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Old 03-11-2010, 07:06 PM   #1
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Icon Variant Review

The lovely Mrs. Crash purchased a Icon Variant (Etched Red) for me for my Birthday. Luckily, after riding it for a couple days on errands and such I won't have to talk smack about my B-day present.

1. Wonderful fit. Honestly? While I was cradling it upsidedown and about to flip it up on my XL melon I thought for a second "How am I going to fit into that?" Fortunately, the bottom of the comfort liner makes the opening look extremely small BUT was snug but not uncomfortable. I do have another helmet that folds my ears down when I put it on but the Variant doesn't.

2. SINCE I mentioned the comfort liner, it has all the "moisture wicking" stuff and is very comfortable. No hot spots. Complete contact all around...AND smelled new! The fit around the base of the skull is very close fitting and the helmet is really quiet. Much more so than the open face MX ones I've been riding...but anything is probably quieter than those.

3. Visor/Vision. Outstanding. The 3D shape really is cool AND there's no distortion; I have to admit that the peripheral vision is much, much better than with goggles!

4. Aerodynamics. One of the boasts that Icon makes is about the shape and high speed stability. IT'S NO LIE. I did several speed runs at 75+ INTO a 20mph headwind and did things that would have wrenched my neck in the MX helmets I've worn. It was truly freaky. An MX helmet at those speeds, as soon as you lift your chin or turn to the side, will pull dramatically on your head. No issue with the Variant. It's probably the thing that made me go "Wow" the most. It was shocking. Good. Who knew?

5. Style. I tell people that "Style Counts"! Why? Because if you think it makes you look like a geek--you won't wear it. It looks good. (I love the skull--the tongue hanging out? not so much--but I can live with it).

Before you worry I'm a schill: I paid for this helmet. Full boat. Right now? It's worth it. I priced the XD and the Hornet DS, both list 100 bucks more and aren't as visually compelling to me.
Long story short: I like it!
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:07 AM   #2
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No one seems to address if goggles will work with this helmet or not though...

...so do they?
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:33 AM   #3
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No one seems to address if goggles will work with this helmet or not though...

...so do they?
No. Well. You could remove the shield and use them, but in the up position you probably couldn't get goggles in because the shield doesn't flip up into the visor like the Arai. I DID however try to "remove" my imaginary goggles when I got off the bike...Looked odd to anyone who was watching.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:06 AM   #4
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How would you describe your head shape using the WWW scale?

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...met-shapes.htm
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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Neutral to slightly round.

AND (this is important to some) you need a special tool to change the visor! I don't change my very often so it's not a big deal, it's in the tool box. HOWEVER if you were constantly changing it, that could be a hassle.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:39 PM   #6
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Is there a detent on the face shield to just open it a crack to defog?
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:55 PM   #7
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Is there a detent on the face shield to just open it a crack to defog?
First position is about a 1/2 inch openning. However, I was riding in 45 degree temps and couldn't get it to fog--there's the usual "anti-fogging" treatment claims, but honest? Because of the 3D shape the shield is hecka faraway from your face...
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:21 PM   #8
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Cool thanks crash, I am always leery of the anti-fog claims manufacturers make but it sounds like they really did something in this case.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for the review! I have an Icon street helmet and I love it, hideous graphics and all. If this helmet could work with goggles I'd be 100% all over it. I wouldn't be using them much but it would be nice to have the option.

The aerodynamics are something to consider though.
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:43 AM   #10
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Thanks for the review! I have an Icon street helmet and I love it, hideous graphics and all. If this helmet could work with goggles I'd be 100% all over it. I wouldn't be using them much but it would be nice to have the option.

The aerodynamics are something to consider though.
I just bought an icon variant solid colored helmet also,no head lift or buffeting at all.the dealer I bought it from says goggles will work on it.I'm picking some up next week,will let you know how it works.
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:00 PM   #11
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how about a sizing comparison by anyone wearing a medium Shoei road helmet?
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:05 PM   #12
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I just bought an icon variant solid colored helmet also,no head lift or buffeting at all.the dealer I bought it from says goggles will work on it.I'm picking some up next week,will let you know how it works.
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Hope they do, please keep us posted.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:28 AM   #13
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Bump for any size comparisons please. It would help for us mail order guys. I have a medium Shoei road helmet. Any comparison to the Variant would be great.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:10 AM   #14
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Can you get a dark smoke shield for it?
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:20 AM   #15
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Can you get a dark smoke shield for it?
Yup.

If I get that helmet, I'll be getting a mirrored shield for the Halo Master Chief effect!
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