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 Nolan N104 Action Helmet
Nolan N104 Action Helmet
Nolan N104 Action 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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4 / 5
4 / 5
N104 - Better fit & comfort than N90 but color was decieving
PostedApril 8, 2013
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From Orange County, NY
State:NY
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
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Slightly Large
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Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I first bought an N90 as it had all the features I needed. My head measures 23" so I bought a large on the N90 as the reviews said the fit was tight. The helmet was way to big on me fit-wise and even worse looks-wise as the N90 only offers one shell size to accomodate all sizes... Reminding me of "Lord Helmet" from "Space Balls".
I returned the N90 and bought a medium "Black/Anthracite" N104 Action as it offers 2 shell sizes. The N104 fits my intermediate oval head perfect and the shell size has a much more reasonable ratio to the rest of me (5'9" 185lbs).
All the moving parts on the helmet have a quality feel and more sturdy than the N90. I like the quick retract feature on the sunvisor but the larger nose cutout along the bottom can be annoying in some situations. Another issue I had with the N90 was the microlock strap; it rested right on the edge of my adam's apple and was very uncomfortable. The N104 microlock2 strap is very comfortable because it has a greater forward/backward range of motion and I'm able to place it where it does not dig into my adam's apple.
My only problem with this particular helmet is that the color is not what I expected. The color is named "Black / Anthracite" but the black has metallic flecs that displays as multi-color sparkles when the sun hit it... not my cup o' tea. I'm going to return it for a different color.
I can not comment on the noise or airflow because I never wore it on the road yet.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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