Icon has developed a strong following over the years — with their radical designs that motorcyclists love.
The company was established in 2002 and produce a range of motorcycle gear, including some awesome helmets. Today we are looking at the Icon Airflite range.
The Icon Airflite helmet is a little different from other helmet designs, boasting a Tron Legacy style visor that curves down to and around the chin vents. The Airflite comes in a range of cool badass designs, some of our favourites pictured below.
Icon Airflite Helmet Features:
Polycarbonate shell, EPS foam liner.
Moisture-wicking HydraDry™ liner.
Complies with world safety standards.
Internal retractable sun visor.
Rear stability spoiler.
Color — black or white.
Weight — 3.79 lbs. (1.72 kg).
Double D-ring chin strap.
Four intake vents.
Protection begins with a double D-ring chin strap, not fast but known to be the most reliable way to secure a helmet. The end of the strap loops back on itself and snaps onto a push-button above the D-ring, to ensure that it will not pull through.
Icon Airflite Helmet Standard
The removable helmet liner is a fast-wicking material that ICON call HydraDry™. This is a protective layer that pulls moisture away and encourages airflow in towards the skin. It is possible to hand wash this layer.
Impact protection comes from an EPS foam, which is injection molded into the shell of the helmets for the greatest level of foam consistency. And to keep the EPS together, a polycarbonate shell, which also keeps the weight down.
Rear spoiler to help with turbulence.
There is a small rear spoiler to help with turbulence, and this also encourages the flow of air through the rear air vents. And the larger vent at the chin pushes air through from the visor into the helmet for which there are three airflow rates.
Icon Airflite Inky Helmet
The visor is larger than it needs to be and plays more of a style roll than that of function. You can improve the look by replacing the clear visor for iridium or a tint. Icon also makes other visors that will fit this lid if you want to dial it back a bit.
A clear visor is fine, and there is no need for adding tinting other than style. There is another shaded visor built-in to the helmet, which is easy to retract or put down when you want to ride with the main visor up.
Included accessories — mesh-chin curtain, molded breath deflector, soft bag.
Radical look. More so with an iridium visor.
Internal DropShield™ visor.
The chin extension on the visor looks like it will be a wind-problem when riding when it is up.
At 3.79 pounds, this is not the lightest of helmets.
Icon Airflite Synthwave Helmet
You cannot deny that this is a fresh look, and heads will turn when using a shaded or iridium visor instead of the clear one supplied. The styling is fantastic, and the comfort is there with the airflow and wicking.
The big question is how fast you can go with the visor up before the chin extension starts becoming a drag. And is the chin extension something that will break off by knocking it against a table? If you get this helmet, then you will need to get a different colored visor at the same time.
An Icon Airflite helmet is well-made, and you know that you can rely on it for safety. 3.79 pounds is a little heavy for long rides, but for daily city commutes, that weight will not matter. When you are riding through town, the most important things are safety and style, and this helmet has them both.
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