AFX FX-39 DS helmet?

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by stubmw, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. majorpayne

    majorpayne Been here awhile

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    It looks like places are taking preorders for the fx-41 now. It appears that it comes with an internal flip down sun shade, a chin curtain, quick release strap, etc. I'm wondering if the consensus is going to be that it would be better to pay the extra for it and wait for delivery (sites say October) than to go with the 39 and buy the extras.

    I have a Bilt helmet that I got on sale with very few frills. I got it with the understanding that I would get a more feature rich helmet later. Once I get something "fancier" I will probably take the shield off the Bilt helmet and use it with goggles only.
  2. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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    I personally would go with the built in sunshield... I find them a lot more convenient. ie you can leave the outer shield up and just put the sunshield down etc.
    The only downside I can see so far is the revzilla review says the 41 has less room for goggles.
  3. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Have liners become available yet?
  4. e010584

    e010584 Dirt Rider

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    Although I too was sold on the convenience of an internal sun shield, it quickly became apparent that it comes at the expense of reducing the amount of protection in an area of the helmet that most would consider pretty critical. The other unexpected benefit of the external sun shield is that it affords an un-tinted down view of the instruments, where an internal visor being closer to the face would typically tint the whole field of view.
  5. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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  6. NotDylan

    NotDylan Adventurer

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    Quick sizing question: Head measured 22 5/8 or just under 57 1/2 cm. Small ends at 57 while medium starts at 58. I'm guessing a small would be the right choice.
  7. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    Probably yes. However, it is likely that the cheekpads will be VERY tight initially. They will break in, but this is a common occurrence with size S users of this model.

    BP
  8. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    I am still loving my FX-39 for dual sporting rides. Used it this past weekend with sunglasses underneath and loved it.

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  9. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    A quick change shield would be nice though, I hate messing with shield changes. I tour with my 39 and like dark shields during the day. But, this time a year I know I'll be riding after dark more, so I leave the 39 with the dark shield at home. But, its great on a hot summer day with sun beating down. Mine is still going strong, liner is holding up well after three summers.

    I'll probably get the 41 if the fit is still oval anyway and stick with the sun shade thing with a clear main, my 39 will probably be well worn after I drop it a few more times... :wink:
  10. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    Does any one have a problem with fading paint? Mine yellowed after one year of use. I probably wouldn't notice it on a solid helmet, it is very visible between the bare shell and white portions of the graphics, which retained original color. Would it be covered by warranty?
  11. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    I have helmets that have yellowed over the years, usually takes three years of regular use to show. One year is pretty quick, but I bet it depends on UV exposure and I bet a cheap helmet probably has less paint quality. The more they are out in the sun, the quicker they loose the like new colors. My old N102 is sliver, black and white, but the white is pee yellow now..

    My last helmet was solid silver and it still looks good after three summers. I've stopped messing with the multicolored graphics, they get out dated anyway. Kinda like colorful riding jackets that turn pink and etc, my black one aged the best, its great if you like purple. :rofl

    The only helmet I have thats still perfect color wise is a 6 year old Shark RSI Acid, my other helmets with white in the graphics have all yellowed. Not sure why the old Shark has not, it still looks like new and has many miles on it. My other flat white Shark RSI is getting yellow and it is about 4 years old. Who knows... My two solid silver helmets still look like new, I think silver ages the best, even better than gloss black.
  12. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    I No excessive UV exposure. I store it on a shelf in my garage, away from direct sunlight. This is the worst quality helmet I've ever had. And most of my helmets were HJC- nothing fancy. But at the same time I like its features quite a lot and will probably buy 41 when available. The fading wouldn't be that noticeable if the graphics didn't include white sections.
  13. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Its not really the paint fading, it is typically the resin used to make the shell yellowing over time, which is natural, whether it be poly urethane resin they use or poly acrylate...what ever they mix to make the reinforced Fiberglas shells.
  14. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    Doug, you're probably right. Regardless, the graphics look like cheap stickers now.

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  15. mosey.levy

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    Well that's disappointing to hear.
    I guess I'll have a yellowing helmet soon.
    It's only 3 months old as of now.
  16. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    Have you seen the outer half shield?
    http://city-gs.tumblr.com/post/61703650637/sun-in-my-eye
  17. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Brian, same sizing on the FX-41 as the 39? I think I need a 4th helmet...

    Can you recommend goggles that'll fit both too?
  18. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    Definitely NOT. We have a test 41 already. Fits more typical of other helmets than the 39, which is to say do not go down a size. Additionally, the 41 will NOT accept goggles......when the inner shield is in the up position it does not retract fully, and there is no room for them.

    BP
  19. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Interesting. I'm a large in the FX-39. XL in my HJC FS-15. So XL for the FX-41 you think?
  20. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    Yes. Although the 41 seems sliiiiightly more round than the 39 also.

    We did a really large fit study with the 39, so I know that one well. I only have 1 FX-41, so I am less informed. But I think you should get an XL.

    BP