Nexx XR1R Carbon: the nicest helmet ever

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Who makes the lightest, most comfortable, easiest to see out of high-end carbon fiber helmet on the market? It’s not Shoei, Arai or AGV. It’s a small Portuguese company you’ve likely never heard of that’s out there quietly producing the best helmet money can buy. The Nexx XR1R Carbon weighs in at 1200g for a medium, a full 200g lighter than Wes’s AGV AX-8 Dual (which is itself lighter than the AGV GP-Tech), has an infinitely customizable liner that’s more plush and comfortable than anything from Arai, is fitted with a shield that reaches up high enough that you’ll actually be able to see while you’re tucked and retails for only $599.00.

Maybe $599.00 isn’t dirt cheap, but that money gets you the best of the best. But, when you compare it to $769.95 for an Arai Corsair V (sans graphics) or $681.99 for a Shoei X-Twelve (also sans graphics), it seems like a pretty good deal. The AGV GP-Tech undercuts that price by $100, but like the Shoei and Arai, lacks the extreme light weight.

Weight
Light is right when it comes to helmets. Why? Your head is at the extreme end of your body, meaning any body and bike movements are exaggerated by the time they get there. A bump that moves your butt an inch upward will likely move your head up an inch also, but probably an inch forward and then an inch to the rear as well. Your neck and back muscle have to support that weight and control your heads movement. More weight makes that harder, fatiguing them, so less weight is better. You’ll feel this right away in how easy and natural it becomes to do normal things like turn your head or look upwards, but the big benefit comes over time. Ride all day in a helmet this light (and this aerodynamically stable and this quiet, all these things add up) and you’ll be that much less tired and sore at the end of the day.

Nexx achieves this radically light weight without sacrificing shell strength. Grab two sides of the base on some polycarbonate helmets and you can noticeably deform their shape with your hands. Not the XR1R, despite its drastic diet.

It achieves this by simplifying as many components as possible — grams are shaved through the lack of a quick-change visor mechanism, for instance — but also my taking advantage of the most modern construction methods. All carbon fiber isn’t created equally. Nexx’s lives up to that materials full advantages.

Aerodynamics
Aerodynamics are likely quite a bit different than anything you’ve worn before. Pop up out of a tuck at high speed while wearing the Nexx and your head stays stable. It’s the same story when you turn your head side-to-side. Nexx has developed a shape that works well no matter what direction wind is coming from. Things keep getting better too. Most chin vents border on completely useless, but flip open the massive one on this helmet and you’ll feel the interior pressurize with cool air. It feels high-tech and it works. How does one chin vent work so incredibly well while so many others fail?

The combination of thick chin curtain and tight neck roll with a larger than usual chin vent means that instead of fresh air coming mostly from underneath (and bringing with it road debris to get in your eyes) it comes in nice and controlled and filtered from the vent.

Eyeport
The Pinlock anti-fogging insert is the largest one ever made and the shield it fits on is appropriately huge. Wes extolled the virtues of large shields when he reviewed the AX8 and the XR1R gives a similar feeling of openness. Look side-to-side and nothing is there to impede your vision. Look down and you see the chin bar and breath deflector (why are you looking down?), but look up as high as you can (like you do in a racing tuck) and you’ll just barely see the upper edge of the eyeport. This kind of vision improvement is a big deal, making the helmet much nicer to wear when you’re riding fast and contributing less to fatigue because you don’t have to crane your neck so much to see around corners when you’re hanging off.

Being able to clearly see the road is a good thing. It’s pretty much necessary if you’re going to operate a motorcycle. Unfortunately, doing that while tucked in or hanging off with your head down low is impossible in most helmets. The Arai RX-7 has a much higher viewport than most race-replica helmets, but the XR1R surpasses that by quite a bit. If that was its only redeeming feature, I’d still consider it to be an exceptional helmet.

Hidden visibility
The XR1R also helps you to be seen, but it does it in a sneaky way.

