Reevu FSX1 Rear-View Modular Helmet
Does what it's supposed to do, but that's it
I knew what I was getting as far as the intended use. To that end it does fine.
Takes a little getting used to when it comes to always looking up to see what's behind you, and then tilting or adjusting your head to see various parts of the road behind you.
This is NOT a helmet designed to give you any real detail about what is behind you. You are getting basic information, but don't think for a second you are going to get the kind of detail that would let you read a plate behind you or something like that.
The mirror does what it was designed to do, no more no less.
Some of the downs are the fit. Too much play under the chin. I loved the connector, but this thing is noisy....I mean, REALLY noisy. I have HJC helmets which I thought were noisy, but they are nothing compared to this.
Ventilation isn't an issue, because it's a wind tunnel under the chin.
Styling is pretty decent. I think they made it work pretty well.
If you have a bike with no mirrors and are like me in that it annoys you to ride it that way, this is probably the single best (cheapest) option unless you just opted to spend sixty bucks on a rear camera set up for your bike.
As a stand alone helmet without the mirror option it's a pretty poor lid. The mirror, however, makes it a wash.
June 8, 2016
My helmet of choice
I ride primarily a 1993 Kawasaki Voyager XII and 2008 Kawasaki KLR650.
For about 5-6 years a Reevu helmet has been my helmet of choice.The rear-view technology is invaluable. I just ordered my second FSX1 which will be my 5th Reevu helmet. I`m pretty hard on helmets, forget and drop them accidentally off my handlebar or seat, do a lot of all weather, all season (minus snow and ice) riding at about 10-12k miles per year; mostly commuting and touring.
FSX1 Fit is right on the mark. It is comfortable, cheek pads are not to tight and I think comfortable with some room I can wear a layer or 2 of my balaclavas (depending on how cold it is). There is a neck collar pad that helps to cut out wind/chill in colder temps and it can be removed for warmer weather if you decide to do so. This pad does not cause chafing and is also comfortable.
The modular section has a chin curtain to also help with wind protection and wind noise reduction. The chin strap is easy to adjust and the ratchet clasp makes for a secure restraint but easy on and off as well with a tug on the clasp strap. It is not the lightest helmet on the market but weight does not bother me and the weight does not cause me neck or muscle pain. It is just right as far as weight.
Noise is about average and I do not need ear plugs; I can hear my Bluetooth headset and music from my bike speakers just fine. It works well with my Cardo ScalaRider Teamset Pro Bluetooth headset gear.
The modular faceshield section is easily opened and closed. The clear faceshield could use a few more detents (opening notches) so that in colder weather you can adjust it open a smaller amount (about half of the opening it does now) just enough to let some air in to help keep inside visor clear and fresh air flow. The vents (chin and forehead) are adequate but need the visor opened a bit to assist when it fogs up (like any other helmet I've had like Shoei, HJC, etc.).
Rearview system has improved since I started purchasing Reevu helmets. The mirror system presents a non-intrusive and clear, non-distorted image of directly behind me, eliminating dangerous blindspots. I still use all of my mirrors and aving Reevu rear-view support increases my ability to see behnd me 100%. The rear view optical part is easily adjusted on the fly. The rear view visor (shield part on the back of the helmet that allows light and view of objects) is mirrored which helps to reduce the glare. Very clear at night and not only just shows the headlights but additional detail without glare. Glare from the sun also is reduced when sun shines in from the rear into the reqar view system. It does not block forward view and the rear view optical part acts as a sun visor for those days where sun is directly in your eyes. My original FSX1 was black, this time I purchased a white one for increased visibility.
This is a highly recommended helmet! Feel free to contact me if you have questions or see my additional blog article and pictures (with the Bluetooth set) on these helmets at: http://rmpmotosports.com/wordpress/?page_id=742
January 9, 2016
Great helmet but needs some tweaking
I had the first one they made and absolutely loved it. I got hit by a jeep and the helmet held up like a champ and had to get a new one. So i thought i would get the new designed that opens up so i can really breath on those really hot days in AZ. Love the new helmet and put in a bluetooth setup in the helmet which came out great, but when i went for the first ride the speakers were killing me and where crushing my ears bad. They didn't design this helmet for any type of bluetooth setup. which is not cool at all for the amount of money it cost they should have thought about it. DO NOT BUY IF YOU ARE GOING TO PUT BLUE TOOTH ANYTHING IN THIS HELMET. I had made do and have moved the really thin speakers everywhere in the helmet and found one spot i can bare it and cant really even hear them even crank as high as they can go. I ordered the helmet and blue tooth at the same time and if they came like they should have i would have returned it for the other helmet but the shipping company sucked and where weeks behind the helmet. not revzilla's fault. I LOVE THE HELMET THOUGH. No loud air noises at all and i ride at 80mph or faster. The closed face helmet is great for bluetooth speakers systems and is an awsome helmet and they really do save lives with the reevu system.
