You may remember my quest to find a helmet that I could put on and take off with an injured left ear. Until I get plastic surgery on the ear in September, the only way I can keep riding is to give up on full-face helmets (too painful to put on/take off). After a lengthy fitting session at Holeshot yesterday, I finally purchased an HJC IS-33 three-quarters helmet:-
It comes with a fitted clear faceshield and a drop-down dark smoke sun visor. I can spread the lower sides of the helmet enough to get it over my ears without touching them, and both ears sit in a cavity in the liner. Perfect.
I went for a ride this morning with the new helmet and it had a few surprises that I didn't expect.
Firstly, wind noise...quite honestly, I find it no more noisy than any of my full-face helmets.
Secondly, no "lift" at speed. It performs very well at speeds up to...well....a wee bit over the posted limit on H'way 99. I turned my head side to side at speed and again, no real drama at all.
Thirdly, visibility is amazing...a little too much at first, actually. I seemed to be aware of a lot more going on around me, which has given me pause for thought about full-face helmet outward visibility.
I got the matte black model, which doesn't look dorky at all, imho.