AGV GT Veloce Aspide helmet, £399.99
Time tested: Four months/1500 miles
What’s good? The aerodynamics and adjustable fit are excellent when worn on a naked bike, which fits with the claims made that the helmet is a sports touring offering based on technology developed for Valentino Rossi’s AGV race lid. The vision through the taller and wider visor aperture is also very good, and the simple visor mechanism helps keep it very quiet for road riding on naked bikes. It’s possible to tune the fit by altering the inner comfort padding to be tighter or looser and sit lower or higher on the rider’s head. There are extra sections of foam to make it tighter at the neck and to insert into the cheekpads for a closer fit around the ears. It’s a very impressive helmet that brings something different to the market for a price that doesn’t reflect the quality of build and functions.
What’s not? While excellent for sporty riding on short outings, it’s not as good for touring as AGV would like to think. The lack of a dropdown sun visor hits its touring capability and the vents are fiddly to open and close while riding. Neither is a problem on shorter journeys, where you can fit a tinted visor and set the vents how you want them beforehand. But on longer trips it’s useful to be able to operate vents and lower or raise a tinted visor. Also, the taller aperture means the ridge above your eyebrow sits higher and can’t be so effectively used as a shield from the sun as a helmet with a visor opening that’s more conventionally shaped.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 4/5