Reevu MSX1-R Rear-View Helmet
The product arrived ahead of schedule. Revzilla staff was helpful as well as knowledgeable. DHL no cost shipping from Canada.
- The helmet had a wonderful finish. Not a Shoei but not at that same price point. I was impressed with the paint and clear coat. One small imperfection in the paint but not noticeable without extreme scrutiny.
- Fit was about average with a round oval feel. About like my other helmets. I usually wear a medium and the MSX-1 fit great. Head measurement is right at 23". I ordered a medium instead of the large as directed by Reevu's sizing chart. I like a snug fit and the MSX-1 fit true. Interior pads are very comfortable and seem to be made of quality materials.
- Mirror adjustment was straight forward. However, no materials or owners manual that illustrated the best method of adjustment
- Two rides with the MSX-1. As noted by everyone, the airflow is less than my other full face helmet. I'm a Texas rider so the airflow is an issue but not a deal breaker.
- Nice forward field of vision. The rear view system provides a great horizontal field of view. The vertical field is limited; this would be my only negative critique. Bottom line, the rear view system is much better than I had expected.
- Conclusion: I don't think I will ever buy another helmet without a rear view system. Bravo Reevu !
August 31, 2015
i love it
I have been using the helmet for a few months. It takes a while to adjust to the mirror. It does get a little warm. It's soft and fits really good. The mirror is a big help. I ride with no mirrors on my r6 so its something I needed. If anything happens to the one I have now, I would definitely buy another one. This helmet is awesome. Thanks revzilla!
July 12, 2015
LOVE the mirror, rest is ok.
I've been waiting to get a replacement for my 2009 HJC CL-SP for a while, so decided to pull the trigger on the REEVU MSX1.
First off, I absolutely LOVE the mirror. I've had it for 2 weeks or so and it took a couple of rides for me to get really comfortable with it. But now I can't imagine riding without it.
I've heard others ask why you need it. Basically, I use the mirror how you'd use the center/rearview mirror in a car. It's great for keeping an eye out for where other traffic is with just a quick glance. Just like the center mirror in the car, you still need to use the side mirrors and turn your head (especially when changing lanes). However, it's a handy tool to let you get info about your surroundings quickly.
Now, the rest of the helmet is only ok. The mirror is actually not quite aligned on my helmet. It's a degree or so off left, so I need to turn my head just a degree or so to the left in order to see "straight back". Given the wide angle of view, it's not a big deal, but it's a bit of an annoyance.
Others have commented that the helmet is hot, and I concur. On a summers day in Northern California, when I put the helmet on with my glasses or sunglasses, my breath will start fogging up the glasses (this isn't a problem while moving obviously). Also, I like the ratcheting buckle mechanism, but the buckle is too close to my adams apple, so it rubs a bit.
Lastly, the chin bar seems awfully close so my chin just barely fits without touching the chin bar. If it were half a centimeter farther towards the tip of my chin, it'd be fine.
All in all, I love the helmet even through its shortcomings. The mirror really is amazing. I mentioned the center/rearview mirror in a car, and that's how I feel now when riding it. It's similar to driving a car without a center/rearview mirror and driving a car with one.
August 24, 2015
Not Just a helmet.
Couldn't believe the difference this makes to a ride.. I had a good friend he has been telling me to get one and eventually I gave up on my Shoei... What a difference this helmet makes.. Its an invention that is so much more than anything I can say on this page.. Trying it on the road is a must, as I didn't get it until I did.. Amazing!!!!
April 27, 2015
Having owned one of the first MSX helmets and had it shipped from overseas I was impressed and it's been 5 years later and it's time for me to rotate it out for a new shell. Decided to go with the MSX1R.
Well, all I have to say is the paint quality on 4 out of 4 (Yeah, I know 4 tries. I'm crazy after the 2nd so shame on me) helmets came to me were defective. With white spots, squiggled paint line, missed paint spot, chipped paint and debris on the paint all underneath the clear coat.
RevZilla has been doing awesome customer service in helping get through the whole process. I received the 4th helmet today and pretty much am returning right now.
Other than that, their product is nice. Yes, its a little heavier but you get used to it. Wind noise is pretty high. Wearing earplugs helps. The gap next to your ears is a great spot for speakers. This is where I put my Sena speakers. The "rearview" portion will eventually get loose over time and under hard riding it just pop back and forth on its own. I've actually went down on it but at low speed and it held of well. The sena took most of the blow. But that survived also.
Now, I would not recommend the MSX1R due to their explanation of someone "sleeping on the job" in their quality assurance dept. Stupid excuse if you ask me for a $480 helmet. Just stick to a solid color. But who knows.
Off to decide on a different helmet to order from the ZLA team.
April 17, 2015
Great city helmet for commuting
Great concept. Pretty well executed for a city helmet. Not as comfortable as my Arai, but works well in the office commute.
May 11, 2015
Love seeing behind me
In riding a sports bike I done all manner of fiddling with my mirrors to be able to see behind me, none have worked. I resort to looking under my arm, rarely, leaving me blind most of the time. This helmet handles the blind spot and I can now check my six as easily as in my car.
While this is an overall good helmet there are some things about it that need a bit of improvement. The airflow is not as good as other helmets that I've used and the visor is quite foggy and I live in a dry climate.
May 11, 2015
Great idea, poor execution.
I really wanted to like this helmet (considering how much helmets cost), but the build quality is just so lacking. It feels like you can snap off the vent switches easily, the ratcheting mechanism for the chin strap feels flimsy and releases a little too effortlessly to give a sense of security, and the rear view shield looks like it just barely fits.
And then there's the mirror! What's the point of having a rearview mirror that never seems to hold its position after you've spent an eternity adjusting it so that you can see behind you? There's an adjusting screw that's apparently just for show because simple actions such as donning and removing the helmet, quick head movements and sometimes really bumpy roads move the mirror just enough to render it useless until you can adjust it again. I've lost count of the number of times I've had to fiddle with the thing mid-ride.
Of course, it's not all bad. The helmet is fairly comfortable. Forward visibility and general noise levels are acceptable. The styling is pretty good considering the helmet houses an arrangement of mirrors while managing to fit on your head. The face shield is easy to remove and reattach.
Overall, I think it's just a shame it couldn't have all of the good points and also manage to feel like something that would actually protect your head. And it's even worse that the mirror system - the key reason people even consider purchasing the Reevu- does what it's supposed to but nowhere near as good as you had hoped after hearing all of the hype.
If they could greatly improve the design then I would gladly pay Arai prices or higher. The alternative would be to pick up one of the new Skully helmets, but those things are hideous.
April 28, 2015