Bilt Adventure Helmet Report

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by G19Tony, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. sgmartz

    sgmartz Been here awhile

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    website shows $99...wonder why the price difference between in store and online....

    anyone else looking to pull the trigger on this???

    i was really planning on the AFX or MSR for about the same price, but this looks pretty nice as well....except its bilt, and normally im not a brand type of guy, im having a hard time with this being a bilt product, anyone wanna set me straight?:ear
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  2. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    It looks good, and I like the price even better. Do these also come with the standard 5yr warranty??
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  3. Stegerman

    Stegerman MotoOCD sufferer

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    I don't really because I have only purchased lo end stuff (cheap summer gloves) and had hit and miss luck. That said I took my XD-3 in and compared them. Obviously it's not a $600 helmet, but:

    PROS:
    the padding was pretty good.
    Internal sun visor is a big plus
    the visor/screen had no distortion and snugged down pretty tight.
    the mouth guard section of the helmet wasn't as far away as an MX helmet (which I like)
    overall quality was middle
    it fit my head pretty well
    the white is more pearl than bright white so you don't look like a stormtrooper.

    CONS:
    the peak/bill is not adjustable but it's only 1/2 inch or so higher than my XD
    the visor doesn't have a little tab or handle to move it up and down (I will add one if I buy the helmet).
    unknown build quality given it's a BILT
    the peak has a BILT logo (it can easily be covered with a cooler sticker if that bugs you.)
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  4. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    Yes it does.
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  5. RalphyDo

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    I am looking at buying one in a week or so. I have to order it tho. Have you tried on the AFX or MSR? I have an AFX and a Trekker in large. I am trying to sell both right now. Both are like new! I am sure the Bilt is no wosre than the AFX, MSR, Trekker
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  7. sgmartz

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    i also bought myself one last night, i mean at $100 its a pretty good deal id think....

    trim/padding were all great for the price, obviously no arai/shoei, but id say as good as or better than the AFX/FLY/MSR...

    to confirm, it is the exact same helmet as the Sparx Nexxus and the Speed and Strength

    the added tinted visor is great, very robo-cop in its operation but i love the idea of having it, especially for the dual sport crowd where you can have rapidly changing conditions, id love to see arai/shoei integrate this into theirs, maybe id be more willing to spend top dollar....

    also with the non-ratching shield, i actually really like it, it seems to have a lot of friction so it just stays whereever you put it, i havent ride tested it yet, but so far im stoked on it...

    if i were to give bilt suggestions....

    more/better vents, the ones on it seem pretty meh
    cutouts for BT/speakers
    more easily removable peak
    snell certification

    another i noticed too, bilt/cycle gear doesn't advertise this helmet as ECE22.05 rated, however it is the same helmet as the Speed and Strength version, which is ECE22.05 rated....so maybe bilt didnt obtain the official cert. for use in europe, id assume that it would pass the ECE testing requirements...

    ill post some pictures tonight and maybe do an official review
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  8. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    The BILT Helmet is made by a company called MHR helmets. MHR works at the entry level price points but does a fairly good job.

    The Bilt is the same shell as the Sparx. However, I got a look at one recently, and noticed what I - personal opinion here - feel is a very important detail.

    The helmet is the same shell as the Sparx Nexus, which is a helmet I feel is quite good. However, to incorporate the flip-down shield into a "normal" shell, a huge part of the thickness of the EPS liner in the front has been removed. This is how they added the flip-down shield....by reducing the thickness of the energy absorbing EPS liner material, to create space for the visor to be stored in.

    BP
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  9. sgmartz

    sgmartz Been here awhile

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    ill sell you mine for $100 :D
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  10. GB

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    BP, thanks for looking into this.. we understand you're by no means an "expert", but as someone who works around moto gear, we look forward to your inspection of the EPS liner.. This is the one comment that I've heard about other helmets with a retractable sun shade; some helmet makers compromise EPS thickness to accomodate the sun visor.
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  11. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    I wear an AFX 39 in medium, and the medium Bilt fits very similar; may be a bit more pressure to the forehead, but can't say for sure without a long day in the saddle... I usually hate Bilt crap, but this looks like a winner, as do some dual sport boots they will be featuring next month...
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  13. Brtp4

    Brtp4 Powdercoat it.

