100% Aircraft full-face helmet review

High-end downhill helmet

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £300.00 RRP | AUD $600.00 | USD $400.00
We'd have given 100% Aircraft full-face helmet a top-drawer rating had its strap been better placed

Our review

A great-looking helmet with a solid, head-hugging fit, let down by the position of the pads and strap
Buy if, You find the strap placement a distraction rather than a dealbreaker – but it's a definite try before you buy
Pros: It looks good, with aggressive styling and some great finishes, and fits well too
Cons: We didn't get on wih the strap closure and cheek pads
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The Aircraft is a high-end full-face lid that a lot of the world’s top downhillers are wearing this year. It’s pretty lightweight at 991g (size M) thanks to a carbon/Kevlar composite shell and a titanium double D-ring buckle.

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With 25 vents and internal channels, 100% boasts that it’s the best-ventilated full-facer on the market, but we didn’t notice any real improvement on other DH lids. The liner, pads and chin strap cover are removable for washing, and there’s an emergency release system for the cheek pads to aid quick removal of the helmet in the event of a crash.

The shape of the Aircraft means your vision isn’t impeded at all and the lid fits well with all the goggles we’ve tried. It comes in two shell sizes and three EPS liner sizes across the size range, and as a result the fit is excellent, with good contact around the head – though the cheek pads did sit partially over our tester’s ears.

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We found the biggest downside to be the strap – its rearward position means that when it’s tightened it sits across the top of the neck rather than right under the chin, affecting overall comfort. It’s a shame because this compromises an otherwise awesome lid.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Aircraft full-face helmet
Brand 100%

Weight (kg) 991
Material Carbon/Kevlar
No of Vents 25
Size Tested M