We showed you the new Icon Airflite helmet back in issue 408, and having had chance to use one, we can now give you some feedback as to what the dramatically styled lid is really like.
While the Airflite is really tight to put on – the neck hole was really tight over my fat head, despite the lid being a large size – yet once it was in place it was incredibly comfortable, nigh on perfect! One must assume that the orifice is as small as possible by design, but it does mean that any ear piercings could get a significant tug when you’re taking the helmet off. A neck tube (Buff or Holy Freedom or similar) would pretty much prevent this if it was worn over your ears.
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That loooong ‘Fliteshield’ visor that looks so cool in the mirrored versions (as seen above, on the Triumph Speed Triple launch at Donington) does take some getting used to, as it really sticks out and forward when lifted, and it does mean that you have to have the visor open all the way, just a smidge, or not at all, which isn’t ideal in poor conditions, but otherwise doesn’t cause any problems.
As you’d expect with a two hundred quid lid, it comes with a fabric bag, and a instruction booklet (yes, really!), and it does feel of a superior quality to a lot of helmets that are on the market nowadays, and certainly better than some of the trendy retro helmets that cost rather more…
More details of the Airflite, and details of your local stockist, can be found at www.partseurope.eu