Bilt Adventure Helmet Report

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

  1. keiji

    keiji Long timer

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    I was under the impression that basically all features like this (modular, sun shield, etc) reduced protection due to the components used. An example would be the SHARP helmet ratings for a Scorpion EXO 400 vs EXO 1000. I'm not super familiar with the shell dimensions, but it looks close enough...
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  2. n1tr0

    n1tr0 Dual Sport rider

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    I find the fitment/closure of the stock face shield pretty annoying already, I don't think I want to add a second over-the-top flip down face shield. I checked out the Bilt helmet today and the fit was a bit shorter. It was hard to tell if the inner flip down tinted shades were adding some distortion or if they were just a bit grubby from it being a floor model. The face shield fit and sealed 1000x better on the Bilt than on my AFX. The overall quality felt at least as good as my AFX, but the sizing is much smaller; my large FX-39 is a bit loose, while the XL Bilt was pretty snug, similar to the Joe Rocket DS I had before.
    The guys at the store seemed to think there was some alternative face shields or flip down shades in the works ?
    The only thing really keeping me from buying one is figuring out if I can get or make a chin skirt work with it ... and speakers ? I have some really thin Shark speakers that I think might possibly squeeze in.
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  3. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    I went to cycle gear to try it on when they had a bike night. I usually wear a large and the large i tried fit. No hot spots or anything. It didn't feel like I had as much room for my chin compared to my RF-1100, which surprised me. Most helmets don't give me enough chin room, just figured the bilt would. Sticking with my RF, just wish it was cheaper.
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  4. staudio

    staudio Time for a ride...

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    received the cycle gear mailer today....said the Bilt Adventure helmet would be on sale for $99.99
    until 1/2/2013.
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  5. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I added a flip down sun shield to my Fly Trekker. It works really well. :clap
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  6. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    I am a medium in most helmets (Arai Profile, Shark RSX) and I would say a Medium HJC is a little big on me, a Scorpion EX400 a little snug. For those who have tried these on, would a medium be too small in your opinion?
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  7. n1tr0

    n1tr0 Dual Sport rider

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    I've done some digging, thanks to the tip earlier about them being made by MHR Helmets. It looks like the actual MHR/LS2 branded helmets have a quick release buckle like what you get with AFX's version of the FX-39DS. http://www.mhrhelmet.com/products.asp?ProductID=338&ClassID=110
    $135 w/ free shipping isn't that much more. I really love the quick release on my AFX.
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  8. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    But if you purchase it from them, are these DOT approved?
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  9. G19Tony

    G19Tony Been here awhile

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    I wear a medium also. My medium HJC's fit perfect. My Bilt is a medium and it fits well also. I tried a small and it worked, but it was bit too snug for my taste.
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  10. n1tr0

    n1tr0 Dual Sport rider

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    I'm waiting for a follow up answer on the DOT approval, but Jason Zou via AliExpress, but I did get some pictures from him showing that it does have a ratcheting chin strap (exactly the same as that on the AFX FX-39DS) and also a pump to inflate/deflate the cheek pads. I don't see the open/close switch for the front mouth/intake vents not that those do anything without a chin curtain in place.
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    I'll probably order one up as soon as I get a confirmation on the DOT sticker. I wish they came in better color/graphic options. I've already got 2 matte black DS helmets.
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  11. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    Report to follow!
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  12. Wlfman

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    I saw these Sat at my local CG and tried to try on my normal XL size. No go, even the XXL was way too tight. Could not find a XXXL to try on. The main thing I liked about it was the flip down tinted visor.
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  13. zeeede

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    I asked that question in the LS2 thread in vendors (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=835722). Here is the response:

    So sounds like no, but I really have no idea what he said.
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  14. rick505

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    I just picked one up earlier today. Tried on the XXL yesterday since my Fulmer D4 is the same size. Seemed to fit fine but I didn't pull the trigger then. I don't have much experience with helmets so after remembering to confirm the inner shield would work with my eye glasses I decided to get one. Now off to get some sort of reflective sticker to cover the BILT label on the back (actually I'm not a brand snob) since I like to add reflective stuff to helmets. I'm off for a longer ride Saturday so I'll put it to the test.

    Rick
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  15. JZH

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    Yep, that's Chinglish for ya... English is actually an official language here in Hong Kong, but given that the people in government only speak Chinglish, this can lead to some confusion. :wink:

    FWIW, the DOT doesn't "approve" anything. If a manufacturer believes its products meet the appropriate DOT standard (generally this involves having them tested by an independent laboratory), then it is allowed to sell its products with the "DOT" sticker attached. Some quotes about that here.

    So, if they're unwilling to label their helmets "DOT", those helmets must be somehow different from the similar-looking ones that have been tested (hopefully!) and found to be in compliance with the DOT standard. The non-DOT ones may be no worse than the others, but you just won't know.

    Ciao,
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  16. zeeede

    zeeede Long timer

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    Thanks for the DOT run down. :deal
    It also means that the non-DOT ones aren't legal in the US, unfortunately...
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  17. Kidder

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    I bought one of these today. I normally wear a medium (Scorpion EXO700 and Shoei X-11) but I needed a large in this one. I was actually between sizes and went with the slightly roomier one. It fit comfortably. I will give a review once I can wear it for a few rides. I've never had a DS helmet so we shall see. For $99+tax I figured it was worth a try. More to follow.
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  18. Scorch_TX

    Scorch_TX Suzuki disciple

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    I got one of these last week; honestly, after trying it on, it fit so remarkably well, I wanted it. I know that there are different head shapes and that makes a big difference between helmets. I usually wear an HJC FS3 Large and I also have an RF1100 Shoei Large for colder weather, they fit very nicely. The Bilt Explorer helmet is a Large, and it feels different and better--it just seems to snugly touch all around my head. Hard to explain but I love it as soon as I tried it. The visors seem to work smoothly and are distortion free. I rode the bike 275 miles this weekend with the helmet and I'm really happy with it.

    Disclaimer: I actually work at Cycle Gear one day a week and I try on lots of helmets. Don't want to sound like an advertisement, but I am pretty happy with this helmet. I do not make a habit of posting raves about their Bilt products or anything. Most of the Bilt stuff is budget gear, not bad for the price and good value. But the Explorer helmet is really nice. They got this right.
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  19. mpatch

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    got mine today fits like a glove visor seals better than most of my other helmets wish I knew why they didnt put a tab on the visor other that it seems great for the cost
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  20. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    I just got a new FX39 yesterday after being in a crash with my old one a week ago. They have re-shaped the face-shield so that it fits better to the lower "snout' at the contact line. There are also 2 places now to pull the shield up (protrusions/handles). I actually despise the chin strap on the 39 as it hits my chin in a bad spot and bottoms out before you get it really tight enough. But, it must work, as my helmet stayed on in the crash and did it's job. Note that I bought a second one.
    One further thing about Bilt products. You really are hit/miss on their products. I really like the Typhoon jacket they sell but the gloves and socks I got by them were junk. I end up with all kinds of gear from different mfgrs as to what I like.
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