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 Shark Speed-R Sauer Helmet
Shark Speed-R Sauer Helmet
Shark Speed-R Sauer Helmet SHARK is proud to present a new philosophy. Utilizing all SHARKs expertise in safety, innovation and function the SPEED -R is a helmet specifically designed to meet the passionate demands of un-faired motorcycle riders. Double blade air spoiler positioned at the rear of the Speed-R, it allows the air to flow above and below the blade, hence the dual venturi effect to extract warm air from the helmet. Spoiler/stabilizer at its rear base trim the Speed-R has a spoiler, which stabilizes the helmet ans the cancels the buffering effect. The immediate benefit is no air turbulence running inside the helmet and greater stability at a steady speed. Features Latest generation composite long fibre construction Integrated, drop down sun visor Extensive wind-tunnel testing to perfect aerodynamics and ventilation system for use with naked road bikes Faceshield varies in thickness and is optically correct, scratch resistant and anti-fog coated Completely remove and washable COOLMAX lining Shark Easy Fit glasses system offers wearers a comfort lining which has a pre-tted system to accommodate all types of glasses ECE 2205 and DOT approved Two shell sizes Approximate weight size M 1450 g (+/ 50 g)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great helmet!
PostedOctober 22, 2012
Customer avatar
umbralAeronaut
State:FL
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Slightly Heavy
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I got the Shark Speed-R in order to test out a few features that were relevant to me, and I'm glad to say it worked out as advertised and has now replaced my previous helmet.
-- Fit: I wore a Bell RS-1 in Medium previously (I have a 7 and 1/8-to-1/4-ish head). I got the Speed-R in a size M, and it fits me quite well, very snug but comfortable without any modification needed. I definitely have a Long Oval shaped head (insofar as the sides of my head are practically flat) so I guess this is just what I needed. Feels great, padding is nice and plush on par with the more-expensive Bell RS-1 and Star.
-- Handling: I ride a Triumph Street Triple R, and the difference between this and my previous RS-1 was actually... slightly amazing! Obviously any unfaired standard or streetfighter is less desirable for sustained high speeds, and with the Bell RS-1 I was resigned to staying right around the edge of the comfort zone of 75 mph extended bursts, above which I start to feel some neck strain and need to hunker down behind my (accessory) flyscreen. I still did it but it was't totally comfortable, and even at 70 mph it could be mildly annoying given some time. In terms of comfort level the Speed-R actually added about +5 miles per hour to all of those figures. In other words, 70 miles per hour feels like 65 used to with the previous helmet (approaching all-day touring comfort at that speed). So, that's pretty cool!
-- Weight: Yeah, at a standstill this helmet definitely isn't the lightest one I've worn. As others have said the built-in sun visor is surely a factor in this, and it has what appears to be a rather complicated spoiler/airflow system on top. It feels balanced though, and I think the tradeoff is well worth it for the handling advantages stated above. It feels lighter when riding because of how well the helmet cuts air and contributes to head stability. I think the tradeoff is worth it.
-- Sun Visor: It does the job. Never had one of these in a helmet before so can't compare it that way, but previous to this helmet I had one of those awesome Transitions photocromic faceshields on my Bell... and that's obviously a much lighter, fancier solution (which makes a good party trick too!). To be fair though, I dreaded the thought of scratching that shield and having to shell out another 120 bucks for a replacement. Still it's a downgrade in that department, but one I'm comfortable with compared to the other features. This solution is still far better then stopping to swap the faceshield whenever the weather conditions change or the sun goes down. The slider is pretty easy to work at speed once you figure out where it is, no worse then adjusting your venting really...
-- Air Flow: Impressive. It's easily comparable to the Bell helmets I've worn which also vented quite well. Maybe a little too impressive once winter sets in, we'll see. I noticed that not a whole lot seemed to change from toggling the little "shark fin" tab for the air vent on the top of the helmet. Depending on how you angle your head you can get a lot of air flooding into the helmet from under your chin.
