Initial Review: Icon Airmada Stack Helmet

Icon Airmada Review
Both of my helmets are well past the standard 5 year replacement recommendation.  My M2R helmet got decommissioned after the 2015 Indy Mad Max Run and my Caberg V2 is now my backup helmet and will be modified for next year's run.  Knowing I needed a new lid, I've been doing a lot of research on the net trying to find the best helmet for my penny tech budget.  Thankfully, there is some merit to having a small head.  I wear an XS in most brands and that size tends to be on clearance fairly often.  However my small head and long oval head shape makes finding a proper fitting helmet difficult.  Especially since a lot of manufacturers use the same larger shell for the smaller size helmets.   Ever since reading Dexter Ford's report, "Motorcycle Helmet Performance: Blowing the Lid Off" I've tried to find a helmet that fit the following criteria:

1. Multiple Shell Sizes
2. Polycarbonate Shell
3. Long Oval Fit
4. ECE Rated

Originally, the Icon Airmada Stack helmets caught my eye due to the dazzle camouflage style graphics. When I read the features, I was surprised to see it fit all of my criteria.  Plus, most of the colors I liked were the previous style and on clearance.  It's no secret I am a big fan of a lot of Icon's products. I have a pair of the first gen Super Duty Gloves that are pushing 10 years old now and they still get regular use.  Plus, the ICON 1000 line is damn cool and basically what I would wear all the time if I could afford it. (I'm really hoping to pick up a Basehawk Jacket this year.)

I'm a die hard Revzilla  shopper but I found an absolutely killer deal on the Hi Viz Yellow Stack in XS from Riders Discount.  At $101, I couldn't pass it up.

I'm still not a fan of the white trim but it's tolerable and the pros greatly out weigh that little quirk.

The SENA SMH5 had to be mounted with the adhesive plate instead of the clamp due to the PVC neck collar.  I peeled off the stock tape and used Gorilla Glue Mounting Tape.

Rear Shot

The shield features a metal pin that locks the visor closed.  This makes it a bit more difficult to open but it's worth it. 

The Airmada fits me better than any helmet I have ever tried on. The internal shape fits my head perfectly with no hot spots or pressure points.  The small shell size makes the helmet feel tiny and feather light in comparison to my last two.  While riding I get minimal head buffeting and the wind noise is very low.  I think the PVC neck roll really helps cut down on the wind noise. The Icon Optics shield gives me a wider field of vision and is optically perfect with no distortion.  

Venting is great and you can really fine tune how much air and were it goes by using different combinations of the four different sets of vents (upper, brow line, under nose and two on each side of your chin).  I've ridden at commuting and highway speed, the venting was great at both. 

The only thing I don't like (besides the white trim) is the texture of the HydraDry liner material, it's a bit rough.  This might smooth out over time but it's a small price to pay for a wicking liner.  

After I've but a few hundred miles on it, I'll post an updated review.  


red said...

The HydraDry liner has smoothed out and feels good. Since the temps have been flirting the 90 degree mark, I can tell you the liner definitely works!

red said...

2000+ mile review:

This is my favorite helmet, the fit is still perfect and they HydraDry liner was great on a 5 day trip! My only grip is the white seal and breath blocker, they reflect inside the shield. I plan on buying a black version in future, then I will have the perfect helmet for my cranium.