Nolan N44 Outlaw Helmet
Amazing field of view and good features.
I've been riding in this helmet for three months and I really like it, though there are a few downsides.
Pros: The amount of variability you have while wearing it is awesome, and it's one of the only true modular helmets on the market. The field of view is totally uninhibited, and that alone makes the helmet worth it. The look is different than anything else and the included pinlock lens is a great addition.
Cons: Kinda loud, air flow is just adequate (not bad), and then there's pinlock installation. The lens absolutely will not go into the visor correctly. Most visors can be totally flattened to get the pinlock in, but not this visor. If you try to flatten the visor all the way out you will break the plastic chin vent and damage the lower section of the visor (at the bend). This was extremely frustrating for me since it was a selling point. I did get the pinlock lens in but there is a small gap on one side that cannot be corrected. On humid nights I seem to be fog free but winter will be the real test.
September 8, 2014
By far the best helmet I have owned!
In the past, i have owned a couple of cheapie helmets. you know the ones, they smell of mothballs, air whistles in right next to your ear, there are hard spots that you only begin to notice after an hour or so of riding, and after a few months they all begin to fall apart. so, i decided that it was time to break down and buy my first "big boy" motorcycle helmet, and i have to say, my whole riding experience has been revolutionized by that helmet. as you are reading this, you obviously know that I am referring to the Nolan N44 helmet. first off, i have to say, Just look at that thing, its awesome! lets be honest, its hard to pull off the cool biker look in a full helmet. but with this helmet, especially if you put the shades down, you get all the style points back. I know some of you are rolling your eyes because a helmet's main function is to protect you in a life endangering situation. fortunately for me, i have not had one of those, so i can't talk about that function of the helmet quite yet. I am however confident in the quality of the construction, much more so than the ones that i have owned in the past. so, i am reserved to talk about the parts of the helmet I have experienced, shades included. which before i bought, i thought would be a cool useless feature, but after using it enough, i can say its one of the things that just seem to come in handy when you need it. I just wish that they would slide down about a 1/2 inch lower, but you can push the helmet down to close the gap. the only problem i have had involved a very dusty trip in North Dakota where the dust permeated everything including the sunvisor's inner mechanics causing it to stick, thankfully though, the jam was no match for the power of wd40. the little vent flap in the main part of the visor was the only other part that needed any attention after that trip, but has served me wonderfly for general ventilation and defogging, although it will let in the occasional unfortunate insect which always seems to get my attention. I have found the uninvited traveling companion can always be dispelled by simply opening the visor to the first or second notch to flush it out. the visor itself is a feat in helmet technology due to its limitless range of view. under normal circumstances you quite literally can not see the edges of the helmet, and is the purest form of riding i have found short of riding without a helmet at all (kids don't try that at home). I can read my gauges without having to look down, and i can see my peripherals enough to know if a deer is going to jump out at me, which has saved me at least once. as far as ventilation is concerned, I have found it to be adequate, not as much as you would expect with the huge structure on the top of the helmet, but i see no need for any more than you are given, and if you do want more, you can just take off parts of the helmet to make it more of an open face style. which is the main reason that the Nolan N44 got my attention. some of my past helmets had been modular before, but none could transform as completely as this one. I have only used it as a full helmet style (both with and without the chin guard), and open face style. and Its nice how simple it is to transform between the styles; if you are a good multitasker, you can take the chin guard on and off while riding (again kids wouldn't recommend it). I have found that the helmet does an excellent job at keeping water out during a rain. even extremely heavy storms, so long as the vents were all closed, no water was able to weasel its way inside. i have yet to ride in colder weather, but i imagine that all the removable padding will be enough to keep your head at the right temp for the beginning or end of the riding season. one thing I noticed that was slightly different was a bit more padding right over the ears, it functions to keep you warm and secure, but it can make wearing earbuds a bit uncomfortable after a while, but you aren't supposed to do that anyway, so that shouldn't be a problem right?....right? anyway, what I am trying to say about the Nolan N44 is that it is something completely different from any other helmet you have ever tried, and that i would absolutely recommend that you do so. if you are looking for a good helmet that is good at everything you want it to do then the Nolan N44 is your helmet
August 25, 2014
The product is great!
In have a hard time finding helmets that are comfortable but this one is very comfortable. It is light weight and stylish. My only complaint is that it is noisy especially with the vent system opened.
August 12, 2014
Great helmet, but somewhat large.
Bottom line: The helmet is fantastic and I would recommend it.
Style: I really like the look of the helmet. I have it in matte black and it took me a while to stop contemplating it. The shape is fairly aggressive and it just looks cool.
Fit: I'm normally an XL, but with Nolan I had to go XXL. However, I find that my perfect fit is somewhere in between. The XXL is a bit larger than I wanted, but works. A word of caution, the chin strap sits in an odd place; closer to my throat than to my chin. This doesn't cause discomfort, but it is weird.
Ventilation: I believe the ventilation on this helmet is good on hot days, but during winter, the chinbar's shape will probably let more in than you'd want.
Construction: The helmet feels solid. The main shell as well as visor and sun visor work correctly and have a very well-constructed feel to them.
