Weighing in at 1,086 grams, I was immediately impressed with how effortlessly I could move my head around with the helmet on. I’ve put on some helmets that are so light I’m not quite sure how much I trust their ability to handle a face plant at DH bike speeds. The 100% Aircraft never gave me that feeling, but was a welcome change for my aching neck compared to some of the heavier helmets I’ve tested. Even after long back-to-back days in the park I never felt the weight of the helmet was an contributing to any additional fatigue.
The field of view while wearing the helmet is quite impressive. Whether I was mid-corner eyeing up my exit line or skidding down a vertical shoot, the ability to see out of the Aircraft is definitely a highlight.
The helmet is not without flaw however. I would have liked slightly longer cheek pads as I believe they would aid in side to side stability and reduce rotation in the event of a crash. Also, the titanium D-ring and snap button were more difficult to use than other helmets I’ve tested recently. The D-ring loops are not offset very much so looping the chin strap through is a bit trick with gloves on and the button snap to secure the excess strap material is very buried up by your chin and made it tough to snap. Especially if you’ve got a beard.
The Wolf’s Last Word
Luckily I’ve not had to test the safety of the Aircraft, but I can vouch for the lid in all other areas of use. Venitlation, comfort and vision are all strengths that only compliment the looks of this stellar helmet. The 100% Aircraft has quickly become my go to DH helmet and always gets me compliments in the lift line. The Kevlar-carbon weave, speed inspired graphics light weight and top-shelf fit deserve props, nicely done 100%. I look forward to wearing this helmet the rest of the season with pride.