100% Aircraft Helmet - Review

Jul 13, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
100 Aircraft helmet review

The 100% Aircraft helmet was first seen on the head of Loic Bruni on the World Cup downhill circuit, but it's now available to the public, even if you don't have rainbow stripes on your jersey. Although it is aimed primarily at the downhill crowd, its light weight makes it a good option for enduro racers as well, or anyone who doesn't feel like lugging a helmet that weighs the same as a bowling ball along on a ride.

Thanks to the use of a carbon fiber and Kevlar shell, along with clever gram-saving tricks like a titanium D-ring buckle, the Aircraft weighs in at only 1042 grams for a size medium, a very competitive figure for an ASTM-DH certified helmet. For comparison, Bell's Full 9 weighs 1154 grams, and a Troy Lee D3 Carbon is 1100 grams. 100% didn't forget about ventilation either, and the Aircraft has a total of 25 vents to help keep the air flowing, vents that are designed to work in conjunction with the internal channels that are molded into the helmet's EPS liner.

100% Aircraft Helmet Details
• Carbon / Kevlar composite shell
• 25 vents and channels
• Removable liner and cheek pads
• ASTM DH, CPSC, CE, AS/NZ certified
• Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
• 8 color options (chrome adds $50)
• Weight: 1042 grams (size M)
• MSRP: $400 USD
www.ride100percent.com / @ride100percent
The helmet's cheek pads can be removed with the helmet still in place, a useful, and increasingly common feature that's intended to help medics remove a helmet without compromising spine stability. The Aircraft helmet is available in six different colors for $400, and if you're looking for something fancier, there are two chrome color choices that go for $450.


100 Aircraft helmet review
Generous side vents allow hot air to escape on steamy summer days.
100 Aircraft helmet review
The shell is constructed from a mix of carbon fiber and Kevlar.

100 Aircraft helmet review
The Aircraft's cheek pads can be removed without taking the helmet off, a useful feature in an emergency situation.
100 Aircraft helmet review
Internal channels are in place to keep the air flowing. The grey portion in the center is where an Eject helmet removal system can be installed.


Performance

No two skulls are shaped alike, and not all helmets fit the same, which is why it's always important to try a helmet on in person before throwing down hundreds of dollars on a shiny new lid. For my relatively oval-shaped head the Aircraft was a perfect fit – snug around the cheeks, ears, and brow, but without any uncomfortable pressure points. It's not quite as cushy as the Bell Full 9, my current benchmark when it comes to comfort, but it's still very comfortable, and it is lighter, with a more svelte outer shell profile than the Full 9.

It hasn't been the warmest of summers so far, but temperatures have climbed into the 80s (≈28° C) a few times, and on those days the Aircraft managed quite well. It's still very much a full face – you're not going to find the level of airflow found on a half shell XC lid here – but it also never felt uncomfortably hot or stifling even when taking laps under a blazing sun. When worn with goggles, a couple of the rear vents are blocked by the strap, but that didn't make any noticeable temperature difference - it's those top two side vents where the majority of the ventilation is occurring.

In a moment of klutziness I did manage to break the visor, which brings me to the first of two small gripes I have – a spare isn't included in the Aircraft's $400 asking price. There is a handy carrying bag, but still, for the price an extra visor would be a nice touch. To be fair, the Bell Full 9 doesn't include a visor at a similar price, and while the TLD D3 does include one, it also costs $50 more. On a related note, I do wish that there was a wider range of upwards adjustment for the visor. Even in the highest position I still found myself catching glimpses of it every once in a while - a couple degrees more movement and it would be completely out of the way, no matter the angle of the trail. According to 100%, an updated visor shape is in the works, and will be released this fall. Other than those two quibbles, the Aircraft was virtually unnoticeable when I was wearing it, which is the ultimate goal of any helmet.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesLight, well ventilated, and stylish, the Aircraft is a excellent option for riders looking for a new high-end full face helmet. - Mike Kazimer



