In today’s moto-gear world, the choices seem to be endless, and the F2 helmet from Fly Racing has quickly become one of the most popular helmets out on the track or trail. The F2 is one of Fly’s high-end helmets, being just a step below their most high-end helmet, the Formula MX. However, don’t let the fact that it’s not their highest quality helmet fool you, this helmet is an absolutely amazing deal for the price.
The shell of this helmet is made using a combination of carbon fiber/Kevlar and fiberglass. As most of us know, the addition of carbon fiber and Kevlar to a helmet shell is the norm in high end helmets, and now the F2 offers that protection, low weight and high quality at an affordable price.
When it comes to comfort this helmet feels like no other. The padding provides a great fit while also staying a level of great comfort. In fact, the padding in this helmet is hands down the softest and most comfortable padding I’ve ever felt. Fit wise, it’s right in line with most every helmet I’ve ever worn. Personally I wear a large and the F2 fits as snug and comfortable as any other large helmet I’ve worn.
While the fit and comfort levels are amazing, one thing I noticed was that it seems to have a short chinbar which in a way reminded me of an Arai or Bell. This fit may feel claustrophobic to some at first–especially if you’re used to wearing something like a Thor helmet–but for those of us who enjoy the short chin fit, it will be absolutely perfect.
The venting on the F2 is great as well. Typically I don’t notice the airflow of the vents much however, with the F2 I have noticed a fair amount of airflow to the noggin, which can be a great comfort bonus when you need it.
When it comes to the overall quality of the helmet, it’s exactly in line with what I would expect from Fly. Given my previous experiences with the F-16 and Kinetic gear lines, I had high expectations for the F2 helmet, and it exceeded them. I’ve been using the F2 as my full time helmet since just before the Florida GNCC and in that time I’ve put it through countless rides, several races and more. In the woods, I’ve managed to bounce it off trees, it’s been pelted with rocks and roost, and it’s shown little wear to the paint.
Thankfully I haven’t had to put it to a true test yet but the F2 more than meets DOT, SNELL and ECE standards. For those not familiar with those rating systems beyond the
US DOT system, the SNELL and ECE standards are much higher than those of the DOT, with ECE being the highest. In a nutshell, the F2 exceeds the highest helmet standards in the world.
The F2 helmet is available in three designs, the Systematic, the Split and the Victory which both feature several colorways. The Systematic is available in Blue/Red, Caramel/Brown, and Vivid Purple. The Split is a similar yet simpler design to the Systematic and is available in White/Black. The Victory design is available in Black/Silver, Black/White, Black/Red, Blue/White, and Black/Orange.
Retail pricing is set at $259.95, which is an incredible bargain for a helmet that not only exceeds the highest standards but is also an incredibly comfortable and quality product. Overall, I give the Fly F2 Carbon helmet 4.5 out of 5 stars.
For more information and to view the various colorways, logon to www.flyracing.com