SparX S07 Stryder Retro Helmet
This is the only helmet I've ridden with since I'm a new rider but I can say that it's quite comfortable and light. According the the size charts I should be a medium but a small was the better fit.
I don't feel air blowing in my face but I wasn't hot while riding either. All in all for a little over $100 I don't really see how you could go wrong.
October 17, 2011
Okay for the price. A decent helmet
I like this helmet for what it is. I have several others and wanted one that was retro looking to use with a W650 retro bike I own. This fit the bill. I'e already had a problem with it though after using it only twice, the snap at the end of the cinch strap broke off the fourth time I put the helmet on. What's up with that? I mean, Really? The helmet is very lightweight which is good, it fits decently well and causes me no pain, though it is more of an oval then round shape, (My Arai Quantum 'Round Shape' fits me perfectly for example.) Finish on this helmet is excellent. It's really nicely made. But it's not reflective at all. That's okay as I'm adding some reflective material to it. The face shield seems a little flimsy, but not bad. The helmet comes with some extra's such as ear plugs and a set of extra vent covers, as well as a few stickers. All in all I like the helmet. The broken cinch strap snap annoys me though, but not enough to send it back and wait another week to get another one. I like the helmet, especially as a secondary helmet. If you're strapped for cash this could work as a full time helmet as well. Only DOT certified, not SNELL.
September 27, 2011
Very Nice Helmet
I love the look of this helmet and the fit is really good. The only complaint I have with this helmet is the chin strap seems to be a little farther back than most helmets so it tends to put a little more pressure on my throat than I am used to. Just takes a bit of adjusting. This helmet is super light and the finish is first rate.
August 4, 2011
Great deal on great helmet
I am a “return” rider of sorts. I used to ride scooters and small bikes as a teenager (I am 41) but I never used to wear a helmet. Needles to say picking the right helmet was rather difficult thing to do. To be honest I would have preferred to pay bit more and be able to try on different helmet for size and look/feel in local store. However most of them seem to have rather limited and repetitive selections so I had to try and do it online.
What attracted me initially to this helmet was its look/graphics. I have 2 tone (white-orange) Triumph Bonneville T100 and I wanted something that would complement bike’s retro look.
After doing some research that included trying on as many helmets at local stores and reading things on the internet (thank you web bike world) I decided to try SPARX Stryder S07.
Speaking with excellent Revzilla staff reassured me that I was headed in the right direction with this choice.
Helmet comes in cool looking black and orange helmet bag.
Paint and finish are really fantastic and the helmet definitely looks expensive.
Liner is very comfortable and helmet feels fairly light.
Visor is easy to operate and has several positions between fully open and fully closed.
I took the helmet for the ride on 80 plus degree day and helmet was pretty cool especially when riding at highway speeds.
Big SPARX logo that Revizlla shows on the web site wasn’t on the helmet (mine was manufactured in 2010) and I think that enhances the overall look.
Straps seem to be little further back then I would like them to be.
Helmet seems to be loud. Both booming noise and whistling noise (with the shield up) seemed pretty loud at times.
Vents don’t have switches.
I believe that pros outweigh cons by far especially when you consider incredibly low price this helmet is absolutely great deal. I have already gotten more than several looks and couple of compliments on the helmet.
July 11, 2011
Great Helmet For The Price!
Let me start by saying that I don't have a ton of riding time with this helmet just yet, but the time I have put in with it has been pleasant so far.
It fit a bit tight around my ears at first, but this has become noticeably less pronounced with use. The first few times I pulled the helmet on, my ears would get folded over and I would have to shove a finger in between the lining and my ear to correct this. Now I can just pull the helmet on and shift it around a bit and my ears are fine. The cheek pads have also broken in quite nicely. They are snug, but not too tight.
I'm a big fan of the clean uncluttered lines of the Sparx line of helmets and the retro styling of the Stryder paint scheme is just stunning. The paint job is surprisingly high-quality for a helmet at this price. I have been unable to locate any dust stuck in the paint and the clear coat feels nice and smooth over the entire surface. On the back of the helmet there is an eagle logo, a small Sparx emblem and a DOT/ECE certification label. I believe these are all decals underneath the clear coat, but they are very thin and it is almost impossible to spot just by looking at them. I was expecting the silver checkering that runs down the center of the helmet to be a decal, but it is actually painted on. Nicely done, Sparx!
My helmet varies slightly from the picture Revzilla has displayed. Mine doesn't have the large "Sparx" lettering along the sides and I think it looks better without it; I really don't care for helmets that have the manufacturer's name plastered all over them.
