SparX Corsa S07 Retro Helmet
Great helmet for the price
My other helmet's Shoei rf-1000. For the price, the helmet's awesome. I wear a medium in Shoei but small in this one fits me perfectly. It's been 2 years since I bought this helmet and I still prefer it to Shoei. I just hate the whistling sound with it. Sparx on the other hand, is pretty quiet (always wear earplugs).
One bad thing though. It looks better in picture. I loved the style on websites, but holding it, I wish the red could've been a bit darker. It's still nice though, matches my victory red cbr600rr. It looks a little bit like a go-kart helmet.
I'd buy it again and definitely recommend it.
May 24, 2012
Excellent Value for the Money
I tried on lots of helmets locally, paying special attention to design/shape, quality of materials, fit, etc. and am super impressed with the SparX helmet's ability to compete with helmets like Bell, Arai, HJC, and many others I tried on. I purchased the XL. It fit snug at first, but is turning in to a great fit. Other XL wearers may consider the 2XL. Measure your head. Overall, the weight is nice and light, the style is sharp and the quality high for the money.
The fit is very much the standard medium oval. The materials are on par with numerous $400+ helmets I tried on. The fastener is easy to use.
The interior materials are really quite nice. Very soft and removable.
Overall, I have only two complaints: 1) the airflow is a little difficult to increase or decrease. Seems to flow the same air no matter what I do. 2) It's not Snell rated. Not a huge deal, but would've like to see that additional rating.
But for the price, this helmet offers incredible value, fit and comfort. The only other helmet that is obviously better (worth paying much more) in my mind is Arai. They are beautiful and comfortable and Snell rated.
I purchased the smoke visor as pictured. Looks awesome with the red helmet. It's a little cloudy when looking across direct sunlight, but crystal clear in the shade or when looking away from the sun source. I think that's probably normal for any dark visor, but I don't have experience with others.
May 14, 2012
Good bang for your buck
Helmet fits very well and is comfortable. For the money you will not find a better helmet. This is my second sparx helmet and i am very happy with both of them, No problems with either one.
September 5, 2011
Loved the retro styling!
I ordered this helmet for my partner because of its retro styling. It arrived with a fractured visor; one phone call to Revzilla and they had a new one on the way. Oddly enough, this was the second defective helmet that I had received.
As a new rider, she loves the style, fit, and airflow. It feels good around the ears and it is lightweight. The only problem is that she has a hard time trying to wear sunglasses with her helmet, so if the sun bothers your eyes, you may want to buy a tinted visor.
July 3, 2011
Love this helmet
Seriously great helmet. When I got mine in the mail, it didn't have the SparX grafics on the side, which is great. For a new helmet that isn't just strait black, this one is pretty classy. Plus I feel like I am seen more often in this than my black fulmer. Also it's light weight and quiet. Just wish the visor didn't have those silly vents instead of a good anti-fog coating. But for this price I don't regret anything. I also feel safer in this than most helmets, it feels like it will actually absorb an impart instead of rattling my head around.
June 2, 2011
Very satisfied Newbie-may not apply to experienced riders
Incredible deal. NO disappointment here. My bicycle helmet cost 3 times as much as this helmet (I cycle a lot...). My hat size is 7 3/8th's (23 1/4"-holding tape just above the eyebrows) and a Large fits perfectly on my noggin which is slightly longer than round. It is snug and secure. I don't know about weight as this is my first helmet, but it is not distractingly heavy or anything (3.56 lbs- a few ounces more than 4 cans of soda), and my bicycle helmet weighs 190 grams, so I would notice if it felt like a concrete block I imagine. If you decide to strap 4 cans of soda to your head to get the feel of the weight, I would recommend an ace bandage rather than duct tape, for obvious reasons. Unless you are of smooth dome, in which case, have at it.
