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Tested: Fly Racing's Platinum LX Renaissance Helmet

Published online: Jan 26, 2008 Feature
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Tested: Fly Racing's Platinum LX Renaissance Helmet

 

What: Fly Racing's premium off-road helmet

 

Contact: www.flyracing.com, see your local dealer

 

Description: Fly Racing has made great strides in design and quality over the years, while maintaining a price tag that suits most anyone. The Platinum LX line of helmets is Fly's premium helmet offering. We tested the 2008 Platinum LX Renaissance helmet last season.

The Platinum LX helmet features a carbon fiber and Kevlar shell for minimal weight. The shell is durable and meets or exceeds Snell M2005 and DOT standards. Other standard features include closable air vents above the forehead, a high-flow mouth piece, a goggle strap locator and a removable snap-in liner.

The Platinum helmets' (and other Fly helmets) finish is hardened with a high-tech UV system that flash-cures the paint and clear coat for a durable finish-which is a good thing for us snowmobilers who drop helmets on running boards.

 

How it works: The design of the Platinum LX is an improved fit for Fly helmets with increased face guard clearance. The added space makes it easier to get goggles with nose and cheek guards on and off. That's a plus. Past Fly helmets had tight tolerances between the rider's face and the mouth piece of the helmet, but the Platinum LX is well thought out. We also didn't experience any negative pressure points with the Platinum LX lid. No headaches, no sore ears.

We also like the weight of the Platinum LX. It's a light helmet, especially considering the reasonable price (less than $240 at most retail locations). The weight and comfort of the Fly Platinum LX made it easy to put on and leave on for the entire day.

As for ventilation, the Platinum LX does a fair job at flowing air, but if you're a regular sweat factory, you might not be satisfied.

Speaking of sweaty heads, the removable liner is another big plus for us. Riding in snow may seem like a cleaner environment than dirt, but we like being able to wash our helmet liners just as much as dirt riders do.

Goggle fit is good in the Platinum LX. Scott Voltage frames fit best, but the 89 series of Scott goggles get pushed down on your nose a bit.

Other features we like are the chin strap retention snap, which keeps an ice-cold nylon strap from whipping your bare neck at high speeds. We also like what Fly has been doing with graphics lately and the Renaissance version of the Platinum LX is no exception.