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150 Comments

  • 91 4
 I am 100% sure I'd wear that
  • 49 4
 I am 100% sure my life savings would be sucked dry upon purchase
  • 13 64
flag pigit77 (Jul 12, 2016 at 22:17) (Below Threshold)
 Agree. My favorite looking helmet out there. But instead I got the bell super 2r mips for $140 so I get a sorta DH helmet and a enduro lid for a hecka deal.
  • 165 6
 @pigit77: but then you have to be seen wearing a super 2r
  • 33 5
 @kleinblake: This should be reply of the year
  • 2 1
 My pocket dried before the helmet.
  • 2 1
 @pigit77: the only issue is that most Uplift served DH spots don't allow helmets with removable chinguards. in the uk that is, not sure what its like over there
  • 11 0
 @pigit77: you got a flexy chin guard that I wouldn't trust on a flat green trail.
  • 2 0
 @Adamknowles: really? certainly not at fort william, innerliethin or Ae.
  • 5 0
 @Adamknowles and for a good reason, a friend of mine crashed with one of these right in front of me.
She wasn't going fast, just misjudged a small jump and hit the front brake on landing - classic.

Anyway, the chin piece detached after the initial hit, thankfully there wasn't a secondary hit.
  • 1 0
 @Adamknowles: You can ride with a half shell at bike parks on this side of the pond if you want to... that's how I broke my nose... one of the three times at least...
  • 5 0
 @Adamknowles: where? Everywhere I've ridden you can wear any helmet?
  • 1 7
flag pigit77 (Jul 13, 2016 at 8:48) (Below Threshold)
 @kleinblake: not sure what your getting at there...its a great helmet and looks decent. saved my head and possibly my life when i landed on my head and broke my back. @adamknowles you can ride with a moped helmet if you wanted in the states, as long as you have some sort of helmet..
  • 3 1
 @pigit77: i have a super2 for trail riding, but please man, dont wear that thing for dh. if you want to ride dh and risk your skull, get a 661 comp helmet. theyre shitty but its meant for dh at least.
  • 1 0
 @j-t-g Good to hear that! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @NoahGdoesmtb3655: Thats sad. but I am sure you would 100% love it.
  • 1 0
 @Milko3D: That's why I don't like them. My mate had one and I never thought they were a good idea
  • 1 0
 @yetiboyjay: If you read the terms online and the declarations you sign for most in wales and Scotland they state that a proper full face is required, I have not seen anyone with one on or refused for wearing one yet tho so not sure how strict they are on it but that's just what I have read
  • 59 0
 Kudos to you @mikekazimer for converting Farenheit into Celsius in the text. If only more of you imperial users could do that into metric as well, the world would be a better place.
  • 37 1
 What is Farenheit? Is it another fancy name for the next new wheel size the industry will try to make us swallow?
  • 12 1
 @robbienroll: Close; it's actually the new rear hub standard. You can calculate it as 9/5(boost spacing) + 32, which means all new Farenheit compatible bikes will use 248.4mm rear spacing.

With plus.

And an electric motor.

And a huge crowd of haters (just like the original Farenheit......)
  • 10 0
 snazzy
  • 5 0
 love the looks of this thing
  • 2 0
 @nvonf: Thanks for the props!
  • 6 1
 I got one and love it. I still have a TLD D2, but didn't like the "2 sizes per shell, please use fit pads for sizing" concept. I think the D3 has a better fit/padding system than the D2, but I didn't want to look like a "TLD doll" from head to toe any longer. (Along with 80% of the downhillers out there.) The padding is much thicker and substantial than the D2, it has all the major safety ratings, is light weight, good venting, and looks as good as anything else on the market.

I ordered my normal size, but upon trying it on, it was definitely tighter than my previous lid, and I thought I might have to exchange it for the next size up. It is fine though. The padding formed well and it is definitely secure on my noggin.

I contacted 100% customer service about one for my wife, and got amazing help and was very pleased with their efforts to get me what I needed. She got one too, and for the first time in over 25 years I'm going to try some goggles other than Oakley.

