Vemar Eclipse Night Vision Helmet
Great fit and features. Worthy alternative for much more expensive brands
I do not have the glow in the dark version, but everything I say should apply.
The reason I first looked at this brand was from a review that stated it had a 'race fit'. I'd heard a friend use that term which to him meant that the helmet hugs your head evenly. This is the case.
The dealer I purchased the helmet from assured me that following the measurements would fit so long as the shape was right. Holy cow was it tight when I first put it on. I wonder how many people disregard the helmet solely because of that initial tightness. That is too bad, because if you give it a half hour, the foam heats up and forms to your head. So long as the initial tightness is even on every part of your head (no loose areas and no pressure points) it should conform nicely. I'm no expert, but this is what I was told and what I experienced.
Truth be told, it took a few rides to really get the fit right, but since then this helmet has been absolutely perfect. It quite literally feels as if my head is being gently hugged evenly on all sides. That classic "race fit".
The helmet is heavy. It meets every major specification from DOT to ECE to Snell. All that protection adds weight even though the shell is a triple compound design. However, when you wear it, since it balances so evenly on your head, you don't feel it at all. I had a similarly heavy modular Nolan helmet that would feel as if it was 'hanging off my forehead' after several hours riding. This Vemar does not cause any long term discomfort. Granted, every rider had a different perspective on weight, but my point is that the weight is well distributed in this design.
The lining is some form of memory foam. As I indicated earlier, as you wear it, it forms to your head. The only place I had to press and massage was in the cheek pads where it stayed a little snugger than I wanted, but even that has softened up and is no longer an issue. The fabric is very comfortable. It also seems to have some wicking and deodorizing properties. Have not had any 'funky helmet' issues at all - even after a very hot day. The pads snap into place rather than velcro, so they will go back exactly as they came out. The snaps are strong and take some effort to both remove and replace. However, once out, the pads wash up nicely and dry fairly quick. I washed them about 4pm and placed them in a sunny window. At 6pm they were dry and back in the helmet.
There is a lot of open space in the pads. This does 2 things. One, it allows some great airflow, and two, it produces some really strange helmet hair designs. (^_^)
There are a ton of vents on this helmet. Three large ones in the back for exhaust are always open. Two large vents on the upper forehead and two small vents just above the eyebrows are adjustable and make a big difference in how the air flows. My riding position is fairly upright and the airflow is just fine.
There is also a vent in the chin, but it vents up at the inside of the virsor, not onto your face. This keeps the visor mostly fog free while in motion, but I could use a little more air in my face when it is really warm. Still, I can't say I ever felt stuffy in the helmet, so air is moving, you just can't feel it as in some designs. The lever to operate the chin vent is odd. When closed, it protrudes down and can easily be operated. When open, it is tucked up into the chin of the helmet and with gloves is nearly impossible to dig out to close. However, regardless of the outside temps, I've never bothered to close it. So, it might be a moot point.
The helmet is held on with a standard double ring. One ring has a little strap on it that makes releasing the helmet easy. Just grab the little strap and tug. There is a snap to secure the long end of the chinstrap, but I've found that when you loop the strap over and snap it, the loop rubs my throat - I just leave it loose and tuck the end up into the side of the helmet.
The visor attaches in a very unique way. There are two parts to the release on each side. The larger piece has a flip open lock and then rotates to release and then you remove it. The other piece can then rotate and fits through the cutout in the visor. There is NO WAY this will ever come loose on the road like I've had some other designs do. However, the flip latches can rattle. I took a piece of electrical tape and cut it to fit under the latch which added some tension to the lock post and also damps the metal to metal contact - no more rattle.
The visor itself is nice and wide. Great view in all directions. Head checks to the rear are easy. I did have the reported odd optical effect, but a quick cleaning with some plexus polish removed whatever coating was on the visor and that solved the problem.
My visor did not meet the helmet at the top when closed. This gap produced a lot of noise. I simply placed a thin strip of foam insulating tape onto the helmet and that closed up the gap. It also reduced some airflow from the chin vent, but the helmet is much quieter now. Your riding position, windscreen height and other factors might make this different on your bike.
The lift tab on the visor is way over on the left side. I've found you can't just push up with a finger, but if you grab it with your finger and thumb, you can easily lift it. It needs the extra support of a tight grip to operate smoothly.
The neck roll fits tight. Almost too tight. I don't get any air or noise coming up from below, but pulling the helmet off, the neck roll does grab my ears far more than any other helmet I've owned. On one occasion early on, I pulled the helmet off quickly and actually bruised my ear lobe. Slow and easy is the key.
Also, because of the tight fit, I find that when I put the helmet on, I get the best results by pulling down from the top and once on, actually pulling the helmet forward a bit. Taking it off is a matter of holding near the rear of the eye port (with the visor up) and lifting up and forward. Slowly - don't bash your ears too much. (^_^)
There are some high quality touches on this helmet that are unique. There is a nice embroidered logo at the top of the eyeport and another on the rear pad. Stuff most people would never see, but adds a touch of class. The materials are top notch and the paint, finish, and other details are all spot on.
I've owned several helmets that cost nearly double what this one did and some that were similar in price. This helmet easily meets the quality of the high priced and is much better than those I've used at the same price. It is a great value. Just be sure to give it the time to form its fit if your head shape matches.
May 20, 2014
Not a Bobblehead Helmet
Extremely comfortable even at high speed (no bobble or buffet)
Ventilation excellent, felt an actual breeze across my forehead at 30 mph
About average for noise and weight...I usually wear a Schuberth C3 modular which is the quietest helmet I have owned and is very light. The Vemar doesn't compare on those categories.
Visor seems thicker than most...more like a Shark (I own two of them)
Overall a great helmet with excellent visibility...yours looking out and theirs looking at you...the glow is very cool. I had people on the freeway last night pointing at me...that means they saw me which is excellent!
September 7, 2012
Visor Refraction Problems
I have the non-glow-in-the-dark version. Beautiful helmet. The helmet feels heavy when you pick it up, but it seems well balanced so I don't really notice when I wear it. The biggest problem is the visor seems to have refraction problems which is most noticeable in low light conditions. Motonation, the US Vemar distributor, has been extremely gracious in sending me a replacement visor, however it suffers from the same problem. I would recommend the helmet except for the clear visor.
For those interested in fit, I also wear the old Arai Vector in large and had to go to an XL in the Eclipse. The old Vector fit me perfectly. The Eclipse not quite as perfectly, but good enough.
August 24, 2012