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The AGV AX-8 EVO Naked Helmet is the street version of the AX-8 DS EVO. By removing the peak, you reduce drag. Less drag = more fun.
The AGV AX-8 EVO Naked features internal padding with increased thickness for improved comfort and greater stability. The shape for the outer shell in the chin area combined with a wider and softer base edge reduces interference with any back protector used and decreases risks of impact traumas, thanks to its "shock-absorber" function.
Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.
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The EVO naked is exciting and it's really a new flavor from AGV. Now, they've had the AX8 which is their super premium dirt helmet forever. Then they went to the AX-8 DS which was the dual sport inspired with the shield and the peak. The EVO version has some of the same nuances as the DS EVO, but really moving into 2013 what they've really done is just dropped the peak, murdered it out in matte black, and given us a helmet that we've already seen. Strong gravitational pull from the Ducati crowd. And that's anybody from a multi strata to a diavel to a monster to the V Twin side of things.
Think about a guy on a big blacked out bad ass Harley smoked shield wearing gear, one of those guys that doesn't like a half helmet, this is going to go with everything. Now, you'd wear it a lot of riding styles and honestly it is a full face helmet with the shield because you don't have that peak that's going to get in the way. It's not a dual sport style, but again it has just that aggressive line, almost that fighter pilot dirt inspired look to it because I believe this helmet did truly start in the AX8 form as the dirt helmet.
Now, before I walk through all the nuances, and I am going to completely break it down, lets talk about fit shape. The fit is going to be the same as the AX8 EVO and the AX8 EVO DS, I consider it an intermediate oval head shape. It definitely has a fuller profile along the cheeks and the cheek pad and through the neck roll I did about a thousand miles in the baby brother or the peaked version of this helmet in that DS version when I did the Italian legendary tour with Dainese. Loved the helmet, extremely lightweight, 3 pounds 1.2 ounces from a medium. That's absurd for an ECE rated helmet.
But I will tell you that there are no speaker pockets in it so my one big gripe with this helmet still is that if you want to use a comm system and again you are going to take away from the sexiness of it but a comm system with anything that is more than a really thin speaker you're going to feel that, you are going to have to do some internal surgery on those cheek pads to be able to fit them in. So, keep that in mind, intermediate oval head shape, no surprises there. Remember it's over 39 bucks we ship for free. As always no restock fees, we make it easy on you.
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Moving right along, lets start from the outside shell and move our way in. I told you its 3 pounds and 1.2 ounces. Super super lightweight. Carbon fiber kevlar, and resins dine-ma here in the outer shell. Extremely light. That is the claim to fame on this very aggressive angular line shell. Now if we look at some of the functionality right and you're looking at it, one of the things again, it's very much a flat optically correct shield here as you are working through the front, but it's not a quick change shield release mechanism. It's a little bit more difficult, it would take a screw, its a flat-head. Again, not going to be as super fast as one of those helmets that you are expecting to do that all the time. That's just one of the trade-offs when you're coming in sub $400 on a helmet that's very functional, very light, but its stripped down to look really really gnarly.
Now walking through the ventilation scheme here right, you have three main vents in the front. You have my chin vent, open and close, very easy, vents the face of the shield. The other nice thing with the chin vent is you are able to swap it out for the AX 8 dirt version if you want to go for more of that Bane look and just have that front foil grill going. You are going to have two chimney vents on top, integrated with the IVS system this has really taken some flavor and DNA from the GP Tech helmet that AGV came out with which has really developed with Raw C [sp] and the previous generation, again, integrated into the shell and the EPS it's going to flow a ton of air. That's a nice touch.
And you do have passive venting here in the back with my venturies [sp] and they are angled so you are not going to get any rain stuck in there if you get caught in a downpour. But they do have that angle remember, full speed, full scale air going across the top over sphere it creates a vacuum speed and its going to pull that warm moist air off of your scalp and out through the back of the helmet.
One of the things I do think is really cool when you look at this shell though, because this ridge was originally developed to take a goggles trap, because remember it started as a dirt helmet, it just adds a really cool, interesting flare to this helmet. And on an interesting side note, when I rode the Italian legendary tour on a multi strata in Italy, I actually had the DS version of this helmet and I took the peak off and I just left the holes on the side because It just looked so serious, and I think they saw a lot of customers doing that and they said lets just make a blacked out, murdered out, no frills, naked version and go from there.
So when you think about some of the other components here and lets break it down from the inside out, again no surprises here. It's the basics, it's what you need. So it's going to have a nice interior, it's going to be a dry, wicking interior, removable chin curtain up front on the front end of the helmet here. Remember the EVO version got this as a softer element, because it used to have that Hawksville peak that was hard on the bottom and in a crash you could kind of hit your sternum, so you don't have that anymore. You can see some of the venting on the side of the vent roll as well done in a molded plastic. If I begin to pull everything out, I mean again, it's going to be double d ring construction, dry lugs, fully encompassing cheek pads that are going to hug you really tight.
They are, it's almost a race fit on this bad boy. And you notice these cheek pads too they come out very simply, they are also going to have a reflective element so you have some of that nice safety baked in. Now if I start to pull my comfort liner out, it's a 3d comfort liner, it's one of the newer styles from AGV we see big cutaways in the top. Remember a lot of this helmet was developed as a dirt helmet, that knew that someone was going to be sweating and would need to breath so it will-- it's going to allow your head to breathe, notice they are getting those snaps and those seams away from pressure point areas, they have done a nice job here. And then as we move through the interior, and you get a good gauge of how that breaks down, IVS system with those big channels, fore and aft vents coming out are going to circulate air around and you should be good to go.
And remember, if I had to nitpick anything you are talking sub $400 insanely lightweight, very aggressive looking. Remember, it's not one of those comm friendly units that we have. It's just not. And that's ok if you have a comm unit that has some of the bigger speakers that are a little bit thicker, and again it's going to take you a little bit of an extra step to change that system here or to change out your shield. And honestly if you are buying this bad boy you better be buying a dark smoke shield and just go from there.