I just wish they had gloves with armor/padding on the knuckles, then I'd try those too.
  • 1 0
 Their Simi gloves use D3O padding in the knuckles.
  • 3 0
 Can agree with the great customer service. I was having trouble with the cheek pad inserts on my helmet so I contacted 100%, they offered me a fully new helmet and they would pay shipping.
  • 2 0
 @sledMXer Thanks for kind words, appreciate it. Good to see you pulling the trigger and trying something new. Our Racecraft and Accuri goggles would fit perfectly with the Aircraft, let us what you end up getting!

@Skidsy is right, we do have a semi-armored glove called the Simi, it has been designed for DH/Freeride intended use, and offers similar protection as D3O paddings. You can check them out on: www.ride100percent.com/simi

@ibishreddin Anytime!
  • 1 0
 @ride100percent: your simi gloves don't have any armour padding on the pinky. This area is at greatest risk especially for Enduro riders ( listed as one of your intended markets on your website ) when you're pushing a bike hard through the trees especially with todays wider bars the highest risk area is the outside fingers. I'm curious as to why you decided to only put armour on the inside 3 fingers.
  • 1 1
 hello

im in XL in a d3 and L in a fox rampage, I've tried the medium 100% helmet on but it was severely tight would you recommend a XL?? the size chart is the same as the TLD chart.

cheers
  • 1 0
 @ride100percent: I ordered Racecraft goggles along with my wife's helmet. THEY ARE AWESOME! Even better than I expected. They fit perfectly with that helmet, dare I even say better than my beloved Oakleys! I think I'll get another pair!
  • 1 0
 @nick6891: I would say you are the same size in either brand. If you are an XL in TLD, go for an XL in 100%.
  • 1 0
 @nick6891: Hi, we would agree with @sledMXer, If you are a XL TLD and L Fox, I wouldn't go Medium in 100%, especially if you found it "severely tight". The Aircraft Large has a different shell so it will bit better than the Medium. Since you already looked at the chart, your best bet is to visit one of our local dealer and try it on. Which one were you looking at? Let us know when you get sorted.
  • 7 2
 I think they made a gorgeous helmet, but i think they sacrificed a bit of safety to lightness. If you press from both sides on the sidewalls of the chinguard it flexes a lot, but this are just my 2 cents.
  • 17 0
 Thanks for your feedback. A harder shell wouldn't make the helmet (obviously) safer as any "flex" or shell deformation offer better shock absorption. Also, it passes all ASTM DH, CPSC, CE, AS/NZ safety tests, a first for a helmet this light Smile
  • 2 2
 @ride100percent: recently sent one of these back to the importers after my son had a very slow off the very first time he wore it. No real visual damage to the shell of the helmet (some scratches towards the rear) but the chin guard actually cracked right through - cannot see any signs of impact on the shinguard. Importers inspected the helmet and kindly offered a race replacement but still looking at £150 but we are still not sure why the break happened so not really happy to buy another. I have seen Matthew come off at far greater speeds and landing hard with heavy frontal impacts that made me wince (joys of being a race parent :-) and although the helmets (Fox) showed external damage there were no cracks or breakages. I have to say I would be concerned as to how the chin piece would stand up in the event of a heavy frontal impact. We are asking for the helmet to be returned and will probably be looking at returning to a Fox helmet.
  • 3 0
 I got one this year. By far the most breathable, comfortable full face helmet I have owned. I too broke my visor very easily in the trunk of my car, I agree that sucks. As far as price,How much is your face or head worth? I had a bad crash almost 2 years ago wearing a POC half shell helmet. The helmet saved my life, BUT I had $250,000 in medical bills due to facial fractures, skull fractures and brain trauma. No surgeries were done that was just time spent in hospital and specialists. So I think $400 is a good investment. I have owned FOX, POC and TLD full faces I have to say I like this one the best so far.
  • 4 0
 well MY head and face are worth $1M so i only ride uphill Smile and i'm not sure an extra $350 will get you anything other than more looks from the park rats over my giro cipher . . . . . sucks about your head tho. Hope you are doing ok.
  • 5 0
 Sounds like a compelling argument to move to Canada considering how expensive health care is
  • 1 0
 @LuvAZ: Thanks dude, yea I'm good now, experts say I'm still 10% concussed. But back on a bike again. A lot more cautious now. I have always got a new helmet every year, but I might try to get 2 years out of this one. I'm only worth $1M dead lol Invest in a good helmet that fits right, it might save your life someday.
  • 1 0
 @ibishreddin: I pay a lot for good health care so they took care of almost of my medical bills except for co-pays and deductibles. I wont even complain when it goes up every-year now since I used the hell out of mine. You get what you pay for just like a helmet Smile I can't stress it enough to invest in a good helmet since it might save your life someday.
  • 3 0
 @jcb111 Good to hear you are all sorted and back on the bike. Riding with a Aircraft helmet is just one more step towards safeter riding!
  • 4 0
 This seems like a great helmet. It has a great look and has more safety features and ventilation features than most just below its price.
  • 4 1
 I like mine but I don't think it's as well made as a d3. The shell creeks if you press on it. It's a lot snugger fit too and I have the xl. My friend with a xl d3 can't get mine on.
  • 2 0
 @ledg We also offer 4 different cheek pad kits from 20, 25, 30, 35mm thickness, so it may help your friend to fit the XL. You can find all those on: www.ride100percent.com/aircraft
  • 2 0
 every year they are getting more like moto x helmets ,i where moto lid (TLD SE2) as i do both !!and could not go back to dh lid as it just dosent feel like it offers the same protection!!!!!, i can deal with the cupl of hundred grams diffrance in weight and less venting for stronger helmet ,its a head thing lol
  • 10 1
 That's probably not safe... Moto helmets are designed to compress at higher speeds making them less effective at slower (MTB) speeds. Meaning that the moto helmets padding is much stiffer as its meant to stop your head at 40-50-60mph depending on the helmet. The padding slows the head down at those speeds and reduces how much energy can go into your brain. If you take that same helmet and take a hit on your MTB at 30(pretty fast for a bike) your not even close to having enough speed to compress the padding in the helmet as much as its supposed to. That translates into getting less from your padding and less resistance to the force of your head trying to hit the ground, which in turn means more likelihood of concussion and in my opinion less safe. They're designed for different things, crossing over is not a good idea, I've done it and got my self a good concussion that made three days a blur of two memories.

