Hello, everyone! I’m back to making blog posts about helmets but this time I get to talk to you about one from LS2! Its a brand I’ve never covered in a blog before so I’m happy that I get to tell you all a bit about one of their products. In this post I’m going to tell you all I can about the LS2 FF352 Rookie but that full name is a bit of a mouthful so I’ll just refer to it as the Rookie.
Ls2 make a pretty good range of motorcycle helmets and their price ranges are quite diverse. They’re a fairly well-known brand and they’ve made helmets that can sell for around £50 to helmets that sell for around £170. This particular helmet is around the £50 mark, so it’s really good that they do a range that’s more affordable for entry level riders as well as veterans that enjoy the brand. But even better than that is the quality of their helmets in that £50 price region.
The Rookie is nice, light weight helmet weighing in at 1350g and has a shell made from a thermoplastic. Its a strong and durable polymer that holds everything together around your head that has been shaped into an aerodynamic design so that you can sail through the wind. So that the aerodynamics of the helmet aren’t compromised, the shell also features low-profile ventilation intakes that keep as flush as they can to the shell and reduce turbulence around the head while riding at high speeds. By now you’re probably thinking “Around £50? Thermoplastic shell? You’d be mad to trust that helmet!” I know a lot of people that insist on spending £200 or more for a helmet in order to have a good one but it’s a rule that just isn’t true! The LS2 FF352 Rookie has met all the safety standards and even has a Sharp Level 4 rating. That’s some excellent protection for the £50 price range, everybody.
From my experience working in the shop here at Ghostbikes HQ I’ve found that the fit of the LS2 helmets are quite tight around the collar. This makes it seem as though the helmet won’t go on or isn’t the right size at first but inside the helmet should be fine. The tight collar on their helmets is a feature that most would complain about but its one that I actually encourage. Firstly because that really snug fit around the collar will give a bit of extra room over time. The more the helmet is worn and taken on and off, the more comfortable it will get. But it also contributes to more than just comfort, the snug collar helps to brace that part of the neck at the top of the spine in an impact and reduce injury in that area. It also helps to create a little bit more of a seal against the wind from beneath the helmet and reduce noise considerably compared to other helmets in the same price range. So give that tight collar a chance.
The strap of the helmet fastens using a micrometric adjustment buckle. I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it a hundred times more- the micrometric buckles are so, so handy. They make life just that bit easier when removing the helmet or fastening it up compared to how fiddly a double D-ring fastener can be. I know many people that swear by the double D-rings and say that its a safer fastening method- and I can’t disagree with them. But the Micrometric buckle system passed safety standards and it’s great for quick removal of a helmet in an emergency.
For all the safety you’re getting out of this helmet you’re probably thinking they’ve skimped elsewhere with it, like by having a cheap lining that’s glued in. Well, the lining of the helmet is laser cut to precision and is fully removable, so you will find that keeping the inside of your helmet clean is as easy as can be. The visor of the helmet is scratch scratch resistant, provides UV protection and there is a quick release mechanism that allows for speedy and tool-free visor changes should you need a replacement or fancy a different LS2 rookie Visor.
The LS2 Rookie comes in a few different graphics too. If you like your helmet in solid colours, you can pick up the Rookie in Black, Matt Black and White for just £44.99. If you prefer something a bit more flashy, the Rookie is available in a number of different graphics ranging from £44.99 to £49.99.
Despite a low price tag this helmet has everything to offer, from looking great and working great to having been awarded one of the most prestigious safety ratings going. So if you’re shopping for a new lid on a budget- definitely give the LS2 Rookie a look.
Thanks for reading guys! Until next time!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com