Dollar-for-dollar, a darn good deal! The features at this price point aren't matched by many other helmets on the market!
This review is for the LS2 Stream Omega helmet in blue (to match my blue 2001 Suzuki SV650). This is also the first helmet I've bought from RevZilla and as always, no complaints about their service!
I'll preface this review by saying that I researched new helmets to buy for a few months before purchasing this LS2 Stream and I was hoping to find a full face ECE 22.05 rated helmet right around the $150 price point with a drop-down sun visor. I looked at some helmets like the modular GMax GM54S but I don't need the modular function and I am still slightly concerned about front-impact safety. I also really liked the HJC CL-17 Streamline, but it didn't have an internal sun visor and I was getting tired of wearing sunglasses underneath my previous helmet all the time. I then discovered the LS2 Stream (in Omega pattern) here on RevZilla with all the features I was looking for. RevZilla requests that you don't post the price you paid for the item in the review or mention their competitors, but I can say that on the date that I purchased the helmet, it was NOT on sale but was still priced about $10 cheaper than most other online "super" stores or places where motorcycle "bandits" live in the "Rocky Mountains".
The LS2 Stream model is pretty new to the helmet market right now as I'm writing this review. Currently the Stream only has 4 reviews on RevZilla and not all that many on other online helmet retailer sites out there right now. However, most of the reviews have been very positive, and my review fits in that group! There are also currently very few helmets on the market that can match the features and ECE 22.05 rating of this helmet at this price point. For me, this helmet looked great in the blue Omega pattern and was cheap enough to give it a try! Here are my thoughts:
I've now worn this helmet for about a total of 7 hours of riding and ridden about 300 miles so far with an even mix of in-town, two-lane, and interstate highway riding. This is only the second motorcycle helmet I've ever owned, but it feels like a huge step up from my first helmet (a cheap older HJC full face).
I was worried about the fit at first, this is described as a long-oval helmet, and while I think it's still a long oval shape, it's pretty close to being an intermediate oval. The first couple rides with this helmet had me worried that the cheek pads wouldn't break in...they felt pretty firm and unforgiving. However, after wearing the helmet for maybe 5 hours of riding, it's now started to relax and the cheek pads feel very comfortable!
I haven't ridden in any weather above 75°F so I still don't know if the two vents on the top of the helmet will provide enough ventilation to keep my head cool on hot days, but I've already discovered that it's nice to be able to close the vents in cool weather. I have already been riding out in 50°F weather and I experimented with opening and closing the vents and I could definitely feel the difference with cooler air moving through the helmet. Like other reviewers, I'm a little bit disappointed in the location of the chin vent toggle/button. It's right underneath the tab you use to lift the visor and with gloves on, it's LITERALLY impossible to not bump the vent closed when lifting up the visor. This is just a minor complaint from me, as I have learned to just instinctively give it a tap back open whenever I close the visor. I may end up making a little piece of foam or plastic that clips in that will hold this chin vent open, but again this isn't a huge complaint from me. I anticipate that the designers of the helmet have taken this into consideration now that it's yielding complaints and the next generation of LS2 helmet to replace this will have a better chin vent button.
EXTERNAL: As for the outer visor mechanism, I actually like having the visor open from the very front instead of lifting a tab from the side. There aren't any detents between closed and open, but there is enough tension to open 3/4 of the way and it will stay put (tested at about 35 mph). The visor is easy to remove & replace if necessary and I am very pleased with the optical-correctness (for lack of a better term) of the outer visor on this relatively cheap helmet. I haven't noticed any distortion in the outer visor and the helmet provides a wide field of view for your peripheral vision.
INTERNAL SUN VISOR: As some other reviewers may mention, the lever to flip down the internal sun visor could be a little bit bigger, but I haven't had any problem getting it to flip up or down with my gloves on (it's just a little hard to feel where it's at while flying down the highway and I'll probably learn to reach more accurately for the lever the longer I wear this helmet). I am ever-so-slightly disappointed in the sun visor... it has a cutout for your nose in the middle and doesn't seem to drop down far enough. I wish it had a bit more lower coverage but I'm sure it's not easy to fit a long visor up into the shell of the helmet while also accounting for people with very large & long noses and/or glasses. I'm pretty sure you could wear eyeglasses in this helmet and still be able to use the internal sun visor, as long as your eyeglasses don't have huge-rimmed lenses. My only other complaint so far about the helmet is that the sun visor has some distortion. I've never worn a helmet with a flip-down visor prior to this one, but I'm assuming this problem is common and stems from having the visor too far from the eyes and then looking through the outer visor. I have noticed that the view is mostly non-distorted (or optically correct) when looking through the top 1/3 of the sun visor (with your head tipped down forward a bit, which you are likely to be doing anyway if riding straight into the sun as the padding above your eyebrow provides enough overhang for a little sun-blocking). I am satisfied with the tint of the sun visor. I haven't yet wished it was any darker than it is, but I also haven't ridden west right at sunset yet. I don't like the amount of the lower portion of my field of view that isn't covered by the sun visor as something about the differences in colors messes with my eyes a bit, but I'm assuming I'll get used to this over time. I still think that the internal sun visor beats having to wear sunglasses in the helmet, even though this helmet has grooves in upper cheekpads to allow for glasses to be able to get back over your ears comfortably without being squished against your temple. You also 100% feel like a fighter pilot when you flip down that sun visor and it feels awesome!
I may come back to add to this review in the future once I get to know my helmet even better!