Link if you want to know more, it's kind of a debate but I think it's clear where I stand it.
m.pinkbike.com/news/DH-Helmets-vs-Motocross-Helmets-Which-Is-Safer.html
  • 3 1
 If you want 1 lid to do them both by the Kali lid.
  • 2 0
 I agree with @Scotty7447 smart man. DOT ratings are not meant for low speed crashes. See my comment ^^^^ on helmets if you need proof of why you need the right helmet for the right sport.
  • 2 2
 @Scotty7447: yo bro never had a problem with what you are talking about but do understand where you are comming from!! moto helmet has thicker shell and the reason is if a moto bike comes down on top of your head you are better protected from the weight of the bike as we are talking 90kgs to 130kgs depending on crosser, but the padding is allmost identical my m8 has the d3 and its almost the same underneeth the coolmax drilex liner and double polystyrene only diffrance is the outer shell is thicker on the se2, most people cant hit 30mph on a mtb never mind 60mph on a crosser if you crash at 60mph it dossent matter what your wearing ,your still getting knocked the f*ck out lol ,i am positive pro rider nikolai rogatkin" wears a moto helmet without the visor loads of bmx riders ect
  • 2 0
 Try the MET Parachute HES. Has all the DH safety ratings and is crazy light.
  • 2 2
 @Scotty7447: that report is over four years old and Kali (the only maker to reply) is not known as a high end helmet maker! Your naive if you think the new MX helmets do not protect you from slow speed crashes as well as high speed, and are better build then mtb only helmets. Check out 6D helmet design!
  • 2 1
 @Scotty7447: I've read that argument before. It doesn't hold up for me though. I was a pretty reasonable DH rider, fast in the rock gardens. Took up Moto, and I am rubbish at it. Love it to bits, get better every ride but damn, I'm slow. I should wear my MX lid in the rocks DH and D3 on the sand tracks I ride MX on! Wink

