How does this compare to the Airframe?
I have an Airframe from 2009 (?), how does this new Airmada compare in terms of weight and overall shell size? The shield and venting look like a step up, and the overall look is very similar. I wear an XS, so I was thinking the Airmada would look and feel a little less bulky on my head. Do you know if the Airframe will be updated at all? If not, seems like the Airmada is a better helmet at a lower price point....
In regards to the sizing, you are right. The Airmada does what higher end manufacturers (Arai, Shoei) do by making the shell for the size rather than using one shell size and different inserts.
The main difference is in the actual shell material (thus the lower price point). The Airmada is a polymer (plastic for lack of a better term) shell. The Airframe is a composite shell (fiberglass, carbon fiber, dyneema) which is stronger.
As for the ventilation, the Airmada has a nice forehead vent that the Airframe does not. But, from what I understand, they both have great airflow so it's not much of a factor.
One other thing that this helmet does not have, which was a must for me as a commuter, is a chin curtain. They do not and, having contacted Icon directly, will not manufacture a chin curtain for the Airmada as the helmet's design does not accept one.
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