Monday, May 9, 2011

Gear Review: AFX FX-39 DS Helmet

I got sick of getting pelted in the face with bugs, rain, and hail with the open face MX helmet I've been using, so I thought I'd try a new lid.

This is the new and improved model (AFX FX-39 DS). I wasn't a fan of the old FX-37 due to the visor distortion issue. This one is supposed to be 100% distortion free and it is. I paid $125 shipped from Atomic-Moto.

The shape is comfortable.These helmets run slightly large for the size which worked out great for me since I am right in between a medium and a large on most helmets. The vents give a good bit of airflow through the helmet.The shield seems to seal well, though I haven't tested it in the rain yet. It does have room to clear MX googles with the shield up or down. The visor will catch the wind just a bit, but nothing like the visor on my MX helmet did. My only concern with this helmet is the chin strap. It does rub against my throat a bit. I didn't notice it when I was riding, but after 200 miles it left a red mark that I could feel later.

10/20/2012 Follow Up - Broken Shield.