November 25, 2015
Next best thing to eyes in the back of your head.
After 6 or 7 rides, the quick glance upwards became second nature. I feel safer and more in control wearing this helmet. It has dramatically reduced my need to turn my head for those critical blind spot checks--in fact, I think it may have eliminated my blind spots.
September 28, 2015
Satisfied but not greatly enthused
I find the chin strap presses a little hard on my neck when properly tightened. The removable neck guard makes the wiring for a bluetooth device problematic.
The modular concept isn't as aerodynamic as my previous helmet when up, there is a peak which catches the air quite nicely, only comfortable at very low speeds.
The mirror shows what's behind.as advertised, but not quite as clearly as advertised. Still serves the function well enough.
May 5, 2015
A Gimmick that Works
I was looking for a new helmet mainly because I do year-round riding and needed something that was going to work with a pinlock insert. This says it comes pinlock ready, and I got sucked in by the cool-factor of the rear-view tech.
This is my first modular helmet, and I'm not sure if it's normal for a modular or unique to this helmet, but I've found I need to have the chin guard up to get the helmet on or off, otherwise the fabric windscreen at the bottom gets in the way.
It has a ratchet strap, which I thought I wouldn't care for as a D-ring system always seemed so secure, but it's very sturdy and actually allows me to manipulate it with gloves on now.
The Reevu is pinlock ready, but I had trouble finding a visor that would work for it, and ended up writing the company who directed me to UK Ebay for a compatible insert. It's ordered and on it's way but it'd be nice if I could have found it on Revzilla, or any other US site for that matter. A fog City insert with pinlock cutouts worked well enough for a bit, but I've since ordered the actual insert from Ebay.
The rear-view tech is pretty awesome. It works well with my riding position on a Suzuki VStrom, but I imagine that while it would have more value on a sport-bike IMO, the more aggressive riding position would make it harder to use the rear-view effectively. I will be readjusting my side view mirrors once I get used to the helmet fully, to take full advantage of a wider mirror field of view. The mirror in the helmet is modest, but doesn't interfere with a normal field of view.
One note; if you wear sunglasses, you'll want to switch to rimless glasses, as the rims would be almost guaranteed to block the helmet's mirror. I use $2 safety glasses anyway, and have not had a problem with obstructed view of the mirror.
All in all, a good experience. The helmet is louder than my last helmet, but It also allows more room for my ear buds, so I'm able to block out most noise anyway. It's warm enough and fits snug at first, but is now comfortable even with a balaclava for cold weather riding. I bought it based on the manufacturers size chart. The neck roll takes a bit of getting used to, and I may ditch it in the summer, but for now it's nice.
January 6, 2015
NOT a Gimmick
I've been wearing BMW's helmets for over 20 years and though they may not always be on the cutting edge of helmet technology I like other features that their helmets provide. I recently found myself in need of a new helmet and wanted something not to expensive but GOOD! The Flip-up Chin Guard was mandatary, everything else was less important. I'm now a fair weather rider for the most part so features like Internal Air Flow, weight, construction material were less important.
The novel but useful Rearview System caught my attention. It works quit well. Not identical to your car Rearview Mirror but still useful. I followed the Fitting Instructions found on the Helmet Importer/Manufacturers web site to choose a size for my head. The sizing runs a tad larger than recommended by them. This could simply be a variation in a production run. When I first put on the helmet it fit perfectly, like I had worn it for a year. This means over time it may become loose and require some extra padding to make it snug. Thats an easy fix. The quality of the helmet was about what I had expected for its price meaning I wasn't disappointed. The only "weak-ish" aspect of the helmet is the top ventilation. Its flow through interior channel is taken up by much of the Rearview System. If your going to ride in hot humid conditions like me I would urge you to buy a lighter color helmet and NOT Black like I did. Its not a deal breaker in Black but you may be more sensitive than I am. In closing, I rated it as being Average at many things because of the compromises that had to be made in its design and construction in order to implement its Rearviewing System. It simply doesn't perform as well as the very best helmets, also don't lose sight that its NOT $1,000......
December 7, 2014
Helmet is overall awesome, but...
I bought this helmet for my fiancee who rides a Victory Vegas 8 Ball. He fell in love with the rear view technology this one offered. He tried it on and loved the fit, feel and quality of the helmet. The rear view system is really cool and easy to get used to. The two major drawbacks to this helmet that made it a no-go for him was the poor air flow. Man this helmet gets hot and we live in Arizona! The biggest drawback is the placement of the chin strap and how it cuts into his adam's apple. There is just now way to move it away or adjust it.
This helmet seems like it would be more comfortable for a woman or for someone who rides a sport bike in a cooler area than Arizona. Reevu has a great idea, but the product definitely needs to be improved on.
August 7, 2014