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Diana 09-02-2009 05:24 AM

Akuma Phantom II MFR Helmet Review
The beauty of the Phantom II is in its pure design functionality. It’s hands-down one of the lightest lids I’ve ever worn, weighing in at a svelte three pounds of total carbon fiber construction (covered in a UV resistant clear coat). For complete Product Review check out 'Motorcycle Product News -'

trenttheuncatchable 09-02-2009 07:59 AM

Nice helmet. However, I've read that carbon fiber helmets are prone to "starring", so I'm hesitant to buy one.

To change this thread a little, I'm interested to find out opinions on the relative quietness of full-faced helmets. I have an inexpensive Vega that's relatively light and quiet enough that I don't need earplugs on the expressway. I also have an older Shoei that is way too noisy. My gf has a nice Arai, but she says that's pretty noisy. So I'm looking for a quiet full-faced helmet. What's the quietest full-faced helmet you've owned? The Vega's only drawback is that changing the face-shield is a real pain.

pushrod 09-02-2009 08:18 AM


How about a MO helmet comparo?

Fit, noise and ventilation, especially. Okay, ease of visor removal and hat cleaning, too.

Send me a Shark RSI and I'll compare it to an Arai Signet.

Trent, my research indicates the major 'source' of noise in a FF hat, other than the crap hanging on it for aerodynamics or ventilation, is the fit around the base.

If there is any significant gap, a lot of noise will enter the hat. Just for drill, try rolling up tight a bandana and inserting it around the base of the Shoei.

My melon dictates that I wear an Arai Signet/Profile. 'Long Oval', don't'cha know.

pushrod 09-02-2009 08:24 AM

Well, I 'may not edit your posts' at the moment.

I was going to point out, Diana, that the review is okay, but the writer failed to mention the 'head shape' of the hat, whether it is 'true to size' and the MSRP.

trenttheuncatchable 09-02-2009 02:31 PM

The Shoei actually has less ventilation at the bottom of the helmet than the Vega. But the shell is closer to the ears than the shell on the Vega. I believe that this is why the helmet is noisier.

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