Speed and Strength SS2500 Hell 'N Back Helmet
Good value, needs some revisions
Overall, this helmet is nice. It's well made and has very good fit and finish. I use it for local riding but have a full street helmet for long distance.
Sized correctly (I'm righ between L and XL and the XL fits perfectly,)
More oval than round. No pressure on forehead.
Love the quick-disconnect. Every helmet should have this feature.
Snap-in liner pieces. Great feature. No more puzzle-pieces to confound the mind. Just snap in and out.
The visor doesn't firmly snap closed. This causes leaks and unnecessary noise.
The liner pieces are too close together between the cheek pads and upper section. It's very difficult to get glasses in the space. Once you do, they sit high on your face.
In my opinion, these two not-so-good issues keep this from being a perfect helmet in this genre. Fix these things and I'll buy more. Until then, I still have my Arai XD. A perfect helmet with a perfectly ridiculous price. This S&S helmet is close to being as good as the XD.
October 13, 2014
This is my first helmet so I didnt know what to expect. Its comfortable and I love the look. But at high speeds if you look left or right the pressure from the air sometimes pulls up the face shield which can get annoying but other than that, the helmet hasnt given me any trouble.
September 27, 2014
SS2500 it is too Small
I always wore a Medium size in most of the Helmets. But in this model I had to returned and take the Large.
September 4, 2014
Nice graphics (my first), nice craftsmenship, tight in front, but love this helmet
I love this helmet. I normally buy a simple white helmet (Thor dirt bike helmets are the norm) but the high viz green graphics took my fancy, plus at Revzilla the helmet was on sale.
What is good:
1) very light, lightest helmet I own although its a dual sport helmet
2) Fine craftsmanship (seems like should be in $$$ range).
3) good clarity with wind screen and beveled wind screen is very easy to move up and down. In fact, I once started to move screen down and found screen was already gone.
4) great graphics (and I like simple normally)
5) Really love the ?? strap don't know what it is called, but I think its a rachet. Just snap on the helmet strap without taking of gloves.
6) Easy to take padding out say for cleaning
7) Ok on noise with screen down
8) Very comfortable padding and fix on top of head.
One serious flaw. The chin guard area or cheek area is very tight. I took out the chin pads and placed under some weights for a week but still very tight in chin pad area. Note, my cheeks get sore so starting taking pads out. Even without cheek/chin pads there's no much room there. Unlike, say my brand new Thor helmet where cheek pads no problem.
Hence the 3 star rating. But I will buy another. If the cheek pads thin out maybe I can rewrite
August 27, 2014
Great looking helemt with some great features. Fits well for us folks with a narrow head.
I saw this helmet on a forum getting some good reviews and I really liked the look of it. I was dubious of the fitment as I have a long narrow head and finding the right helmet can be quite an issue for me. After taking a measurement of my head I chose the XXL helmet as the XL looked like it could be border line on the tight side. When I first tried the helmet on the cheek pads where a little tight but now i have worn it a few times they softern a little and all is good now. The ventilation is really good and if you ride with the visor up and a pair of shades on it doest get noisey at all.
June 23, 2014
Nice Helmet for the price
The ss2500 has been a good overall helmet. Nice construction materials for the price. I lost a screw less than a month into it but Speed and Strength replaced it quickly. The cheek pads are very tight when first put on but break in quickly. It is a loud helmet and I do get some tug on the visor going interstate speeds but both those are expected with a hybrid helmet like this one. Overall its a pretty good helmet.
August 4, 2014
Loved it, except for one thing...
I love this helmet. Looks great, has a great fit once broken in, and the finish is good as well. Favorite part of this helmet was the quick release strap by far. I wish every helmet had that feature. My ONLY gripe with the helmet was that due to the shape of the face shield, when the sun would hit you at the right angle, I'd get a glare on the inside of the face shield. It was annoying for me as I could see my own face on the face shield while I was just walking around in my backyard with the helmet on. I believe this was only caused by the mirror face shield however, so if you get the Smoked face shield or stick with the clear, you'll be fine.
July 15, 2014
Not bad but could be better
I have been using this helmet for over a year now and here are some of things that I noticed.
-The fit was good but a little tight around the cheeks
-Graphics were amazing
-Field of vision is fantastic
-The quick release chin strap makes it a breeze to put on and off with gloves on
-The face shield cracks open at speed allowing air to come in, not so good at colder temps
-Reflective patch at the nape of the neck has worn off
-Replacing the face shield is a pain in the but
-The visor catches a lot of air at speed (above 70 MPH)
-My face shield developed cracks around mounting holes
-Front vent is useless, open or closed the same amount of air came through
-The top vents do an ok job but could use more venting. Gets extremely hot when stopped in 80+ temps
-The front vent broke with in the first month and I had to glue it back on
-The cheek pads are starting to wear with putting the helmet on and off. The material is starting to pill
July 9, 2014