A helmet is undoubtedly a mandatory portion of a rider’s safety attire. While it is advised to wear proper riding gear while riding, a helmet is one such element that essentially needs to be on when you are riding a two-wheeler. The reason being, most of the road accident fatalities in case of a two-wheeler are caused due to serious head injuries and that is when it becomes quintessential to wear a helmet always while riding a vehicle of that sort. With the passage of time, there have been various improvements in helmets with different varieties coming to light, which also has a direct relevance to the evolution of two-wheelers.
The present day sees a good mix of helmet types in a helmet store with their prices starting from a few hundred bucks and reaching to prices at which you can buy even a motorcycle. While full faced helmets are ideal and should be used on any two-wheeler, it has become a trend nowadays to use half faced helmets on cruiser bikes and scooters. Opposite to that, we recently reviewed the Steelbird SB 42 Motocross Helmet that is meant for off-road and dirt biking. Here is what we think about it.
A motocross helmet in general, comes with an off beat appearance with some bright colours to make it look different in the vast sea of helmets. Following this philosophy, Steelbird has given the same treatment to the SB 42 helmet. The unit we received was dipped in black and orange with some attractive graphics. This helmet surely offers you the standout feel due to its impressive visuals and a stunning design.
The overall build quality of the Steelbird SB 42 airborne helmet is pretty average. The fit and finish is also of the same level which the company should definitely work upon. However, with Steelbird having recently announced the arrival of 35 new helmet variants within next three months, it is expected that the overall build quality of the SB 42 is bound to enhance.
One of the most important highlights of the Steelbird SB 42 is that this helmet receives dual visors that not only looks impressive but also helps in serving the purpose more effectively. The primary visor of the Steelbird SB 42 is transparent and it has been made to remain in sync with the shape of the nose protector on which it rests when the rider puts the lid down. The secondary visor is also transparent and it covers only the eyes instead of the entire face with a purpose to protect the eyes during mild dusty or windy conditions.
Guess what! Now, you can easily get rid of the bad odour of sweat that occupies the inside of the helmet. How? The inner lining of the Steelbird SB 42 is removable and it can be easily washed at your home. The thickness of the lining is satisfactory and it offers a decent amount of comfort level.
The area of vision in the Steelbird SB 42 Airborne helmet is quite commendable. This helps in enhancing the peripheral vision of the rider which eventually proves beneficial in avoiding any mishap on the road. This indeed adds a character to the helmet and no matter you are riding an adventure bike or an entry-level sportsbike, the SB 42 gives you that distinctive look which the conventional helmet fail to offer. The chin straps and the cheek pads also come decently padded and you will hardly feel any discomfort from those two sides. The quality of material used in the two is decent that promises to last long.
One thing which we didn’t like about this ISI-approved helmet is the shaking of the peak extension when you are going at a decent pace and or through some broken surfaces. The stability of the said portion needs to be enhanced considering the fact that this helmet is made particularly for dirt biking. The peak extension also obstructs the vision at some instances when the rider lowers his head a little for aggressive riding.
On a concluding note, the Steebird SB 42 Airborne helmet is a decent pick for those who are looking for a worthy option in order to fulfill day to day needs and occasional adventure biking. However, while we understand that being a mass focussed helmet, the quality obviously takes a back seat and this helmet might not meet the expectations of a hardcore biker. But the same time, the SB 42 makes for a good option to look out for mediocre riding needs and is sensibly priced at INR 2299.