The helmet has eight cooling or venting portholes, which are all 30mm in size (half dollar), four at the front, two on top and two at the rear. They are positioned and designed to create a Venturi effect, and work in synergy with the visor, which enhances and directs the airflow. Although the holes do help ventilate, this is not a roadie styled maximum air conditioning unit, and it can get warm, especially when moving at slow speeds when the visor can’t do it’s turbo boosting assistance. If the front pad gets too damp, it can be pulled out and slapped on your thigh to get rid of excess moisture, and this odd method does the job surprisingly well. The venting system is somewhat problematic, and it can get a bit toasty on really hot days, but the temperature compromise needs to be weighed against the benefits of the excellent safety features.
The flexible visor really extends out over the front of the helmet, acting as an excellent sun guard, greatly aiding in keeping the face from getting heat flush and a sun beating. In addition the visor offers rain, snow and hail protection when it’s encountered, which I got to test in spades during the usual Colorado Winter and Spring weather conditions. I added a small piece of protection tape under the middle of the visor and helmet interface, since it seemed to scratch up the helmet as the visor moved back and forth on the helmets surface. The visor is bolted down on its sides, but it’s pliable and loose enough not to cause issues when crashing, and it deforms easily without breaking, and doesn’t get grabbed by the ground and cause head twisting. It worked like a charm on the several small crashes I took, and it performed like the visor wasn’t really there.
The helmet has been very durable, and except for the spot under the middle of the visor interface (where it rubbed), nothing out of the ordinary has shown signs of wear. Since it’s not a normally vented setup, when using any sort of video camera or night light, it requires a stick on mount, much like a full faced helmet requires. I really liked the extra protection that the helmet offered, as it not only extended far down the neck and towards the ears, but the helmet shape meant it really cradled the head. The cradling or cupping of the head meant the helmet didn’t flop around or feel sloppy, and felt as though it was an extension of your noggin. It felt much safer since it seemed to encase, envelope and wrap around the head, offering a great degree of protection and serenity when pushing the edge into ugly heinous terrain. The overall round shape of the shell meant it rolled better during a crash, and had fewer tendencies to get caught or pinched in debris or terrain obstacles.
The outer shape, and colors were nice, and it was an ideal compromise between a full face helmet and a traditional vented bike helmet, and you certainly would never be mistaken for a roadie! When I got ready to drop down into the gnar, all that was needed was a tightening of the chin strap, and you were ready to go. The decreased proliferation of venting holes also meant fewer tree branches could penetrate or get caught, whether riding through a wooded area or during crashes, and the same scenario for small stones and other debris.
Another nice little bonus is that it comes with a useful helmet bag, and I ended up using with many other helmets for travel protection. I wish more vendors would include a simple bag with their helmets?