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Old 04-21-2013, 09:51 AM   #196
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I tried the Explorer. I was drawn by the integrated sun visor. Too bad too, as it was a nice helmet.

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Just curious, which one did you try on? The Discovery (without the sun shield), or the Explorer (with the sun shield). They actually fit totally different. The Discovery IMOP is a less round helmet and fits closer to size of what other helmets are. It's visor though is its huge downfall. The Explorer though seems to fit closer to size for the Medium guys, but as you get larger, I don't think the helmet gets much bigger leaving guys like me that usually wear a L or XL in an XXL and someone like you in an XXL unable to fit. Going smaller though, its the opposite issue. My wife is usually a S, but even the XS is a tad "large" on her. So its almost like they just didn't don't change much from M as you size up or down.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:08 AM   #197
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I've had the Bilt Explorer helmet for about 5 months now. I picked it up for the $99 price the OP paid. I travel a lot and wanted a helmet I could take with me and not worry about being broken or stolen, cheap to replace.

I wear a Medium and the one problem I had with it were the cheek pieces mashed my face too much. So my simple solution was to pull the cheeks out, cut the stitching, and pulled some of the padding out, then stitched it back up, it fits prefect now.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:11 AM   #198
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It looks like they are now offering replacement cheek pads if you wanted to try another size
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:03 PM   #199
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Just ordered two of these from cyclegear, a small in black for my wife, and a medium in silver for myself. My wife needed a new helmet, I really didn't (I've had the AFX DS-39 for 2 years, and really like it), but the retractable sunshield was enough enticement to go for it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:20 AM   #200
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I just ordered the Hi-Viz Adventure Explorer to replace my 7 year old Caberg V2.


They're back to $99 w/free shipping.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:31 AM   #201
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Helmet strap quick release for Bilt Explorer

There has been some comparative comments about the lack of a quick release on the Bilt Explorer, and how nice the strap quick release is on the AFX-39 dual sport helmet.

I have the AFX39 helmet and really like the quick release mechanism it incorporates. I am looking into replacing this helmet with the Bilt Explorer model as it seems more comfortable on my head.

In searching about I found the exact quick release mechanism used on my AFX39 available from Stryker Helmets for about $11.

Here is the link:

http://www.strykerhelmets.com/Helmet...ckle_p_22.html
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:32 AM   #202
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My 2 cents, I have been waiting for this helmet to go on sale again so I could grab one at a low price. This weekend they went on sale again, so I raced out to snag one. When I got there, they only had two in xxl. (I wear an xxl HJC, but I have never been happy with the round fit) The first thing I noticed: this helmet runs small! I walked around the store with the helmet on for about 10 minutes and I couldn't take it anymore. It was super tight and I had a headache the rest of the night. The helmet looked great and the build was comparable to my HJC, but it was just too small. I ended up talking myself out of buying it, even though the sales guy said it will break-in with time.
Nice looking helmet though, and you sure can't beat the price.
Same experience for me. I normally wear L or XL, but even the XXL was uncomfortable on the Explorer. Features-wise it's the perfect helmet for me but I couldn't stand to have it on for 5 minutes in the store... there are pressure points in the XXL that annoy my head!

I've tried the XL and XXL's on at two different Cycle Gear stores and all were the same.

I had bought the Bilt Bluetooth helmet which was the 2011 Christmas $99 promotion, and it fit better but it has an unsolvable air leak at the shield. So I'm thinking about moving the very good Bluetooth unit from that helmet to a dual sport helmet.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:07 PM   #203
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Got my hi-viz Explorer Adventure lid today. I normally wear an XS but went with the small due to the size chart and all the reviews stating they run small. I think that's due to the internal shape being a narrow long oval.

CycleGear is sending me a pre-paid return label so I can exchange it for an XS.

Besides being a bit too big, I'm pretty impressed with the helmet for only being $99.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:40 AM   #204
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I picked up a Matte Black Large on Sunday; I was tired of riding pavement in a regular MX helmet and being pinged in the face by bugs. It was on the $99 deal, so I figured let's try it, especially after reading good things here.

