Every now and then I’ll watch something become more popular. Usually I gauge this by what I see going through the shop, the questions customers ask, see what items they like to pick up and so on. Lately there’s been a bit of a popularity boom in dual sport helmets and there’s one particular helmet that I seem to see more than others- The Wulf Prima X Dual Sport Helmet.
Wulf have always been a good brand to me, popular for making gear that looks great and does the job but doesn’t cost an arm, a leg or your soul. Most of the gear I’ve seen from them is Motocross oriented and you can pick up a whole Wulf Kit if branding consistency is a thing you like in your Motocross attire. But the Wulf Prima X Dual Sport Helmet is something we road riders can enjoy too.
So what is a dual sport helmet? What are they good for? Well, as the name may suggest, a dual sport helmet is good for two things. It functions as both a road helmet and a motocross or adventuring helmet. Its a great looking, best-of-both-worlds option if you’re into one or both of those types of ride. Or maybe you just fancy something a bit different. I’ve considered them myself as well, so I thought I’d take a look at what makes the Prima X so special.
The shell is made from TPR, a thermoplastic, which while it sounds cheap- its not. Its rigid but does provide some bounce from the shell in an impact, spreading the force over a larger area which helps to dampen the blow to the noggin. Its a simple material with nothing special to it’s creation other than heating up plastics into shape but its not just there to hold all the foam in place around your head. While how its made isn’t so complicated, its protective potential is certainly considerable. TPR Plastics are also very widely recycle-able, so as long as you dispose of older TPR helmets properly, you’re protecting your head and the environment.
The shell of the Prima X has been made to an aerodynamic shape. It keeps almost all that Motocross, off-road-y look but it’d still suitable for riding at higher speeds on the road. A huge contributor to it’s aerodynamic profile is the wide vision visor though. If it had no visor and had a pair of goggles strapped to it instead- it would be no more aerodynamic than any other MX helmet. But that visor is what makes it great for the road- all the aerodynamics and none of the bugs and mud getting between the cracks. And if the bugs hitting it are particularly tough- the visor is anti-scratch.
Behind the main visor is another cool little feature quite commonly found on road helmets- a sun visor. Its operated by a little sliding panel on the left side of the helmet just behind where the peak attaches to the visor base plate. Typically- any road helmets I get these days have a sun visor in, I find them far too useful not to have. The only helmet I’ve really considered getting that doesn’t have one is the Bell Qualifier DLX because it has a photochromic transition visor. Because when you have no other option but to stare more or less directly at the sun, you’ll be thankful for them. That peak is also adjustable in how much you want it to tilt forward or backward, so at least you have some more control over sunlight hitting your visor that way as well.
The helmet has some good ventilation, there are two small close-able vents on the upper forehead of the helmet but most of the airflow will likely be coming from the mouth intake. Its a decent size vent and should do the job in both providing a cool breeze and keeping a mist-free visor.
The strapping of the helmet features a quick release fastener for fast and hassle free removal of the helmet, so getting out of it when you get home or stop off at a petrol station is a bit more convenient for you. The liner and cheek padding are comfy and they’re removable, so keeping your helmet clean isn’t going to be a pain either. At £58.99 you’ll be getting yourself a good quality, great looking helmet that you can use on and off the road. There are cheaper options in Dual Sport Helmets such as the THH TX-13 at £41.99. But Wulf is known for quality products despite having a lower price tag. For the extra £17 to get the Wulf Prima, you’re getting a much more robust and frankly a better looking helmet.
The helmet is available in a number of colours too- Black, Blue, Green, Orange and Red and comes in sizes XS through to XXL.
Thanks for reading, everybody! Dual Sport Helmets are getting more and more popular so if you’re one to follow fashion trends, if you just fancy something new and different or if you’re an adventurer looking for a nice new lid- grab one while you can!
Until next time!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com