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Shape: Intermediate Oval

Weight: 3.79 lbs

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Icon Variant Construct Helmet

Stripped of graphics and devoid of undue flair - the Construct wanders the earth in opaque minimalism. It is purity of form amongst the flamenco masses. It is truth of materials amid the technicolor hordes. In a world where no two helmets are created equal, the Variant Construct and its raw shell stand alone.

The Icon Variant Helmet is a revolution in ADV and urban riding. Designed give riders the advantages of both a street and dirt helmet, the Variant makes use of a wide field of view, aerodynamically tuned peak visor, super strong Fiberglass/ Dyneema/Carbon matrix shell and a dual density EPS core. Extensive venting and the HydraDry sweat wicking liner helps prevent serious moisture buildup and keeps you cool when the heat is on. 

To keep the Variant stable at speed, the engineers at Icon developed the anti-lift visor to direct airflow, both into the intake vents and over the shell of the helmet to reduce buffeting and wind noise. An optically correct face shield and extended viewport keeps your vision clear and your eyes on the prize.

Features:

  • Fiberglass / Dyneema / Carbon Fiber Shell
  • Industry leading multi-inlet ventilation system
  • Wind tunnel tested and refined anti-lift visor 
  • Integrated chin EPS air channels reduce shield fogging
  • Optically correct anti-fog shield
  • Removable and washable HydraDry moisture wicking liner
  • Removable chin curtain
  • All world standard, meets or exceeds the following: DOT FMVSS 218 (US), ECE 22-05 (EUROPE), SAI AS1698 (Australia) and SG (Japan) safety and testing standards. Does not ship with SAI or SG certification stickers unless purchased from an authorized dealer in that country

NOTE: Helmet ships with both Clear and Dark Smoke faceshields.

4.5 / 5
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
3.5 / 5
Features
3.5 / 5
Comfort
3.8 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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Icon Helmet Sizing

Size Head (in) Head (cm)
XS 20 7/8-21 1/4 53-54
SM 21 5/8-22 55-56
MD 22 3/8-22 3/4 57-58
LG 23 1/8-23 1/2 59-60
XL 24-24 3/8 61-62
2XL 24 3/4-25 1/8 63-64
3XL 25 1/2-26 65-66

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

How To Measure

H Head Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and ears. Pull the tape comfortably snug, read the length, repeat for good measure and use the largest measurement.
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
XS 822561 0101-5895 Available: Requires 1-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
SM 822562 0101-5896 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
MD 822563 0101-5897 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
LG 822564 0101-5898 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
XL 822565 0101-5899 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
2XL 822566 0101-5900 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
3XL 822567 0101-5901 Available: Requires 1-3 business days lead time prior to shipment

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Icon Variant Construct. Absolutely love this helmet! Best I've had yet.
Little background on myself, I started with an HJC helmet back in '05(Super Heavy). Shortly after in '06 purchased an ICON Domain(Blue/White) helmet which weighed considerably less, and in '09 got a new ride('05 600RR) and upgraded to an ICON Death or Glory Airframe helmet(Still have it).

I purchased the ICON Variant Construct and I love it. Yes, it does show the fiberglass weave underneath and, Yes, it does have an extremely, I repeat, extremely, light yellow haze to it especially in areas(the lip near the tab to open the face shield) where epoxy should be thick and have a little contour to it. Does it detract from the asthetics of the helmet? In my opinion, Not at all.

This helmet is meant to be a statement. The black/white contrast(along with my motorhead black/white jacket and B/W gloves) it definitely stands out. The smoke screen that comes with the helmet, is a MUST. It comes stock with the clear but included in the box is the dark smoke. I recommend to anyone that buys it to install the smoke. When I first used it, i could barely tell it was there except the fact that everything was a little darker obviously(not by much). These shields are so clear and perfect you don't even notice. This helmet also has an amazing field of view. I don't have to turn my head nearly as far as I do with my Airframe to see the lane next to me or behind me.

