2014

Product Review: Arai Axces II

Product Review: Arai Axces II

Arai Axces II £299.99 Tester: Andy Davidson Time used: Six months/3500 miles What’s good? An affordable Arai! The Axcess II is Arai’s budget lid, although there’s nothing obviously budget about the...

Product Review: Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Bronze

Product Review: Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Bronze

Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Bronze, £314.99 Tester: Liam Marsden Time tested:  3 months/2500 miles What’s good? It’s an incredibly distinctive helmet, the matt black and metallic detailing really help...

Product Review: Acerbis Active helmet

Product Review: Acerbis Active helmet

Acerbis Active helmet, £124.95 Time used: Two months/1400 miles What’s good? The Active is a budget dual-purpose lid that’s comfortable and surprisingly quiet, making it an ideal everyday helmet. Some...

Product Review: HJC R-PHA10 helmet

HJC R-PHA10 helmet, £284.99 Time tested: 20000/two years What’s good? This helmet’s been under my desk for a lot of this year as it’s a couple of years old, but I pulled it out of retirement for the long days of the Tunisia trip. It’s one of the comfiest helmets I’ve worn and it still fits snugly, with room for my glasses. The visor changing mechanism is incredibly fast and simple and it has a...

Product Review: Shark Vancore

Product Review: Shark Vancore

Shark Vancore £229.99 Time tested:  1900 miles/eight months What’s good? Last year Shark released their ‘Raw’ helmet and MCN’s social media channels blew up with both adulation and derision in...

Product Review: Shoei Neotec Helmet

Product Review: Shoei Neotec Helmet

Shoei Neotec, £469.99 Time tested: Six weeks/3000 miles What's good? I’ve always thought flip-front lids were a bit naff and should be preserved for couriers and police riders, but having bitten the...

Product Review: AGV Share Easy

Product Review: AGV Share Easy

AGV Share Easy, £129.99 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? It’s a slimline intercom that integrates neatly into five different AGV helmet models without excess wires or bulky additions...

Product Review: Lazer Monaco Window Pure Carbon

Lazer Monaco Window Pure Carbon, £396.85 Time tested:  2800 miles/five months What’s good? This is a very high spec helmet including some great innovations that I had never tried before. The main part of the helmet is made from carbon-fibre and Lazer claim it’s the lightest flipfront currently on the market. But I think the most impressive part of this helmet is the Lumino photochromic visor...

Product Review: Bike HUD

Product Review: Bike HUD

Bike HUD, £397 (currently £297) Time tested: Two months/1500 miles What’s good? Despite the doubtful comments from most who’ve seen it, it works. This is a small screen that sits just in front of the...

Product Review: Shark Speed R Carbon Skin

Product Review: Shark Speed R Carbon Skin

Shark Speed R Carbon Skin, £330 Time tested: Four months/ 2500miles What’s good? This carbon-shelled helmet is noticeably lighter than the standard fiberglass-shelled Speed R and the benefit is worth...

Product Review: Shoei NXR helmet

Product Review: Shoei NXR helmet

Shoei NXR helmet £389.99-£489.99 Time tested: Four months/2000 miles What’s good? This all-new sports-road helmet from Shoei has seriously impressed me. I’ve been wearing Shoei racing helmets, both on...

Product Review: Arai RX-7R, £599.99 helmet plus £500 paintjob

Arai RX-7R, £599.99 helmet plus £500 paintjob Time tested: North West 200 and TT fortnight What’s good? It’s the obvious choice at the TT, not just because the RX-7R is an excellent helmet but the back-up service at the TT from Arai is invaluable. After each session, including practice week, my Arai gets a full service, clean and check over. This service is free for anyone who is racing at the TT...

Product Review: Bell RT helmet

Product Review: Bell RT helmet

Bell RT helmet, £175 Time tested: 10 months/1000 miles What’s good? This is the first time I have ever tried an open-face helmet and it has taken some getting used to. I got hold of it for the launch...

Product Review: AGV K3-SV helmet

Product Review: AGV K3-SV helmet

AGV K3-SV helmet, £149.99-£179.99 Time tested: Three months/2000 miles What’s good? The combination of aggressive, sporty looks and a reasonable price will make this helmet attractive to a lot of...

Product Review: Caberg TourMax Sonic Helmet

Product Review: Caberg TourMax Sonic Helmet

Caberg TourMax Sonic Helmet, £214.99 Time Tested: Two months/800 miles What's good? Before I started using this helmet, I thought flip down sun visors were stupid. Now I realise they're practical (but...

Product Review: Schuberth C3 Pro helmet

Product Review: Schuberth C3 Pro helmet

Schuberth C3 Pro helmet, £499.99-£599.99 Time tested: 10 weeks/ 6400 miles What’s good? I love modular lids. They make so much sense, especially when touring and travelling, as pulling up in the...

Product Review: Shoei X-Spirit II

Product Review: Shoei X-Spirit II

Shoei X-Spirit II, £524.99-£639.99 Time tested: Three years What’s good? I believe the Shoei X-Spirit II saved me from a serious head injury. After a mechanical failure caused my front wheel to...

Product Review: AGV GT Veloce helmet

Product Review: AGV GT Veloce helmet

AGV GT Veloce helmet, £349.99 Time tested: Eight months/2000 miles/one big crash What’s good? I’m sat here writing this, with no apparent sign of a head injury, five days after throwing myself...

Product Review: MT Le-Mans helmet

Product Review: MT Le-Mans helmet

MT Le-Mans helmet, £54.99 Time tested: Six months/ 400 miles What’s good? This is a quality open-face lid for a pretty amazing price from Spanish firm MT. The excellent, faux-leather lining is...

Product Review: HJC RPHA10+ Carbon helmet

Product Review: HJC RPHA10+ Carbon helmet

HJC RPHA10+ Carbon helmet, £399.99 Time tested: Six months/2000 miles What’s good? HJC’s top-of-the-range sports helmet boasts a carbon-fibre shell, keeping it light, and it’s the most comfortable...

Product Review: Shark Race-R Pro Carbon

Product Review: Shark Race-R Pro Carbon

Shark Race-R Pro Carbon, £499.99 Time tested: Three months / 3,500 miles What’s good? I’m not known for swapping helmet brands on a regular basis, but after nearly 20 years exclusively wearing one...

Product Review: Shark Raw Helmet

Product Review: Shark Raw Helmet

Shark Raw Helmet Price: £189.99-£229.99 Miles covered/time: Over 1300 miles/seven months What’s good? The first time I saw the Shark Raw I really liked the fact it was a well thought-out and...

Helmet review: Shark Vision R GT

Helmet review: Shark Vision R GT

Shark Vision-R GT Carbon Inko (£379.99) Tester: Steve Hunt Time tested: 3500 miles/12 months What’s good? The Vision-R offers the widest and most panoramic view through the visor of any helmet I’ve...

Product Review: MT Revenge Evo helmet

Product Review: MT Revenge Evo helmet

MT Revenge Evo helmet, £79.99 Time tested: 1200 miles/three months What’s good? If you don’t have oodles of cash to spend, this lid delivers reasonable comfort and spec for £80. And it scores a...