I tried on an Aircraft. Oddly the two vent ribs you can see inside the shell actually dug in and hurt the top of my head. Bought a half price D3 and it fits 100%, love it!
  • 2 0
 Used to use a dh helmet and found they definitely don't protect your head as well, even at slower speed impacts, especially at high speed ones, much less headaches and never got knocked out with my mx helmet, have been knocked out a lot over the years :-/ I ride a dual density foam dot rating helmet, the dual density helmets have a softer foam for slower impacts and a dot helmet is more flexible than a snell helmet. Try having a big crash in a dual density dot helmet and in a dh cert helmet, the difference in protection is huge! - Knowledge is everything!
  • 4 0
 @srewballscrambell We respect your choice but as @Scotty7447 and a few others were saying, DOT helmets aren't designed for the same safety requirements (lower speed crashes/smaller impacts) than the ASTM DH certification.
This is one of the reason our helmet is Bike specific, and not intended for MX.
  • 3 0
 @MX298: lol naïve, well aren't we a smarty pants. Smile I never said moto helmets don't protect you from smaller crashes. Of course they do. You're going to get better protection from an MTB helmet in an MTB application than you would from a MX helmet in an MTB application. These helmets are made with a specific application in mind and when you deviate from that specific application you're bound to loose performance somewhere. Will it work to use a moto helmet, yes. Will you get the same protection that you would from an MTB no, especially in the area of concussion protection. Use the right tool for the job is all I'm getting at.
  • 1 0
 @ride100percent: preach it!
  • 1 0
 @ride100percent: do you think your helmet would pass snell? Obviously just about every brain bucket out there passes dot but the true moto/street bike standard is snell. It would be a great thing for us who do both moto and Mtb if a helmet could come with both snell and ASTM DH!
  • 1 2
 @ctd07: you are so right bud mx lids do offer better protection than dh lid in all most every way regardless of speed . i have had dh lids in the past all top of the range lids but allways end up with mx lid on , there not a patch on a mx lid but some of the new dh helmets are getting there .ps 100 percent its a nice looking lid maby there is a neech in the market for ya, dot snell and astm dh ,tripple cert !!!!??? ,also your airbag thing is cool idea but as the EMT says they will not use it because you would need co2 canister to inflate and they dont take helmets off people like that minnium of two fully qualified EMT with bags of training in this as they should be the only people taking a helmet off someone in a serious crash especialy if they are unconscious its a no brainer lol
  • 1 1
 @connordoll21: no prob need a new one !!,but its kept me safe for years ,if you think your helmet is that good send me one to try and i will gve you feedback and a review ,thats 100% fair
  • 1 0
 @screwballscrambell: the air bag system is already being used at mtb and motorbike events by trained paramedics, don't know where you heard that the EMT wont use it, but I can see it becoming I widely used safety feature in years to come
  • 1 0
 @doek: Please name a st johns ambulance medic who knows about the latest tech in emergent helmet removal!? Perhaps at elite level events paramedics are aware of it, but not for 99% of other situations or tracks
  • 1 0
 @doek: i stand corected if thats the case .
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: thats what i was thinking they have ways of doing it that dont and involve fancy systems that most would not be trained in it so would never use but if it becomes common place i am all for it ,you would like to think emt working at event will be shithot hence why they are there in the first place and up to date with the latest safety tech in the spicilfc sport
  • 2 0
 "The Aircraft helmet is available in six different colors for $400, and if you're looking for something fancier, there are two chrome color choices that go for $450."......................."I'm going to need something fancier"- Lord Bikington, Heir to the World United Bicyclist Palace
  • 4 0
 Sweet looking helmet but $400?
Also, could anyone tell me what an "Eject helmet removal system" is? Please and thanks.
  • 6 0
 It's this little inflatable air bladder you stick in the top of the helmet. Should you take a massive spill and have the paramedics need to come in, they can inflate it to naturally push the helmet of your head instead of having to yank it off with their hands, which can further injury in a crisis.
  • 3 0
 It's an air bladder built into the helmet so emergency personnel can pump it up off your head without risking for further neck injury should you have a bad enough crash.
  • 3 0
 You can install a little inflatable pocket in the top of the helmet and the hose comes out the bottom of the helmet, so when you have a bad crash the medics can inflate the pocket and it'll slowly push the helmet off of your head without severely straining your spinal cord.
  • 3 1
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  • 4 0
 It's basically an airbag placed on top of your head. Once the spine has been immobilized by an EMT, they inflate it to pop the helmet off without any twisting force that could cause further damage after a wreck.
stilo-usa.com/accessories/eject-helmet-removal-system
  • 4 0
 It's an inflatable bladder that more naturally than yanking off the helmet, pushes the helmet off your head in the case of a bad fall. One that would put you at the risk of neck injury
  • 27 0
 Richie rocket now ready to write an essay on the eject removal system
  • 10 0
 @thook: Annnnnnnnnnd, now I know.
  • 1 0
 @Vudu74: it is not built in. It is an extra. And a pricey one. The Bell Full 9 uses the same system and has a panel that can be removed for aftermarket EJECT installation.
  • 8 0
 I've never heard of this before. How many EMTs will actually know what this is, or even have the appropriate equipment and confidence in the technology to use it?
  • 2 0
 It's definitely a competitive price. I bought one around the end of the year for $320. It's super comfortable and light. The aesthetics are admirable. Most helmets of this quality are around $400-$600. Again, please jump on deals when you see them. I know for a fact I bought mine for $320 online. Just keep yours eyes pealed, generally end of year.
  • 16 0
 Well im a Paramedic and in theory it is an excellent idea. I haven't been made aware of it on a professional level but once systems like this become more common place we will be given the appropriate training im sure. Quite a lot of motor cycle helmets have a cheek pad removal system by means of a couple of small, usually yellow, finger tabs to be found at the base of the helmet. Once the chin strap is cut you pull gently on the finger tabs to remove the padding making the helmet removal much easier. The only problem i can see with this "inflatable " solution is that it requires a C02 bulb to inflate the helmets air sack which we dont carry.....yet! As a professional we would not use a system that we aren't trained in though. Removing a helmet with suspected spinal injuries is a tricky operation requiring 2 trained people. We like to get them off if possible to further immobilize the C spine. If patient is unresponsive and not breathing then that takes precedent over any neuro deficit that might have occured. Anyway any feature that can make helmet removal safer/easier is a no brainer, just gotta have the appropriate training and equipment.
  • 5 0
 @p0g0: Great question. @slowrider73: Great response.
  • 3 0
 @p0g0: Hopefully the ones hired to work the races, I hope.
  • 4 0
 @richierocket: all the medics working at any bike event will be proficient in helmet removal with or without a system such as this. Whilst it is a good idea, medics have been taking off helmets for a long time with tried and true methods. If a design/invention can make that procedure safer/more proficient, then im all for it but it takes a lot to get new equipment approved for use by health care professionals, be it in pre hospital care or in hospital. Something to think about though is that untrained riding buddies etc etc could be tempted to take a helmet off with a suspected C spine injury by the logic that 'if its there i can use it'!. Could be dodgy in the wrong hands!
  • 1 0
 @p0g0: my question exactly.
  • 1 0
 @slowrider73: if they make the helmet to be removed easier, why cut the chin strap?
  • 1 0
 @lyophilization you want the riders head/neck to remain as still as possible to prevent further injury. Cutting the strap minimizes any movement to the head/neck that could occur by someone trying to undo the chin strap.
  • 4 0
 @richierocket @p0g0 @KottonGin @slowrider73 @lyophilization The Eject Helmet Removal System originally comes from the MX industry, and most events in the US as well as a few permanent tracks have the equipment/trained medics, and a few DH races in the US have been equipped as well. We want to see it grow and go international, making safety our priority while designing a "brain bucket"!
  • 2 0
 The problem with the 100% helmet is that it looks bitchen and is therefore, hard to resist.