For the shield change, the manual could be a little better. When removing the side covers over the screws that hold the shield in place...pop the front of the cover up, and then PULL IT FORWARD AND AWAY from the helmet. If you look at the back two tabs you will see the that they point to the rear meaning you have to slide it forward and out away from the helmet to get it off or else you may break them off. Luckily I didn't break mine but now I know.(P.S. I have never broke the cover plates on my ICON helmets. They always see to be made out of material that can withstand the force of you removing them over and over.)

The peak on this helmet is hardly noticable to me when I am riding. I can barely see 1/4 inch of it when I look up, so it doesn't really obstruct my view. I haven't yet had the pleasure of using it on a sunny day as I am stationed in Germany and the weather is turning. I do feel drag when I turn my head to the sides to look behind or just looking around which is to be expected when having something like that jutting out from your head while doing 100km/h(stick your leg out and you get the same effect, yes?). However, in a straight line I find it quite nice on the neck I actually feel like it has a slight lift to it which, to me, makes the helmet feel lighter as you ride.

Fit wise, I've always felt that all helmets are too big for me(mediums, smalls are always too small). This one seems to fit/look like it is proportional. My older helmets were more round shape and always felt big after break in. I wear a medium size and this is as true to size as I can imagine. It's snug in the cheek/cheekbone area like a helmet should be to begin with and the pads will soften with use. The forehead and top are all well padded and snug as should be. I have't crashed and don't plan to with it so protection wise, I will have to take their word that it meets the standards. Especially the ECE standards that are followed in Germany(Well noted on the sticker on the back).

Ventilation is amazing with this helmet. However, with this added ventilation comes added road noise. Unfortunately, it is the nature of the beast and it is a little louder than most. To be honest, you should be ready for it. I've been riding for almost 10 years now and I can tell already(due to aftermarket exhausts) that my hearing is deteriorating. My suggestion, with any helmet, wear earplugs. With this helmet, if you do, noise shouldn't be any worse than most helmets.

I really don't know what else to say. I love ICONs style and when I first saw this helmet I knew that I would eventually get one and I do not regret my decision at all. Overall a fantastic investment.

If anything major comes up in the future i will update this review accordingly.
September 25, 2014
Ride:
2005 Honda CBR600RR
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Saved my head
This helmet is absolutely stunning! Pics don't do it justice. Goes great with my white alpinestars mesh jacket. The noise at high speeds is a little loud, but no worse than my icon airmada. At high speeds, the peak can pick up some wind but its not bad, especially if you tuck down.

I was going to give the helmet a 4/5 except today i put its protection to the test. Long story short, a guy fell asleep and drifted into oncoming traffic, causing a chain reaction of braking. My front brakes locked up and i went shoulder first into the suv in front of me. My shoulder left a huge dent, but is ok from the shoulder pad in my jacket. My head hit and shattered the tail light, no concussion, no head pain, nothing. Its truly amazing.
August 8, 2014
Ride:
2004 Suzuki GSX-R600
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Recommended. Stylish without sacrificing comfort.
This helmet is a great step from my previous, local made one.
I didn't buy this helmet from Revzilla. I bought this from someone on local internet forum. But I will write the review anyway to help everyone in needs.

- The design. You can't deny it. This helmet looks sick and badass. You're definitely going to be a center of attention when you wait for the red lamp to pass. A hybrid of street and dual sport helmet. Probably inspired by jet fighter helmet and Master Chief helmet. The Variant Construct is not as white as the picture shows. It's more like of a dirty white. And it looks like it has scales all over the shell. This is caused by the visible carbon fiber, wrapped by a clear layer. Yes, you can actually see the carbon fiber. Cool.

- The fitting. Well, the first time I tried it, I had a hard time getting it inside my head. Yes, it's true what most of everyone said here about the cheek pads feel like ripping your ears off. But after one week of usage, it gets more comfortable, and your head gets used to it. It feels snugged enough and doesn't wobble around your head. According to Icon size chart, mine would be Medium. And so I bought the M. The only problem I had is the fitting around the top-side of my head. This helmet is intermediate oval, and my head is round. It presses to much, and I can't stand an hour using it because it creates a headache. So I modified the EPS to make it shaped more rounded (not recommending you guys, as this could downgrades the helmet performance). Anything other than that, it's fine. Don't worry.