-- Looks: I have the Speed-R in the Sauer configuration with Athracite/Red/White colors, and it's pretty d*** classy as well as a great color match with the black/white/fluoro red Dainese Avro jacket I wear. Nice and glossy in person. Evaluate for yourself of course.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Street Triple R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmet
Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmet
Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmets The Bell RS-1 Gearhead Helmet comes in either a red/black or black/white color scheme. Regardless of the color you choose, the graphic on this lid has depth and detail and a high level of reflectivity. Part of the Bell RS-1 Helmet line, the Gearhead bridges the gap between the top-of-the-line Bell Star and the value-minded Vortex with an amazing blend of mid-line price and high-end performance. The shell is a lightweight Kevlar/fiberglass composite making this helmet lighter than both the Star and the Vortex. The fit is a race fit, so more snug but still very comfortable due to the Contour Cut Cheekpads and a plush, removable, washable liner. Packed with features, its one great helmet at a modest price. Features Contour Cut Cheekpads Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers Removable/Washable Liner Agion (R) Antibacterial Liner MagnaFusion Strap Keeper Snell M2010 Certification Velocity Flow Ventilation Super Stable Aerodynamic Signature 3Mode Shield - Lock, Ratchet, Crack ClickRelease Shield Mechanism NutraFog II Anti Fog Coating Kevlar/Fiberglass Shell Comes with clear face shield only Five-year Warranty
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome value for sport/streetfighter city riding
PostedJune 8, 2012
Customer avatar
umbralAeronaut
From Pensacola
State:FL
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I bought the RS-1 following an over-the-handlebars crash in a Bell Star. The Star held up great and so did my head, but following the rule of never tempt fate in the same piece of gear twice I had to let it go. As somebody who doesn't hit the track much, I decided that while I wanted to stick with Bell based on my excellent experiences with the Vortex and the Star, that the Star was a bit of an excessively expensive option for a street fighter like myself.
Enter the RS-1.
Comparing this helmet to the Bell Star I had prior, I think that saving some money on the RS-1 is an easy decision for almost anyone to make who doesn't regularly compete at the limits of performance in closed circuits. It feels almost (not quite) as light and the quality of materials, especially the extremely comfortable inner lining, doesn't seem to have been compromised in the least. In addition since the RS-1 was designed after the Star, you can see some practical improvements... the tab for locking the visor is now a dense plastic that is easier to switch and requires less maintenance then the previous aluminum one, which came with lubricant drops. The air vents are easier to activate all around, and there is now only one tab to control both of the vents on top of the helmet. Air flow is actually better then before, which is astonishing.
I haven't noticed a particularly different fit in the RS-1 to the Star, but haven't ridden a whole lot yet in it.
I gave a point down on Features because the helmet bag that the RS-1 comes in isn't as swanky as the Star helmet bag, which rocks and is still an amazing bonus. Fortunately I still have my old Star helmet bag, which is where the RS-1 now resides!
Rides: 2011 Honda CBR250R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Bell Star Rally Helmet
Bell Star Rally Helmet
Bell Star Rally Helmet The Bell Star may have taken a long three years to develop, but whats a little time when youre making the best. The Star features Bells exclusive Velocity Flow Ventilation with FlowAdjust for amazing ventilation and temperature control. Its extremely light TriMatrix Composite Shell is sculpted into a super stable aerodynamic signature that eliminates lift and buffeting even at high speed. Finish it off with the easy-to-use and change 3Mode Shield with ClickRelease and youve got simply the best Bell ever. And coming from the company that invented the helmet, thats saying a lot. Features Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum ventilation and temperature control Super stable aerodynamic signature resists buffeting and lift Super lightweight Kevlar/carbon fiber/fiberglass TriMatrix Composite Shell Contour Cut Cheekpads for superior fit and comfort 3Mode Shield for instant on-bike shield adjustments, and ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner Exclusive Magnafusion magnetic strap keeper (Patent Pending) Padded chin strap with D-ring closure Five-year warranty Certification Snell M2010, DOT Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL Weight 1550g Note Helmet shown with optional tinted shield. Clear shield included.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Rally Around the Family
PostedApril 16, 2012
Customer avatar
umbralAeronaut
From Pensacola
State:FL
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Average
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Rather then do the usual thing where I just sing the Bell Star's praises in a vacuum, I will compare this helmet to the Bell Vortex which was the last helmet I owned. Hopefully this will illustrate better just what's so great about the Star, at least in terms of a "what am I getting for all this extra cash" manner.
