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 SparX S07 Stryder Retro Helmet
SparX S07 Stryder Retro Helmet
5 Year limited warranty against manufacturer defects Crashed helmet program Meets or exceeds both DOT and ECE2205 standards Integrated ear plug storage devices Features Lightweight thermocomposite shell construction In-visor Anti-fog ventilation system Form fitted contour cheek pads True ventilation channels for optimum circulation around face Quick relase tool-less ratchet system 3 lbs. 7-3/8 oz. (1569g) This weight is +/- 50g, different shell sizes may be heavier / lighter. Helmet Weight ( View Motorcycle Helmet Weights ) Note Helmet shown with optional tinted shield. Clear shield included.
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Great Helmet For The Price!
PostedJuly 2, 2011
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MadCapsule
From Chicago
State:IL
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Average
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Average
Wide
Let me start by saying that I don't have a ton of riding time with this helmet just yet, but the time I have put in with it has been pleasant so far.
It fit a bit tight around my ears at first, but this has become noticeably less pronounced with use. The first few times I pulled the helmet on, my ears would get folded over and I would have to shove a finger in between the lining and my ear to correct this. Now I can just pull the helmet on and shift it around a bit and my ears are fine. The cheek pads have also broken in quite nicely. They are snug, but not too tight.
I'm a big fan of the clean uncluttered lines of the Sparx line of helmets and the retro styling of the Stryder paint scheme is just stunning. The paint job is surprisingly high-quality for a helmet at this price. I have been unable to locate any dust stuck in the paint and the clear coat feels nice and smooth over the entire surface. On the back of the helmet there is an eagle logo, a small Sparx emblem and a DOT/ECE certification label. I believe these are all decals underneath the clear coat, but they are very thin and it is almost impossible to spot just by looking at them. I was expecting the silver checkering that runs down the center of the helmet to be a decal, but it is actually painted on. Nicely done, Sparx!
My helmet varies slightly from the picture Revzilla has displayed. Mine doesn't have the large "Sparx" lettering along the sides and I think it looks better without it; I really don't care for helmets that have the manufacturer's name plastered all over them.
It's not all peaches and cream with this helmet though. The top vents don't close (which I was aware of from the beginning). This will probably be fine for the majority of the time that I'll be riding, but I can see it getting unpleasant if I happen to get caught in the rain. The plastic vent of the left of my helmet doesn't sit quite as flush as the one on the right and I believe this may be causing a slight whistling noise. That should be easy enough to fix though. The corresponding holes for each of the front and rear top vents are quite small and while they do lead down to the mesh part of the lining, they can easily get covered up by the center pad if it is not perfectly aligned. There are also two lower rear exhaust vents that are inlaid with wire mesh. If I blow directly into them I can feel air entering from well, somewhere, but I'm a bit dubious of their effectiveness while riding. With all the padding and then the addition of, y'know, my head stuffed in there, I can't imagine they do much. Who knows? I could be wrong. Maybe the aerodynamics of the helmet are such that the air moving along the sides and towards the rear will pull hot air out through the lower vents at higher speeds. I think I also would have preferred if the chin vent directed air directly at my face instead of bouncing it off of the face shield first. I suppose this will help with defogging, but isn't that what the first detente in the retention mechanism is for?
The face shield sometimes doesn't snap shut on the right-hand side when lowering. This seems to be due to the offset of the lift tab and the fact that the shield itself flexes a bit when raising and lowering it. This seems to be lessening as the retention mechanism is getting broken-in however. The retention mechanism (as mentioned by Web Bike World) requires a bit of coercing to release the face shield and it does sound like you've just broken something every time the shield is removed. Getting the face shield back on can also be a bit of a chore.
Overall I'd say this helmet is a good buy, especially when considering the price and overall appearance. It has a couple shortcomings, but nothing that makes me regret buying it.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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