What I personally would like is a under-visor camera mount system so I don't have to rig it myself anymore.
  • 1 0
 Haha, thanks for the props! Smile
  • 1 0
 @ride100percent: No problem, thanks for the $10 gloves (3 pairs) and hats at the Sea Otter. The free stickers are littering SF too.
  • 2 2
 It seams pricey, but it is on par with other carbon helmets. Using backcountry.com as an example, the TLD D3 is listed at $450, the Bell Full-9 is $400 and the Aircraft is $400 for the non chrome models. All of which have the fancy removable cheekpads in some way shape or form. Personally, I wouldn't pick one helmet over another because it has a breakaway gopro mount. Which I wouldn't even use, as I'm an under the visor mount kind of guy. So really, it all comes down to style and fit. Try one on and see if it fits. If it does, you'll stand out in the sea of D3's.
  • 4 0
 just check out Airoh helmets, the MTB specific ones...carbon, removable pads, ventilated, lighter... these Italians know what they do
  • 2 0
 @Lagr1980: my Airoh motocross Helmet is lighter than all the DH ones! Airoh and wicked!
  • 1 0
 not sure how much stock to put in it, but i have heard that if you hit a go pro mount head on, its a much more focused impact point and some helmets arent meant to take that kind of hit. so a break away mount might be worth a few extra bucks, even if its total BS.
  • 1 0
 @Katakalism Good research, the helmet is definitely on pair with its competitors. #fairprice
  • 1 0
 100% got it right, even the name "aircraft" is spot on. Great marketing from a company that is clearly hungry for victory and wanting to innovate and design something beyond being just "great".