See those two bright white spots? Those are reflective pieces of material built into the liner. There are three more on the neck roll. Reflective safety gear is usually bright and ugly at best, but this is executed so well that most people will never even notice it’s there. At least not until their headlights hit it.

Comfort
The plush liner is a work of art. Contrast stitching and leather trim is nice, but even nicer is the way it feels when it’s on your head. If you have an intermediate oval shaped head, the fit should be perfect right out of the box. If not, yank the liner out and start adding the provided pads to tailor fit. Good luck trying to find another helmet that comes with extra pads to customize fit.

Shield Mechanism
The most immediately obvious difference between the XR1R and other full-face helmets is the exposed shield mechanism. You’ll need a nickel, quarter or screwdriver to swap shields and it’s going to take a minute. Remove two screws on either side, pull the old shield out and drop the new one into place. It’s not complicated or challenging, but it does take a minute. There are benefits to this system though. Three aluminum screws and a plastic plate are not very heavy and with an emphasis on light weight, they make sense. A simple system such as this is also incredibly durable and hard to break. We’re looking at you here Arai.

Noise
The majority of noise comes from the lower rear vents behind and below your ears. Looking at the helmet, one might expect the shield mechanism to make some noise or even whistle, but Nexx did their homework and it’s not an issue. They’ve also added a double layer of padding and liner material around the ears to help kill noise. If you’ve got room, you can install a third ear pad (provided) to further quiet things down. Overall, wind noise is on the quieter side of average.

Combine superior visibility with incredible light weight, the an incredibly well designed liner, hidden reflective material, ECE 22.05 safety rating (lighter, softer and safer than Snell), fully functional chin vent (the other vents work too!) with a $599 price tag and you have a winner. The other great thing about this helmet is the non-carbon version that starts at $419 for solid colors and weighs only 100g more. Once we put a black visor on the Nexx XR1R Carbon, this will literally be the perfect helmet. Well, sans the garish over-branding that is.

Nexx

  • http://www.anotherdamndj.com evilbahumut

    Oh noes! It’s not Snell M2010? Sacrilege!

    :D

    • Sean Smith

      Yep. It’s a total softy. My only motorcycle related injury was a nasty concussion from a low-speed high-side while wearing a properly fitted Large sized Snell approved helmet. It was so stiff that after the fall, it’s only damage was a few minor nicks in the clear coat. The EPS liner wasn’t even deformed.

      I don’t want to wear any helmet that survives an impact from 10 feet in the air with my head in it. Give me something that will crush, get used up and absorb some energy. I really like being smart.

      As with any Snell discussion, I refer you to Dexter Ford.

      • HammSammich

        +1…I read somewhere that polycarb helmet shells of cheap helmets transmitted less energy to your brain than hard SNELL approved Fiberglass shell. may have been the Dexter Ford article…I’ll read it again later.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          I don’t think the shell material had anything to do with that, more the standard the helmets were made to and the density of the EPS liner.

          • HammSammich

            Ah…that makes sense. Maybe I was reading into it in order to subconsciously justify my purchase of a plastic shelled Icon. ;)

            I actually recently heard about NEXX in a discussion on Triumphrat.net and had decided that I’d probably look at them in a year or two when it is time for my next helmet (despite my unhealthy attraction to the goofy Roof Boxer V8).

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Wow, that is a pretty damn good value, and the non-carbon especially. I will check Nexx out for my next helmet.

  • wascostreet

    Do they make it in a long oval for us “Arai-heads”?

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

      This is what I want to know too. Unless it’s long- or intermediate-oval, I can’t wear it.

      • Sean Smith

        It’s more an intermediate oval. The last helmet that fit me REALLY well was an Arai Vector. If you get a chance, try one on and try adding the pads. I’m not sure if it’s ideal (though I wouldn’t hesitate to do it), but you may find that a larger size with extra padding on the sides will make for a great fit.

      • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]

        WebBikeWorld has detailed reviews of both the non-carbon and carbon versions of this helmet:

        http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/nexx-xr1r/
        http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-helmet/nexx-xr1r-carbon/

        …and helmet/head shape is discussed extensively in these reviews.

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

          Thanks for that. I will look into it.

    • Sam

      I’m in the same boat too. Arais are actually too round for me. The only helmet I’ve found that fits my head well is the Shoei X-11/X-12. Intrigued by this helmet though, going to have to find where I can try one on.

      • Steven

        thanks for posting that. you’ve given me an idea of where I fit into the head-shape continuum. (I wear an X-11 and can’t find bicycle helmets that fit. I say I’m narrow-minded.)

  • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

    its ugly.

    • Sean Smith

      That’s the last thing I’m going to be thinking about while I’m dragging my knee at 140 mph and having no trouble at all seeing the road/track.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

        and the rest of the time?

        • Sean Smith

          And the rest of the time I’ll enjoy the best fitting helmet in the world, the combination of light weight and great aerodynamics that make even naked bikes no big deal for long freeway rides, the amazing chin vent and again, the best vision I’ve ever experienced while wearing a helmet.

          The people who are extremely concerned with how they look while they’re on the bike are usually weekend warriors on harleys, hipsters in flannel/fashion leather jackets in open face helmets on cafe racers or ducatisti in head-to-toe ducati/puma/rossi branding.

          I’m not one of those guys. I put function before form.

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            I like both function and form. This helmet might be nice, but I won’t wear one till they get totally solid colors and ditch that awful badging on the back.

            • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

              i checked their online site. the non carbon version in black isnt bad looking at all. i just wish they would keep the advertising about its superiority to the box it comes in and not on the helmet itself.

          • Edward

            I assume a hi-viz color would be the way to go then?

            • Sean Smith

              I don’t really believe in hi-viz clothing. Sure it may be more visible, but my riding style is built around assuming I’m not being seen. Drivers will make bad moves whether or not you’re there, so the best trick you can have is simply to not be there. Split through traffic, never sit where a car could end up at stop lights and do everything you can to ride away from cars.

              The reflective inserts on the liner work well here because they’re unobtrusive and well integrated with the design. So, they may have some benefit and the rest of the time, they don’t stand out.

              Drawing attention to myself and being noticeable is something I go to great lengths to avoid while riding. I wear dark non-reflective clothes (often with branding removed with a seam-ripper or dyed to match), remove badges and logos from my bikes and do my best to stay off anything with a pipe that can be heard from blocks away.

              I ride fast and the police think that people like me should be harassed, jailed and fined to the point that purchasing insurance is laughably expensive ($70,000 for full coverage on my GSX-R).

              Staying hidden is very functional if it keeps the cops off my back.

              • Sam

                +1

                $70k!!??? Christ. I thought $10k for my 675 was ludicrous.

              • Myles

                Seventy Thousand American Dollars per year for insurance? You’re full of shit dude.

                • Sean Smith

                  That’s what happens when you’re a GSX-R riding 21 year old and get a bullshit 100 mph ticket on top of a few minor ones. My broker couldn’t even say it with a straight face. It’s probably a hair cheaper now, but it’s not going to be anywhere near affordable for years. Thanks again CHP…

              • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

                Sean – Any comment on how warm a black helmet gets versus lighter colors? I like the look of a black helmet, but some riders warn about heat.

          • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

            Oh, come on. Sean, I’ve seen your pictures on Facebook. With my eyes!

          • Gurupurkha

            Long live Hell for Leather! Your intelligent and thoughtful responses to the plethora of inane and off-point responses are such a treat to see.

    • HammSammich

      You could always spruce it up with a neon-colored Mohawk or some other such helmet accessory. ;)

    • jonoabq

      its an ugly helmet…but not so ugly that I couldn’t overlook it if I could get the fit spot on.

  • Ray

    When will they make a light weight modular helmet for people like me that wear glasses and are in a helmet for too many hours a day in San Fernando Valley heat?

