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 Post subject: Review: BILT Solar Modular helmet
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:13 pm 
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I tried this helmet on at Cycle Gear, and it seemed to fit my big head. I normally wear size XL, but on this helmet, XXL fit better. They only had black in stock, so I ordered the silver online.

"BILT" is CG's exclusive brand now. They've gotten rid of their "Motoboss" line of products and now they are called "BILT". This helmet looks identical to Street & Steel's helmets, so I assume one manufacturer makes this helmet for several retailers.

This helmet's regular everyday price is $199, and CG had a sale going on for $99. For that price, I decided it was worth a try.


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Simple design. Has one big vent on top that is easily opened by pushing down. Has two large openings in the rear, and openings in the chin area. The DOT sticker looks 'fake' compared to other helmets.

I would rate the design as an 8 out of 10.

Fit and finish is okay, not as good as my old HJC. I would rate it at 6 out of 10.


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The interior has a drop down sunvisor that is actuated by a red lever on the bottom. Neat idea, however, the visor is very thin, so you gotta be careful not to force it.



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Here is where the cost-cutting really takes place. My old HJC helmet has generous padding inside, whereas this one has minimal padding. It was not noticeable during my 1.5 hour ride today, though. Also, there is one upside to having minimal padding: more air flow. I noticed that air flow over my balding noggin was generous. My HJC is very warm and I sweat bullets. Will see how well this one performs when it is 90+ outside.




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For those of us that are concerned about the modular chin's construction, here are closeup shots of the linkage:


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This is quite a bit better than some low-end modular helmets, as there are metal parts here. The lid closes easily and opens easily with one button that is easily found with thick gloves on.

During my 1.5 hour ride, I have noticed that it takes some getting used to having two shields in front of you. For those of you who never had this feature, the gaps between the inner & outer shields can be a distraction; it goes away once you are used to it. Since the inner shield is thin, riding with the outer shield up allows wind turbulence to shake it around a bit. Leaving the outer shield cracked open seems to work best. I wear glasses, so now I have 3 layers of plastic in front of me.

And, if you have a big nose, your nose will touch the inner shield while your head is turned far left or right. Can be annoying for those of us with sensitive noses.

Other than that, this helmet seems to be fine. I would not pay $199 for it, but $99 is a fair price. If this helmet does not sell for less than $199, I suggest you look at others like HJC before buying it. It was a huge convenience to leave the helmet on and flip the lid up and walk into the local convenience store to get a drink.

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 Post subject: Re: Review: BILT Solar Modular helmet
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:54 pm 
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"And, if you have a big nose, your nose will touch the inner shield while your head is turned far left or right."
Is your head moving inside the helmet when you rotate your head side to side? If so, it may be too large to effectively buffer a collision.
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 Post subject: Re: Review: BILT Solar Modular helmet
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:44 pm 
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No, it is pretty snug in there. I think that when I turn my head as far left or right as I can, my shoulder stops the helmet and my head might move about one CM, which is enough for me to touch the visor.

I tried on the XL in the store, it felt like a vise grip on my head.

My HJC was tight at first, but loosened up after many rides, so we will see how this one holds up.

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 Post subject: Re: Review: BILT Solar Modular helmet
PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:52 pm 
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I use 2 tests to determine the fit of a full face helmet.

1. If you hold it by the straps (pulled out against the padding) it should slide on easily without threatening to remove your ears.
2. once on your head, you should be able to shake your head quickly from side to side, and the helmet should move with your head.
(i.e. not rattle around inside it)
New ones should feel snug , but not "like a vise"... :lol: . I think the ear removal test should rule out a vise like fit.

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 Post subject: Re: Review: BILT Solar Modular helmet
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:21 am 
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Ah, yes. The Van Gogh test.

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 Post subject: Bilt Open face helmet
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:08 pm 
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Just picked one up last week. Paid $60 for it. I like it. The integral sun shield is a nice feature. Helmet has great ventilation. The way the padding is it allows air flow similar to that of a bicycle helmet. Aerodynamics are good. It's a Cycle Gear exclusive and not much info on it but it is DOT approved and looks and feels as quality as my HJC. Sizing runs on the small side so you would try one size larger then normal. It feels like the padding has similar dimensions as HJC as well. So if an HJC fits your head nicely Bilt will fit the same. Only thing is with HJC I wear a medium in the Bilt it's a large.

http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1=&L ... 1-MB-SML_G

The one I bought is mettalic silver. The store also had matte black which looked great but with the summer heat we have and I was looking for a helmet for summer (I ditched my half helmet tired of it sliding to the back of my head and having to have goggles to go over my glasses)

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 Post subject: Re: Bilt Open face helmet
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:03 am 
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Cool.

Does it have speaker pockets?

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 Post subject: Re: Bilt Open face helmet
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I think I want one of those, but I need to try one on before I buy it.

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 Post subject: Re: Bilt Open face helmet
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:17 am 
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It doesn't advertise speaker pockets but the way the padding fits you could probably pop a couple in if you go for one size larger.

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 Post subject: Re: Bilt Open face helmet
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:18 am 
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Fridgitator wrote:
I think I want one of those, but I need to try one on before I buy it.



Cycle Gear has them in store. The sale ends the 30th. After that they jump to $120.

Ohh and they do have a modular and full face as well. All are half off till the 30th. The modular also has the integral sun shield not sure on the full face.

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 Post subject: Re: Bilt Open face helmet
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:37 am 
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There are a couple discussions on Bilt helmets in the dealers subforum.

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 Post subject: Re: Bilt Open face helmet
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:43 pm 
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SG-1 wrote:
There are a couple discussions on Bilt helmets in the dealers subforum.



Hmm didin't even look there lol



Duke could you merge this thread with one of the one with the review for the modular?

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 Post subject: Re: Review: BILT Solar Modular helmet
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:57 pm 
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No problem. It'll likely be later tonight, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Review: BILT Solar Modular helmet
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Duke wrote:
No problem. It'll likely be later tonight, though.


I fixed it for you.. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Review: BILT Solar Modular helmet
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:42 pm 
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Thanks, Jim--

I was on the way out (taking the wife to work) when I read this, so I knew _I_ wouldn't get to it for a while. :lol:

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