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Icon Airframe Helmet Review - Street Angel
 
Icon Airframe Helmet Review - Street Angel 2012-07-13 19:22:26 Jan Plessner
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Appearance 
 
3.5
Comfort 
 
4.0
Functionality 
 
3.5
Protection 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Jan Plessner    July 13, 2012
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Unquestionably Feminine, but Accented with an Edge

For a mid-priced helmet, I really liked how the Icon Airframe Angel looked right out of the box. The design is sweet and the helmet feels light, yet solid.

It took me a few rides to remember that in order to open the faceshield, you need to use your left hand. There is no tab on the right. For some reason, I would be downshifting to a stop and holding in the clutch with my left hand exactly when I wanted to reach up and open the helmet with my right. Once I retrained my brain, all was fine.

The helmet is relatively quiet and super comfortable. As marketed, it does ventilate well. Even on the hottest summer afternoon, it didn’t fog up or feel stuffy.

The shield is super clear and distortion free. I really like the Prolock shield system. It’s a tiny little chrome-colored peg on the top of the left side of the chin bar that lets you snap in the face shield when you want to lock it down. It’s easy to release by simply pulling up on the tab when you open the shield. This is the first time I have used this system and I liked it. There is no guessing as to whether or not the shield is all the way down and absolutely no way it will pop open later as your speed increases.

I used this helmet for a half-day photo shoot and while I liked some of the images, I thought I looked like a bobblehead in others. I think in this helmet I might be between a size small and extra small and that would explain why the helmet looked like it was resgin on my head at a funky angle in some of the pictures. Or it just might be the shape of the helmet. It looks to me like the helmet in general is a little larger than others. I would not have realized this if I hadn’t had 50 pictures to review after the ride.

I didn’t feel any buffeting at moderate highway speeds, even on a power cruiser that offered no windscreen. Icon says the rear spoiler reduces buffeting and I would have to say it worked.

I appreciate the branded Street Angel soft helmet bag and shield cleaning kit that came standard with the helmet. The bottle and soft cloth is just the right size to pack along on rides. Thank you Icon for remembering I don’t like looking through a buggy faceshield.

The Icon Airframe Street Angel is available in black or pink. If you want to scream “I am Woman!” my all means, pick the pink. If you are looking to be a little more inconspicuous, but equally just as cool, the black with white graphics and a little red heart on the back is for you (and me). The suggested MSRP is $330.

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