Being a bit of a riding gear “nerd”, I recently started following some discussions on ADVrider.com regarding neck braces. These aren’t the kind one gets put in after an accident but rather the opposite. These are the kind that attempt to prevent the need of the “post-crash” ones.
Off-road riders have been using the collars and braces for years but there hasn’t been much on the consumer market for the street rider. Over the past fifteen years or so, there have been a lot technological strides in the neck brace area due on no small part to Christopher Leatt, who patented his design for the Leatt neck brace back in 2003.
Where once there were just padded collars (or “donuts”) the Leatt Brace had a framework of flexible and rigid parts designed to keep a rider’s head from flexing to the point of causing injury. This design requires that the rider be wearing a full-face helmet and it works by presenting a surface around the rider’s neck that physically stops the helmet from moving beyond a certain point.
My latest review for webBikeWorld is posted and this one is pretty sweet. The product being reviewed is a pre-production sample of the new NVx night vision helmet visor from Scotopia Technologies.
The NVx uses some pretty amazing engineering to create a visor that can literally see in the dark. The information on the Scotopia Technologies website is brief and kind of a tease. Of course I’m sure they want to keep their secrets.. well .. secret.
NVx Visor powerd up
Here’s a bit of what Scotopia has to say about their tech “the Compound Eye™ elements matrix and be embedded into a transparent material (ABS, PU, etc) and cover several several square inches”, and it continues “To create a lightweight and low-power display we developed FlexIris™. This system combines near-transparent OLED’s (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) with focus-able microlenses.”
I’m not going to pretend I understand all of what that says, but it’s pretty spiffy to see it in action. To see the complete review, head over to webBikeWorld.com.
I recently reviewed a helmet (ok, the helmet) from Pilot Motorsports for webBikeWorld and is published as of today. The ST-17 at first glance is a good helmet. By that I mean it is really good in some ways, and just “OK” in other ways. However, what makes the ST-17 stand out from the crowd is the price.
It sells for $100.00 direct from Pilot and that’s were a “good helmet” becomes a great bargain! In fact right now that great bargain is even better if you go to Amazon right now as you can get a new ST-17 for only $84.43! A good helmet for that price is outstanding!
Now you might be thinking “Who is Pilot Motorsports and are they actually making this helmet themselves?”, which is a valid question. Pilot has been making apparel for years for the likes of Honda, Suzuki, and other brands under those names. In recent years they have been selling custom racing suits and more recently begun selling technical riding gear under their own label.
The ST-17 isn’t manufactured on premises by Pilot but is being manufactured in Vietnam for Pilot by Gao Jin Industries. Gao Jin might not ring any bells but their Zeus brand of helmets might. We reviewed some Zeus helmets over at wBW and I had my own 3000 series Zeus helmet myself. These were well made helmets that offered great “bang for the buck”.
So what we have here is a budget priced helmet, designed by a company that makes a lot of experience making riding apparel, that has teamed up with a helmet manufacturer that has nearly twenty years in the industry making affordable and well put together helmets.
Sound too good to be true? Read the full review and find out for yourself – Full Review Here.
My latest review, an owner’s report on the Arai Vector 2 helmet, has been posted over at webBikeWorld.com. This is a fantastic helmet, which being from Arai isn’t that surprising, but is it perfect? Well nothing’s perfect, now is it? Excerpt is below, or click here for the complete review.
Looking closely at the paint shows a lot of metalflake which is, in my opinion, super slick. It is most noticeable in the black and gray areas of the helmet but it is present in the white as well. This leads me to believe the “flakes” may be in the clearcoat layer. The paint is beautiful no matter how you look at it.
Picking up the Vector 2, one gets the sense this is a quality piece of protective equipment and not just a “brain-bucket”. The fiberglass laminate which makes up the shell of an Arai is hand laid and the care that goes into shows. The shell is light but very strong. Not a creak or squeak is heard when trying to flex the helmet such as pulling it onto the head.
Looks like Skully Helmets may be shutting down. Reports are coming in (from anonymous sources in the company) that Skully may be shutting down for good very soon. This is on the heels of the recent departure of the two company founders Marcus and Mitch Weller. If this is true this does not bode well for those who had pre-ordered a Skully AR-1 helmet. At nearly $1,500.00 a pop, that’s going to sting. Hit the link below for the full story over at AutoEvolution.
Today, August 8th, Skully officially announced their shutdown:
It is with great regret we must announce that SKULLY will formally cease operations, effective immediately. Over the past several weeks our management team has worked feverishly to raise additional capital but unforeseen challenges and circumstances, beyond our control, made this effort impossible. What this means now is that SKULLY will no longer be able to ship AR-1 Units or process refunds directly.
Substantially all of the assets of SKULLY are now subject to liens held by a secured creditor. The management team does not know if there will be any value above the amount of the secured debt. In addition, at this time, we are not aware whether there will be any distribution amounts available to unsecured creditors. SKULLY now plans to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case within the next several weeks. You will receive notice from the Bankruptcy Court and instructions on how to file a claim.
Our team is devastated and deeply saddened that our valued partners, vendors, employees and customers have been negatively affected by what has transpired. We realize there are many unanswered questions and that this is a very upsetting situation. We are truly sorry.
Photo by Touratech.
Our friends over at webBikeWorld just published their review of the new Touratech Adventuro Mod helmet (that’s a mouthful!) The Adventuro is based on the Schuberth E1 and the similarities are readily evident, but so are the differences.
The Aventuro Mod also has the one feature missing on the E1: a real rear exhaust vent. This seems to make a big difference, as the upper ventilation on the Aventuro Mod is much better than the E1.
And the Mod also comes in a nice(r) selection of graphics than the E1. And it has a goggle strap holder, although why anyone would wear goggles with any dual-sport flip-up is beyond me. Er…it’s a flip-up, remember?
So is the Aventuro Mod “better” than the E1?
Jump to the review by clicking here.
My pals over at webBikeWorld have just posted their review of the new Scorpion EXO-AT950 dual sport helmet. The EXO-AT950 is a flip up design based on the GT920 helmet but changes it up to include a peak and styling of a dual sport helmet. From the review…
Now you may wonder why you’d need a dual-sport flip-up, because there plenty of good flip-ups and a few good dual-sport helmets and several really good off-road helmets out there.
So who needs one? Just about everyone who owns an “adventure touring” bike, to be honest.
Read the review over at webBikeWorld.com by clicking here.
My review of the Scorpion EXO-T510 Helmet published over at webBikeWorld.com.
The EXO-T510 is aimed at the sport-to-touring rider segments, although it would be equally at home in the commuter arena too. It is also competing in the very crowded mid-range pricing area between $200 to $250 USD. This price range used to be full of products that may have been somewhat compromised on comfort, build quality, features or other aspects — the things that differentiated them from their lofty cousins costing $350.00 or more.
In 2016, technology advances in materials and manufacturing are really making those differences harder to see though, if not harder to “feel”. Scorpion has outfitted the EXO-T510 with a wealth of features that I’m not certain all exist in one place on any other helmet in this price range. At least at the time of this writing I can’t seem to find one.
Full review at webBikeWorld.com