After trying on several Flip Face helmets
on while at Bike Week, I knew I was really in love with the Shoei, but
the price made me gasp! When I got home I started looking on the net for
one that might be cheaper, but finally stumbled across a review for a
Zeus model. The price....as low as under $100 delivered!
While it's not a Shoei, it does the job! The size chart on the web site
was indicating I would take a large, but I have decided it was wrong &
should have gotten a medium. The paint job is plain white, decent, no
flaws, the airflow is one on top & one at the chin bar, both work well,
sometimes too well! The chin strap is simple through the little metal
rings type, but it does seem to come really close to the throat & the
helmet has to be on just right to not choke me.
It's a simple, basic design, the liner
is supposed to be removable, but I haven't figured that out yet (haven't
tried!) There is a large field of view, no feeling of having blinders
on. I do feel the aerodynamics are not the best, while it isn't what I'd
call loud with wind noise, it does allow me to hear other noises more
than my full face helmet did...somewhat distracting for me since it
seems to funnel the noises from the bike right to me. It also seems to
catch the wind coming over my windshield a bit more noticeably & I find
myself sitting lower in the seat to avoid the problem. I haven't ridden
in the rain in this helmet yet, so I don't know if it will leak like
some of the other flip face helmet brands.
Would I buy it again, probably, but in a smaller size!! I still want a
Please be sure to read the
Ear Plugs & Riding
article by Dr. Mike Coley.