FLY RACING TREKKER HELMET

PRODUCT EVALUATION --

WHAT IT IS:

Fly Racing’s Trekker helmet has a street bike helmet-like flip-up face shield and a dirt helmet-type visor in a full-face, DOT- and ECE-approved helmet, a combination that works well for UTVing. Once rare, helmets with these features have become increasingly popular, but many cost more than the $150 Trekker. This helmet has a poly-alloy shell, a form of polycarbonate, and a Coolmax comfort liner. The dual-density EPS liner provides progressive impact absorption. Six graphic schemes are available, though most are gray, black and silver. Hi-Vis Yellow is the only bright color. At 3.95 pounds, the Trekker’s weight is similar to other helmets with visors and face shields in its price range, but heavier than more expensive, conventional off-road helmets like the 3.3-pound, $300 Klim F3 we tested in our November issue.

The Trekker is well made and finished. Genuine Coolmax liner fabric is used for the interior. The helmet’s 13 intake vents and 6 exhaust vents keep you comfortable, even in hot conditions. Klimatek fabric keeps you feeling dry even when sweat is unavoidable.

PERFORMANCE:

The Trekker fits comfortably and doesn’t feel heavy. We found the medium-sized Trekker felt more like a snug large from some other brands, so try the Trekker on in the two sizes closest to your regular size to get the best fit. The face shield opens and closes easily and positively, and gets fully out of the way in the full open position. The visor is adjustable, and the helmet includes trim covers for the visor hinge points so the helmet can be worn without the visor. Venting is very good, even at low speeds, though like any visor-equipped helmet, clicking the visor open a notch or more cools things off quickly and keeps the visor fog-free. The Coolmax liner fabric is comfortable and wicks moisture away so you feel dry even when sweating is unavoidable.

THE VERDICT:

Fly Racing’s Trekker helmet is comfortable and nicely finished. At $150, it’s a very good value for a visor and face-shield-equipped helmet that lets you ride without goggles.

contact: www.flyracing.com

RATING: ★★★★★

PRICE: $150

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