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LS2 - Pioneer Helmet review by Casper

LS2 MX436 Pioneer Helmet Review
LS2 MX436 Pioneer Helmet Review

I went on an overnight adventure ride down Otematata way over Easter weekend, two-up, on an F800GS. We had planned to do Black Forest but were thwarted by rear shock troubles... I took the LS2 MX436 Pioneer helmet along to see how it performed both on road and off-road.


The Pioneer comes in a small range of bold patterns and solid colours. I chose the pearlescent white with the orange interior which was quite striking and suits my own bike (a KTM Duke 200).


I’ve been a pillion for many of my bike rides which makes for tougher than average wind buffeting on some bikes, especially hard on my neck - so aerodynamics are important to me. The Pioneer’s relatively lightweight and aerodynamic shell had it performing well in this regard even at very high speeds on closed road conditions.


The helmet is very well ventilated, and even though my LS2 did not have a pinlock (after this review they started to come out pinlock-ready) I later had problems with fogging up in cold weather. Some of the vents are unable to be closed and there is a gap around the top between the visor and the helmet, both of which made for chilly riding. Perhaps it is this that makes the Pioneer rather noisy, and at speeds over 60kms it is the noisiest helmet I’ve used. Unfortunately due to this noise I am unable to use an intercom with the Pioneer. However, with the use of earplugs the noise was bearable.


It was the first helmet I’ve used with an internal sun visor and it was really useful to not have to worry about jamming my sunglasses on inside my helmet. We rode at dawn and dusk so the versatility of having both the clear visor along with the internal sun visor was excellent and made for an enjoyable ride in a variety of conditions. However do keep in mind it is not suited to winter riding unless you can MacGvyer a way to close every vent and jam gap between visor and helmet.


A very comfortable fit and comparatively light, this angular and attractive helmet is an ideal entry-level adventure helmet, or commuter helmet for those with motards and street fighters.

Casper
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