This helmet is damn awesome
  • 3 2
 Doesn't the Bell Full-9 weight 1050 grams? Cost $50 less. Includes a brake away camera mount. Magnetic cheek pads?

just saying...
  • 6 0
 The Giro Cipher is way cheaper for 100g more...Love mine. Also has camera mount.
  • 3 0
 @onemanarmy, all of the weights I quoted are actual weights of a size medium. But you are right, the Full 9 does have magnetic cheek pads and a camera mount.
  • 8 0
 Also relevant sample: Kali Shiva at 1000 grams (supposedly, although my buddy's size S is 950). And DOT certified.
  • 5 0
 @tsheep: yea but the 100% both look sick tho
  • 3 0
 As @mikekazimer said, our advertised weights seem to be closer to the reality than some others. You can always bring a scale to the shop and do your own Smile
  • 2 0
 @ride100percent: indeed.
  • 1 0
 If I didn't get such a good deal on my carbon Fox helmet from Backcountry.com I still would be too cheap to drop 4 hundo on a helmet. Looks awesome though!
  • 2 0
 Dear PB, when you do helmet reviews could you post a couple of pics of someone wearing said helmet? Thanks!
  • 2 0
 There are additional shots here, including the helmet being worn with and without goggles: www.pinkbike.com/u/mikekazimer/album/100-Percent-Aircraft-helmet.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: awesome thanks Mike
  • 1 0
 Really sick helmet. Will be keeping an eye out for sales otherwise will keep sticking with the Fox Rampage that better suits my pocketbook and amount of use.
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 Seriously awesome helmet, really comfy! Check out the profile pic to see what it looks like with 100% gogs for reference
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 @yz250 Nice set!
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 @ride100percent: thanks to you guys Smile Wink
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 Beware. These stlylish cumphy helmets are too thin. If you dont crash there great(except the cheek pads fall out on the chairlift) but if you go down its done!
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 What makes you say that?
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 i actually winced while trying to read this. stay in school kids.
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 Hi @cottonmouthdug, our helmet passes all ASTM DH, CPSC, CE, AS/NZ certifications, so we would love to hear more about your statements. Can you please give us more information about the cheek pads falling out?
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 @ride100percent: the cheekpads are a minor inconvenience. My new 100%helmet lasted two rides. The crash that took it out was not severe but the helmet is toast. Another friend bought one recently and his is also broken after one fall. They may in fact pass these number/letter tests but at that price they should be more durable than an xc shell . Who can afford a disposable carbon helmet? Im back to my old$100 Fox
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 @cottonmouthdug: what kind of crash was it? Story time?

