I have been looking at these helmets for a while, but have never found one in a local shop to try on for size. Found a deal that was too good to pass up at Motorcycle Closeouts
. They were advertised as paint blemish models for $199 with a free dark smoke shield (normally and extra $40).
Even though it was listed as a paint blem, I can't find any blemish or problem at all
Fit and finish is very nice.
For comparison, my old helmet is an HJC AC-12 Carbon model and about 4 1/2 years old.
The inside of the helmet feels very plush and comfortable and luckily fit my head just great.
Ventilation in this helmet is really great with all the vents open although it is a bit noisy at highway speeds without ear plugs. I normally wear earplugs or an MP3/ earbuds, so it's not such an issue, but it's definitely louder than my HJC. I guess with good ventilation comes some wind noise. The helmet is very stable at highway speeds and I didn't notice any lift at all.
The shield mechanism works very well. 3 positions, locked, unlocked and cracked. Just pull the lever all the way forward and it locks the shield open about 1/8". Changing shield is a breeze and works exactly like my HJC. Visibility is good (about the same as my old one). The shields are anti-fog and so far have stayed fog free, but 50 F is the coldest ride so far.
The helmet comes with an extra set of cheek pads and a really nice carrying bag. Not sure if it was a mistake , but I got not only a free dark smoke shield but also an extra clear one
Very nice helmet and accessories for the price. Comfortable, stable, nice features, great ventilation, just a little noisy.