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Biltwell Gringo S Helmet

Item: P286167

Take the timeless style of the Gringo Helmet and add some modern function and technology in the form of a hinged shield that is more than just looks. Read More

$199.95
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Product Details

Shape: Round Oval

Weight: 3.16 lbs.
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Biltwell Gringo S Helmet

The Gringo S is built around Biltwell's injection-molded ABS outer shell and features a shock-absorbing EPS liner with hand-stitched interior padding, cheek pads, and BioFoam chin bar cushion for comfort. A hinged eye port shield raises the style and function of the Gringo S by introducing 70's F1 flavor for bikeriders who eschew the feature creep that has plagued modern full face helmets for decades. The Gringo S shield boasts awesome optics and simple hinge mechanics for high style and easy removal for replacement or cleaning. A snap and tab configuration on the rider's left side offers speedy opening and secure closing to protect its wearer from road debris and wind irritation with little fanfare or complication. The comfortable chinstrap features brushed Lycra material on touch points and a flat D-ring fastener with an adjustable snap-style end retainer.

Features:

  • Injection-molded ABS outer shell with hand-painted finish
  • Expanded polystyrene inner shell
  • Hand-sewn brushed Lycra liner with contrasting diamond-stitched quilted open-cell foam padding
  • Internal BioFoam chin pad with hand-sewn contrast stitching
  • Rugged plated steel D-ring neck strap with adjustment strap end retainer
  • Injection-molded, laser CNC cut polycarbonate eye port shield with stylish, rugged aluminum hinge covers and mounting hardware
  • Rubber or Chrome accented edging on shell and eye port
  • Meets DOT safety standards
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4.4 / 5.0
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Bell 500 vs Gringo S
Now I understand that Im comparing a 3/4 face helmet to a full face helmet but I'm sure There will be someone out there in the same or similar situation as I was. Im pretty new to helmets as I have only owned a Custom 500 and now this. But what I can tell you is this helmet is 10x better that my 500 on every level.

First of all the bell uses this pleather/vinyl type of material on the interior which can get hot an uncomfortable. The Gringo on the other hand uses this microfiber suede type of material which is just much more luxurious and pleasure to wear over the course of time. All though this helmet is pretty basic, those basic features are done extremely well. I went with the S version so I could take the shield off if I felt like it but to be honest I don't really feel like I will be, since its such a nice addition to the Gringo.

As for fit wise I wear a 2XL in Bell Custom 500 and I wear the same in the Gringo S and It fits so much better. My 500 would ride up or push down on my head depending if I had a windshield on my bike or not. The Gringo S doesn't matter what Im doing, windshield or not it just stays where its suppose to. Im not sure if its true but the Gringo S also feels lighter than the 500 as well and its a full face! I forget Im wearing it sometimes because its that comfortable. When I get home from a ride the first thing I used to do was take my helmet off. Now I go and open the garage door and get my bike put away before taking my helmet off. Its usually the last thing I do now.

When riding in town I keep the shield up one notch and there is no fogging at stoplights get going 35mph and you can close it without it fogging on you. The mechanism on the side to lock the shield down works as it should and fells like it should last a long time. I wear sunglasses and headphones on the inside of the helmet and there is no problem with room. When i did the same thing with my Bell 500 I would pinch the side of head causing mild headaches. I believe this comes from the type of material differences the bell uses (pleather,vinyl). The microsuede on the Gringo S is lightyears better in comfort.

I rode all of 2014 with my Bell Custom 500 and decided this year I wanted something with more protection and comfort. I researched pretty extensively between the Gringo S and the Bell Bullit and after all the reviews I read about issues the Bullit was having also double the price of the Gringo S was another concern, Im firmly believe I made the right decisions as I couldn't be happier with the Gringo S.
April 9, 2015
Ride:
2008 Harley Davidson Sportster Nightster XL1200N
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Great Helmet
Biltwell Gringo S is a fantastic helmet. Having lived with it for a few months now, I'm happy with my purchase. A few cons to think about:
1. Only cheek pads are removable, to my knowledge.
2. Strap loops are small and don't hang low enough from the bottom of the helmet. Makes strapping up harder than it needs to be.
3. Shield can become loose over time.