  • Kevin

    Lack of a quick change mechanism is a deal breaker for me unless they have one of those nifty photo-chromatic visors. I also concur with the ugly comment above.

  • Adam

    I saw this helmet and it fits very well. I currently have Akuma Carbon but it is hard to give up the self dimming visor. If they added this option then they would have a winner.

    • Sean Smith

      I stumbled across the Akuma Carbon in the interwebs the other day and I’m curious about it. How is the fit and finish, where did you buy it and how has it aged?

      • Steve

        I have had the Akuma Carbon for 24 months or so and it is holding up very well. Hand it to another motorcyclist and watch their eyes get big when they feel how light it is. Transitions face shields are glorious. The actual product name is Akuma Phantom II. I got mine from Revzilla but I don’t know if they still carry it. They are directly available directly from the manufacturers web site.

        I don’t know how well they have fared with the recession. I had a few conversations with the management back when I bought it and they were busy with military orders. That may have proven more profitable and steady than dealing with the retail public.

      • Adam

        Fit and finish is very good. It fits like Shoei X11 which I replaced 2 years ago with Akuma. I love the self dimming visor. I have one mirrored that does not go completely clear and the second that goes from smoked to clear. The only thing that I don’t like is that I do get some wind from under the shield. It is fine in the summer but when it gets cold you have cold air hitting your face. I ride a sport bike with minimal wind protection.

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]

    I like the wraparound neck roll and the chin spoiler — I bet all that extra material contributes to its quietness. (My Schuberth, for example, also has a substantial neckroll — it’s the quietest helmet I own.)

    One issue with the Nexx is that it has numerous hard edges throughout the surface of the shell, especially where the venting is placed. If one of those sharp edges catches something while your head is sliding during a crash, your neck might snap when the helmet gets yanked. That’s why Arai helmets have breakaway vents that leave a smooth shell underneath. That’s also why Arai helmets have a PITA shield mechanism with the side covers. The covers are there to help the helmet slide, instead of the shield mechanisms catching something. Plus, if the covers and shield get ripped off, what’s underneath is still relatively edge-free.

    • Sean Smith

      Neriijus from Nexx told me a story at Laguna Seca about their sponsored racer sliding down the track in an XR1R. The helmet took a pretty big hit and slid on the shield mechanism for a bit.

      The plastic and aluminum bolts wore down, but nothing caught and the shield stayed on and stayed closed. He also said that crashes like this were one of the things they took into consideration when designing that mechanism. They wanted something something strong enough to take a hit and still be able to hold the shield in place.

      No two crashes are the same and there’s no way to definitively say whether or not those aluminum bolts will always slide, but this has been the case with at least one person and seeing how little the bolts stick out and knowing that they’re made of soft aluminum makes me think that it’s unlikely to be an issue.

      • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]

        A good story to hear regarding the behavior of the shield and shield mechanism during a real crash. Thanks for sharing!

        (But I’d still be concerned with the rear vents and the plastic trim on the bottom edge along the sides — and the edges that lie beneath them.)

        • Sean Smith

          Eh, the edge trim on both Arai and Nexx helmets is soft rubber. My experience in Arais is that the soft rubber/round bottom make no difference whatsoever (this is my own somewhat limited crashing experience). The breakaway vents are for-real though. I was wearing an Arai Vector when I crashed my GSX-R and I tagged the ground with the rear vent. It splintered into a million pieces and came right off.

          The vents on the Nexx (as well as every other helmet) feel similarly cheesy and breakable. The shape is also round enough that when/if they come off during a crash, I doubt it’d hook or catch on anything good enough to snap a neck. Is that a problem you’re aware of or is it just something you’ve always been worried about?

  • Alex

    I’ve had one of these since January and love it to death. Previous helmets were a Shoei RF-1100 and a Scorpion Exo-1000. Lack of quick change is fine by me, if I really need to, I just slip some sunglasses on. I would LOVE if they came out with a photochromic visor, but no dice thus far.

