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Why We Like the New NEXX X.G100 Retro Full Face Helmet

Posted in: Product Review, This Just In

This very smartly put-together retro full-face helmet comes to us from Portugal-based helmet manufacturer NEXX. And given the way the Bell Bullitt and Biltwell Gringo have taken over parts of the motorcycle market like wild Kudzu, you can likely expect to see a lot more of this helmet through next season.

And for good reason. We’re excited to be among the first stocking shops to have ordered it because it offers a third, very viable option for anyone looking for a helmet like this.

The X.G100 come complete with both with a removable peak as well as a snap-on Lexan shield—the same material the company uses on its top-end race helmets. Helmets will come with 60% light-tint lenses stock and both clear and 80% dark-tint options will be available shortly after the helmet is released in early January 2016. And we’re running a promo until the helmet arrives from Portugal for anyone interested in getting a spot in line.

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Compared to the X.G100’s obvious category competitors this new entry comes in $50 less than the Bell Bullitt. They eye port isn’t quite as big on the X.G100 as on the Bullitt, but the chin bar is much beefier and therefore more reassuring. Both are otherwise quite similar. Leather touches on the interior, shell construction pulled from higher-end helmets (Bell uses a fiberglass composite, NEXX uses a quad-mix is says is made up of fiberglass, “organic fibers,” Kevlar and carbon. Both come with ECE ratings.

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In the other corner is The Biltwell Gringo S, which comes with an integrated shield and costs a full 150 fewer dollars. It also comes with one fewer safety rating—DOT only—and a unsettling propensity for a good number of riders’ jaws to wag out the bottom of the helmet. Same happens for some with the Bullitt. That simple flat bottom shape gives those helmets a classic look, but comes at some sacrifice to full-face coverage. Fit wise, the X.G100 offers a more comprehensive feeling fit than both the Gringo and the Bullitt, with more pad contact at the jawline, and a chin-bar the covers more chin.

Again, the X.G100 (NEXX code for “X-Garage”) gets points for the increased muzzle coverage. Its styling is not too dissimilar from the now-defunct Ruby, but It’s a fraction of the cost of those stratospherically priced Vietnam-made/French-painted status symbol.

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We’ve gotten some time with some test samples and can say these feel solidly put together. Even the leather tabs sewn into the elastic straps on the shields seems well done. It helps that NEXX produces everything in-house in its mainland-Europe manufacturing facility. The shield is reassuringly thick and well braced with a gasket on the perimeter and a solid leather-lined ledge to socket into on the helmet.

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Of course come summertime this will be a sunglasses and safety-squint helmet. You’ll want all the airflow to your face you can because this thing has a single chin vent, and that’s it. That’s one more than the Gringo and a few less than the Bullitt. Not that any motocycle helmet vent has ever claimed to do too much for sweaty city riding.

And that’s really where this helmet belongs—in the city, or around town. People can and will go across country in it, but a Shoei RF1200 or other comparable full-face will make that trip much more quiet and comfortable.

But if you do take it out for much highway riding, unlike both the Gringo and the Bullitt, NEXX will offer an optional chin curtain for a quieter (and warmer) ride when conditions call for it. The X.G100 comes in one shell size fitted with different EPS liners to accommodate for the breadth humanity. We were afraid this would make it incredibly huge, but NEXX has done a good job of keeping the profile to a managable size. They also include various thinckness adhesive-backed foam panels to fine-tune fit.

They eyeport is still plenty wide and the optional included peak give this helmet a hint of dirt bike punk rock but with plenty of protection. We’ve heard anecdotal horror stories of crashes with vintage Moto 3’s that involved dentists to make right again, and this NEXX offers a whole lot more structure than any vintage dirt bike lid and even more than some new ones, like, say, the otherwise awesome looking new Simpson M50D. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a proper, non-expired, modern-safety-feature helmet.

Coming in at approximately 1200 grams with a reasonable price tag (considering, you know, it’s your head) and with dual DOT and ECE safety ratings, the X.G100 presents few objections. Here’s one more reason to never wear an open face helmet again.

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TECH SPECS:

 - X-MATRIX Shell (multiaxial fiberglass, 3D organic fibers, special aramid fibers and carbon reinforcement)
- ECE/22-05,DOT and NBR-7471:2001
- X.MART DRY fabrics
- Soft padding anti-sweat and anti-allergic fabric
- Removable lining Washable lining
- Optional Chin Wind stopper
- Double-D ring buckle
- PC Lexan Shield 60% smoked visor included
- Peak included
- Chin Ventilation
- Available sizes – S to XL
- Ergo Padding System
- Weight: 1200grs + – 50grs