Written on: 11/03/2010 by paulenew (37 reviews written)
Nitro N1700-VF bought as a first helmet after doing CBT. Checked the SHARP ratings and found that this helmet rated 5 stars for their raft of tests against the Shoei XR I was looking at that was 3x the price and only 3 stars.
Can honestly say that it's a great helmet for £65, but whenever you have to put the qualifier 'great for £xxx' you know there's going to be issues. The padding and fit of the helmet is great, much more comfortable than the Cabergs & Marushins I tried. Top and bottom venting work very well, never had any excess sweat problems, but that could be down to another problem - the visor doesn't seal worth a damn...heartbreaking, a great helmet ruined by an appalling visor fit. All through last summer I rode slowly and I was happy to have pleasingly cool air flowing all round my helmet, but when I tried to ride a sport bike this winter it became deeply unpleasant. Obviously the extra 20-30 mph average speed adds to the effect, but the visor is a poor fit to the extent that at 60mph+ the helmet starts to lift because of the wind blasting through it.
Would recommend to low speed riders because it's great in the right environment, but it's absolutely no use to a fast rider. Get a 5* Arai or Shoei - they seal and compare very well for fit/comfort.
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