    I can’t say enough good things about the helmet, but your review summed up most of them nicely.

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    A french website that tested it in february concluded almost in the same maner but added that it was quite noisy and that the chin vent came of after a short time, maybe they got a pre-production unit that was not perfected yet….
    FYI it’s 230-350€ around here, but the additional padding seems optional.

    I have to say this one seems tempting, it’s on my to-test list (with the AX-8 Dual)…

    • Sean Smith

      They did have a bad batch of chin vents from a supplier, but it’s an easy fix that they’ll take care of for free.

      Judging from the photos I’ve seen around, I believe there are also two different liners around: a newer one and an older one that came on the first XR1Rs. The new one is what is pictured in this story and the old one lacks the bad-ass chin curtain and overlapping pads. Without that, I’d guess that wind noise is a much bigger issue.

      That said, it looks like they tested the newest version with the hot-rod liner. Maybe they’ve got funny shaped necks/heads/jackets?

      • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

        The guy seems to have glasses, maybe that was a factor (and he’s french, so abnormaly shaped head is a possibility)…
        That beeing said, they apparently tested it for 2000km, if the vent came off once and a point of glue solved the issue it’s a small drawback.

  • Paul

    Great review of a somewhat unheralded product. Have had one for 5 months. Incredible field of vision, unreal weight and super comfort (for heads that find shoei comfortable). I will say that I find it noticeably more noisy around the ears than shoei or arai, so thanks for the 3rd earpad tip Sean.

  • Glenngineer

    Look awesome…I’m in need of a helmet.

  • Zach

    I’m genuinely confused about claims of softness here. It is better than a soft polycarbonate shell that flexes, but also better than a too stiff Snell shell? How would it compare to my old polycarbonate/Snell 05 HJC, which has some noticeable flex to it?

    I only prod because you guys seem so certain in your preference for ECE.

    Also, the only real downside I see to this helmet is that I can guarantee I will never find it in a brick and mortar retailer/dealer. Too expensive to sell easily, not enough name cachet to sell to someone considering a Shoei or Arai.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      We’re not talking about the shell’s when we talk about stiffness, we’re talking about the density of the EPS liners. Snell mandates a slightly denser EPS liner than ECE. All MotoGP riders wear ECE helmets as they prefer that softer EPS liner.

      • Zach

        Gotcha. I need to revisit the research.

    • Sean Smith

      What it lacks in name cachet it more than makes up for in performance. Imagine if there was an EBR 1190RR parked in a showroom next to a GSX-R1000 and an R1, and we’ll also assume that the EBR 1190 is slightly cheaper.

      Customers come in and are directed to sit on the bikes, look over specs and even take them for a spin.

      This is basically how this helmet stacks up to Shoei and Arai. Sure, they’re well known and lots of racers wear their expensive race-replica helmets, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the best. All it takes is holding a helmet that’s much much lighter and then trying it on and discovering it fits much better for people to be convinced.

      That’s the advantage of brick and mortar retailers. New superior products like this get the chance to prove themselves and change peoples minds.

      Go here and click on “Find a Dealer” to see the long list of shops that stock Nexx.

      • Zach

        One more reason for me to make a road trip to Colorado, as there are no stocking dealers in Utah.

      • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

        All the shops that have ‘em here in Texas appear to be Harley dealers. Somehow, I don’t expect they carry the XR1R there.

  • Paul

    they’re available at revzilla, or were a few months back.

    • Sean Smith

      I hear they have a pretty killer return policy. If someone were so inclined, they could probably purchase a helmet, guess on size and if things don’t work out, just return the thing and be done with it.

      • Paul

        they do – i’ve used it! great store.

  • Skank NYCF

    Can I test one of these? Best helmet review and comments ever!

    • aristurtle

      What should they crash-test you against?

      • Skank NYCF

        Anything they want.

      • zipp4

        haha

  • T Diver

    Who stocks these in Los Angeles? I want to try one on for fit. I am about to buy a new helmet and the Corsair V was pretty nice.

