Icon Motosports Airframe Pro (日本語訳あり）
First official use in an MFJ race in Japan (review)
Last month the Airframe Pro by Icon Motosports got approval by MFJ to be used in races all over Japan!
Icon is a world-renowned helmet and apparel company that has ruled the street and stunt world for some time now. Before meeting the Icon distributor of Japan, AFG Motosports, I saw the brand as a stunt only brand, but I soon learned that its a misconception.
Icon is a street riding brand made For Riders, By Riders. You can tell thats the case by their unique designs that capture biking culture and their functional yet stylish approach to product creation.
I however am a track-only rider right now, so my experience targets the few products they have released have been designed with track use in mind.
For the past 6 months or so I have been using the AirframePro and I love it!
Last year I was riding using the Airmada helmet while racing 250cc; it had a good design and really stood out in a crowd. I have no complaints at all about the helmet, but when I stepped up to 600cc the way the wind flowed into the helmet at 210 km/h had my contacts drying faster than usual. There are some options for chin/nose guards that would help but it was about time to upgrade my helmet anyway.
I contacted AFG and got an opinion which led me to the Airframe Pro!
Without any add-on parts the helmets ventilation allows for a breeze that keeps your head cool, the screen un-fogged, and without any excess wind going into your eyes. You can tell this helmet was designed with track use in mind.
Lifting my head out of the slipstream at 200+km/h feels extremely stable.
Along the lines of intended for track-use, the helmet has something unique that I've never seen before. The back side has a cut-out that helps keep the helmet or your hair from rubbing against the suit hump when tucked in. It wasn't until I tried this helmet that I realised my hair would often rub against the back of the suit. I just thought it was an issue with my dreadlocks, but after trying the AFP my range of motion has gotten much better.
The aggressive aerodynamics and the unique styling have a lot of heads turning, especially at the track where Icon helmets have been rare. However, since the helmet has received MFJ approval I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these in the coming months/years.