Roof Boxer V8 Helmet Review

| 10/15/2012 10:26:13 AM

A Roof Boxer V8 Helmet Review
Star Wars meets Top Gun in a modular helmet that works 

Claude Morin designed the original Roof Boxer Classic modular helmet back in 1995, but Roof helmets have had only minimal exposure in North America, so the product is new to most of us. The latest version of his design is the Roof Boxer V8 helmet and it includes a number of advancements that improve functionality, but retains the original “fighter pilot” appearance.

Roof Boxer V8 Helmet Review 
The Roof Boxer V8 modular helmet remains true to designer Claude Morin’s original architecture, but includes improvements in functional areas such as ventilation. 

The original Boxer had no vents at all; the Boxer V8 has four non-closable rear-facing exhaust vents and two closable vent ports in the chin bar.  The result is excellent ventilation inside the face piece and little problem with visor fogging.  Fogging is further prevented by the anti-fog coating on the visor, which also has a scratch resistant coating. Crown ventilation is provided by an intake vent atop the helmet, which is opened by single slide control that simultaneously opens the exhaust port at the rear.  Crown ventilation with this system is minimal but wind noise is also held to a minimum.

There are seven visor options available for the Boxer V8 helmet. Unlike most shield designs, the Roof helmet face shield is curved and scalloped to interface tightly with the chin bar. Instead of the common molded-in tab or button protruding from the lower left edge of the shield for raising and lowering, the Roof helmet uses a metal stud through the shield at the midpoint of the top edge. This works well enough, once you get accustomed to it, but a little extra length to the stud would make it easier to use and the chin bar would still be in no danger of interfering with it when it is rotated over the top of the helmet. The shield has no distortion even at its edges, and the standard shield has a very light smoke tint that works well without posing vision problems in low light. The visor pivot system is metal and the precision friction fit makes the shield motion smooth and positive.

The business end of any helmet is the shell, which in the case of the Roof Boxer V8 is described as a composite fiberglass and resin.  The exterior finish (this model is matte Graphic Orange) is excellent with no visible flaws in the surface or in the paint application. The interior is plush, removable, washable, and should the need arise, replaceable. The helmet carries ECE 22-05 P certification for full-face mode and ECE 22-05 J for open face use. To enhance low-light and night visibility, the helmet is shipped with four pre-cut retro-reflective stickers designed to be applied front and rear and on each side of the helmet behind the chin bar.

The design of the shell and chin bar is perhaps the most distinctive aspect of the Roof Boxer V8 helmet. They are designed such that the chin bar can go past the overhead stop point common among modular designs to swing about 180 degrees fully to the rear of the helmet.  In use, this has the effect of allowing cleaner air movement around the helmet when used in open face mode, giving the feel of a regular open face helmet. With the chin bar retracted in open face mode, there is a noticeable weight bias change to the rear, but it doesn’t have an adverse effect, even after several hours of riding. 

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