the EVO yellow one. It really stands out.
One new feature that is welcome is the spring loaded face shield detent. Now it stays open even at highway speeds. The helmet is also a tad quieter. I have the n-com B4 and the phone calls are like sitting in your office. Sound level on music could be a bit better.
May 23, 2016
After a little break in period, I love my new helmet!
The helmet runs a little small (measurements say I needed a small, but medium is what fits), but the cheek pads were extremely tight (I have fat cheeks). I followed the revzilla geeks suggestion to put some weight on them and put my cheek pads under 2 cases of beer (big boxes with lots of even weight---my choice of weight) for a week to compress them. Helped quite a bit. After a month of wearing, it has loosened up a little and is fitting pretty comfortably.
I love how big the face shield opening is! I almost can't see the front jaw protection piece (sits down low on my face below my nose) when lowered and latched, and have lots of peripheral vision. I also love the pinlock extra shield----eliminates the fogging problem.
As to noise level (read people complaints)----I haven't noticed much difference between this or my 8 year old HJC full face that this was replacing. They both seem to have similar amounts of wind noise----but isn't that why we ride motorcycles----to feel and hear that wind? I will say, though, that the top vent does rattle when open----but I believe that is because there is nothing really holding the little door tight when open. It is no big deal-----if the rattle bothers you, then close the vent and lift the face shield (besides, I like riding with the face shield open on warm days to feel the wind in my face)
After a little time getting used to how the modular system works; how to put the helmet on/off without messing up my glasses; how to get the chin strap latch to work (had the D ring setup on my old helmet) and adjusted to fit comfortably, I like this helmet.
May 28, 2016
Great Helmet. Quiet, comfortable, easy to use modular chin.
I love the way the chin flips up...sleek and low-profile. The helmet is comfortable over long rides and installing the nCom system was easy.
May 24, 2016
My wife and I both have these, fit and function is great Nolan's new XXXL has just enough long oval for me and the flip down sun visor is a real plus
May 10, 2016
Perfect for touring and Gold Wing intergration.
Bought a pair of these helmets and my wife and I could not be happier, love the Microlock2 quick-release retention system, built in retractable sunshield and the way the chin guard tucks in close to the helmet when open to catch less air, making it more usable while riding. Built in headsets sound great and the helmets are very quiet behind the Gold Wing windshield.
May 5, 2016
Nolan N104 EVO Storm review
I am rating the helmet and not Revzilla. I ordered the Nolan N104 EVO Storm in conjunction with two other helmets the Kabuto Ibuki and AGV Numo Stinger. I will comment on the others in there own review. First it came down to Kabuto and Nolan and the N104 won out even though it was heavier compared to the Kabuto. We liked the overall comfort and fit plus we had a Nolan N90 which we liked very much. However there was an issue with two of the N104 helmets from two different dealers. The weather seal in the upper right corner where the face shield comes down is where the weather seal came unglued. I talked with Revzilla and the other dealer and this was the first time both had head of this issue. Revzilla did the best they could but helmet sold out before I could get a replacement helmet. I called Nolan factory rep and he had not heard of this issue but was welling to do what was needed to fix the issue. I decided that why should I have to have it repaired when brand new? This mattert is most likely a QA issue at Nolan. I did eventually find some N104 EVO Storms helmets that did not exhibit this issue. We do like the helmet but seriously think Nolan needs to check into this matter further. The picture I have attached is a EVO Tech and that had the same issue.
March 22, 2016
Really good helmet, but I wanted more...
So, I researched and purchased the Nolan N104 Evo Storm back in April 2015. I rode quite a bit in the helmet and was quite happy with it. Then, I tried on a Shoei Neotec. After trying the Neotec for a couple days, I decided to swap the Nolan out for the Shoei.
Please don't take this wrong, I loved the Nolan. I just love the Neotec much more.
I made the decision based on the following factors:
1. The Neotec is much quieter. When you put on the Neotec, everything feels sealed off. Riding without ear plugs became more comfortable (although I don't do it often).
2. The Neotec feels much more solid and durable. The Nolan is made out of plastic. While I'm sure this provides more than sufficient protection in the event you need to save your melon, it just doesn't feel as substantive.
3. The Neotec has a better comfort liner and ventilation. The chin and brow vents on the Nolan provide a good amount of ventilation, but the Neotec's scoop on the top of the helmet pushes through much more air. Also, the chin vent on the notes does a great job of keeping the visor clear.
Long story short, the Nolan is a great helmet and if you don't feel like shelling out the $500+ for the Shoei, the Nolan is a great option. Possibly the best option.
One problem: The Nolan is set up for their proprietary communicators and you can't mount a Sena 20S without modifying the helmet due to the lip at the base of the helmet.
February 29, 2016