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The design of the AGV Horizon largely reflects that of the Stealth SV, which it replaces in the line. Inspired by the lines that have characterized the innovations by AGV for several years now, it features a narrow, streamlined chin guard, the channels in the shell (derived from the IVS used in the RACE helmets), evident lines and edges on the sides. The spoiler adds an aggressive and dynamic touch to the design and improves the ventilation, aerodynamics and stability of the helmet. The removal of the holes and lateral grids not only gives the AGV Horizon a more compact look, but has made it possible to reduce turbulence and improve the aerodynamics.
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The AGV Horizon falls right in that sweet spot of the food chain from AGV. At more of that entry-level $200 price, you're going to see the K3 and the K4 Evo. Then you step into the Skyline and the Horizon, really having some of the nicer upgrade features that you might see in the grid and the GP Tech, but you're not having to make that over $400 investment.
So here, with the Horizon, it's really an aggressive helmet suited for a lot of different styles of riding. But when you throw the extra ventilation as well as the spoiler on it, you really end up with a more aggressive helmet, in my opinion. Wear it upright, but I think this helmet loves to be in the tuck or the three-quarter.
Now, if we look at it, it's one of the newer designs from AGV, and it's really playing off what I see as some of the design elements of the piece the GP, which is that prototype helmet that Rossi is wearing in Moto GP from AGV. They're starting to build helmet that have a little more protection around the jaw and around the chin bar, and they have a very aggressive sweeping look to it. This graphic is called the racer red.
Now, let's talk about fit before we hit anything else here. The fit of the Horizon is different within the AGV line. We've seen some intermediate oval-head shapes, and the Skyline is intermediate oval. The Grid and the GP Tech are. The Horizon is actually a neutral-to-round shape, which we saw, and it surprised us at first. But because there are other aggressive helmets in the AGV line, it's nice that AGV is putting out a helmet that's high-end functionality but might cater to someone who doesn't have that typical, traditional, intermediate oval-head shape. We're actually a big fan of it, and I think it's going to gain a lot of fans from that.
Now, talking past . . . Kind of looking at the helmet from some of the nuances standpoint, we do see the shell is going to be ECE rated and DOT, but it's carbon glass. This is a new material from AGV, and that's going to be a fiberglass and carbon construction. Whereas the step up from that would really be that tri-composite that you see in the GP Tech, but the step down would be something like polycarb. So you're getting a bit more strength and weight savings without having to make the investment in the exotic materials that tend to drive the price up.
We threw a size medium on the scale. It gave us three pounds, 10 ounces. So not the heaviest scale in the bunch, not the lightest helmet in the bunch. It's going to fall right in that sweet spot with what you'd expect.
Now, if we look at it, some of the creature comforts. They're using a new shield mechanism. We have our polycarb shield with strong detents. Shield change mechanism is fairly easy. You can see here on the right. Just pop it down. It comes right off. Very easy to get back on there. Very simple. Different shields available.
If we look down here again, I talked about the hawks bill on it with this venting. The cool part is that the venting actually has a switch on the inside. You can see it right here where my finger is. There is your open and close for the vent. One of the other things that I want to talk about is that that little dollop right there, that little circle, that's actually about the size of a dime or a nickel, it's completely removable. You can see those lines going from either side. That's actually if you install a communicator on this helmet. You now have an area that doesn't stick out, where you can kind of slide the boom mic into. You can remove that little dollop, and now you have a boom mic that's going to be more nestled within the helmet.
So moving past that, let's talk about the ventilation. We've talked about chin venting. Moving up here, we see remnants of technology that they've completely stolen from the GP Tech. This is the IVR system, that integrated ventilation system. And in my opinion, I actually like the way that it sits lower profile within the helmet. If we think of a GP Tech, those big ridges stick out, and they're very prominent. Think about Rossi's helmets that we've seen.
On this helmet, we have the ridge down the middle. They're a little bit more low profile. Still have your big intakes. When I pull the liner, you're going to see all the different channels on the inside. But again, you have that IVR that runs all the way back, that now hits your extractors, which are seated below your spoiler here, your wing in the back. So high speed air comes over, creates a bit of an area of low pressure, a vacuum behind, and you're going to have further extraction sucking that warm, moist air out of the helmet. No winglet vents down here. But again, you can see with the shape of this helmet too, it's pretty aggressive.
Now, one thing that I want to get into that I probably should have talked to a bit sooner is that this is definitely a more aggressive street-level helmet. You probably, when I said three pounds 10 ounces, you said, "Wow. That's right in the middle of the sweet spot, but it's a little bit heavier than I was expecting." What you have here is a drop-down, optically-correct, class one, anti-scratch, anti-fog internal sun shield from AGV. Drops right down. My mechanism is over here, right on the side. Simple to use. Up and down. Easy to find with a glove. But it's nice to see that functionality now make its way here into the AGV helmet.
From there, let's go into the guts. So as we pull it down, pull out my donut here, look at it from the bottom on. Now, remember it has what you would think would be an intermediate oval-type shape, but the interior guts more are that round neutral oval. And as we start to pull everything out, you're going to see that we do have our cheek pads, which are integrated with our neck roll. Typically three snaps, I can get them out.
And you're going to notice too that we're really happy that AGV has done this. You also have cutaways for your speaker pockets. So here's the interior. The interior on all the new AGV helmets is very much an upgrade of what we've seen in the past. They're using a material called Dri-Lex, which is wicking anti-microbial, but it's just downright comfortable, and especially on the comfort liner which is going to touch your head. There's a lot of padding built in there.
So here's my right side, my left side rather. Let's pull out my right. Notice we even have reflective on the bottom. You can see the bottom of the neck roll, pretty all-encompassing. Here's my Dri-Lex material with some mesh for breathability. See the way that that pulls out.
Now, let's go . . . oop, I pulled out my speaker pocket here. Show you that in a sec. Now, let's go for my main comfort liner. So two snaps in the front, two snaps in the back, and we can see that one of the key things, using that IVR system, is you can see that there are three holes on either side, and they're going to directly channel the IVR vent, which is a 10-millimeter vent holes, right into your head and scalp. Then that warm, moist air is going to pull your sweat away and exhaust through the back.
On the inside, I talked about it earlier. If we turn it inside out, you're going to see these big areas of 3D foam padding that are really, really comfortable. So you have your areas that are going to flow air, and then you have the areas that are going to sit against your head, both on the neck roll, around the crown of your head. They're just going to be very comfortable, and they're going to be wicking. They're going to hold up in the longer term.
Let's show the interior here. Again, you're going to see a big area of foam, and you're going to see my big . . . You could see those IVRs right there, where they're coming through directly from the IVR system, which is those chimney vents on the helmet. They're going to channel through and give you great airflow. Again, that's technology that was pioneered for Rossi for the GP Tech that's now making it all the way down to a $300-$400 helmet.
And I did mention that there are speaker holes. It comes installed with these discs, which are going to live in that hole. But you remove them and now you have a hole that's plenty big enough for a speaker here on the side, and they're going to be on both sides.
So again, remember this is the baby brother slightly. You're not making any investment in tri-composite on the shell, from something like the Grid. But the Horizon and Skyline, which in my opinion are part of the same family. they're similar helmets with different positionings and shapes. They're really dramatically forward from what we've seen from something like the K3 and the K4 Evo from AGV.
AGV continues to listen to its customers and its dealers, and they're continuing to improve their product, which is really nice to see.