Nolan N44 Outlaw Helmet
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
Insane field of vission
strap is a bit tight when you get it and is not the eaisest to loosen but not bad
This helmet is everything I was hoping for and more. while riding it like im not even wearing a helmet at all because the field of vission is so big. Comparred to my Bell Revolver Evo this helmet is better in every way. The helmet fits perfectly to my head and the top vents work amazingly. Every aspect of this helmet like the visor and the vents are very easy to adjust mid-ride. The only downside was the strap was a little tight when I got it but with a little bit of adjustment it fits just fine.
May 2, 2014
Great looking Helmet!
I have bought many of helmets over the years and and have not been happy. This baby has everything you would ever need in a helmet. If your on the road and the weather changes you can swap the style of the helmet quick. Love the quick release face shield, cam lock on the neck strap. Venting is awesome on this thing. Field of view is huge. Fit is true to the size chart and Anthony explains the head shape it fits very well. Took the neck pad off. Felt to stuffy with it on. Not sure how quit it is since its 5 degrees out in New England. Can't wait for spring.
February 14, 2014
I went from a Nolan N103 to this N44. I ride now with the chin guard off most of the time. I carry it in my bag just in case I want to have it. The helmet has lived up to its hype. The view is excellent and the easy return sun shield is so much nicer to operate. My wife loves her N44 also.
The speaker system / blue tooth works better also then my old N103. easier to install also.
January 18, 2014
Superb Modular Helmet
The helmet is very well finished, like other products of Nolan. The air intakes are very efficient as well as the dsign. But the highlight is the customization, with the ease of removing the external visor, the chin bar and the internal sun visor.
With the full-face configuration, viewing angle is also very good.
The only drawback is that people with small jaw, may experience the uncomfortable feeling of touching of the latch on the the neck. The lock could have been placed a bit forward.
Overall, im very happy with the product.
November 4, 2013