I've worn many helmets through my riding career, and I have to say that the AGV X-Vent is far and away my favorite of the bunch. Visually, AGV probably has some of the best graphics out there. One of my biggest complaints with helmets these past years has been lack of imagination on the designs. They throw a few splashes of color on a helmet and call it a design.
I bought my first X-Vent because it had the coolest graphics. I bought my second one because the first one saved my life. It did such a great job of protecting my nugget that I never considered anything different when I ordered my next lid. This is a lightweight and extremely comfortable helmet that offers premium protection and a great list of features. Helmet life is extended by a removable, hand washable liner. Furthermore, they can be tailored for your comfort by way of removable cheek pads that are offered by AGV in a variety of sizes to give you a perfect fit.
The ventilation in these helmets is a key feature. Most helmets offer their ventilation features as a selling point, and most helmets offer about the same real-world ventilation: none. The X-Vent actually does do a good job of moving air through the helmet. Ventilation is further assisted by a ratcheting visor that can be firmly held in many positions. Some of the lower positions provide excellent ventilation without compromising eye protection.
These helmets aren't entirely without fault. For one, they have a limited distribution network, so finding a store to try one on will be next to impossible. That particular problem is compounded by the fact that the sizing on the X-Vent is slightly different (smaller) than most other helmets, even other helmets in their own lineup! To give you an example, I wear a large in the AGV X-Vent, and a medium in the Q-3!!
The chin strap is also a minor inconvenience. The chin strap lacks any sort of snap or clip to hold the flapping excess once the strap is cinched.
Another down side is the North American distributor of AGV. I had a mishap with my last order where my X-Vent came missing the chin deflector. The company I ordered from, www.accwhse.com, suggested I call AGV directly for a replacement. The rep I spoke with could care less about customer satisfaction, stating that he didn't care if my helmet (which is the top of their line) came missing parts, he wasn't going to send them out for free, and I was perfectly welcome to buy the missing part from him. He said that because the company I ordered from only bought from him as they needed, he was unwilling to provide support to their customers. With the attitude of their reps, I can see why you don't find their product much in stores. Can you imagine being a business trying to provide support for their product?
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