Nexx XR1R Carbon
Thanks to its carbon shell, the Nexx XR1R Carbon is one of the lightest motorcycle helmets available, weighing just 1250g.
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Let’s consider a few things first. Anyone who is into cars or motorcycles even a little bit knows the advantages of carbon fiber and its applications, ranging from racing to aerospace engineering, due to its small weight, resistance to high temperatures and extreme strength. The fact that it is becoming more accessible and widely available has allowed for carbon fiber to be used in the manufacturing of motorcycle helmets, while still maintaining a reasonable price tag. Still, that might beg a few questions. Are there any real benefits for the rider, or is it just purely cosmetic (carbon fiber pattern does look awesome)?
When you’re riding, your body is constantly adjusting to the conditions on the road and the bike itself. The vibrations absorbed by the suspension spread to your body, with your back and neck muscles working hard to keep you balanced and stable, and even the slightest movements become amplified and exaggerated by the time they reach your head, which can result in injuries. And that’s without adding the weight of the helmet on top of it. So, in addition to being strong and durable, a helmet has to be light, too. What are your options then?
The Dark Horse:
If you’re looking to buy a high-end full-face helmet, which is very light, extremely safe, comfortable and all the while offering outstanding visibility and build quality then no doubt a few big names will pop up inside your head, such as Arai, Shoei or AGV. You probably wouldn’t go far wrong if you were to choose one of the numerous top class helmets from either of these fine companies. Surprisingly, though, neither of them makes the best carbon fiber helmet currently available on the market. In my humble opinion, of course. That honor goes to the Portuguese company that most of you have probably never heard of. I’m talking about Nexx and boy did they break the mold with their best model, namely the XR1R Carbon.
Mind you, the XR1R Carbon fiber helmet still doesn’t come cheap, but it’s still considerably cheaper than it’s opponents. However, it justifies its price tag down to the very last penny, being superior in every single aspect that you might deem important when buying a helmet. But, enough fanfare, let’s take a look at why it’s so good.
The Incredible Lightness of Being:
Whereas most carbon fiber helmets feature a two-piece shell, with two halves joined in the middle, Nexx XR1R Carbon has a single-piece carbon fiber shell, which makes it far more safe and durable. Furthermore, it comes with ECE 22/05, DOT and NBR safety certificates. In addition to being extremely strong, it is exceptionally light, weighing just under 2.7 lbs (about 1250 grams), making it one of the lightest helmets available. It also manages to shave off a few grams by using a lighter, more simple visor changing mechanism, and taking advantage of some of the more advanced methods of construction. Nexx really have put carbon fiber to good use here, and taken full advantage of all the benefits it can provide. All of this makes for a very comfortable, very natural ride, and you won’t feel any fatigue even after prolonged periods of riding. Basically, it almost feels as comfy and as light as wearing nothing at all. If you know what I mean!
Through the Looking Glass:
The Nexx XR1R Carbon has one of the largest visor apertures on the market, making it extremely easy to see out of. Not just that, it also allows you to act more naturally, as you no longer have to twist your head in all directions to be able to see what’s ahead of or next to you. With a vertical aperture of 72 degrees, and a horizontal aperture of 225 degrees, it far surpasses the standard set by most helmets, with 52 degrees for the vertical, and 210 degrees for the horizontal aperture. You’d be hard-pressed to see the upper edge of the visor, and it’s the same with the peripheral vision. Also, the XR1R Carbon fiber helmet comes with a Pinlock insert, the largest one ever made. But then, it needs to be, if you take a look at the size of the visor. Nexx lets you choose between several types of visors, with various degrees of tint and color.
This is another area where Nexx XR1R Carbon fiber helmet gets to shine. The interior uses high-quality materials which allow your skin to breathe, and this is the first time I have come across a fully customizable interior padding system on a helmet. The shape of the helmet itself is relatively neutral and it fits most head shapes and sizes, but just in case it doesn’t, you are provided with pre-cut extra pads, ranging between two and for millimeters in thickness, which allow you to achieve that elusive “Goldilocks” padding feel: just right.
As for the noise, the simplified shield mechanism makes hardly any noise whatsoever, and there is a double layer of padding around the ears. If that’s not enough, you can add a third layer, in case your head is not as big as mine, and there’s still room. The ventilation is exceptional, especially on the chin vent, and it really makes you wonder why other manufacturers haven’t been able to get it right. Usually, the flow through the vents feels like having an asthmatic mosquito blow air at you! Luckily, that’s not the case here at all.
“Nexx XR1R Carbon Review”
Look guys and gals, there’s no better way to say this. To me, the Nexx XR1R Carbon fiber helmet makes every model out there feel like one of those deep sea diving helmets. Everything you are looking for in a helmet is there, plus a lot more than you’d ever expect. Sure, it’s not cheap but you won’t be dropping close to a grand like some of the competition in this category. This one is phenomenal.