Icon Airframe Construct exposes weave

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Icon-Airframe-Construct-2.jpgInstead of covering the Icon Airframe Construct in cheesy demons, the company has opted for the surprisingly classy, understated approach of exposing the carbon/fiberglass/Dyneema weave under a layer of clear coat. Doing so gives the helmet’s shell  a three-dimensional depth and texture, both of which combine to evoke the usually mutually exclusive properties of strength and lightness, a visual effect exposed carbon never really manages. Another image below. 


  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    Does this clearcoat expose the fiber to UV rays and hasten it’s degradation?

    I remember something about CF and fiberglass being susceptible to UV damage if exposed to prolonged sunlight. It might be negligible if, for example, helmet life is planned for 3 years and the fibers start to become brittle at 5 years, but it’s something to consider.

    3 years of use out of a $300 helmet? That’s pretty good.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Typically with exposed structural carbon a special clear coat is used that blocks UV rays, slowing down or eliminating that problem.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D.

    Very classy. They look like these guys’ helmets, though: http://ohsuplauren.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/rguard1.jpg

    I agree with Case about durability, though; I’d worry about the clear-coat bubbling/cracking with extreme temperatures.

    • g31

      where do you ride dude…to the sun? What’s an extreme temp anyway? ….and where do you find it?

      • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D.

        Ha, point taken, but I was thinking more about the cold than the heat (New England) :)I had a pair of CF burton snowboarding bindings whose clearcoating cracked after a particularly cold day, is the only reason I bring it up.

  • Machinist

    Cool, they are using the logo from the Dutch railway company..

  • Tim

    no snell approval?

  • Icon Moto

    All, thanks for the comments and questions.

    We use a UV resistant clear coat on the Construct helmet.

    The Airframe Construct is AWS (All world Standard) – ECE/DOT in North America, SAI in Australia, and SG in Japan.

    • g31

      dude, i skipped over your answer, sorry for the redundancy on the UV dealio
      anyway…this helmet killer rocks the bang bus

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk Urban Rider

    Yay exposed carbon fibre. Boo cheesy demons!

  • Tim

    So the helmet meet the minimum standard for multiple countries but not BSI (europe) or Snell. So what is the difference between this and a $75 THH?

    • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk Urban Rider

      BSI is the British Standard which is lower than ECE European approval. This helmet is ECE approved.

  • meatsmasher

    Really Tim? A THH?

    Tell you what, you go bonk your noggin a Icon helmet or any other MAJOR brand helmet at a good rate of speed then go do the same with a THH. If you can still move your appendages after that please learn how to use the internet and research this stuff yourself.

  • meatsmasher

    EDIT – …in a Icon helmet

  • g31

    all current automotive clear has UV protection in it.

  • JL

    All Icon Airframes are Snell approved, so you’re comment about standards is completely wrong.

  • JL

    edit-* your comment

  • Icon Moto

    JL – As of 09 Fall we switched helmet standards to the All World Standard.

    There is a mixed inventory on the streets of Snell and AWS helmets but all “new” Icon Helmets, such as the Construct, are AWS (ECE/DOT) in the US.

    That said, you can still purchase a Icon Domain helmet if you want a Snell M2005 certified helmet.

  • Mitch

    ECE instead of Snell cert is often a sought after feature.

    Are Euro Shoei XR-1100 helmets lighter than our RF-1100?