Reevu MSX1 Rear-View Helmet
A Solid product
I am a beginer motorcycle rider and wanted to get all the help and protection i can. The rearview mirror works as promised, you get a good view and sense of whats going on behind you. It keeps me from having to lift my arm and try and look at my mirrors which are about useless on my bike. The fit is good, its fairly quiet, but could use a little more airflow for the hot days. Feels light for its size, i got the silver face shield replacement and love it.
May 7, 2013
One-of-a-Kind Technological Breakthrough
The fit and finish of this solidly built helmet is quite impressive, featuring subtle accent curves that arc along the sides. It is unique in the fact that it is the only helmet featuring a rear view mirror.
I have found that the helmet sits slightly high on the head and it has to be canted slightly forward at an angle in order for the mirror to be used properly. The reflection is slightly distorted around the outer edges. In the low light of my early morning commute, I have found the mirror to be a bit unusable. However, with proper light condition, it is quite remarkable. I find myself "spying" on vehicles behind me when I'm stopped at a light.
As others who have worn and reviewed this helmet before, one negative point is the fact that it doesn't have that much airflow, which probably accounts for its quietness. Another negative point is how difficult it is to replace back the visor shield. Strangely, the mechanism allows the visor to be removed easily. If you change visor shields often, this might be a drawback. I don't consider it a deal breaker since I find myself only changing my visor shield once during the day.
All in all, I would recommend this helmet, even if it didn't have the rear view mirror technology.
March 18, 2013
Like it a lot wish it had blue tooth capabilities
Like it a lot wish it had blue tooth capabilities Love it
March 13, 2013
Great for the city
I'll admit it: I love gadgets, and the idea of this helmet was intriguing.
First thing, the fit is perfect for my 58cm oval head. I ordered a medium; the fit is very snug with no pressure points and the check pads are nice and snug.
The visor is distortion free and has a very wide field of view. Visor fitment is adjustable, though I'm not sure why it needs to be: scews securing the hinge mechanism can be loostened to allow fine tuning of the visor closed position (the bottom edge of mine wouldn't seal until I fooled with the hinge adjustments).
The helmet is noisy, but earplugs take care of most of it.
The rear view mirror is great for city and other close-quarters riding (read 'lane splitting'). And like in the other reviews, you'll find it takes a little while to get used to and learn how to effectively utilize the rear view feature. With the amount of "fisheye" distortion present, images in the rear view mirror are all but useless in open highway riding.
The rear view mirror is usefull for about 75% of the riding I do: city , around town and twisties where some of the locals follow you so closely you can't see them in your regular mirrors.
Another downside is that I can't wear my polarized sun glasses with it becase the polycarbonite prism device turns black when I look in the mirror wearing them.
Overall I like this helmet, I think it offers good protection and the rear view mirror is very usefull once you learn how to use it: It's a keeper.
February 19, 2013
You're missing out if you don't purchase one!
Most of the great features have been discussed by many reviewers. All I can say is that if you do not purchase this helmet you are missing out on improving your motorcycling safety. After well over 25,000 miles I am SOLD on this revolutionary helmet system. The MSX1 changes everything and if there are any drawbacks they pale in light of the excellent quality and features of this helmet.
My detailed review at: http://rmpmotosports.com/wordpress/?page_id=742
February 15, 2013
Bought my MSX1 about 18 months ago and wear it for my daily commute as well as for my track day antics. I got spare liners and cheek pads when I first bought it so it's wearing well. As "just a helmet" it's comfortable, practical and looks great.
Add to that the rear view and it's just genius, this helmet has undoubtedly saved me more than one nasty spill and being able to keep an eye on people trying to sneak past on the race track is awesome.
The only trouble I had was adjusting a leaky front visor but the manufacturers helped me out with that.
November 27, 2012
Excellence! The Best!
I am a relatively new rider so I didn't have to 'get used' to this helmet at all. It felt second nature immediately for me. I felt weird not being able to see behind me w/ previous helmets. This fixes that! Of course, you DO have to still turn your head but having a slight hint as to what is behind you is great.
November 26, 2012
Really great helmet overall - innovative safety features but needs improvement in a few key areas.
I’ve used this helmet for four months now and have had ample opportunity to test each of the major helmet components. I’ll start by saying the helmet is generally of superior construction and the rear mirror system provides the rider with a very valuable stream of additional information (Note: it does not replace the side mirrors or a safety shoulder check). There are things which work really well and some features that don’t (but hopefully the designers are listening).
Despite the taller helmet (to allow for mirror optics running overhead), the helmet is surprisingly sleek and people frequently comment that it looks great. I ordered the Black finish which I am very happy with. Some of the other reviewers aren’t impressed by the Reevue logo on the side of the helmet and this doesn’t bother me too much. Of greater concern is that NONE of the logos or trim are of reflective material so this helmet is completely blacked out in the dark – if you’re going to slap logos on a helmet at least make them functional as well. In my mind, this is a critical design failure.
The helmet material is of high quality construction and super comfortable. It looks and feels well built. Incidentally, I use a SENA Bluetooth kit and the internal speakers and boom mike fit really well. Because the helmet comes included with a chin guard, the internal noise is also minimized and unless I’m on the freeway I can hear my speakers really well.
I agree with other reviewers that ventilation is average to poor and find I have to crack the visor to compensate. The helmet is hot in the summer and also a tad heavy, but in my mind this is acceptable given all the additional features.
One aspect that really stands out for me is the chin strap. The ratchet system is excellent and incredibly easily to operate with gloves on. It’s one of the big design pluses for me although I still wish there was some sort of D-ring attached to the strap so that I could feel more comfortable locking the helmet to the bike.
Incorporates a ground breaking and extremely innovative set of reflective angles to project an image to a small mirror above your eyebrows. The mirror is adjustable – it can be raised or lowered to bring it more into your direct field of vision, and can also be angled. It has a very wide field of vision which allows you to turn your head slightly in either direction and get a full 180 degree view of what’s happening around you. The downside is that the mirror distorts at the outer fringes. It took weeks to get used to it but I find it’s now become second nature to use.
The mirror performs well to monitor vehicle positions behind you so that you get a sense of where cars are moving. It also helps with lane splitting as well as my first check prior to switching lanes. I still use my mirrors, and will often shoulder check in heavier traffic to be triple sure.
If you are on a cruiser or less forward position bike, this helmet is probably ideal. However, I ride a Ducati Supersport and when I’m aggressively hunched over I get stuck with a lovely rear view of the sky. To compensate, I have to rotate my head backwards to bring the lanes into view….again, I’ve gotten used to this but it would seem that a next generation helmet would allow you adjust the optics to compensate for different bike positions. The mirror also loses its functionality at higher speeds (vibration), sunset, or when the sun is directly behind you. Surprisingly, I find it works as well at night as a regular car mirror – headlights are not bright and cars are easy to track. When my wife rides, I can also easily see the faces she makes behind my back.
The point of the mirror is not to replace your side mirrors or eliminate shoulder checking, but rather to give you yet another source of data to base decisions on.
The helmet comes standard with a clear plastic lens, and I opted to purchase an additional black lens as well. I queried the manufacturer and there were no plans to develop a photochromatic lens which I think is highly unfortunate. Also, the black lens is not of the highest quality and seems to have a haze on it which is especially evident at dusk. The quick release mechanism is not well designed compared to something like the Bell system but at least I can swap lenses out within a few minutes.
Overall, a great helmet which I highly recommend. A few design changes and it would be nearing perfection.
November 16, 2012