- The ventilation. This helmet has 7 channels of air intake. Tons of airflow. And when you pull out the comfort liner, you can see the channels inside. They are big. Each one of them. And they work as they should be.

- The shield. The Variant Construct comes with a pair, one clear and one dark smoked. Most of you guys probably still wondering if the dark smoked shield would be visible enough if used on night riding. The answer is YES. It's still tolerable, even when there's no street lamps around. You just need to pay more attention to the road and keep the shield cleaned. Problem is, it can be easily get fingerprints, and even when you clean it, the smudges are still there.
Changing the shield is a bit of a pain. You need some extra efforts to do that. Just keep practicing, and it would be no problem.

- Anti Fog. Works wonder. I don't know about you guys riding in winter temperature. But I tried it on rainy season when it's 18 degree Celsius. No fog. None. The breath deflector do its job well done, not to mention the dedicated air channel facing the shield to reduce the fogging. Pay attention when cleaning the inside of the shield. Only clean it when necessary, since all the anti-fog coating is inside.

-The view. It doesn't obstruct my view. It's good enough.

- The visor. Yes. When you ride above 120 km/h, you will feel the helmet pressing back when you do shoulder check. But keeping it straight, I had no problems whatsoever.

- The extras. Two manual books, one poster, a shield cleaning kit (empty spray bottle + micro fiber), one big bubble wrap to kill your time, cardboard box designed to keep your helmet secured in place, chin curtain, a helmet bag with an extra pocket, a pair of clear and dark smoked shield, hi-octane-overdose-written label, a dedicated screwdriver for opening the shield (don't lose it), and free Icon sticker.
September 22, 2013
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Solid Dual Sport helmet choice
This is probably the best looking helmet on the market. Ordered this from South Africa and took a gamble just using the sizing chart. The helmet arrived and was very relieved to find that it fitted like a glove.

Some of the pros: great aesthetics and designer lines; quality visors; good airflow. Also changed the visor on day one from Clear to Gold (gold is cool for day and night) it was not the easiest thing but also not a big problem like in most of the reviews i read.

Cons: not a huge fan of D-rings would prefer a chin clip...also should have ordered the BIG GAME option for max visibility. Comes with a clear and smoke visor but i suggest getting an additional visor to maximize your ride experience.

Revzilla it was a pleasure doing business with you.
November 24, 2014
Ride:
2013 Husqvarna TR650 Terra
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Excellent helmet at a fair price.
Flows tons of air. More aerodynamic than it looks. A tight chinstrap reduces already minimal wrenching effect when making head checks. Quality build with excellent fit and finish. Included dark smoke visor is a definite plus. Fog treatment is incredible. I could not get mine to fog up, though the condensation from my breath eventually started forming at the top. Breathbox solved that, so now no fog or condensation. Changing the visor is a more of a PITA than with other helmets due to the integration of the peak into the overall helmet design. Its not that bad though and takes maybe 5 minutes. I found i necessary to remove the visor/face shield to effectively clean the inside of it. Peak is NOT removable. Light colored interior is comfortable but looks dirty after a few hundred miles. Interior smells like chemicals for a while when new. Tight fit for bluetooth speakers. I went the budget route so i suppose my speakers are a little thicker than one of the recommended (expensive) communications unit. Overall, definitely recommend.
July 17, 2012
Ride:
2000 KTM 640 Duke II
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
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Bad*** Helmet!!!
The white-ish color and black sunvisor really sticks out, making any sunset or sunrise easy to ride against. The wind noise is minimal for a DS helmet but you should certainly be wearing ear plugs anyways. I don't see myself putting bluetooth or a radio in the helmet anytime soon so the noise doesn't really concern me.
It's waterproof (obviously after the vents are closed) and the fog-free faceshield works ok. This is a great feature but it's not possible to make any visor "fog free" when you're breathing into a closed-off helmet, the vents are closed, heavy and cold rain outside, riding under 10 mph, etc; so I think it works well for what it is.
I originally ordered a medium, knowing I'm a small so I just ordered the small inserts and everything turned out ok.
Very comfortable helmet.

