We love our AGV GP-Tech helmets, but there’s a couple of seriously
annoying flaws keeping them from being fully competitive with first tier
helmets from Arai or Shoei. First are the damn visor
release/retention mechanisms which are the sliding red pieces of plastic
pictured above. See those little springs? Every time you try and remove
or refit a visor, they pop out of their guides, meaning I have to
disassemble the entire mechanism to refit them. Thankfully, the screws
that connect them to the helmet are high quality and they’re seated in
metal bolts, so doing this won’t damage the helmet. It’s a good thing I
carry all these tools, they’re needed with every visor swap. There’s a lot of cheap plastic used in the visor mechanism’s
construction too, which doesn’t bode well for their longevity, I’m going
to see if I can order replacements to have on hand in case of failure. >
Second, the shape and location of the visor aperture isn’t really suited to the riding position of most supersport bikes. It’s too low, meaning I have to strain to tilt my head upwards a little more than usual when I’m in a tuck or while hanging off at track lean angles. Still, those red stripes on the upper lining are always visible in your peripheral vision, creating a cool subconscious focussing effect, sort of a built in red mist.
That’s about it. The GP-Tech is AGV’s top of the line race replica intended to compete with the Arai RX7 Corsair V and the Shoei X-Twelve. It feels a little lighter than those helmets and on par with the Shoei if not the Arai’s build quality and the interior is positively luxurious thanks to a sweat-wicking CoolMax liner and well-placed padding. The AGV fogs like a Shoei, yet ventilates like an Arai, but without the excessive wind noise thanks to the integrated vents and teardrop shape. Death Spray’s paint job is holding up well too. I remember when AGV’s were the exclusive preserve of tracksuit-wearing teenage scooterists in Italy. The brand’s come a long way since then, it’s a shame patchy component quality is still holding it back.