But the pros far outweigh the cons:
1. Awesome, classic design.
2. Light weight.
3. Excellent full face protection.
4. Extremely comfortable.
5. No frills design...it's a helmet, wear it!
6. Excellent optics, no warped vision.
June 2, 2016
Ride:
2014 Piaggio Fly 150
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Great Looking Lid But..
This is a really sweet looking helmet. For the price it really is hard to beat. The closest helmet that fits the cafe/vintage look would be the Bell Bullit, just navigate over to that lid and see the price difference. In comparison to the bullit, the Gringo S is much more comfortable. I'm just going to list out some pros and cons for you:

Pros:
- Quite light.
- Snug fitting on the cheeks.
- Great quilted lining on the inside.
- Pretty quiet.
- Good airflow.
- Despite not having a rubber seal around the chrome, rain was not a problem.
- Cuts the wind pretty well considering how retro it looks.
- Liners have good sized cut outs for Bluetooth coms.

Cons:
- Only the cheek pads are removable, the top lining isn't.
- The chrome border around the visor has already started wearing down from rubbing against the visor.
- Included helmet bag is a tad small, so quite a bit of the helmet will be showing through.

I'd still highly recommend it. Sharp looks, great price.
February 21, 2016
Ride:
2012 Yamaha TW200
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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3 / 5
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5 / 5
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definitely some drawbacks
There are some serious pros and cons but For starters it's darn light. Like box feels empty when you get it light. The shape works well when riding and there is no struggle with wind buffeting etc. it's a nice smooth ride. The field of vision is excellent and the face shield seals well. The size runs true to the sizing chart. The padded chin strap is a very nice touch including the strap keeper.

Now for the cons. The helmet is not the quietest by any means. The entire helmet is about an inch to shallow so while it fits the crown etc perfectly, expect your chin to stick out of the bottom. It's just the style I guess. The biggest complaint is the amount of wind that sucks up in the chin area. There is no padding in the mouth of the helmet so it acts like a dang wind funnel and makes it as if you stuck a blower permenently blowing air up into the visor and back into your eyes. Not cool. Makes a cold ride miserable.this is while riding my 72 cb450 so im fairly upright. may not be as bad if leaned over on the tank with lower bars. There are no vents (didn't expect any) so it will fog up rather quickly when slowing down in cold weather. A larger size just makes the wind funneling worse so i chalk it up to design flaw.

Overall I'm going to keep rocking the helmet but I should have spent the extra cash and got a bell bullitt
February 13, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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2 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Boiler Plate Helmet with a Fresh Look
Owner of a size large Gingo S in Matte Black
Tested 300+ miles commuting and cruising southern Maine

Cons:
Non-removable liner
Chincy chin strap
Weak visor
No vents
You can find a cheaper helmet for your first bike

Pro:
Wide field of view
Comfortable fit
Full face protection
Wide bottom opening is good for air circulation
Looks even better with the visor out
Compatible with goggles

