Speed and Strength SS2200 Solid Speed Helmet
Not sold as pictured
I love the helmet. Great styling and functionality. It was delivered in just two days! The only drawback is that it doesnt come with the smoke shield as pictured. The smoke shield really completes the look of the helmet and will set you back another $35.
December 1, 2014
Good overall Helmet
It is a little noisy but then I put on a Cee Bailey windshield. No more noise.
It has great airflow I like the double visor. I wish they made one with a longer visor for riding into the sun. The sunscreen is good but they need a visor.
September 15, 2014
Very versatile, if a bit noisy
Excellent value. Leaves you with options for all seasons.
September 8, 2014
Great Modular Helmet with Nice Features
The style of the helmet is looks good. I like how the visor comes down close to the bottom of the chin bar. The vent controls and drop down visor are easy to find and use. The latch system is convenient. The size is a tad bit to big for me, but going to a smaller size would be too small, but this is dependent on the size of the user's head. Another big plus for me is the ability to see your peripherals easily with the shape of the visor.
The only thing I don't like about it is the noise level. The wind noise can get annoying, but I wouldn't call it a deal breaker.
August 8, 2014
Great for price. Noisy
Helmet fits about normal size. Fairly hard interior and ear cups do not surpress road nose very much. Wearing face guard helps with noise. Ventilation is about average. The included sun shield works well, but is somewhat milky.
Shield tips up out of the way and up half way for better ventilation to the face. When tipped up, air flow through vents is somewhat blocked.
Good helmet for day trips or around town, but not long rides.
July 28, 2014
Great helmet, comfortable for my large, oval head
I'm a very casual motorcycle rider. I own a small dual sport bike (KLR 250) that I use for commuting and occasional pleasure rides on my local logging roads and easy trails. I wanted an open-faced design since most of my riding is low speed, in very light traffic, and almost always in nice weather. I was sick of the motorcross design that suggests maybe I shouldn't be on the pavement.
I've got a huge head that is deep and fairly oval. I historically have had much difficulty finding a helmet (or baseball cap) that works for me. The ubiquitous round head shaped helmet usually results in me having a helmet that pinches my forehead and back of head but I swim from side to side in it. I usually feel like a stick with a basketball attached by the time I get a helmet to fit on my head.
To make matters worse, I live in the boonies, more than 100 miles from the nearest helmet dealer (and they have very limited options). So I'm relegated to ordering online.
I initially purchased the HJC IS-33, which is similar in style to this helmet. I really liked the styling, features, and price of that helmet bit the fit was simply too round. Thanks to Revzilla's trade-in policy, and Alex's recommended I quickly had the SS2200 on my doorstep.
I'm really excited about this helmet. Fit is good on my head, I like the removable chin bar. Ventilation seems good. Visibility is tremendous with/without the windscreen down. And I don't look like a goofball. I wish there were a few more colors available in this model but I am pleased with the silver.
Only cons are that I still get a very slight pinch on my forehead about an inch above my eyebrows. I expect this will subside as it's only very slight and noticeable after an hour or so. The drop-down sunglasses feature doesn't really work for me, or at least I don't like it. Perhaps it'd be useful in a pinch but I planned on sunglasses underneath the windscreen anyways. YMMV.
Kudos to Revzilla for their great return/exchange policy, quick delivery to the west coast, and Alex's product knowledge. He recommended a specific model based on my description of how the HJC didn't fit right and my ideas of what I was after.
June 9, 2014
Nice helmet, easy to take on and off the lower chin panel. Visor is simple to retract. Chin strap easy to adjust and makes for quick helmet removal. Overall nice helmet. We bought two!
May 26, 2014
Great bang for the buck.
I was drawn to this helmet as I was looking for something with maximum visibility and more protection than a 3/4. I ride vintage and modern-retro bikes and typically wear an open face style helmet, but I felt that I've already beat the odds and it's time for something safer. I didn't really care about the removable chin bar, I just liked the style and perceived visibility.
This helmet fits my need quite well. It also fits my head well. I've got a bit of a big noggin and ordered an xl. It fits my head shape perfectly and is just a bit tight when first wearing it, but not uncomfortably so. I love the visibility when wearing this helmet, it's better than any other full face I have tried. This helmet is also in my budget range. I also love the drop-down tinted shield. It is huge! much larger than other designs I have seen. This option allows full flexibility while riding and continues the trend of superior visibility.
On the negative side, I wish the ear wells were just a big bigger in diameter and depth. I bought a Sena SMH10 and had to remove the speakers from their plastic housings to make them fit in the ear wells. They still stick out just a bit and I wish they were fully flush or recessed in the wells. I can't bring myself to cut up the helmet to make these fit better so I'm going to live with it. On me, the helmet fits tight and I can feel a difference between speakers in and speakers out. It's not uncomfortable, but ideally you want to have a speaker install that is unnoticeable.
The helmet is noisier than I'd hoped, but I guess that's the nature of having all these moving parts and flexibility of design. I don't have the highest level of confidence in the chin-bar's ability to protect my face, but I'm hopeful that it's safer than an open face.
For my final minor gripe, there is no notch on the shield mechanism to keep it just cracked. When in town or moving slow I would like the option of keeping the shield just cracked, but the first detent on the mechanism leaves the shield much farther open.
This review may appear negative, but overall I love the helmet and intend to wear if for a long time. My intent was only to identify areas of improvement for the manufacturer and/or potential buyers to whom some of these factors may be more important. In the end, this helmet fits my needs well. It is comfortable, provides unsurpassed visibility, increased safety (for me), and I don't look like I'm off to the racetrack when wearing it. The last one is important for me. I like the subdued styling as it looks equally neutral on my vintage bikes as well as my modern machines.
May 20, 2013