Just a mini-review, as I only bought this helmet two days ago, but I DID do a couple of hundred kms wearing it yesterday. I was looking for a flip-front (the curse of wearing glasses) to replace my Nitro F317V which broke its flip mechanism, (again), a couple of weeks ago. It seems the brand is now not available in Australia, and anyway, after having the mechanism break twice in around 18 months, I wouldn't buy another one. I had pretty-much settled on the RJays Tour-Tech, without the flip-down dark visor inside, (most testers say that it doesn't come down far enough, and besides I wear Polaroid prescription glasses anyway), for around $249.00. (The dark visor bumps the price up to $299.00). Soooo... before going to Sydney, I called in at Norm Frasers in Wollongong and was delighted to get a Vemar Jiano, WITH a flip-down dark visor, for just $195.00. Yesterday I joined stokedpaz and toadcat on the Old Pac for a ride to the slab and back to Road Warrior's (plus the not inconsiderable trip there and back ) so I was able to get some first impressions. Size and weight It's not the lightest of helmets despite being (I think) plastic construction, tipping my highly accurate kitchen cooking scales at 2.2kg. (My flip-front Nitro was the same weight, and my old original N510V full-face Nitro was a little lighter at 1.9kg). Thus I didn't (don't) notice much difference between it and what I've been wearing. I once did over 800kms with the Nitro Flip on, and my neck wasn't sore, so I have no reason to expect any difficulties with this one. Fit and Finish The helmet is quite complex in build but all the joints, stitching, rivets, etc, etc are very well done, no loose ends. The locking mechanism for the chin-piece, despite being sturdy plastic clips attaching to metal pins, seems to be very robust; I couldn't pull it open with a reasonable amount of force. The flip mechanism does mean that there is a gap where the two pieces join, but the locking mechanism closes it very tightly, and the helmet feels very rigid. The helmet has two vent mechanisms, one for the rider's head, and one for the visor. The controls for both are very small and, in my opinion, impossible to actuate with gloved hands. The visor vent is particularly clever, in that when flipped up, it is supposed to direct fresh air up the inside of the visor, but not onto the rider's face. Cold weather riding will tell how efficient it is, but from a design point of view, it looks 'right'. The visor closes very tightly, and I could not discern any wind noise being contributed around its edges. The visor removal mechanism is a bit fiddly, requiring a firm (and definitely not cold and stiff) pair of fingers to unlock, and an equal amount of dexterity and force to replace. When locked in place, to be fair, there is a discernable click to let you know you've succeeded. Unlike most helmets, which use the traditional double-D-Ring closure on the chin-strap, the Vemar uses as ratcheted tongue which slides into a seat-belt-type buckle. This is very easy to use in practice, once adjusted properly for the shape and size of your melon (there's plenty of adjustment) and my only disclaimer would be that in colder weather the necessity to grasp a relatively small fabric tab and pull it downwards to release the buckle might provide some frustration. Again, as with the visor-vent, time will tell. There IS a fully-kitted Bluetooth version of this helmet available, but the non-equipped version still has the 'pods' in the internal padding where the hardware can be fitted. Some of the internal padding is removable for washing; after only a couple of wears I haven't had the need to test this yet . The padding on the lower rim fits very tightly on the neck; any wind noise from this helmet is going to (DOES) come from wind whistling round the cracks of the flip mechanism (more later). The helmet is supplied with a snap-in gusset which fits under the chin for cold weather riding; once again, I haven't tested it yet. On thing that will concern riders moving to this helmet from others is that the vision-aperture is a little shallower (top to bottom) than in other helmets. Side to side vision is still OK, and you get used to it very quickly, but trying it on in a shop might provoke a bit of a claustrophobic reponse to begin with. On the road. Vision forward, and sideways for head-checks, is as normal (at least as I compare it to my other helmets). The joins for the flip mechanism DO provide a bit of wind whistle, which starts almost immediately, but, thankfully, doesn't get exponentially worse as speed rises. If you place your gloved hand over the join, you can notice an appreciable decrease in noise, but, short of duct-taping the mechanism closed when you set off (which surely defeats the purpose of a flip helmet anyway) this sort of behaviour is what you live with with a flip-front helmet. I thought the internal dark visor would be a bit of a wheeze, but two things struck me about it immediately, and re-inforced themselves as the ride continued. One is the there is only a small gap between the bottom of the dark visor and the top edge of the chin-piece (unlike, I believe, the TourTech). This makes it very effective, even if you don't wear sunnies. The second was that it seems (if this is possible) to improve on the already dramatic effect of Polaroid sunglasses! I was fully prepared to flip it up (the simple toggle on the left side of the helmet is easy to find with gloved hands and very 'light' in its operation), since I was wearing the Polaroids, but ended up leaving it down for the whole ride. (One little down side is that if you need to scratch you nose you have to lift TWO visors to do it). I haven't found out how (or even IF) you can remove the dark visor, but I guess the main visor would be down most of the time, so only light cleaning with a soft cloth sould be necessary. So, not such a mini-review, but overall my first impressions are very positive; I didn't find anything I didn't like, so the lottery of finding a helmet you like in the shop, only to find that it's horrid when you ride, turned out in my favour. I'd recommend you try, at least, the Vemar Jiano; the price can't be beaten, and the quality seems very good.