The Bell Vortex (which I got in RSD Apocalypse colors, no longer can be found on the Revzilla site) is a great lid, first of all. It flows truly mad amounts of air for it's price point, is far lighter then the Icon ShaDo2 helmet I moved to it from, and has a very refined feel compared to a lot of helmets in the same price range. Here's what you are MISSING from that helmet, that the Bell Star gives you:
--Even more air flow. WIth all vents wide open at any speed above 20 mph, it feels like your own personal quiet hurricane inside the Bell Star. When you are STATIONARY even the lightest breeze will be channeled up by the hyper-efficient venting and directly applied to your forehead/chin/dome. On hot 75+ degree days here in Florida I don't even bother cracking the visor at some stoplights.
--The Visor Lock system (or whatever it's called). I kind of like this, it's not hard to manipulate at all and would make me feel really secure about the visor staying in place in the event of the worst case if I were burning the sidewalls up on a track. The less-discussed other option is to flip the Lock forward, which actually snaps the visor ever so sliiighhhhttlly open but still keeps it locked in place. This is pretty cool and is the only extra option I sometimes need at longer stoplights (see venting above). I never seem to need to pop the visor all the way open at stops like other helmets would sweat me into doing.
--That leads me to Defogging. Defogging is pretty good on the Bell Vortex, although for whatever reason the stock clear screen would occasionally have trouble at stops. But I never seem to notice any fog, at all, ever in the Star and that's regardless of whether I use the clear visor at night or the gold iridium during the day. The position of the vents doesn't even seem to matter so much.
-- A quieter ride. One of the biggest strikes against the Bell Vortex in my opinion is the constant high-pitched whistling sound at speed. It's not terribly loud so much as right at the exact pitch where it's most annoying. I often rode with earplugs but the Vortex made me do it even more then I did prior. Now, any helmet that flows as much air as either the Vortex or the Star is going to be loud. For that matter, I am not sure that the motorcycle helmet has yet been invented that will ever be "quiet" to any but those who have acquired the taste for deafness in their old age. With that said the Bell Star is definitely a bit quieter. At the very least the noise you receive is noticeably modulated by how many of your vents are open, and regardless it's all at a much lower pitched and natural wind noise. You obviously are still going to hear a whole lot of motorcycle no matter what helmet you wear.
--It is LIGHT. The Bell Star is LIGHT. I once had to chase the Bell Star across the road like a piece of paper in a breeze because it was so LIGHT... that last part is made up. It's still got a slight heft to it, so mini-dirigible experiments using the Bell Star as a hastily-improvised hull are still doomed to failure. But just barely.
--The interior padding of the Star is noticeably plusher (in material) and firmer (in terms of hold on the head) then the Vortex, not that it's BAD in this sense.
--The wind vent tabs have noticeably more "clicky" action on the Star, where the Vortex was just kind of a tab that slid up and down and left me wondering a little bit. The chin vent on the Star also has two definite positions, one which flows air and defogs and another which closes the air vent but keeps the defog air flow. I've never noticed a difference in terms of fog because I honestly never see any.
--Moving on from the last point, no matter what Bell helmet you get (so long as it's not the budget basement Arrow) you will LOVE the forehead vent. That thing dumps air directly onto your brow in a way no other helmet seems able to do.
I got the Rally in the CANDY APPLE RED and white race stripe color, and it's an eye-popping and yet still classy option. It'll go well alongside the White w/ red detailing Triumph Street Triple R I'm upgrading my ride to at the end of this month (GLEE). The red would also go well with a lot of Honda race machines I'm sure.
