AGV AX-8 DS EVO Helmet Brand new for fall 2011, the AGV AX-8 DS EVO Helmet takes one of the most high-end and lightweight dualsport helmets on the market (AX-8 DS) and makes some significant upgrades. The design and the line inevitably recall the AX-8 Model from which it is derived, but additional technical features like the visor and the specific visor mechanism, the chin air vent that can be opened, and the open-able supplementary ventilation on the top guarantee all the performance and comfort of a road model. New internal padding with increased thickness for improved comfort and greater stability in professional use. New shape of the outer shell in the chin area which, combined with a wider and softer base edge compared to the previous model, reduces interference with any back protector used and decreases risks of impact traumas, thanks to its shock-absorber function. Features SSL (Super Super Light) carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass shell construction IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) funnels air though channels in the outer shell New flat dual face shield in non-scratch, antifog polycarbonate Dry-Lex internal padding with sanitized treatment Removable and washable cheekpads and internal lining Outer aluminum peak screws 3 shell sizes DOT and ECE 22.05 Certified
I have owned the non Evo version of this helmet (AGV 8X DS) for a year now and though it's a good helmet I wish there were some things I knew before hand.
The Good: The helmet has great styling, it is very light, and It has an excellent field of view. Also, this helmet moves a lot of air and stays very cool. I spent this summer driving in 111 degree weather and my head was the coolest part of me. Overall this is a comfortable helmet.
Things to consider: Anthony mentions in the review video (@ about 3:30) that you can flip your face shield down over your goggles if you hit a dust cloud. However, this is not the case. Wearing goggles with this helmet requires you to remove the face shield completely (unlike the Arai and Shoei variants). Goggles will not fit properly with the face shield on and open, let alone close down over the straps. Removing the face shield requires tools. You can not "crack open" the face shield to allow a little air to flow. There are only three positions for the face shield... closed, half open, and fully open. In the halfway position the aggressively angled bottom edge of the shield lines up directly in your field of vision distorting your view. The optional/replacement face shields are among the most expensive I've seen. There are no recesses in the helmet for intercom speakers.
For what it's worth the AGV AX DS is still a good helmet just some food for thought.
Rides: 2011 BMW R1200GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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HJC FS-3 Helmet (Size SM)
The HJC FS-3 Helmet Features Lightweight, fiberglass and Spectra composite weave shell Nylon strap retention band neatly secures chin strap Removable/washable, Silvercool anti-bacterial/moisture wicking comfort liner ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System combines with a front intake vent to provideflow-through ventilation Visor (included) and optional HJ-12 shield feature the quick and easy, tool-less shield removal/replacement system
Good basic helmet. Great value.
PostedApril 30, 2012
From Los Angeles
Bang for the Buck
Protection & Durability
This helmet is comfortable if a bit heavy. It runs a bit large. I bought a small for my girlfriend and was able to fit it on my head easily, and I wear a medium in my arai and agv helmets. Also, the shell is large. I'd guess there is only 1 shell size for this model helmet so the small that I bought looks really big on a small head. One important note. The description doesn't mention that the helmet comes with a shield but it comes with a clear one. I purchased a smoked shield with this helmet thinking it only came with the visor. The shields are cheap enough and easy to swap out.