ICON Airflite Inky Hands-On Review ICON Airflite Inky

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By Kathy Koewler

Some First Impressions

I was really looking forward to testing out the Airflite Inky from ICON, and had it out of the box and ready for a test ride as soon as it arrived. I took a short ride on city streets to get the feel of the helmet, learn to locate the controls for the FliteShield and the DropShield as well as the venting quirks. After overcoming my phobia over the larger chin bar, I was ready to head out on a longer ride with Inky.

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On the highway, my first thoughts were that the helmet provided great stability when facing forward and even when turning my head, the helmet remained stable. When I turned it up a notch and got into a very aggressive riding position, I discovered the benefit of the unique shape of the base of the helmet.

At the back of the helmet, there is a cutout or inset area about as wide as my hand. I already knew that this was a great way to carry the Inky, but the function goes far beyond a great gripping point. This inset let me tuck very tightly without the back of the helmet hitting the back protector in my jacket.

This is the first helmet that I have found that fit so perfectly with the back protector on my favorite warm weather jacket. It certainly helps that the jacket is made by ICON, an old style Overlord Resistance with a large backplate, …read more

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