I skipped over the RS-1 on my trip up the Bell helmet ladder, but I'm very happy with where I am. Rally around the Bell Family, indeed.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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4.6 out of 5(13)
 
 
 
 
 
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Dainese Avro Leather Jacket This product has been replaced by the Dainese Avro C2 Jacket with no meaningful changes outside of CE approval. Protection Composite protectors certified to Standard EN1621.1/97 Co-injected shoulder with aluminium insert Ergonomics and Comfort Cowhide leather S1 fabric Inserts in elasticated fabric Collar with elasticated insert Jacket-trousers fastening system Waist adjustment Neck adjustment Removable thermal liner Sanitized lining Other Pocket for G1 and G2 back protector Pocket for Thorax chest protector Soft inserts Reflective inserts 2 outer pockets Pocket on removable liner Internal pockets
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The pinnacle of a leather sport riding jacket
PostedMarch 12, 2012
Customer avatar
umbralAeronaut
State:OK
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I came from rocking a Joe Rocket "Old School" Leather to this Dainese Avro and the differences are huge.
Right out of the box it smells and feels like good plush leather, adjectives like 'firm' and 'supple' might flit through the mind before being discarded as overtly feminine. "It's just a jacket, I plan on bleeding all over it before we're through so cut the sentiments!" you might angrily inform your subconscious. But there the sentiments remain. Mine is a Black/White/Blue with Red accents and it is quite the head-turner. The quality is obvious and I receive compliments from random strangers while at gas stops and barbecue joints. Girls want to touch it and smell it. Works for me!
I ordered a size 54, I am 6'1" and 170 lbs. This turned out to be just perfect for that tight "fitted" cut, although I think I could have gone up one size as well for a more relaxed fit. Definitely glad I didn't go down one though. With the liner in, there is very little wiggle room for moving air to flow around and it holds heat well (tested in a short 38 degree morning ride so far so for what that's worth). With the liner out I have a bit more room for air to flow, which should be enough to make all the difference above 60 degrees. While a far different cut then my earlier much-looser (and much less expensive) leather jacket, I wouldn't have it any other way now.
Another thing about the liner is that it plugs into the jacket with a zipper on either side of the front chest, a loop and snap on the back of the neck, and two pairs of loop-and-snap and snap-to-snaps in the wrists. The snaps are not 'sewn' but instead stitched into the liner or some synthetic loops in the liner. It's an involved system but I think it will stand the test of time a bit better then the Joe Rocket jacket's did... those had sewn-in four-hole buttons that unraveled surprisingly fast after taking the liner in and out just a few times. (If this description didn't make much sense to you then don't worry: it's quality).
Surprisingly roomy pockets in the interior-left lapel of the jacket, the right side of the liner, and the two outer areas, but the zippers are small and fiddly to work with, sometimes even without gloves on. In the same theme, the various fittings are of course of outstanding quality but the snaps for the neck feel just a little bit tricky with gloves on. I just try to remember to snap them earlier in my routine now. The choice of velcro in the wrist struck me as odd when it could potentially interfere with glove velcro, but I've already gotten over this mild complaint.
I added a Wave G2 back protector. Very little change in the fit: only really discernable difference is that you feel a bit more supportive stiffness when you try to arch your back. When hunched over in a 'racer tuck' the whole jacket seems to press on your sides, back, and shoulders in a gentle and confidence-inspiring caress. It feels like race armor, which I guess it pretty much is now.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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 Icon TiMax TRX Short Gloves
Icon TiMax TRX Short Gloves
Genuine floating titanium plate armor Pittards Armor-Tan ceramic infused leather overlay Secure double closure hook and loop cuff Pre-curved palm and finger design Expansion panels in critical areas Breathable palm
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I bought: TiMax TRX Short Glove in Large Red
PostedDecember 29, 2011
Customer avatar
umbralAeronaut
State:OK
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:18-24
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
For the price, these are pretty great armored gloves. It's difficult to tell from the photographs but the leather reinforcing on the sides of the pinkie-fingers is quite thick and seems stitched solidly to wrap around the exterior of the finger. My primary concern on buying these was that the pinkie finger might not be as well protected as the rest of the hand but having them now I feel reassured that they will protect from abrasion and hold the little finger bones in place in the event of a hand-slide.
