After being assigned a project on the other side of Melbourne from home (need 2-3 tanks a week), and the security at the customer requiring I show my mug before I enter, I decided a new lid was in order - one where I could flip up the face. I have a rather large and round head, and having tried on the Shoei Neotec, the Bell Revolver, the HJC, and a bunch of others, I found that the XXL Nolan N104 Evo was the best fit for me. A bit tight around the temporomandibular joint, but otherwise quite comfortable. I bought this helmet today, and thought I'd share my thoughts on it. My point of comparison is my Shoei TZ-R. First, the bad. Getting parts or a colour for this helmet that's not already in country is unacceptably horrible. I wanted to order some XXXL cheekpads to improve the fit. The distributor advices a 2-3 *MONTH* wait. The same applied if I wanted the XXXL helmet in the colour I wanted. I've ordered the cheekpads from the US myself. I expect them in a couple of weeks. I immediately went for a ride when I got it home, and the first thing I noticed was just how big the eyeport is. At first I thought I had the face flipped up. It's huge! I've got noticeably better peripheral vision which reduces my blind spots and makes head checks easier. I had an expectation that this helmet would be both heavier and noisier than my current lid and I'm happy to say that neither is true. Weight feels roughly the same, and after trying riding with both earplugs in and out, it's certainly quieter than my old TZ-R. It's also more aerodynamic than the old Shoei. North of $1 the Shoei would sometimes feel like it wanted to lift off my head, or would be buffered around a bit, but the Nolan felt less impacted by the wind. Today was sunny, and my mid afternoon ride had the sun getting lower in the sky so I had an excuse to use the sun shield. The mechanism to use it works well enough with gloves on, the sun shield is adequate. It's a little milky as I've noticed a number of tinted visors to be, it could be darker, but it's acceptable. The mechanism to open the face of the helmet is a little fiddly if you're not used to it. I'm sure it will become second nature. You can do it one handed, and it's entirely possible to do on the move. I tested having it open up to 80km. It didn't noticeably act like a sail or do anything untoward. There's also a switch to lock it up if that's your thing. The tab to raise the visor is in the middle, instead of offset to the left like my old Shoei. That will also take some getting used to. When closing the visor it will stop a mm or two short and you have to push it down to get it to seal completely. That should be helpful if the included pinlock is overwhelmed. The vents work. The weather is cool and I noticed increased airflow when I opened them, but otherwise had them closed. For some reason (I guess it's an AS thing) we don't get the micro-lock system for the strap, it's simply a double D. So, first impressions are, so far, so good. The debacle around the length of time to get parts and colours, plus some other messing about from the retailer gave me a lever to get quite a reasonable discount, so don't be afraid to haggle on price! I'll post a followup once I've been riding with this helmet for a few weeks, and once the XXXL cheekpads come in.