I'm just curious cause my brother rides one
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 @cottonmouthdug: We take feedback very seriously especially when it comes to safety. Could you please email us photo and the full story with as much details as possible to info@ride100percent.com with the subject line: "PinkBike Aircraft Review - Crash story", thank you.
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 Hey @ride100percent -Love your stuff, when are ya's gonna release a line of kit like shorts and jerseys?
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 Hey @RADUSERNAME, stay tuned with us, to receive updates on upcoming programs, events, and new products from 100%, sign up for our newsletter: ow.ly/XniD7. Thank you!
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 My pocket dried before the helmet.
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 I just bought one and I have no regrets .
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 Congrats! Make sure you tag us on your pics using @ride100percent #ride100percent
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 Oh boy. $530 AUD.

Looks sweet though.
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 And the lightest dh lid are "AIROH"
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 I am on my second aircraft after a bloody big crash, brilliant helmet
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 Good to hear you are safe and sound!
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 Is it so hard to show a pic of someone actually wearing it?
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 You can always look a our website: www.ride100percent.com/aircraft > Photos, there is a few Smile
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 Holy price
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 It's a holier price to pay when you're brain damaged. Helmets are the one thing you shouldn't half ass.
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 Still cheaper than an ER visit.
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 @oriion: I value my head just as much you, but I still don't have $400 to spend on a helmet.
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 Ive already broke one and have a replacement one, surprisingly no real injuries very thankful for this helmet!
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 @oriion: I would not say buying a cheaper helmet is 'half ass'. Most of the extra expense in these $400+ helmets is weight, and maybe a few bells and whistles, not extra protection.

Like in the case of the Bell helmets, the cheaper transfer 9 helmet offers basically the same protection as the full 9 at half the price. It's just heavier because it doesn't have a carbon fiber shell and lacks a few of the fancy venting features. But it's still going to protect your head just the same as the $400 helmet.
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 @oriion: A concussion is brain damage, and no helmet out there prevents that. Enough concussions and you are well on your way to suffering from CTE. I'm hoping helmet tech undergoes a big change to help prevent the often romanticized, but ultimately more insidious form of brain damage, concussions.
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 @Kapricorn: this is true. Helmets will prevent a concussion to a some extent, and are certainly better than not wearing one, the main job of a bicycle helmet it to prevent traumatic injury to the head itself, like skull fracture.

There are some new helmet technologies out there that aim to help prevent concussions but the truth it that current helmet designs still do relatively little to prevent them.
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 Aligned with similar helmets on the market, just more badass! Smile
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 @ride100percent: It is badass, but I just wish there was a $50 full face helmet.
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 AIROH still the best dh lid lighter,big vent, comfort padding and standard safety certified, and bla,bla,bla.... I have one!
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 The only problem about this helmet is that it does not have mips
www.mips.technology
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 @sergitopereira Stay tuned...
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 Pricey.....but what's your head worth?
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 loads of people saying this and it makes no sense at all. you are not paying extra for added safety in a crash you are paying for weight, features and style. they all have to pass the same safety standards...
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 @doek: when i was in school, i could pass a class with a D-. some helmet perform better than others in these tests.
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 @lyophilization: Agreed, but has 100% published data showing that they exceed safety standards? Their website only states that they meet certain standards.
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 @lyophilization: I would like to see the data showing that the more expensive helmets pass with an 'A' and the cheap pass with 'D-' i'm willing to bet that that is not the case and most of these companies don't even retrieve any data as long as it gets a pass.
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 I love mine!!
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 100% that b!tch is sick a fuk!
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