Obviously the design compromise here is more towards the armored fingers and knuckles, but you don't feel any undue weight or stress on the hands while riding. These gloves are lighter overall then they look. There are a few other pleasant surprises that aren't immediately obvious. First was that due to the fact that the knuckle armor is 'floating' rather then stitched in on all four sides, these gloves actually fold in half quite decently and could fit into my riding jacket pockets (separately!). Second is that in addition to the big elastic strap on the front, there is a smaller tension strap on the back that can be used to increase or decrease the tightness of the fit and make them very snug around the wrist, or loosened to make them easier to pull off. The best way to put them on seems to be to first close the big front strap then tighten up the rear strap to your preference of snugness, reverse-order when taking off the gloves.
The leather in the palms and bottoms of the fingers is great quality, and like all other leather gloves I've had actually can be used with some extra effort to work the touchscreen on a smartphone. Honestly it's really much easier to just take one glove off while you're stopped on the side of the road getting GPS directions but it's an entertaining side benefit. Vibration dampening is fine, the padding stitched into the palms over the leather is actually rather thin but it does the job well without sacrificing control feedback. It strikes a decent compromise for a thicker glove like this.
Sizing seemed pretty true for me (6'1" with fairly big hands, usually wear a Large glove). For temperatures below 40 or with considerable gusting winds in the forecast, I slipped on some thin form fitting stretch-wool gloves underneath these and never had a complaint about the cold on short trips under 100 miles. That is a pretty tight fit though, and I'm much happier to have the extra small margin of space (as well as more relaxed grip effort and therefore control feedback) as I wear them on the "warmer" days. I have yet to ride with them in temperatures above 65 degrees, but I'd imagine they do alright in warmer climates assuming you're fine with a little sweat on your palms at the end of the day.
For something as well-armored as these to flow air better would probably require a hefty price-point leap which doesn't seem necessary yet to me.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Nelson-Rigg Deluxe All Season Cover Features The Nelson-Rigg Deluxe All Season Cover made from high-density treated polyester to withstand today's elements and be water-resistant Treated with exclusive UVEX to block out harmful UV rays that are the leading cause of color fading Air ventilators to prevent condensation and heat shield lower panels Four oversized grommets with bungees at front wheel and middle of bike for security Soft windshield liner and snug fully-elasticized hem Packed into its own attractive carry all Not intended for trailering Size Guidelines Medium fits 125-600cc Standards without windshield or accessories, and Sport Bikes Large fits 250-600cc Standards with windshield and accessories, and larger Sport Bikes X-Large fits 650-1100cc Standards and Touring Bikes with windshields and accessories XX-Large fits 1200-1500cc Standards and Touring bikes with windshield and accessories Note Model Numbers Are MC-902. 903 904
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Worth the price
PostedDecember 29, 2011
Customer avatar
umbralAeronaut
State:OK
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:18-24
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
For a Honda CBR250 the medium size was perfect. Only used it to cover the cycle for a 12-day period over the winter holidays but it worked as advertised.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Icon Domain 2 SHA DO Helmet
Icon Domain 2 SHA DO Helmet
It's cool to like fictional Japanese space robots. They've got future swords and cosmic powers and stuff. Some of 'em can even destroy entire planets. We don't know about this stuff ourselves. We knew a guy who was into robots back in the day. DOT and Snell M2005 approved (USA) ECE 22-05 approved (EU) Dyneema/carbon fiber/aramid composite shell Imported
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Domain 2 SHA DO -- I think I need another
PostedNovember 28, 2011
Customer avatar
umbralAeronaut
State:OK
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:18-24
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Important points:
1.) The supervent worked just as advertised, in that it was the first and only component to break when I dropped my Domain 2 down a flight of wood stairs (Murphy's Law as it applies to shiny new expensive things). The whole rest of the helmet, including the faceshield, laughed it off. Since buying and installing a replacement for the Vent, it would take a careful examination by hand to determine that this helmet had been dropped. Since the helmet is still quite structurally sound and the looks are untarnished I elected to continue riding with it and I have no worries that it will hold up great.