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    LS2 is a branded arm of MHR. I gathered some info on their line about three weeks ago. MHR makes that model with the retractable shield, but they have decided they are not importing that model into the US.

    But it is on sale directly from China via EBay.

    Instead they are importing another, w/o a retractable shield, the MX453.

    http://ls2helmets.us/_live/slideshow-helmets-offroad.php?pagename=Off_Road_Helmets

    I wonder if the ECE certification # for the retractable shield version is the same as the non- version.

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  14. s1marks

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    I picked one of these helmets up last night. coupole moire things I can add;

    I tried my helmet on with Googles last night when I got home and it seems to work just fine with my googles (I think I have Scott OTG goggles),

    The Large helmet fits me well, I could get the Medium on my noggin, but it couldn't get my ears to lay flat with the medium (they felt 'folded over' in the medium) and it was just too tight.

    My head simply does not fit an AFX-39 (or equivelent). The medium on those in too small and my nose hits the front of the helmet (OK I admit, I have a big one!). The large AFX-39 rattles around on my head and is way too loose. The Bilt adventure large just feels a whole lot better. If you don't fit an AFX-39 it's worth checking out the Bilt.

    I didn't ride home fast last night (65mph max), but the airflow over the helmet seems very reasonable and smooth (much better than my dirt helmet anyway), Noise for mthe helmet was OK and about (no heck it was actually better) than I expected.

    The Build quality seems pretty good (seems better to me than the AFX which I always felt was a little lightweight) but heck I would say that, I just boutght the Bilt. Also, FWIW, purely from an asthetics point of view these are a very nice looking helemet IMHO the nicest 'looking' dual sport helmet out there (yes I did just say that).

    Don't know how long these will be $99, so if you are thinking about it you should jump on one.

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  15. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    I have a question for anyone that wears glasses under the helmet. How is the padding affect them? I have the AFX and MSR dualsport helmets and the padding has a lip/gap that hits my glasses arms and moves them up off my face while riding. It gets annoying. :eek1 Just wondering if the BILT internals are the same.
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  16. sgmartz

    sgmartz Been here awhile

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    I rode in mine last night, seemed nice enough except the helmet catch when changing lanes. Seemed worse than my dirt bike helmet. ymmv...

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  17. RalphyDo

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    I saw someone post that the is a "channel" for the earpeices on your glasses to fit into the helmet. It's where the cheek pads come together. It was posted in this thread some place:lol3
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  18. ntm1973

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    Can anyone using this helmet compare the highway noise and buffeting to a closed face road helmet? I have an shoe rf1100 and am hesitant to give it up on dual sport rides because of the amount of road I need to ride before hitting the dirt.
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  19. n1tr0

    n1tr0 Dual Sport rider

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    Can you tell if the foam around the bottom of the chin is glued to the outer shell, or would it be possible to slip a chin skirt in.
    Getting the face shield on my AFX-39DS closed properly is becoming an issue (2 years of wear & tear and a few face shield swaps on the stock pivots). I hate to give up the quick release chin strap, but an internal flip down tinted shield would be a huge improvement (vs. tinted shield and carrying clear goggles). I'm still hoping that someone comes out with a better quality (than Bilt or AFX) version in the sub-$300 range. Cyclegear's latest email shows the helmet as being $99 right now so it's awfully tempting to pick one up.
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  20. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    I have an AFX-FX39 as well and also LOVE the quick release chin strap. I have a MSR Xpedition DS helmet as well, that is exactly the same shell as the AFX and Fly brands. I know someone on here added a flipdown sun shield from the Fly Trekker DS helmet that fits the AFX-39. It's not internal but is reported to work well. You might want to look into it.
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