Icon Airframe Pro Carbon Helmet | SR Tested

Product evaluation of Icon's Airframe Pro Carbon Helmet

Icon’s Airframe Pro Carbon helmet is its top-shelf racing lid, featuring an outer shell made from Icon’s 4Tress carbon/fiberglass composite matrix, with a dual-density EPS liner, and five-piece modular Hydra-Dry moisture-wicking comfort liner. Four shell sizes spanning head sizes from XS to 2XL, plus Looser or Tighter Fit liner sets ($45) allow tailored-fit combinations for each shell size, and the bottom padding features a sculpted neck roll shape for reduced interference with riding gear in a full tuck.

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Get the top-shelf Airframe Pro Carbon Helmet from Icon for the retail price of $600.Photo Courtesy of Icon

Venting is handled by three forehead and three chin intake vents, with six exhaust vents in back. All Airframe Pro Carbon helmets come with a dark smoke TracShield face shield with tear-off posts, and a variety of tinted shields (all treated with Fog Free Icon Optics) are available.

The Airframe Pro Carbon is one of the lighter helmets on the market at 3.42 pounds and meets DOT FMVSS 218 and ECE 22-05 standards. Comfort is excellent, especially after tailoring the fitment with the alternate liners. Ventilation is very good, though cooling feel is limited to the forehead and back of the head. Aerodynamics are excellent when pointed straight ahead with very little buffeting, but turning your head to check over your shoulder causes some strain on your neck. Visibility out the eyeport was very good, even in a full tuck, and the face shields remained fog-free and sealed well with no noisy leaks. We weren’t that fond of changing shields, however, as lining up the tabs in the pivot mechanism was often difficult, and the cheap snap-in outer covers over the pivot require a lot of effort to remove and reinstall. And the removable breath deflector and chin curtain both had a tendency to come loose if you weren’t careful handling the helmet.

We did like the Airframe Pro Carbon helmet overall, and at $600 retail you get a lot of performance for the money (Icon also has Airframe Pro helmets using a non-carbon fiberglass matrix for $375 to $440, depending on graphics). If Icon could fix a couple of small details, it will have a real winner on its hands.

Icon Airframe Pro Carbon helmet
Retail: $600