My only complaint is my own fault: I have a small head and helmets, especially DS helmets look rather large on me. Haha.

This is worth every penny spent!!!
October 12, 2014
Ride:
2014 Honda CB500X
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
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Incredible helmet, lightweight, excellent peripheral vison!
I love this helmet, I get sooo many compliments daily, it is a head turner. Very functional, lightweight, little wind noise, great vision, perfect fit!
September 8, 2014
Ride:
2005 Yamaha YZF-R6
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Great unless you get a smudge
I had been wanting a variant since the time I saw it, and I am not in the least bit disappointed in the end product. The helmet is super comfortable once you have your self adjusted, and I have had no problems with pressure points on long rides. I get plenty of airflow even behind my large GIVI screen too. I only have two real complaints. The first is with the shell. While the helmet is great once its on, I do have a bit of a time sliding the helmet on and off. It's just a bit tight. My second issue is with the visor and smudges. Had one on the inside of my shield and with the curved lens, it made oncoming headlights look insane. Once I got it cleaned up, all was good. Just a note for the daily rider.

Last but not least, I have had NO issues witht he peak catching wind, even at 90+ mph.
October 19, 2015
Ride:
2014 Suzuki V-Strom DL650
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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Amazing Helmet, Icon Delivers
Air flow is exceptional. I would recommend earplugs of some type in order to keep the noise down. There is a lot of ports that can open up to allow tons of air flow, with them all closed and the lid down its not super loud.

Color is white, that said in certain areas (right under the face shield when fully closed) where the coating is thicker, it looks more like a slight yellow, off white color. Predominantly the helmet is white though.

The black on the helmet is matte, the helmet shell itself is gloss and I for one love the contrast it creates. That said I may buy a new visor for it so I can add some color to the top of it without ruining the beautiful clear coat it has going on.

The helmet comes in a gym bag of sorts, rather then just a helmet bag. I like it because I can use it in everyday life or use it to carry my helmet. I prefer my parents old helmet bags though. That said, the visor can cause some bags to be very tight around it so be careful of that.

Packaging is on point, they certainly know how to deliver their product.

Faceshields are a pain to change, I don't mind because I run the tinted all the time but if you commonly change out a clear/smoke for mornings/afternoons you may want to pass, or grab a light smoke for the happy medium. you do get a Smoke and clear with the helmet, so if your like me you get the smoke and there is no need for a separate mask purchase.

I have not ridden with the chin curtain on, though I'm sure it does help with cutting down wind noise. You also get a cleaning cloth and some cleaning solution to keep it pristine.

The size as a lot mention is narrow. I commonly wear a medium, a large fits me perfectly here. Run 1 size up what you normally wear, if in doubt go to a local dealer and see if they have a Variant (any style) in stock to try on.

The helmet is a bit heavier then my old one, it might take you a bit to get accustomed to it, the visor can cause some lift as well. I don't find it to be that bad though.

FoV is enormous, you can see for days in this thing. The shield is a bit snug too, you to pop it open it can take a bit of convincing, other times it opens just fine. seems to be how you place your thumb, or how you try to lift it open.
April 11, 2016
Ride:
2005 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ZX636
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Looks good and good on trails
This is the second variant helmet I have purchased in the past year and I love both of them (Salvo is other one, exactly the same). The helmet feels tough but light, and the airflow is really awesome. The visor does buffet at high speeds, but for adventure touring it works well to keep sun out of my eyes most of the day. Easy to clean after a long trip, and fits a Bluetooth well more or less. I think this helmet is better than hi-vis because it looks different and gets peoples attention a lot better - trust me.
January 6, 2013
Ride:
2012 BMW G650GS Sertao
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