Summery:
Used factory size chart to order a L, which was snug out of the box on my typically XL dome, but the padding compressed and settled-in nicely after about 100 miles. I went with the Gringo S over the Gringo on the basis of wearing glasses and needing to have easy access to adjust them (as I saw this was more difficult with the snap on blast/bubble shields). No vents mean riding the visor 1/8 open to stop fogging and to let air, this isn't a problem really and in my opinion well worth being able to flip up your visor and scratch your nose. I didn't try any anti-fog treatment because I cracked the visor (where it connects with the helmet hardware) the first time fastening it on a ride. Oh well, visor is not a quick released, but is very easy to remove. Tried to find an old jet pilot helmet shield that would interface well, but no dice. Instead I picked up two pairs of Kroop's Triple Slot Horse Racing Goggles, one in tinted one in clear for cheap online (they are perfect, side vents eliminate fogging even when where them over prescription glasses). Lack of feature doesn't upset me, the Gringo's basic design is ergonomic but also athletically beautiful in it's simplicity, offers full face protection with a classic look that is hard to find for less than $399 (currently on sale for $319.96, haha). Overall I would recommend this helmet, I would get it in Gloss White next time!
May 11, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Ride:
1982 Honda CB900C Custom
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
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Light, pretty, stilysh, WINDY
I like most things about this helmet. It is light, pretty, comfortable unless you have a long chin. I bought it for daily commute use, on a highway. The windshield has a huge gap (2 mm) to the helmet, with nothing to seal it... As a result, you get almost as much wind in your face as if the shield were not there... I would be crying after riding for 30 mintues at 65 miles / hour.
Buy for short, mellow rides or city rides. Do not buy for the road commute or road trip.
November 5, 2015
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
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2 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Great helmet--light weight looks great
This is my third helmet in my search for one that offers comfort and protection. I love this helmet. It takes a few attempts to master the visor snap, and raising it between stop lights is the only way to control the fog at low speeds. However, once on the highway, there is plenty of air coming up from below to keep the visor and your glasses clear and there are no rattles--it's solid. The large opening provides good peripheral vision. The light weight and internal construction make it comfortable for long rides.
January 24, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Great for getting around town
I mostly ride around town and don't go past 60 mph all that often. This helmet looks great, is light, and perfect for my style of riding.
August 31, 2015
Ride:
2015 Yamaha SR400
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
Loved this helmet
Wanted a helmet that's style matched my bike and this one nailed it. Good fit, comfortable, and better than I expected.
May 4, 2015
Ride:
1971 Honda CL350 Scrambler
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
3 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Awesome Helmet
Overall great helmet with an awesome price point. Simple, Basic, Lightweight, vintage inspired helmet.
January 21, 2015
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retro cool looking with a nice flip visor!
Tyler G on Nov 6, 2017
I loved the styling. It's a gorgeous helmet.
Lorraine T on Oct 11, 2017
retro cool looking with a nice flip visor!
Tyler G on Nov 6, 2017
My wife likes it.
C H on Oct 19, 2017
I loved the styling. It's a gorgeous helmet.
Lorraine T on Oct 11, 2017
Great retro style coupled with modern conveniences...why not?
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Retro styling, slimmer fit
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I was looking for a classic and clean style.
VICTOR L on Aug 23, 2017
Reviews, and the look of the product.
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look. fit (I know this helmet fits me well)
Rick K on Jul 22, 2017
great helmet, great look
JOSEPH B on Jul 16, 2017
This helmet saved my life!
Clifford J M on Jul 2, 2017
Saw it on Instagram and I like the caferacer style.
Mandy D on Jun 21, 2017
sleek, clean, look and DOT
Nicole S on Jun 12, 2017
Because Biltwell is a great brand and the helmet is a great looking , quality build.
JOSIAH R on Jun 3, 2017
I ride a Vespa and the full face helmets mostly designed for sport bikes looked too pretentious on a classic styled scooter. I wanted full face for cold weather. i love this helmet.
Art A on May 22, 2017
great price, great look, and great functionality.
Allan I on May 22, 2017
stylish and functional!
Stefan L on May 19, 2017
Cool looking
C V on May 10, 2017
I like the full face vintage helmets. This was one of the only ones that were in my price range
Jordan Y on May 9, 2017
great helmet
A C on Apr 21, 2017
style and price
Erik M on Apr 20, 2017
i will wear it on my new Moto Guzzi CA Eldo. Gotta look like a Boss on a bike like that.
David V on Apr 19, 2017
looks like my type of helmet
Jim M on Apr 12, 2017
It's a cool retro look. Good visibility, but had to sell it. It's an oval design and I'm an intermediate oval, so no good. Sold it privately.
Pasquale C on Apr 11, 2017
Good reviews on RevZilla and the internet at large. Simple styling.
Daniel O on Apr 7, 2017
looks cool
Brentt G on Apr 6, 2017
Style and great reviews.
Kenna L on Apr 1, 2017
Just as sexy as the Dainese blackjack gloves. And desiring a comfortable classic. Thanks revzilla!! Awesome.
Daniel F on Mar 30, 2017
I think it most resembles my style of riding
cody j on Mar 10, 2017
It's a classic helmet design.
Xioning J on Feb 19, 2017
Color
Augusto M on Jan 26, 2017
style, price, good reviews
Richard H on Jan 16, 2017
Affordable substitute to the Bell Bullit
Fadi E on Jan 16, 2017
Style was the main choice. The helmet is great for short city riding, very comfortable, but zero ventilation and lots of wind gets in the helmet so its loud and breezy, compared to other helmets. Great retro, clean style though, get a lot of compliments with the gold mirror bubble shield.
Lucas S on Dec 30, 2016
A classic, what can I say? Great new color combos.
Brian C on Dec 29, 2016
Because I wanted a full face helmet that goes with my Indian Scout flat black ;)
Alberto S on Dec 27, 2016
It looks great with my Triumph T-100 Black. It is very comfortable too.
Jacob B on Dec 12, 2016
looks cool
Buell2002 on Dec 10, 2016
Awesome fit, for me. Tried the Bell Bullitt and this helmet was just more comfortable with most of the same options, mainly no vents. It get a little noisy at speed but I think that's the case with most of these styles.
Graham C on Nov 2, 2016
Looks cool
Joseph A on Oct 21, 2016
My son did, it's a gift for him
Dora F on Oct 5, 2016
Cool retro look coupled with full face protection. A solid combo.
Chad N on Sep 14, 2016
For my wife. Style, comfort and functionality.
Jeffre C on Sep 5, 2016
Style
Thomas R on Aug 25, 2016
Amazing helmet at a great price. Comfy and fits great!
bonnieville805 on Aug 23, 2016
Good price and reviews.
David P on Aug 18, 2016
I want to be cool like Anthony
Alex H on Jul 27, 2016
The styling, the color, and the presentation on the YouTube review.
Alexis G on Jun 28, 2016
My wife likes it.
C H on Oct 19, 2017
Great retro style coupled with modern conveniences...why not?
J I on Oct 9, 2017
The sizing charts (Biltwell vs. RevZilla) seem to differ quite a bit (two whole sizes, in my case!). My head measured around 58cm, but I do plan on making sure.
Anyway, according to the RevZilla chart, I seem to be a medium. As I was with my AGV Skyline and my Dad's Shoei GT Air. But Biltwell's chart says I'm an XL.