2.) The micro-fiber padding is superb. I wear a Large and while it is quite snug on my head, I didn't feel any pain after a 3 hour roadtrip. Not even significant red marks on my face. You want a TIGHT fitting helmet for it to do it's job properly, and the comfort padding of the Domain 2 is up to the task of making this an attainable goal.
3.) I bought this helmet in Red and already I kind of want it in Black, just to see how the detailing holds up. So the styling definitely works for me. But what's most important is that this helmet is a perfect combination of attention-grabbing while not also screaming: "I'm a counter-culture death metal freak, please do society a favor and run me over in your minivan!" This helmet will get you noticed without looking like Salvador Dali's nightmares. The technical robotic design feels a touch more refined then some of the spastically-colored animalistic imagery that's out there in Icon's own product line. Kudos to Icon for achieving this design balance, here's hoping they decide to continue the look forward once the Domain 2 is completely retired.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon IC-02 Pro Shield Faceshield The Pro Shield from Icon distinguishes itself from the Icon Classic Shield by means of the helmet shield lock. Icon made the switch in 2010 and all of the newer models (listed below) now take the ICON Pro Faceshield. The exception to the rule is the Icon Airmada Helmet, which takes the Icon Optics Faceshield . Features Fog Free Face Shield for ICON Helmets The ICON Proshield (IC-02) is fitted with a helmet shield lock to keep your shield securely closed Designed to work with Domain 2, Alliance, and Airframe Helmets Will NOT fit Alliance SSR, Mainframe, or Domain (1) helmets, ( Icon Classic Shields available for these models) Will NOT fit the Variant (see Icon Variant Face Shield )
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Reflective Gold: great wind pro and scratch resistance
PostedNovember 28, 2011
Customer avatar
umbralAeronaut
State:OK
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:18-24
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
This review is for the Reflective Gold Proshield (mounted onto a Domain 2 helmet). Three primary things to say:
1.) When the Proshield is locked down using the hole/metal tab arrangement between helmet and shield, it DOES cut out a ton of wind and noise. Also this should keep the helmet locked down tight so it won't get knocked off in a crash, thankfully I haven't tested this yet.
2.) Scratch resistance is superb. I'm not too embarrassed to say that I dropped my beautiful Icon helmet down a flight of stairs... mostly because it's impossible to tell unless you know exactly what you're looking for. I did have to replace the Supervent on my helmet which took the majority of the damage (as it is intended to, I suppose), but that's another story. The Proshield took a solid hit or two off of wood stairs and laughed it off.
3.) Sadly, this shield is not the best at Fog-Resistance. I suspect that only the Clear and Smoke varieties have the Fog Shield on them, a deduction supported by the included Icon face shield company guide. In practice, I found that I was controlling my breathing at stop signs/lights and oftentimes not locking the helmet all the way down to the final "click" until I had pulled away to a decent speed, at which point the excellent air flow of my helmet took care of the problem. This is in 40 degree and below weather mind you, and with all of my vents wide open. Different environments will yield different results I am sure.
Miscellaneous: Packing and documentation was superb, the helmet came shrink-wrapped in a protective film from the factory with just the right size packing to support it without crushing it. If you own one of the Icon helmets that these shields attach to then you already know that the face shield changing process is trickier then some. It took me 10 minutes to figure out that the orange tabs weren't locking all the way unless I pushed them even further then I thought they were supposed to go. It's probably something you could get used to if you change shields a lot however, and it's arguably a very small price to pay for the various other premium features that Icon brings to the table for the price.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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