    • Sean Smith

      Ducati of Beverly Hills, Bartel’s Harley Davidson (they usually have shockingly good service for a pirate shop), SoCal Triumph in Brea, Long Beach BMW and most Vespa shops (though they’ll likely only have open face helmets). As a last resort, I’d offer to let you try on my medium.

      You’ll probably wear either the same size as you would in Arai, or the next size up. Fit is just a hair tighter.

      • T Diver

        Word, thanks. I will try Bartel’s. Someone from Arai should chime in. Their lack of presence from this debate is odd.

        • Sean Smith

          Arai makes special helmets for the American market that meet snell standards. They then charge a premium for that snell cert and you end up with a more expensive and less safe helmet. If you absolutely have to have one, order it from Europe with ece 22.05. You’ll thank me when you smack your head and retain full short term memory function.

  • Archer

    Sigh. Just re-upped my sub and get hit across the noggin with an obvious advertisement…

    • Scott-jay

      At first thought I was having magazine flash-backs.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Oh yeah, this is totally an advertisement…

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben Incarnate

      You must have been wearing the nicest helmet ever, the Nexx XR1R Carbon, as you clearly survived the impact.

      That’s right, folks. The Nexx XR1R Carbon can also protect you from mental assaults. I prefer to think of it as a mating between traditional motorcycle safety and Magneto’s helm.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      And just so we’re clear:

      We’d never attempt to pass of editorial content as advertising. We work for you guys, not the manufacturers. Surely as a paying subscriber you understand that.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

      wait, so you don’t want to know about good products that come out?

      • Archer

        If it reads like an ad, sounds like an ad, walks like an ad, and talks like an ad, it ain’t a duck.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          So if a product is awesome, we shouldn’t say so at risk of offending your sensibilities? This is a genuinely incredible helmet in everything but the looks department.

          If this was paid-for content, we’d declare it. We have an excellent history of transparency.

          • Archer

            Wes,

            I might be sensitized by the fact that a practically identical drooling review was just published by Sport Rider on the same product.

            OK, I get it.

            When paper mags do it it’s nefarious hidden advertising, but when HFL does it – complete with over the top, ridiculous statement headline- it’s pure as the driven snow.

            I hasten to add that I suspect I wouldn’t hear a response from Kentaro were I to send a message to SR on that matter, the fact that you bother to reply IS appreciated.

            • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

              Yeah, I hear you. It’s a product that deserves gushing though. What’s nefarious is never publishing a review that’s not gushing, it devalues the actual merited gushing. Dont think we have that problem.

    • Sean Smith

      Le sigh… Would you be happy if I only wrote negative reviews?

  • Ganesh

    I BOUGHT IT AND RETURNED IT!

    I have been drooling over this helmet ever since I read about it in on webbikeworld and I saw it in a motorcycle show and got sized by the nexx expert. I got the white/ high gloss carbon with red stripe.. looks stunning. The finish was very good but I suspect it will not age well given the metal plate, flimsy attachments etc. Agree most positives on fit, finish, quality.

    My negatives (comparing same size S to my current Arai RX7):
    - it was not dramatically lighter than my Arai RX-7
    - visible bigger shell than my compact Arai – even though they claim to use 3 shell sizes.
    - Lack of room for my ear and I have not even inserted by speakers I have installed on my Arai
    - The bottom neck leather trim is very visible when you where it

    If it fits, get it.. it is fantastic

    I am on my 4th Arai and always shop around and end up with a arai – even though I would love not to buy another over expensive helmet – Suomy seems promising given that it seems like copy of Arai.

  • Az

    I had been looking at these for a while and was actually going to write in and suggest that HFL review one now that they were near a dealer. But HFL is one step ahead! Excellent job guys!

  • Paul

    I love mine. Several thousand miles under it now, and it’s so comfortable you forget it’s there.

  • Michael

    I’ve had one since Feb. and like it more than my X-12 by a long shot. Lighter is better.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

      no one is claiming that the x-12 is a nice helmet.

