Yes, I know we are a breed of people who traditionally don’t like to wear full-face and flip-up helmets, but as we all know, the colder weather is here and some options should be looked at. One of them is the Italian-made Nolan N104 helmet. It is made from injected polycarbonate GE Lexan, keeping the helmet’s weight pretty low, so going from a peanut shell to this bad boy isn’t a neck breaker. The anti-fog visor on the N104 is ultra wide both vertically and laterally, making it really easy to see out of compared to many of these style lids. Ventilation is key with any type of helmet like this, and the N104 has some good stuff such as a big adjustable vent on top of the helmet as well as an air intake in the chin guard, one in the frontal area and two rear extractors that recycle air inside the helmet when opened. Another feature I liked about the N104 was Nolan’s included internal and retractable “sun screen” (read: sunglasses) that operated with both a push button and sliding lever. When the sun is out, it can be slid down for some shade, and at dusk or nighttime it slides right up into the helmet making it an all-day helmet affair with no other sunglasses needed. Keeping the helmet on your head is the job of some rather comfortable internal padding and Nolan’s ingenious Microlock2 ratcheting chinstrap clasp. Similar to a motocross boot, this system involves a plastic ergonomic opening lever and an aluminum toothed coupler that kills the double D-ring closures of old in terms of ease of use. The N104 also comes ready for an optional N-Com B4 communication system so you can get your Bluetooth on. I have been trying lots of helmets these days, and very few of them have as good of construction or fit as this from Nolan. In a word, I like it!
$450 // nolanhelmets.com
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