I would recommend this helmet to people looking for more visibility and good style.
July 29, 2014
Excellent multi purpose helmet
I ride with numerous bike groups and II needed a lid that allowed me to adapt the helmet to the ride. The N44 looked good so I decided to give it a try. The fit and finish of the helmet is very good. All the switches move with a positive feel, and all the seals work as designed.
Like most Nolan helmets, this one runs ever so slightly large. I'm a true 7 3\8 and in an Arai or a Schuberth the helmets fit true to form. In the Nolan I wear an XL and the fit is on the large side of correct. One size down, (large), and it would be slightly too small with no way to layer underneath during winter riding.
The venting is effective. There are three vents on top of the helmet, and one at the very bottom of the shield. The venting is effective and shutting it off does in fact stop most of the airflow through the helmet. There is a removable neck and chin curtain that cuts down on the amount of air getting into the helmet from below. These two pieces need to come out for summer riding as they do their job all to well and keep the Nolan from fully venting during warmer months.
Visibility is excellent. You can't see the edge of the face shield area unless you look all the way to the side. It's just about impossible to have any obstructed lines of sight with this helmet.
The Nolan is a bit noisey. Even with everything installed these is a fair amount of wind rush. It's louder that the top of the line lids, but not so loud that you won't get used to it. After about 20 minutes I forgot about the noise and just get used to it.
I played around with every combination except the version with the visor and no shield. The wind noise stays pretty consistent except for the 3\4 open face with no shield and no chin bar. This was the quietest configuration I tried and it still had excellent ventilation.
The design of the face shield overlaps the chin bar. Ventilation and wind noise is just about the same with the chin bar in of out. Since the chin bar doesn't interfere with visibility, I just ended up leaving the chin bar in place except for the hottest of days. I've ridden up to 85 degrees and the helmet interior stayed comfortable even at slow speeds.
All in all I think this is an excellent multipurpose helmet that will work for 95% of your riding needs.
June 28, 2014
Versatile, comfortable, feature packed for the price.
This helmet will do about anything and everything a helmet can do, in just about any configuration you choose.
Wide field of view for unsurpassed visibility.
Intakes/Vents work well.
Comes with pin lock lens.
the drop down sunshade that came with mine does not seem to retract automatically when I push the button to raise it. I have to push the button a few times and then manually push the lens back into the helmet. As this is not a critical feature for my needs, I did not return the helmet. It would be nice if the sun shield would just pop back up when the return button is pressed, but I will only dock 1/2 a point because the helmet overall more than makes up for this shortcoming.
I also purchased the B4+ and will write another review for it, but in a nutshell the communication device is not polished. When combined with this helmet. As this is a heavily advertised feature and one of the reasons I chose the N44, I am docking another 1/2 a point. It is not intuitive, difficult to set up, use, and even recharging sometimes fails.
I do recommend the unit but think Nolan needs to do a better job with quality control for both the sunshade and the b4+ communication device. It would be cool if there were some type of functional slots in the back of the helmet to clip the chin guard onto when using as 3/4 helmet.
June 25, 2014
Best Helmet I've owned
Great helmet for humid-hot weather
Pin-lock works perfectly for rain and humidity - no fog whatsoever
A little on the small side - I usually wear XXL, but I went XXXL for this one and the fit is good!
Perfect helmet for low speed use - city, commute, small travels...
Very practical removable chin bar with lots of rain protection even without it
Sun lens work great!
June 24, 2014
If you are a 3/4 or 1/2 helmet guy looking for more protection or an Adventure tourer, then this helmet is for you.
I ride bikes with good windscreens. I don't like to be encased in a full face helmet with the visor down. I have had Modular helmets as a compromise and ride with the visor up unless it's raining. This helmet has the field of view virtually identical to a 3/4 helmet with the chin guard installed. Perfect. I just completed a 1600 mile Utah ride on a Triumph Tiger 800 with an aftermarket windshield (Madstad) and loved this helmet. I rode mostly with the peak and chin guard installed. No impediment to my peripheral vision. We did experience temps from 33 to 95 as well as rain and sleet. The visor, with the included Pinlock system, was fog free with no leaks. I do remove the chin guard to take off and put on the helmet which provided my only gripe. It's a little hard to snap the chin guard in some times with the helmet on. A little practice will prevent on the frustration. It also seems a little noisier than a full face, but not much more than my modulars. Since I ride with the face shield up behind windscreens on all my helmets, it is not really any noisier, for me. I put up with a little noise to have fresh air. Other than that this helmet couldn't be better. As an Adventure helmet, off road goggles fit in perfectly if needed. I normally ride with just sun glasses. A Sena 10 R works well with this helmet in any configuration, contrary to the Revzilla review video. I was surprised how well the ratcheting chin strap worked. As a double D ring guy I was skeptical. The Nolan system is faster on and off and way easier. Comfortable as well. For its Field of view, large Pinlock visor and versatility, this helmet can't be beaten in my Adventure tour style of riding. It's multiple helmets in one. Whatever you need to meet what the day holds in store for you, this helmet can become! 5 Stars!
May 31, 2014