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AFX FX-39 Dual Sport Helmet Features A large-size FX-39DS weighs 1.59 kg or 3.5 lb An aerodynamic shell design constructed using an advanced lightweight composite poly-alloy A flip-up, flush-fit, quick-release, single-turn screw face shield with side covers. The shield itself is optically correct, compound-curved, scratch-resistant and protects against UV-rays There are several tinted shields available for this model Shield can be removed to allow open face riding or goggle use A helmet liner and cheek pads made with a hypoallergenic and anti-microbial nylon, all of which are removable and washable 9 points of ventilation with chin, side, forehead, top and rear vents Retention system is quick release with sewn on ECE logo Provides ample ear cavity space for speakers A clear coat finish to protect paint and graphics Comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty Includes flat black side-covers and screw plug for shield use without the visor DOT approved for use in the United States
 
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3 / 5
3 / 5
Good value with a few understandable shortcomings
PostedSeptember 17, 2012
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Usediv
From Brooklyn
State:NY
Rider Type:Stuntman
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
I swore I'd never buy a hundred dollar helmet but stuck without my Shoei RF1100, and a trip booked, I needed something cheap, and fast. Given the reviews, I figured the AFX deserved a shot. I will say that for the price it is an extremely good helmet, miles ahead of everything else in the price range. Good fit, reasonable build quality and feels quite safe (luckily didn't have to test that last part fully).
However, there is, as you would hope, significant differences between this and the more expensive helmets.
First of all noise, this thing is noisey. While all helmets are to some degree, the FX-39 seems more so. It would be fine around town and at normal highway speeds for an hour or so, but extended periods over 60mph will wear you out, so remember to pack your earplugs.
Secondly, changing visors is a major pain in the ***. Be prepared to set aside fifteen minutes to change your visor and I recommend a pair of needle nose pliers as it's pretty much impossible to do with the supplied plastic tool alone.
A few other niggling points were the chin strap, some visor distortion and the pretty much useless peak. The chin strap mechanism (similar to a boot ratchet type closure) does not feel nearly as safe as a D-ring fastener. Every time I took the helmet off I was struck by how easy it was to undo the fastener with one gentle pull on the tab and couldn't help but think what would happen if the tab got caught on something in the event of an accident. I did notice some visor distortion around the bottom which I'd heard other reviewers mention too. Not a big deal, and probably comes with the territory with face shields for dual sport helmets, but it can strain your eyes unnecessarily. Finally, the peak. It's really too short even adjusted all the way out to be useful and probably contributes to the noise problem.
In summary, having used the helmet for significant road touring, I wouldn't recommend it for this purpouse. However, given that unsurprising point, it looks cool, and it's cheap as chips. For around town or something that you can wear to and from blazing back trails, this thing is pretty sweet.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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