Gear Pick of the Day: Biltwell Gringo

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Biltwell Gringo

A steady rise in retro riding gear has practically invaded other riding markets for the sake of discovering individual style and safety. The Biltwell Gringo isn’t any different, but is at the same time. Its affordability and versatility make you think twice before throwing down a considerable sum for other comparable full-face helmets. Which perfect for any “Retro-Rider” starter kit. Their color pallet can suit nearly any vintage conscious rider and the added detailing of diamond quilted padding can truly make your friends think you spent more than you actually did. You can check out our in-depth review of the Gringo here.

What It Sets Out To Do: The Gringo provides a helmet option for riders who love the simple aesthetic of older helmets but know that wearing one would be a very foolish idea.

Modern Innovations:  Unlike the helmets it takes after, the Gringo is DOT approved and has a shock-absorbing EPS inner shell.

Price: $149.95

  • Paul Cypert

    Not to be “that guy” but those first few sentences are rough. A few grammatical errors and wonky sentence structures

    • Nemosufu Namecheck

      Yeah – you are totally that guy. Now what do you think about the helmets? Your facial hair has me confused. Very specific. Discuss…..

      • Paul Cypert

        The first sentence seems like it was sent through scrambling software to try to make sure the copy wasn’t duplicate. “…has practically invaded other riding markets for the sake of discovering individual style and safety.” What does that even mean? LOL It is obnoxious when people play grammar nazis online, and my apologies for doing it here, but come on this paragraph doesn’t read right at all. I’m not pointing out a misplaced comma, it’s very odd to the overall site style.

        This helmet doesn’t do so much for me. Guess I’m not the target. I see what it’s attempting, but I’d rather have modern functionality than vintage looks when given the choice.

        I’m guessing the facial helmet comment is some attempt to paint me as a hipster? Sure I’ll bite, man do I love all things vintage and skinny jeans. :D

        • Nemosufu Namecheck

          No, love your points – good talk. I like the helmet in a way too. It brings me back to when I was in second grade and I would borrow these for BMX stunting in the back yard. I don’t think I’m the target audience either but some of the gear I buy is definitely fashion-questionable. My Dainese D1 jeans come to mind.

    • Guest

      Dude—no one who uses the letters LOL should be complaining about grammar.

      • Piglet2010

        I have been talking to legal department people too much – I see LOL and think “limitation of liability”.

    • Telemachus_1

      Yeah, that first sentence makes no sense to me.

  • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

    I’ve bought a bell 3/4 in the past so i’m not gonna knock it. A chin bar is better than no chin bar. I guess…
    But at $150 you can get a helmet with a functional eye opening and air vents. I hear people like those.

  • the antagonist

    Looks cool, but no ventilation -> no buy.

  • Guzzto

    I think anything that gets people into full face helmets is a great thing, It’s summer here and I wince everytime I see a new rider in his shorts and T-shirt with no gloves. Think of it as a stepping stone to a grown ups helmet.

    • NOCHnoch

      Rolling Darwin awards, every last one.

  • Dennis Newman

    It’s better than a vintage helmet… Heaven forbid you put real safety before style. No one would want that.

  • Mitchel Durnell

    Anyone else having nightmares about going down face first and having that bubble visor shatter into/around your eyeballs?

    • E Brown

      Not something I’d worry about, but I’d never wear the bubble visor anyway – they looked awful back in the day, and look awful now. I’d want a full face with flip-up visor and retro looks.

    • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

      There’s only three snap buttons holding it on. It’s almost certainly going flying and leaving you with no protection at all.

      • HammSammich

        I dont think the visor coming off on impact would leave you with “No protection at all.” Certainly it should be shatter proof, but I think on most full faced helmets the visor is probably designed to come off in an accident. I landed chinbar first during a high-side wearing my Icon Alliance SS, and the visor completely popped off (presumably due to the temporary change in the shape of the helmet on impact). My face was still completely protected. Regardless, I don’t want to defend or desparage this helmet design too much. It’s incredibly impractical, but at least it’s a full face.

        • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

          Racing helmets are actually built with a locking mechanism so they dont even open on impact. I can show you photos of heavy scratches on previous helmet shields. Theyre definitely not designed to separate on impact.

          • Stuki

            Does any of the testing regimens for helmets (Snell, ECE…..) test for this? You’d think one would want the visor to stay on, if for no other reason than to minimize the chance of a protrusion of some sort to get inside the opening and really yanking the heck out of one’s neck.

            • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

              probably not. a shield provides abrasion resistance, which isnt something they check for. plus dirtbike helmets, which have no shield at all, are ece and Snell rated…

          • HammSammich

            Fair enough…my experience is limited to fairly inexpensive helmets (I’ve owned an HJC and several Icon’s) used on the road, not the track. Also, I’ve fortunately only had to put the helmet to the test that one time.

  • eddi

    Exactly the style of my first full-face helmet. But I prefer practicality over nostalgia. Especially when it supposed to come between my anatomy and the blacktop.

  • Speedo007

    These are just so ugly…even a hipster won’t make it look cool…Some designs of the past should stay there.

  • RandomGRK

    These are disgusting. If you want retro, get the Premier Trophy range of helmets…drooool

  • Nemosufu Namecheck

    I had a couple of friends who bought similar helmets in the past year after wearing and owning mid-range full face helmets; they were just never satisfied with the fit and finish. That shield will annoy you.

  • charlie

    Why all the negativity towards the retro remakes? Yea, the ventilation is horrible or non-existent but it’s still a full face.

  • Piglet2010

    I would rather spend $400 and get one of these instead – just need to decide what color goes best with a purple/white Bonnie.

    http://www.bellhelmets.com/catalog/product/view/id/7550/s/bullitt/category/24/

    • Fava d’Aronne

      I love that helmet. My favorite is the one with the red bull eye. Given the color of your bike though I would go for white.

  • Mr.Paynter

    I love my Gringo!
    going on about 6 months and no complaints!

  • Nate Terrill

    Is that a snap on bubble shield? I’ve had bad experiences with those flying off at unexpected moments.

  • ParanoidTimes

    You guys know that the bubble shield is optional, right? If glasses or goggles suit you better you can wear those.

  • Rameses the 2nd

    I like it. Would I have it as my only full face helmet? No, but I wouldn’t mind replacing my 3/4 helmet with it for short leisurely rides to my local scenic routes. I am sure this helmet is not as comfortable as Shoei, Arai and other modern day helmets, but it is not competing with those. It is competing with novelty 3/4 helmets and it provides better protection than any novelty helmet for sure. At least, it is not $400 like Bell Bullitt.

  • CB

    For the price, this has a place in my “cool guy” collection of stuff that I might buy. I think it’s really cool, and I like that it’s DOT, thus, a real helmet. But it’s not the helmet I’d wear everyday. This is as close to a novelty helmet as I’d ever buy. I think the pictures in the Amazon listing demonstrate it’s purpose. It’s for cool guys, but it’ll actually protect your noggin.

    • NOCHnoch

      Half helmets are DOT too. It doesn’t mean a thing.

      • CB

        Well, it means that it meets at least a minimum safety standard. As opposed to novelty helmets, which exist solely to look cool.