Has anyone had any experience with a similar situation?
Yarden Z on Nov 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Same here. I ordered the M, it doesn't fit. Being returned. Way too small. Now the debate is, try the L or go with XL as per Biltwell site.
Does anyone know if the shield and hinges on the Gringo S can be removed and used with just goggles? It gets to be 110 in the summer where I live so the extra ventilation from removing the shield would be really nice, but I also want the shield of the S to be an option for when (if) it rains
ryanxalves on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it appears so. They offer replacement hardware kits that just screw on, so I would assume you could just unscrew it and replace the screw without the shield.
How much does the helmet weigh?
A shopper on Jan 18, 2015
How easy or hard is it to wear glasses with this helmet?
Corey J on Nov 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Very easy. I wear sunglasses and eyeglasses all the time. Very comfortable helmet.
Hi,

I wear size L for Arai RX7. what size should i get for the Biltwell Gringo Shield?
A shopper on Feb 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I used the sizing guide provided on the website. Simply measuring the circumference of my head and comparing it to the size guide provided a perfect fit.
Hi. I often ride in Europe. Does the Biltwell Gringo meet the european standards (E...) ?
Or does any retro design helmet meet the Europeen standard ?
Thanks a lot for you answers.
A shopper on Jun 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This Helmet is only DOT certified, but if EU is anything like the States, I'm sure you can get away with it. Are there helmet checkpoints in EU? Otherwise, probably look into the Bell Bullit.
Is there any anti fog insert fits to this helmets visor? or is it possible to make it pinlock compatible? I am about to urchase but im worry about the fogging
A shopper on Sep 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. The visors are not pinlock compatible. Fogging is an issue, especially in colder months of the year.
Is this the same exact size and shape as the original Gringo with just an added hinged shield? Or is it slight smaller and less bulkier?
A shopper on Dec 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Shape and size are the exact same as the original gringo. Just make sure you verify your helmet size using the Biltwell sizing chart as I usually wear a size medium in all other helmets but went with a size Large with the biltwell and it fits perfectly.
Why can't I get the shield to snap into place closed shut? Anyone else have is problem?
David L on Mar 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I never had that problem and i also changed the factory sheild to bubble sheild. Make sure it is installed correctly, this is very easy to do.
Is Shield UV protected?
A shopper on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't think so.
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