Nolan N44 Hi Vis Helmet
Great helmet for city driving, not for highway
Extremely noisy on highway drive (closed or opened)
Can't really drive with the sun screen down and the helmet opened, too much air flowing in your eyes beneath the screen.
Quite heavy compared to other full face helmets (I have a Shoei GT Air which feels much lighter in comparison)
Strong wind resistance due to the size and shape of the helmet.
Nice design and features though, good quality too.
September 8, 2015
Exact Features I Looked For
As a new rider this was my first and only helmet purchase so far and I have had the helmet for roughly 6 months. Initially I purchased this helmet for the wide sight range and the modular design. I have found my preference is to ride with the full face shield but no jaw. The small vent on the face shield doesn't seem to do much but I also have a windshield on the bike that probably blocks airflow into it. I did have some slight breath fogging issues when I first got the helmet and the mornings were still cold. But in Texas that cold doesn't hold out too long.
What really impressed me about the helmet was the air flow. I don't really have much to compare to as far as noise goes but riding in Texas heat this helmet keeps the air moving so I'm not completely drenched in sweat when I arrive at my destination. Moving at highway speeds with all vents open and faceshield fully closed is comfortable with only occasional wind shake. Moving slower than about 50 and I will crack the faceshield to get a little more air.
One thing I did end up picking up was a micro fleece cover for the rachet band to keep it from rubbing and it worked like a charm.
All in all very satisfied with this helmet!
September 4, 2015
Love the flexibility
I loved the features and flexibility of this helmet. I was concerned with the comment in the video that it was hard to fit another brand of comm package, not Nolan's own. I had no trouble fitting it with a Cardo Scalo Rider G9. I had to use the stick-on mount along the rim because the helmet has a shelf along and under its rim. The helmet does have cut outs for the speakers. Contrary to the video, I had no trouble removing and replacing the liner to fit the comm unit.
The one con that others have mentioned is that it is very difficult to put the helmet on with the chin guard in place. I cannot do it with glasses on. Without the chin guard, it goes on easily. I find it easier to put the helmet on and then add the chin guard if I want it. The helmet comes with plugs to fill the holes where the chin guard goes if you do not use it.
I was initially discouraged with the fit with the chin guard. I took advantage of Revzilla's return policy and ordered the Scorpion GT3000. I found that the Scorpion did not fit my face as well; the visor hit my nose. I wound up keeping the Nolan 44 instead. It is simply more comfortable for me. And, in the summer, I can wear it open.
Also, the helmet comes with the pin-lock anti fog shield. Do not order one in addition even though it is on the same order page. Once again, Revzilla's return policy cannot be beat.
July 12, 2015
Great helmet for the money but don't buy the N-Com system to go with it if you want to listed to music
Great helmet especially with the modular feature. Really comfortable etc. Too bad Nolan pairs with the N-Com as it sucks for a bluetooth. Only works for calls, nothing else like music etc. Big investment in time to install the N-Com and try to fix only to have it not work. I bought a Moto bluetooth earpiece from Best Buy to replace the N-Com system and it works great even without the mouthpiece for voice it recognizes voice commands etc and plays my Spotify music.
July 6, 2015
Great helmet, too noisy inside
Fit of helmet was right on with the sizing chart that nolan provides, love the features and looks of this helmet, and the price is good too. I have to yet try the communications system, still not decided what to buy, but I can say this helmet I have to wear ear plugs, the noise is just too much, even with the air vents closed, maybe with a bluetooth system I can hear music and distract me from all the noise, I have to test that, but I had shoei, hjc and vega helments and this one is sooo loud inside.
June 27, 2015
Interesting Features Bring Interesting Downsides
I bought this helmet and returned it, after finding a few unforeseen ways in which it doesn't meet my needs. I will start with the good:
- Nolan quality is present here. High quality materials, particularly the liner.
- The Graphite color is very slick. Not totally matte, dark with metal fleck looks very good. High quality, uniform appearance.
- Visibility is unmatched.
- The micro chin strap mechanism works well
However, due to the unique design, there are a few issues which I didn't expect:
- The neck hole is small. It can be put on with the chin bar in place, but it is VERY uncomfortable to do so. You have to wiggle it into place, and mash up your ears in the process.
- The chinbar is easy enough to remove, but you have to bend it into a tighter curve in order to re-insert it, so it is difficult to do it without a mirror.
- The huge face shield presents two problems; first, it turns your face into a greenhouse, trapping lots of solar heat. Second, with a normal helmet, you can crack the shield open to the first detent and get airflow right to the nose region. With this one, however, the first detent only provides minimally more airflow, way down on your chin, which doesn't do much to help mitigate the greenhouse effect. The vent in the visor doesn't do much either.
- Noise levels are 'acceptable', but no better. I was hoping the extra neck roll and chin curtain would help isolate sounds better, but it was merely average.
- The aerodynamics are interesting. Straight on, it is fine. Buffeting from the stock windscreen on my FZ6 is always an issue, but this handles it well enough. However, when you turn your head for a head check, particularly at highway speed, it REALLY grabs the wind to twist your head around.
- The chin strap seems to be set too far close the the throat. As much as I like the zip connector, having that plastic/metal pressing on my Adam's apple is uncomfortable. I had to wear it loose to be bearable.
- The vent within the visor is strange to get used to. With the clear lexan all around it, it is like a floating black orb in the bottom of your vision, obscuring the view of the instruments.
I didn't try out the pinlock insert or the adv visor.
June 25, 2015
Bought this for long rides. It is an awesome helmet for the price. Chin bar makes it difficult to get on. Good thing is you can remove easily. Quieter than some reviews touted. You can put an external comm. on outside without gluing it to the side of helmet but I relocated with glue due to concerns about injury to the neck if involved in a fall.
June 15, 2015
Wide view + variety of options, yes please.
I have had the Nolan N44 a little over a month now and can't believe I lived without it. To be fair, I don't have a vast array of knowledge about helmets. I don't own a variety of brands and styles, but I did know what I was looking for and this helmet has fit the bill. Want a lot of peripheral vision? Check. Want the air in your face? No problem, take off the chin bar and visor and wear a set of sunglasses. Want to take it on an adventure ride, attach the peak and chin bar, take off the visor and grab your favorite set of goggles, vamoose! Anyway, like I said in the summary above, a variety of options.
Now for some nitpicking details:
First, unless you have the chin bar attached and visor sealed, it can be noisy. So yeah, there's that, I'm not sure what anyone expects from an option-oriented 3/4 helmet, but to me it seems like common sense. Personally, with everything sealed up, it is at a comfortable noise level.
I'm finding the air flow adequate with all of it put together, however, I haven't had a chance to use it on seriously hot days (MN). Want more airflow, take off the chin bar. With such a large visor, you still have ample protection from debris and bugs while still getting a comfortable breeze.
In terms of fit, it was snug when I first bought it using the sizing guidelines. After a few days of use, it became broken in and loosened up. If you like your helmet to be tight, I'd consider a size smaller than you think. It is very comfortable and it isn't going to tear off of my head, but if I'm trying to swing the visor up with the chin bar attached it does shift around.
I haven't tried it with a Bluetooth communicator, but I've have been very impressed with the helmet and hope that I don't need to test out its crash durability anytime soon.
June 9, 2015