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News The Icon Airframe Pro Is the Lightest Mass Produced Helmet Money can Buy

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' at netrider.net.au started by NetriderBot, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. #1 NetriderBot, Sep 7, 2015
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    At least that’s the claim from Icon who have quickly moved up the charts in recent years in providing good quality gear at extremely reasonable prices. The Icon Airmada and Icon Alliance were both brilliant helmets when released a few years ago and continue to be great choices given their price. But now Icon is really trying to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, targeting the high level offerings from AGV, Shoei and Arai with their Icon Airframe Pro.

    The Icon Airframe Pro is the successor to the original Airframe helmet which was released six years ago. It’s a complete rework of the lid and Icon claims that not only is it the best helmet they’ve ever made but the best helmet available – period. That’s a big statement to make, especially when prices start at $375 which is around half the price of top offerings from brands like Shoei and Arai. So what makes it special?

    First of all is the versatility of the helmet when it comes to different head shapes. Internally, the traditional three-piece liner has been upgraded to a five-piece liner, providing a greater amount of fitment combinations for each unique head shape. Crown, lateral, fore and aft padding components allow for a possibility of 27 fitment combinations in a single shell, double that of the Icon Airframe’s competitors.


    Comfort is also a key selling point. There’s 9 intake vents and 7 exhaust vents – the intake vents have been repositioned to drastically reduce noise levels. The neck roll has also been redesigned to prevent the helmet from hitting your race suit hump when tucked.

    The helmet looks pretty damn aggressive and it’s obviously designed for sportsbike riders or at least aggressive riding on the street. The shell is hand made and it only weighs 3.6 pounds. But the Airframe Carbon Pro model that goes for $600 comes in at 1.45kg – that makes it arguably the lightest helmet you can buy off the shelf today.

    It’ meets DOT (US), ECE 22-05 (EU), SAI AS1698:2006 (Australian) & PSC (Japan) Helmet Safety Standards and comes in four sizes. The review from Revzilla is very positive and given the prices, the Icon Airframe Pro is going to be another big seller from Icon.

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  2. I'm not sure how you can say this "arguably the lightest helmet you can buy off the shelf today"

    Weight is a fact it either is or it isn't. And in this case it isn't.
    My NZi RCV carbon fibre weighs in at less than 1300 grams.
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  3. Why does weight matter anyway? I can ride 1000 kays in a day without getting a sore neck from my Shark, and I doubt a few grams makes much difference in a crash...
  4. because some people think heavier helmets will be more likely to break your neck in an accident
  5. Perhaps the "you" is a dumb dumb and doesn't know how to go to a shop with different helmets for sale or do one's research?
  6. Huh?
  7. ^A jest, it's arguably the lightest on sale if the argument is stupid enough.
  8. Haha Yeh that's the problem isn't it. "For arguments sake"

    What's the point in just having an argument for the sake of it. That's just stupid. ....lol

    Those people need to get out more.
  9. I have an Airmada and it is wonderfully comfortable. (and very very sexy) It is also illegal as it was purchased from the USA, but I have yet to be pulled up on it.
  10. So, no mention of the BMW SportIntegral Carbon Fiber helmet that weighs less than 1kg?
  11. Try racing with a heavy lid.
  12. Also, when crashing less inertia in the helmet so less strain on your neck.
  13. Because different helmet brands have been very tricky with how they weigh their helmets. Some have gone so far as to claim they have the lightest helmet *cough* AGV *cough* by removing the visor and even the vents.

    So while one might make the claim, it really depends on if they're being honest about what they mean by 'helmet'. I personally don't ride a full face helmet without a visor so weighing it without one is rather asinine.

    Then you have to agree on what qualifies as a mass produced helmet. Is it 1,000 helmets, 10,000, 100,000?

    There's always more than one answer when it comes to marketing products :)