AGV GT Veloce helmet, £329.99
Tested by: Tony Hoare
Time tested: Three months/1300 miles
What’s good? The GT Veloce was already a very good helmet for riders of naked bikes, but it wasn’t so good for tourers, despite that being the original intention. The shell shape was a refined version of the Pista GP worn by Valentino Rossi, which was great for sporty riding but not as good over distance. AGV have addressed that with a relaxed fit that is considerably more comfortable for longer trips yet still feels snug. It’s stable in windblast or behind a screen, is slim around the base to give better flexibility when looking around or over a shoulder and the visor gives brilliant peripheral vision.
What’s not? The visor opening mechanism works well, but can be a fiddle, especially in thicker gloves for winter. There’s no dropdown sun visor – but AGV are about to release their LCD visor which switches from clear to dark at the push of a button. The visor will cost a salty £150, but that plus the lid still adds up to less than many similarly-specified rivals.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5