Noise level: again, this is my first- I was not aware that it was very loud, but I'm comparing it to the air rushing sound of 50mph decents on a bicycle...In other words, when I forgot to put the INCLUDED ear plugs in, I did not damage my hearing, it was just "buffet-y loud"-not the food table at a casino- as in, quieter than sticking your head out a car window at 25 mph (I tried this for comparison). No whistling that I noticed when the shield was down, and only minor effects when it was clicked up one notch for ventilation.
Ventilation: soft rubber nose bridge directs breath down. Odd effect however- at low speed (5ish mph) airflow into chin vents pushes air up onto shield. I solved this by not going 5 mph very often, or cracking the shield one click, which solved the minor fog instantly.
Vision: excellent. I am 46 years old and have become aware that I am not invincible, so being able to see the insane stunts the cell-phone operators in their cages are up to is VERY important to me. Have no fear with this helmet. Riding a bicycle with NO mirrors necessitates physically turning and looking behind so I am very aware of peripheral stuff- this helmet did not make me feel like I had "tunnel vision" at all. Very reassuring.
The style is...well, a personal deal. I got the retro CORSA because although a matte black helmet looks, perhaps, extra Mad Maxian, it is also hard to see. Also, I am not a bad a**. Also, I happen to think the skunk stripe is very cool. It gets driver's attention, being, uh, unusual looking- and anything that gets their attention is fine with me.
DOT and ECE 22-05 certifications are preferable to some other certifications... IMHO. You've probably already mulled all this over, so I won't rehash it all. Suffice it to say, don't let the lack of a certain certification disuade you from this helmet- it was actually a PLUS for me, as it somewhat difficult to find a great helmet without a "certain" certification. If you have the time, search "motorcycle helmet too hard?" online.
I do not think the shield is difficult to raise and lower. The detents are positive and secure but not sticky. The dark shield is a good shade of dark. It is "newbie-easy" to get one shield off and the other on. The material inside is fake suede and micro-fleece, with a padded strap and snap to hold the tail of the d-ring strap. It Does smell like "sweet-plastic" but is, to me, like the new-car smell, it's there, it's strong but it's also new, and not harsh or off-putting. The pads are velcro'd in, so you could give them a gentle scrub in your favorite shampoo if you like. Comes with handy protective bag. Mine was black and orange- good for the kids at halloween.
And DO NOT worry about the price- the quality is there. Long review, yes. I have been impressed by equipment before, but not by something that costs as little as this helmet. It deserves the write up. Maybe the expensive brands give you a neck massage or something, what do I know? Cheers.
May 30, 2011
Great helmet for the price
This is a really nice helmet and you can't beat the price.
It's good looking and feels well made.
May 24, 2011
I've had this helmet on for the first time on my 80-minute round-trip commute to work, and I like it already.
I find the helmet (size medium) much quieter (and lighter—I weighed them) than my other helmets. With the shield shut tight the silence is almost eerie.
Unlike some reviewers, I had no trouble moving the shield up and down. It did not twist and stayed right where I wanted it every time. It is clear and optically perfect. I hope it stays scratch free. Time will tell on that one. The portal looks a bit smaller than my current helmet from the outside, but I was conscious of no vision restriction while wearing it.
Most medium helmets fit me pretty well, and this one is no exception. It’s a little closer fit than my well-used current helmet; but that may just be helmet mileage. It feels snug but comfy. The cheek pads are a tad tight on my narrow face, but I expect that will take care of itself over time. The pressure was not uncomfortable for my 40 minute rides, and I didn’t notice it unless I was actually thinking about the helmet while riding.
The helmet has lots of big-buck helmet features, most of which are mentioned in the video review. I like the little snap for the excess chin-strap webbing. It works great—no flapping webbing. I also like the moveable vents in the face shield. The anti-fog breath deflector was bumping my nose a bit. But the piece just detaches with a gentle tug. It's soft and I could trim and put it back in if I were using the helmet on a cold day an fogging became an issue.
Also the Corsa Retro really looks a treat, with nice finish and graphics. It looks and feels like a lot more helmet than a so-called "entry-level" helmet. This one is going to my first choice spot.
April 25, 2011