In short, I LOVE it. It fits very well. I normally wear a Large, and the Large fits just fine. The cheek pads are ever so slightly snug, but I expect they will break in.

I do kinda wish I had gotten white or silver, but black goes with all my other gear. The black just shows dust and dirt more easily. I hosed it off with Simple Green and water after the ride, cleaned the visor, dried it and reassembled and it looks like new.

I REALLY like how the visor can be set at any angle and it won't close (or open) with the wind. And despite wearing (prescription) sunglasses, the flip-down tinted visor is useful too.

I added my own quick-release buckle off of another helmet, so I'm set there too. Oh and it's lighter than my old HJC CLX-4 MX helmet.

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Old 05-09-2013, 09:28 AM   #205
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UV protection

I have a cheap UV tester that shows that both visors of the Bilt Adventure Helmet have UV 400 protection.

Using the same machine, the dark visor on my Shoei Hornet gets the same results, as do my sunglasses (the clear visor on the Hornet appears to be offering a little less UV protection).

Note that this test was done with a cheap device, so there is no guarantee that the results are 100 percent exact.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:48 AM   #206
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I'm torn on the Bilt Explorer Adventure helmet. I really want to like the helmet, especially the main visor that stays put where ever you put it and the sun visor is nice to have there, but honestly the fit to my head just isn't that great. I'm wearing an XXL and it still has pressure points that eventually start bugging me after all day in the helmet. I've even had a few times where I've gotten an excruciating pain/headache starting and had to to just stop and take a break. I don't think the Bilt Explorer has even a remotely oval shape fit as I'm definitely a very oval shaped head by several different expert Arai helmet fitters. I think overall its a much more round shaped and why it doesn't fit me well. I also need to wear one of those cool maxx head liners so my ears don't tuck down when I put the helmet on as that drives me nuts. That's a pretty poor design on the helmet liner to have edge that grabs your ears. I think the biggest issue I'm running into though is the speakers from my SMH10 just don't have enough room and that's part of the problem that is causing pressure points, but even without those, the fit of the helmet on my head is way less than perfect.

I have an MSR one that fits better, but the visor is not nearly as nice and its even got less ear room than the Bilt. I haven't even tried my SMH10 in that one.

I really wish the Bilt Discovery had the same face shield as the Bilt Adventure as the discovery fit me so much better. I'm thinking this helmet has a much more oval shape to it and why it feels so much better. I'd even give up the sun visor for a better fit, just really can't stand the Discovery face shield and its optical issues. I've been torn to go back and purchase the Discovery when its on sale for $69 and just see if I can live with the face shield, but its face shield is no where near like the one on the Explorer. Hmm, maybe I can take the pads out of the Discover and retrofit them into the Explorer? Probably doesn't help the shape issue of the overall helmet though.

My wife seems to be enjoying her Bilt Explorer and she's been through several DS helmets, so that's good that she likes it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:02 PM   #207
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The Explorer though seems to fit closer to size for the Medium guys, but as you get larger, I don't think the helmet gets much bigger leaving guys like me that usually wear a L or XL in an XXL and someone like you in an XXL unable to fit. Going smaller though, its the opposite issue. My wife is usually a S, but even the XS is a tad "large" on her. So its almost like they just didn't don't change much from M as you size up or down.
I couldnt agree more with you. I wear a L in a Bell but ended up with a S in the Explorer. I couldnt tell any difference between the M and the S.
My biggest complaint with this helmet is the lip at the bottom of the visor. It has a nasty habit of reflecting light directly into my eyes. my fix has been to line the lip with electrical tape.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:22 PM   #208
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One thing I noticed about this helmet is that there is a lot of turbulence inside it with the visor closed. It really needs a chin skirt

Not being one who sews, I got creative with black duct tape. We'll see how it works out tomorrow. I used my street helmet as a guide.