It's not all peaches and cream with this helmet though. The top vents don't close (which I was aware of from the beginning). This will probably be fine for the majority of the time that I'll be riding, but I can see it getting unpleasant if I happen to get caught in the rain. The plastic vent of the left of my helmet doesn't sit quite as flush as the one on the right and I believe this may be causing a slight whistling noise. That should be easy enough to fix though. The corresponding holes for each of the front and rear top vents are quite small and while they do lead down to the mesh part of the lining, they can easily get covered up by the center pad if it is not perfectly aligned. There are also two lower rear exhaust vents that are inlaid with wire mesh. If I blow directly into them I can feel air entering from well, somewhere, but I'm a bit dubious of their effectiveness while riding. With all the padding and then the addition of, y'know, my head stuffed in there, I can't imagine they do much. Who knows? I could be wrong. Maybe the aerodynamics of the helmet are such that the air moving along the sides and towards the rear will pull hot air out through the lower vents at higher speeds. I think I also would have preferred if the chin vent directed air directly at my face instead of bouncing it off of the face shield first. I suppose this will help with defogging, but isn't that what the first detente in the retention mechanism is for?
The face shield sometimes doesn't snap shut on the right-hand side when lowering. This seems to be due to the offset of the lift tab and the fact that the shield itself flexes a bit when raising and lowering it. This seems to be lessening as the retention mechanism is getting broken-in however. The retention mechanism (as mentioned by Web Bike World) requires a bit of coercing to release the face shield and it does sound like you've just broken something every time the shield is removed. Getting the face shield back on can also be a bit of a chore.
Overall I'd say this helmet is a good buy, especially when considering the price and overall appearance. It has a couple shortcomings, but nothing that makes me regret buying it.
July 2, 2011
I've worn HJC, Gmax, and KBC in the past. A medium size helmet from those manufacturers fit me very well. However, with the Sparx, I had to go with a small. The medium was a good fit, but it wasn't snug. It felt more like how a helmet would fit after a couple years with the padding broken-in.
The narrow shape of the helmet worked very well for me. When wearing some of the helmets I had in the past, my lips could touch the inside of the chin-bar. With the Sparx, there was ample room around my mouth area. This makes me feel more secure in knowing that if I did a face plant, I probably won't get a heavily bruised lip.
The chin vent is large and very easy to operate even with a gloved hand. The wind flow is excellent! However, much of that wind seems to be coming from below my chin and under the helmet. As a result, this helmet had the loudest wind noise I've ever experienced. In addition, the brow vents on the visor would whistle when I turn my head to check the blind spot before switching lanes. I never felt the need to wear earplugs when riding, but I may consider it when using the Sparx. At least the helmet came with a set to start you off.
The quality of the graphics are amazing for a helmet at this price. The combination of white/ black/ orange also make me feel more conspicuous in traffic. I love the retro look of the lid. Lastly, since I haven't had this helmet for very long, I can't comment on the durability a whole lot. Whatever little hard plastic bits there are on this helmet, they all have a very solid feel to them. Having had a KBC Force RR for a few years, the plastics on the Sparx feel like they came off of a Shoei! The helmet feels sturdy to the touch. My KBC, full of cheap plastic, lasted me more than 2 years, and I ride just about everyday. I'm guessing the Sparx could go at least 3 years before things start falling apart, if they ever do.
June 6, 2011
An honest bargain, with Shoei-like quality.
An honest bargain.
Having used Shoei for past 10 years, the latest being an RF-1000, I set on finding a replacement for it. Considered the new RF-1100 and Qwest but I always buy in pairs (me and wife) and with economy as it is, I simply could not afford the total.
So kept on researching and after reading multiple reviews around the web decided I could take the chance. Went ahead and I have to say that this helmet is Shoei-like quality. Relative to the Shoei it does miss a visor lock/crack and maybe thicker visor but it is lighter, excellent fit an finish, visor air vents and removable inner liner.
This is, unmistakably, a very good deal.
January 31, 2011
Great price, no complaints!
Initially thought it fit tight, then went back to try on my brothers HJC and realized it was far to big (to much free movement). The cheek pads take some getting used to, but after a few weeks or riding with it, it's settled in nicely, cleans up easy, the visor operates with ease with gloves on, and I think it looks tops. The pic doesn't show it, but the right side stripe is bold orange bordered in black (opposite the left stripe that is shown). Give a nice break-up in the look and (maybe?) better visibility. Check the review on webBikeWorld, very accurate.
October 4, 2010