Five Fast Facts: Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet

A convertible Italian helmet to wear six ways from Sunday.

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet

Six-in-One: Nolan calls the N-43E Trilogy a "crossover" helmet because it can be quickly configured six different ways: with or without removable chinbar and faceshield, without chinbar, without faceshield, without faceshield but with an attachable "peak" or with the peak and chinbar but no faceshield.

The big picture: Huge, optically clear visor offers a wide and deep field of view—with four ratcheting positions (fully open or closed, plus two intermediate) and a clever vent molded into the visor just below nose level—and is easy to remove without tools. Accepts Pinlock anti-fog shield.

Glare be gone: Built-in, drop-down sun shield and peak minimize glare (the peak won't work with the faceshield attached, and the sun shield was a bit too short for one tester). Slider on left side of helmet is easy to work even while wearing thick riding gloves.

Bar none: GE Lexan chinbar is quickly removable for wind-in-face riding and easy to attach or detach with gloves; enables the helmet to meet ECE full-face helmet standard (the claimed 3-lb., 7.75-oz. N-43E is DOT- and ECE-approved with or without the chinbar). Nose-area vent on faceshield is well-integrated with the sloped face of the chinbar to aid airflow and minimize fogging. Chinbar is lined with EPS.

Calmed, cooled and connected: Good ambient noise reduction with chinbar in place, and removable chinbar wind blocker reduces under-helmet turbulence. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal liner is easy to remove and clean. Top vent is easy to open or close with gloved hand and works reasonably well. N-43E is designed to allow owner installation of N-Com Bluetooth Communication System ($359.90), which is operated by fingertip controls on left side of the helmet.

The Nolan N-43E Trilogy is available in six solid colors ($329.95), plus Outlaw ($329.95) and Voyager graphics ($349.95), in XS-XXL sizes.

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - with removable chinbar and faceshield

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - with removable chinbar and faceshield

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - without faceshield

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - without faceshield

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - with the peak and chinbar but no faceshield

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - with the peak and chinbar but no faceshield

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - without faceshield but with an attachable ?peak?

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - without faceshield but with an attachable ?peak?

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - without chinbar

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - without chinbar

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - without removable chinbar and faceshield

Nolan N-43E Trilogy Helmet - without removable chinbar and faceshield