So letís start with a baseline review so you understand what started this whole thing:
Bilt Techno Bluetooth Adventure Helmet
This was the very first adventure helmet I ever bought. Until now, itís actually my only adventure helmet. It almost, but not quite, meets all of my needs, which prompted this whole buying and review series. Letís cover the points provided above:
- Cheap - (score 2 of 2)When I bought the helmet, it was a relatively new model. I loved the idea of the integrated Bluetooth, so when it went on sale for $200 instead of the normal $300, I had to jump on it. Now these are around $170, making it an excellent deal.
- Light Weight - (score 0 of 2) This is the biggest fail of this particular helmet. While it hits the mark on almost everything else, the 4 pounds is just too much for my neck - especially when exacerbated by wind drag on the peak. If it wasnít for the weight, Iíd consider this helmet damn near perfect.
- Comfort - (score 3 of 8)
- Airflow (1) - Airflow in this helmet is adequate. Thereís a vent at the top behind the peak and one on the chin - both of which can be opened or closed as needed. Airflow comes mostly from under the chin bar, so nothing special there.
- Proper Fit (1) - When I first bought the helmet, the cheek pads were so tight I could barely get my head past them. But once past the initial neck hole, there is ample room. Once the cheek pads relaxed, the helmet is pretty comfortable.
- Materials (1) - Nothing super special here. The material isnít super soft or moisture wicking, but itís not super cheap either. Itís comfortable enough to give it a point.
- Aerodynamic (0) - Besides weight, my only other big gripe is how windy days really pick up the peak, wrenching my head back and forth with gusts. Steady riding is okay - even at highway speed. But Iíve had gusty days that really caught my head, wrenching my neck. Itís one of the leading reasons I stopped wearing the helmet. Unfortunately, the peak is not removable, so just riding without isnít an option for me.
- Comm Ready - (score 2 of 2) This is one of the places the Bilt Techno excels for solitary riders. The integrated blue tooth feature is awesome. It allows users to link to their Bluetooth device, whether itís a phone, GPS, or MP3 player. I just used my phone and it worked flawlessly. While I think the speakers could be a little less tinny, almost universally, anyone who called me said they couldnít tell I was actually riding the motorcycle. Thatís a great microphone system!
- Sunblocker - (score 3 of 4) This is another area where the Bilt Techno excels.
- The Peak (2) - While the peak does like to act like a sail in wind gusts, at slower speeds or windless days the peak actually does its job and blocks the sun thatís sitting low in the sky.
- Interior Drop-Down Sun Shade (1) - As a bonus, it also has an internal drop-down sun visor that is easy to operate. Itís not very dark, but it does help.
- Shell Size - (score 1 of 2) The Bilt Techno isnít the most sleek shell ever, but itís not obscenely huge either. I do like the simple lines and functional peak.
- Accessories - (score 1/2) Nothing special here. There are the standard replacement face shields in clear, smoke, and dark shades, but thatís it. It would be nice to have a mirror finish that helps block UV rays, but meh - whatever. There is, however, a thin piece of superbright reflective tape on the back spoiler, and one under the neck roll; they only show if you are looking up or down, but at least itís something.
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My final score for the Bilt Techno Bluetooth Adventure Helmet = 11 out of 20 with 1/2 bonus point.