Speed and Strength SS700 Trial By Fire Helmet
I feel very torn. Hard pros and cons. Read below.
Initially owned a Bell Vortex, then upgraded to Shoei RF1200 and gave the Bell to my friend. Got this as a spare in case I carry a passenger or if I break the Shoei.
Some Pros: Decent looks, very light, extremely affordable. I like the quick ratchet straps. Interior is plush and supportive. Wide field of view.
1) Whistles insanely. Anything after 50mph I get tons of shrieking polyphonic whistles. I believe it's coming from the gap between the "gasket" and the face shield, as well as the part near the shield hinges where the "gasket" suddenly ends and leaves an even bigger gap.
2) I put "gasket" in quotes because it isn't really. It's a hard plastic, not a rubber tubing, and it doesn't touch the face shield when shut. If it rains, I bet rain will come in from the top edge. Maybe a thin piece of weather strip by Home Depot is needed.
3) Cheap build. Face shield is thin and flimsy by any standards. Breath guard and chin curtain fit unreliably into the slots, and are also too small to work properly. The helmet shell itself flexes as you pull it over your head. Seems they focused all their quality energy onto the interior liner which is suprisingly nice. You get what you pay for.
4) Zero venting really, and the shield fogs up like nobody's business. I have to open the shield at every stop light.
So if you wear earplugs and install a legit gasket around the eyeport, and apply a Pro Grip Light Sensitive Shield (item # 142588 - I call it the "poor man's universal pinlock substitute") maybe you can live with it. Given its phenomenal price, and light weight, and design and the quick strap, it might suit your needs but I believe lower-end Bell or Shark might be a better buy even if they cost almost twice as much as this one.
December 31, 2014
Bought this for my wife she loves it especially the quick snap strap. Great helmet for the price would recommend
December 22, 2014
Dollar for Dollar, An Excellent Product
The video review really nailed this product on the head. Incredible item for the dollar cost, however you do sacrifice some major features. I bought this for my wife as my secondary helmet. No complaints particularly from her. I noted that there are nearly no vents on the helmet, thinking summer me be a little sweaty. Additionally, there are no neat-o features on the helmet, no interior visor, no air pump cheek pads. HOWEVER, the ratchet chin strap is killer. She loves it and I'm jealous. She has no issues getting the helmet on/off with gloves and can be off the bike and helmetless in a few seconds without struggle. Overall this helmet kicks butt for its price. I personally couldn't ask for more with the dollar value that this helmet provides. Without a doubt would buy again.
November 17, 2014
Simple but sturdy
Solid design, feels high quality and well made. Features are limited but it keeps your head dry and feels secure. Definitely snug, sizing wise, which is fine but you need to know before you buy it. Overall great value.
November 17, 2014
great price for what it is
great price. the clear visor that comes with it isn't anti fog and fogs up easy at night. the smoke visor is and works good till it gets dark then you can't see. i love the quick strap. i hate doing the d rings.
November 3, 2014
looks great & feels great.
Great helmet. Air flow is not as great as I thought it would be, but it's a comfortable fit and it looks great.
October 20, 2014
This helmet is simple, fits well, looks minimalist and sharp, and offers good protection (although there are better). Air flow is my only real issue with this helmet. It gets pretty warm with the visor down, as there feels like there is minimal air flow. It is quiet, except for a small whistling in my ears (just about the only sign of air flow on the helmet). Otherwise, fits well, is light, and has a wider line of sight than my previous helmets.
August 21, 2014
Nice standard helmet,Bang for your buck
Pretty good helmet!!! The only thing I'll change is the helmet strap But overall it's a good pick!!
August 19, 2014