Hey, everyone! I decided it was about time I took a look at another helmet. But I wanted to have a play with a brand I’m slightly less familiar with and it had to be a helmet that has all new features to me. So I had a dig around and then I remembered a helmet I’d seen not too long ago from Airoh– a convertible helmet that had the potential to be something really, really cool. I’ve since revisited that helmet and now here I am to report my findings on the Airoh Executive Convertible Motorcycle Helmet!
I first took a look at this helmet a while ago because it reminded me of a character from a sci fi game, I was attracted to this larger opening at the front of the helmet with a thinner chin bar that allows for a nice big visor and a massive vertical field of vision [and how much more awesome it would look if it had a dark smoke visor but I don’t think there are any]. The visor is extra wide too, so you’re not going to miss a thing going on in the world in front of you. It’s even pinlock ready with the insert provided, so you can just install it and worries of that large visor fogging up are a thing of the past.
It’s a convertible helmet because the chin bar can actually come off, converting the Airoh Executive into an open face lid. And just so you don’t lose the chin bar, it clips to the back of the helmet- it’s really gimmicky but I kind of love it for that. The inner side of the chin bar is lined with a sturdy foam giving it a reassuring bit of strength and where it joins on to the helmet is also pleasantly tough, giving a bit of peace of mind if I should ride in it, being a full-face lid kind of guy I like a solid chin bar.
The shell is thermoplastic, keeping the helmet tough but also nicely light weight considering all the little extras around this helmet that can sometimes lead to lids giving the neck and shoulders quite a workout. Extras like the gadgets keeping the chin guard in place, the unique storage mechanism that holds the chin guard on the helmet when not in use, the internal sun visor, there’s loads to this lid, so keeping it to a wearable weight has impressed me quite a bit.
The padding in the Airoh Executive is also of a surprising quality. It’s hypoallergenic as well as removable and washable but more than that it’s really snug. The padding around the neck area is definitely not lacking and gives a good fit and seal helping with safety and wind noise. This does mean that it’ll definitely feel too tight at first but give it a bit of time and try it on for a good few minutes before making a decision. The padding will give space after a bit of time, so take this into consideration as well; the more snug a fit you have while being comfortable- the safer the helmet is for you.
And those are all of the more unique features of the Airoh Executive but it does have lots of other little features that make life a little more comfortable. The internal sun visor for when the Sun is at just the right place in the sky to burn out your eyes. A micrometric buckle on the chinstrap to make fastening and unfastening the helmet nice an easy. Quick release visor if the original gets damaged or you just want a replacement.
The Airoh Executive is a great helmet. It’s unique and gives the rider loads of options while keeping them safe- it really does it’s best to make the rider be safer for themselves with all that extra field of view. It would make a brilliant helmet for touring, for the choice of all the configurations, the sun visor, all of that visible area so you can get in some quality sightseeing. The only thing you’d need to consider is that chin guard and have a think about your microphone placement if you ride with one as it may catch a bit more noise than another helmet that has a good chin curtain.
That’s all there is to the Airoh Executive, I hope you’ve found this little review informative, if the Executive isn’t for you, there’s loads of other Airoh Helmets to choose from. If any of those other helmets, Airoh or not have caught your interest but you want to know more- don’t hesitate to leave me a comment and I’ll see if I can squeeze in a little review for you. Thanks for reading, everyone! Until next time!
-Matt W at Ghostbikes.com