      • Michael

        I did say by a long shot. X-12 is by a name brand, and a more expensive unit. A valid statement, no?

        • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

          eh….the reviews, both formal and informal, have all come back negative. i think it’s one we’re just gonna have to not hold against them (in terms of being reflective of the company’s helmet quality) and tell them to go back to the drawing board.

          everyone’s allowed a black sheep or two, if not, wes’s parents would have had him killed as a child and none of us would have this site to aid us avoid our jobs.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          The X12 is heavier, doesn’t vent as well and doesn’t look as nice as the cheaper RF1100. #fail

  • Phil

    Cool helmet, but I don’t know if the cost is justifiable.

    I bought one of these to try out ECE vs. snell:

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kali-nira-matte-helmet

    $150, ECE, fiberglass shell (not plastic), approved for racing (looking for something I could club race with next year, cheap to replace)

    Weight on the back of my XL is 1350g +/-50g, feels way lighter than my RF-1000 and near as makes no difference the same weight as the non-carbon Nexx XR1R (WebBikeWorld claims 1382g).

    I’ve put around 3000 miles on mine so far, finish/quality is below the Shoei I had, but above my old HJC. Fit is excellent on my shoei shaped head, and it breathes well, but is pretty noisy. Doesn’t bother me since I wear earplugs whenever I slab it for more than 30 minutes. No pinlock shield available, but it doesn’t seem to fog any worse than my old RF.

    I’ve got to say I’m a fan of ECE now, the added lightness really makes the helmet shine.

  • zato1414

    I have 2 Arai Corsairs, both have broken the tabs on the shield pod covers. I truly dislike the agony of popping in or pulling out the shields. Arai has great warranty service, but I will take screws to secure the shields any day.

    • Archer

      I currently have five Arais in various models (in reverse chronology, USA Corsair-V (09), Japan RX-7RR5(08), USA Corsair (07), USA Corsair(06), Japan USA Quantum (04)) and have never encountered the slightest problem with the shield mechanism. If you’re breaking stuff, you’re doing something very, very wrong.

      • Sean Smith

        +1 I used to wear Arais and never had a problem. Be smooth, be deliberate, make sure you get the angles right.

        • zato1414

          I’m such a loser, thank you for the kind words, I still want screws. Maybe nails would work…

  • Trev

    How does it compare to the Bell Star?

    I’ll need to replace my Star in under a year, and I am wondering how this compares to that (mine would probably be one of the closeout helmets again, so price doesn’t matter in this case).

    • Sean Smith

      I’ve never been able to keep a Star on my head for more than about 3 minutes, due to extreme discomfort, but I can confidently say that they’re completely different. The XR1R has a totally different style of liner, Arai style shield closure, much different shape internally.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I wore a Star for a few months. It was relatively poorly made and had barely anything in the way of padding. Vented pretty decent though, especially when the visor mechanism fell off.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

        stop with the ads!

  • T Diver

    You should get chicks to model the gear. Even if it’s for a man. There are too many out of work models who need jobs.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      If we put chicks on the payroll we’d be at major risk of legal trouble…

      • http://www.karinajean.com karinajean

        besides, irregardless of potential harassment lawsuits one of the reason women (ok, *I*) like to subscribe is because you’re not trying to distract me from crappy content with pretty gals like most motorcycle pubs.

    • Sean Smith

      Ha, the chick is behind the camera making the awesome shots.

  • Brandon

    After reading this review, I went out and bought one myself. Went to my local bike store and they didnt have my size in stock in the gloss white/black color. So he ordered it for me and gave me $150 discount. Feel like I stole this darn thing for $450. Without your review I probably would have went with an Arai and spent hundreds more. Thanks alot man!

  • ForMotorbikes

    Nexx XR1R Carbon pictures and HD videos.

  • enzomedici

    Nice try, but I won’t give up my Bell RS-1 with the photochromatic shield. That shield is fantastic.