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Old 05-27-2013, 10:31 PM   #209
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I'm giving up on the Bilt Explorer helmet

Well guys, I really tried to like Bilt Explorer Adventure helmet, but it just doesn't work for me. I really came to appreciate the face shield that just stays where ever you put it or the drop down sun shield, but when it came down to it, the fit of the helmet doesn't work and I find the pads extremely poorly designed, cheap, and painful. I even noticed the pads getting "wrinkled" and staying that way? Because of the way the pads are behind your ears, I also had to wear a cool max head liner just to keep my ears from being folded down when I put it on and make the helmet more comfortable, but in the end, that didn't work either.

I just spent 3 days DS riding about 4 hrs from our home (in Tellico, TN) with my wife and by day 2, I had had enough of the helmet. I was just getting terrible pressure points behind the ears giving me excruciating headaches that was making my riding miserable. It was so bad, that I went over to Tellico Motorcycle Outfitters and bought the Icon Variant, so I could continue to ride on the 3rd day in comfort. Mike had an awesome price on it, so it made it less painful for the purchase. I had never been a fan of Icon over all just because they usually don't market to the dual sport guys and had never even considered this helmet before, but after going through several $100 DS helmets that just don't work, I had to pull the trigger on something more expensive and this one fit the bill. I only have 1 full day ride on my Variant, but so far I'm loving it and I definitely got that "oh yeah, this feels good" when I put the helmet on which I never had with the Bilt. The shield also has a great small opening setting just to allow a little air in which I love, plus a couple other settings. It doesn't go up as high out of your view as the Bilt, but overall I think its a far superior helmet, but of course the price reflects that.

What stinks is I had even debated before leaving for the ride on taking my trusty Scorpion EXO-700 or even my MSR DS helmet which is just okay, but I really wanted the Bilt helmet to work. Well in the end, it cost me a new helmet that's much more pricey, but that's okay as I think I'm really going to enjoy this one. You guys enjoy your Bilt helmets and I'm glad they work for you.

My wife has an XS Bilt Explorer Adventure helmet and although she doesn't have the same issues I had with mine on comfort, hers has started to become so loose on her that she's starting to question how well it will protect her in a crash. I think again, this goes back to the "cheap pads" they use in this helmet and her's have stretched in just a short time that it no longer fits her snug like it should. We may be replacing her helmet before our big "Out West" trip this year.

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I'm torn on the Bilt Explorer Adventure helmet. I really want to like the helmet, especially the main visor that stays put where ever you put it and the sun visor is nice to have there, but honestly the fit to my head just isn't that great. I'm wearing an XXL and it still has pressure points that eventually start bugging me after all day in the helmet. I've even had a few times where I've gotten an excruciating pain/headache starting and had to to just stop and take a break. I don't think the Bilt Explorer has even a remotely oval shape fit as I'm definitely a very oval shaped head by several different expert Arai helmet fitters. I think overall its a much more round shaped and why it doesn't fit me well. I also need to wear one of those cool maxx head liners so my ears don't tuck down when I put the helmet on as that drives me nuts. That's a pretty poor design on the helmet liner to have edge that grabs your ears. I think the biggest issue I'm running into though is the speakers from my SMH10 just don't have enough room and that's part of the problem that is causing pressure points, but even without those, the fit of the helmet on my head is way less than perfect.

I have an MSR one that fits better, but the visor is not nearly as nice and its even got less ear room than the Bilt. I haven't even tried my SMH10 in that one.

I really wish the Bilt Discovery had the same face shield as the Bilt Adventure as the discovery fit me so much better. I'm thinking this helmet has a much more oval shape to it and why it feels so much better. I'd even give up the sun visor for a better fit, just really can't stand the Discovery face shield and its optical issues. I've been torn to go back and purchase the Discovery when its on sale for $69 and just see if I can live with the face shield, but its face shield is no where near like the one on the Explorer. Hmm, maybe I can take the pads out of the Discover and retrofit them into the Explorer? Probably doesn't help the shape issue of the overall helmet though.

My wife seems to be enjoying her Bilt Explorer and she's been through several DS helmets, so that's good that she likes it.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:28 AM   #210
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Anyone have a dirt cheap XL they would like to get rid of? I'd give'r a whirl.
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