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Product Review: Joe Rocket Solid Edge Helmet

Product Review: Joe Rocket Solid Edge
By: Don Smith

Like many of you I have been wearing Joe Rocket suits, jackets, gloves and boots
for years. Overall I find their product offering to be made well and reasonably
priced. Not to mention they have a wide range of products for men and women.
Right now in my closet I see a Speedmaster Jacket and gloves, a GPX 1 piece
suit, a mesh jacket and a 3/4 length Ballistic all weather jacket and some road
racing style boots.

Until recently Joe Rocket protective gear stopped
at the neck line and in order to protect your head you had to look elsewhere.
This year Joe Rocket changed that and introduced a line of helmets. At first
I was skeptical when I saw them show up at my local dealer, but the parts manager
convinced me to take a closer look. Upon inspection I was impressed with the
quality and construction of the product. But it wasn’t until I actually
tried one of my own that I could fully appreciate how good it actually is.

Here is the model information as shown on Joe
Rocket’s site

  • Fiberglass Spectra® composite weave shell
  • Meets or exceeds SNELL M2005 & DOT standards
    and FIM ready
  • Three shell sizes provide superior "sport"
  • Exclusive Quad Port ventilation system [4
    external/6 internal ports]
  • Hard coated & optically superior 3D shield
    design rated at 95% UV resistant
  • Removable, washable interior system wicks
    away moisture and promotes increased air circulation
  • Streamline, wrap-around neck roll reduces
    wind noise
  • Built-in communication system speaker cavity

I picked the flat black and silver model shown
mainly because the color is different and can be worn on a wide range of bikes.
Sizing seems to be pretty close to Arai or Shoei but in my case I ended up going
up one size over my normal Arai RX7. Joe Rocket already offers adjustable sized
cheek pads that allow you to adjust the fit for your specific desires.

I have worn the helmet on several long rides and so far I am very impressed.
The liner material is very soft yet it seems to be durable as well. Another
big bonus is that the shields are interchangeable with HJC helmets, which makes
finding tinted or extra shields easy and economical. A review of this helmet
would not be complete without mentioning how easy the shield is to change. For
years I have been an Arai helmet snob and basically would not wear anything
else except a $700 Arai RX7. But as a long time Arai customer I was forced to
suffer with their miserable shield changing procedure. The new Rocket helmet
is designed so that it’s no longer an issue. Taking one shield off and
putting another one on can be done in seconds and it is very easy.

After a long day with the helmet I had no signs of fatigue and found it to be
a very comfortable unit. It is also a lot quieter than I expected as well. The
retail price is $269.95 which makes it a bargain when compared to other high
quality models I have tried recently. Venting is also good and easy to use on
the road. Even when wearing gloves it is a simple matter to reach up and open
or close the front vents or the chin vent as needed. A real D –ring strap
connector is also used which is the best way to go in my opinion. The retention
strap has a snap to retain the loose end and prevent it from flapping around
while riding.

There is a variety of colors and styles to please most anyone so check it out
if you are in the market for a new lid. Overall, I have to give this model two
thumbs up and if you consider the price, it is tempting to buy two of these
instead of one of the other pricey models on the market. Plus, with the Snell
ad DOT ratings I don’t have to sacrifice quality or safety.

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