Stuttgart, 30. July 2014 – i had an ambivalent relationship with the x-lite x-702. On the one hand, the motorcyclist can’t help but wonder which helmets fit his head well, and the 702 was always a great fit. It was lightweight, there was a good integrated bluetooth headset (nolan n-com) if needed, and the excellent ventilation was only surpassed by the very expensive arai helmets. However, the good ventilation had the disadvantage of air being directed directly to the chin via a lockable flap. This is great, until this air contains insects or water. X-lite told me at the time that i was the only one who was bothered by this, so i am even more pleased that the current helmet generation x-802r now comes with a separator like other helmets.

Constructively x-lite lost it in a quite ubliche way: instead of the air flap auben opens the ventilation now a plastic screen, which lies in the fully opened state in the direct path of the ventilation hole. The only disadvantage: the air is opposed a little more resistance, so it blows a little weaker. The two air scoops at the top and the central inlet at the forehead remain functionally the same, but look nicer. The less windy impression is supported by the revised upholstery. It now sits much tighter, especially the entrance has been narrowed. This is exactly how it should be for the race track. X-lite has tuned the softness of the padding so that nothing presses. The kind of the cushioning may be pleased straight eyeglass wearers.

Mr. Venturi pulls the head straight

At the back of the head a coarse negative prere area draws off the supplied air. It is also designed as a tear-off edge that keeps the helmet steady at any speed. Special feature: on top of this venting edge, the rider can adjust a helmet rear spoiler in case impact factors such as air swirling from the motorcycle windshield or a passenger cannot be shut off in any other way. I grew up in the eighties, i think spoilers are categorically good. Spoilers are like turbos for us. Don’t worry, dear spoiler haters: if you don’t know it, you’ll only see a tear-off edge at the back of your head.

The only real criticism: the visor opens too far on the first detent, which motorcyclists like to use for ventilation in the city. As before, the visor allows the installation of pinlock anti-fog inserts for cold weather. The street prices of the 802r currently start at just under 400 euros. For this there is a superbly fitting helmet, which sits comfortably on the road and provides reliable protection on the racetrack. X-lite also has a very good racetrack service in germany. Buy recommendation.

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