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Old 11-16-2010, 07:28 AM   #1
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AGV AX-8 DS Dual Sport Helmet Review & Video

Hey Guys,

I managed to finagle a new AGV AX-8 DS Dual Sport Helmet and ride in it for a few weeks before it begins shipping in the US. After spending enough time in it to form a solid opinion we shot the following vid.

While I still think the Arai XD-3 Helmet is the top of the foodchain, the AX-8 DS does a lot of things well and for certain riders it may be a good $399 option to the Shoei Hornet DS.

Be sure to watch in HD / Fullscreen.




In my opinion AX-8 DS shines in these areas:
  • Very Lightweight at 1490 grams. Easily the lightest Enduro lid we have tested.
  • Great Ventilation. 6 intakes and 6 exhausts provide surprisingly good airflow.
  • Very Aggressive Style. I know this is subjective, but it is unique and has a very aggressive line to it - would look sick on a KTM IMO.
The two obvious downsides I noticed:
  • The peak is removable, but not adjustable for angle to allow you to tweak its reaction to airflow from your windshield (For reference the Shoei Hornet Peak is not adjustable but the Arai XD-3 Helmet is)
  • The visor provides good antifog as well as peripheral view with little distortion, but there are no side cutouts to make wearing goggles under the lid easier with the shield down.
Happy to offer any other feedback. The video covers the rest of the bases in detail.

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Old 11-18-2010, 06:18 AM   #2
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Shield

A few folks have asked - yes the shield comes off completely. The AX-8 DS can be used as a straight Dirt helmet.

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Old 11-26-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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i think this maybe the lid for me

but will it have pinlock available for it or will it be a DIY pinlock system
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
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Hey John,

At the moment we have heard nothing about a pinlock for this bad boy.

I will keep you posted though.

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but will it have pinlock available for it or will it be a DIY pinlock system
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:44 AM   #5
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cheers.

Compared to the Arai or cheaper Airod S4 is there much of a difference?

Arai is still a nice bit more expensive over this side of the pond so if the adjustable visor is the main feature missing i would not pay extra just to have it.

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Old 11-30-2010, 02:41 AM   #6
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[*]The peak is removable, but not adjustable for angle to allow you to tweak its reaction to airflow from your windshield (For reference the Shoei Hornet Peak is not adjustable but the Arai XD-3 Helmet is)
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Slightly o/t but the shoei peak is adjustable (though not by much) I've modded mine to get a little bit more movement and its a lot better though the TourX still has the better peak IMO (compared to the Hornet). Pic of the OEM slot (extended slightly) attached
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Thanks for pointing that out Iain! Good stuff.

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Slightly o/t but the shoei peak is adjustable (though not by much) I've modded mine to get a little bit more movement and its a lot better though the TourX still has the better peak IMO (compared to the Hornet). Pic of the OEM slot (extended slightly) attached
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:40 AM   #8
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I will tell you, its a bit subjective, but the XD-3 and the Hornet feel more like a hybrid / crossover helmet to me - just as comfortable on long road rides as hitting the dirt.

The AGV, while the most lightweight of the bunch, does feel more more agressive like a Dirt helmet with dualsport features than it does feel like a true 50/50 balance.

I do however, think that it brings a lot to the table under $400.

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cheers.

Compared to the Arai or cheaper Airod S4 is there much of a difference?

Arai is still a nice bit more expensive over this side of the pond so if the adjustable visor is the main feature missing i would not pay extra just to have it.

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cheers. well my main concern is comfort on long trips. but i do like the style even without the visor.

will just have wait till one appears over here
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Hey Anthony you had said that the peak was not adjustable... But reading through the technical features on AGV's website this is what I read:



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Think it's a typo? Or is there some super secret way to adjust it maybe?
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Hey Foo,

I think you are correct. It seems that we may have had a preproduction version of the helmet to review.

Obviously a welcomed addition :-)


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Hey Anthony you had said that the peak was not adjustable... But reading through the technical features on AGV's website this is what I read:



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Think it's a typo? Or is there some super secret way to adjust it maybe?
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:13 AM   #12
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Just got mine from Revzilla.

Clearly stated in the booklet is that the peak is not adjustable. Removable only.

Fantastic helmet though. Ridiculously light.
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As a side note, riding at 32 and a snow flurry this morning I found that with the chin curtain on this thing, it's the warmest helmet I've ever worn. Absolutely no air comes up in the thing.

It's also so light, you barely realize you're wearing it. Less noisy than my Suomy too.

Nice helmet!
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I was wondering if you can close the vents on this helmet? Sometimes it gets mighty cold up here in Canuckistan and it is essential to be able to shut that air flow off.
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Hey Bulldog,

All of the front facing vents can be closed. The rear vents are passive and are open all of the time.

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