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Nolan N104 Voyage Helmet Nolan N104 Helmets represent an evolutionary step for Nolan as they replace the much touted N103 Helmet. When compared the older N103, the Nolan N104 Helmet offers a helmet which is much lighter (7oz), features a lower profile through the use of multiple shell sizes, better aerodynamics, as well as a much larger viewport for increased visibility. The (patented) chin guard rotation movement with elliptical trajectory makes it possible to keep the total size of the helmet's front section to a minimum, when the chin guard is open. The sail effect is consequently highly reduced and riding comfort is still guaranteed, even when the chin guard is lifted. The new ultrawide eyeport is the largest of any Nolan helmet, both vertically and laterally for maximum field of view. The AIRBOOSTER ventilation system is equipped with an air intake in the chin bar, another intake in the brow and two rear extractors at the rear. The inner comfort lining includes removable cheekpads, inner liner, neckroll and chin curtain and is easily removable and washable as well as antifungal and antibacterial. New, redesigned comfort liner also accommodates eyeglasses much more easily than before. All Nolan N104 helmets are also N-COM B4 ready ( N-COM B4 is designed expressly for the N104 and is sold separately). Shell Features Injected polycarbonate GE Lexan shell 7oz lighter than the Nolan N103 Two Shell engineering allows Nolan N104 to offer sizes from 2XS to 3XL (2XS-LG and XL-3XL) Dimensionally correct sizing allows ample cubic volume in chin/nose area Faceshield Features Face shields are now sized to fit the two different shell sizes (2XS-LG and XL-3XL) Ultra wide eye port opening is the largest on any Nolan helmet for superior visibility Shield is changed by a simple push button mechanism Pinlock shield included with each helmet VPS (Vision Protection System) is new slider bar to lower, push button release for instant retraction VPS lens is scratch and fog resistant Chin Bar Features Centromatic chin guard opening mechanism requires dual action, simultaneous action to prevent accidental opening Dual action opening mechanism is positioned in the centre of the chin guard and allows for easy, one-handed opening Ventilation N104 has new AIRBOOSTER ventilation system, ensures optimal ventilation where is is most required Air intake in the chin guard draws air in and onto the inside of the faceshield 3 position top vent (closed, crown vent, crown/brow vent) 2 venturi exhaust ports at rear of helmet New plastic vent tube channels in EPS disperse cool air throughout the helmet interior Inner Liner Features removable cheek pads, inner liner, neck roll and wind protector The inner padding of the new N104 is easily removable and washable and antibacterial The shape of the inner comfort padding facilitates eyeglass wearing Reflective insert at the centre of the roll neck further improves the rider's visibility at night Neck roll can be removed easily, for more comfort in the warmer months Other Features N-Com Communication System compatible (sold separately) Features new Microlock2 quick-release retention system Microlock2 consists of a plastic ergonomic opening lever, and of a second aluminium toothed and holding lever Microlock2 minimizes the possibility of unintentional opening while still making it ergonomic and easy to use Meets or exceeds D.O.T. standards
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great upgrade from the N103
PostedJune 12, 2012
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Conundrum
From Alpine
State:CA
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
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Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I've now had this N104 helmet just under a month, about 2500 miles or so. It fit VERY snugly at first, especially against my cheeks. Now it's loosening up some, and it's comfortable, but I still wonder if it might be a touch too small. My N103 was a medium, and I ordered a medium; but this medium feels much smaller than my N103 did.
I feel that the N104 is pretty much exactly as advertised - upgrades to everything about the N103. Some have complained that they don't like the sun visor or that it doesn't provide adequate coverage, it seems to fit me just fine. Maybe others are just thrown off by the HUGE visor's viewable area? I'm not kidding, compared to all my past helmets (and I've had a lot over my 27 years of riding) it's almost like the whole helmet is made of visor. If you can't see well out of this thing you must be going blind!
Airflow is much better than the N103, with the brow vent especially kicking in a lot of air and right on the forehead where it's most appreciated. It's also much quieter; although not quite "super quiet" as previous reviews led me to hope. Oh well, wind noise will always be a problem I suppose. The N104 does handle it well compared to other helmets I've worn.
The other thing it does well (or rather, doesn't do as much) is it handles "dirty" air better than previous lids. There are a few places I ride where wind direction and speed have a tendency to create a bobblehead effect with my previous helmets, I have tested in these areas and it hasn't been a problem with this helmet. That exterior shell design really seems to work in my opinion.
I don't ride with the chin bar up, but there is a definite "pop into place" indent when the chin bar is fully opened; along with an actual little lock lever to lock it open if you're into that sort of thing. This is also the easiest face shield to remove I've ever encountered, and more importantly it's *really* easy to put back on as well.
I didn't get the built in bluetooth headset so can't comment on that. I do have an Autocom outfit, and installing the headset for that was pretty easy as the liner is easy to remove/work with. The Autocom helmet speakers don't fit the N104's pre-cut speaker holes very well though, the holes are deep enough but not oval or big enough to fit the outer dimensions of the Autocom speakers. Not a big deal really, but it's the worst thing I can find to say about this helmet.
Overall I'd say it's a win as far as I'm concerned. Good job Nolan!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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