“Does your helmet glow in the dark?” I get that a lot since I’ve been wearing the Vemar Jiano EVO TC Night Vision helmet.
And the answer is Yes! A pleasant pale yellow in the daylight, the Night Vision paint glows like a UFO in a sci-fi flick once the lights go out.
Vemar claims eight hours of luminescence from a good charge in the sunlight, though electric light will do in a pinch. Knowing that it takes more than glow-in-the-dark glitz to sell helmets, Vemar has put the special paint on a well appointed lid.
For starters, the Evo TC is modular helmet, with a single button releasing the chinbar so you can drink, chat or just get a face full of fresh air. Close the bar and you’ll hear a positive click as the metal latches and pins engage. The Jiano is DOT certified and meets the European CE helmet standard, meaning the protective chinbar gets the same testing as that of a full-face helmet. Vemar builds two shell sizes from a blend of carbon, aramid and fiberglass fibers to accommodate helmet sizes XS-2XL in a mid-oval shape. Inside, a dual-density layer of expanded polystyrene fills the gap between the shell and lining, providing a two-stage crush zone to minimize impacts. If there’s a weakness in the overall design, it’s limited peripheral vision due a narrow eye port, which forces me to turn my head farther than normal when checking traffic for a lane change.
The Jiano medium fits my size 7 head just right—quite snug but not uncomfortable. There’s room for my wire frame glasses, though getting them comfortably over my ears can be a challenge. Closure is via a plastic strap that ratchets into a metal catch—simple, effective and comfortable, but I still prefer the double D-rings I grew up with. Hoping to preserve today’s hearing for tomorrow, I seldom ride without ear plugs, and didn’t wear the Jiano unplugged for too long at speed. In the turbulent windstream of my BMW F 800 GS, the interior sound was tolerable at 65 mph, becoming too loud at 70.
The interior sports a cushy lining that wicks sweat while inhibiting growth of stinky stuff like bacteria and fungi, creating a cranial comfort zone for the long haul. The lining pops in and out easily for washing. Removing and replacing the scratch resistant face shield are also simple tasks, once you know the drill. If you’re used to changing shields to match the outdoor light, check out my favorite feature—the drop-down sun shield. With this little gem, there’s no need to change glasses or shields when the sun pops above the horizon halfway to work—just drop the shield into place with the push of a lever and motor on. A single slide control opens twin vents on top, while a similar setup regulates the chinbar vents. Both bring in the breeze, with the top one getting the nod for better flow, though it could be improved by trimming excess material from the ducting. All the vents have fine mesh covers to screen out bugs.
At nearly 4 pounds, the Jiano weighs 11 ounces more than its luminescent full-face cousin, the Eclipse Night Vision, and, at $450, costs $25 less. A non-glowing Jiano will run you $375, and all come with a five-year warranty to sweeten the deal. Designed in Italy and made in China, the Jiano Evo TC is a high-quality helmet worthy of attention—whether it glows or not.