All hail King Carbon! Touratech’s carbon-shelled Aventuro helmet weighs just over three pounds in the size small tested here. That’s light for a street helmet, and this one is built for adventure travel, or anything else short of the racetrack. Our 3,000 miles of testing included a 1,600-mile romp on our 2015 MOTY, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT. Fighting heavy crosswinds and pouring rain on 650 miles of Nevada fast two-lane and California desert freeway on the last day, I felt every ounce of weight the Aventuro didn’t have.
Ready for anything, Touratech’s debut helmet can be converted to multiple configurations without a single tool. Remove the visor and it’s ready for the road. Keep the visor but swap the face shield for goggles (there’s a strap keeper at the back) and go nuts in the dirt. Or just keep everything in place and go anywhere, anytime. That’s what I did, including some dual-sport action on my BMW F 800 GS and Suzuki DR-Z400S.
Our test helmet shares the smaller of two shell sizes with the mediums, but is larger than other helmets in the same size. The extra bulk doesn’t hurt its aerodynamic qualities, except for catching a little more air from the side. Helping cut the wind is the Aventuro’s No-Drag visor, with large air ports designed to reduce air drag and the neck strain it causes. The retractable visor extension is a blessing for riding into the sun, but mine had to be taped while extended to prevent buzzing. The thick, wide-view face shield makes a firm seal to the helmet and didn’t leak in many miles of rain. Got fog? This helmet is Pin-Lock ready and ships with an anti-fog insert.
Inside the carbon shell is a comfortable head pocket trimmed out with a removable/washable hypo-allergenic Coolmax liner designed to accommodate glasses. I wore several different pair in the Aventuro in complete comfort. The cheek pads include emergency loops for the EMTs, and the ear pockets await your comm system. Touratech fit an extra-long retention strap that allows it to be loosened so that the wearer can remove and put on the helmet without unfastening it. I found it easier to disconnect the strap, despite the flat nylon webbing having become creased and harder to use over time.
Twin top vents bring in good airflow and operate easily with gloves via large sliders. Chin vent performance is on par with other similar helmets…merely noticeable. Video buffs will appreciate the included camera mount inserts that make up for the lack of level perches on the Aventuro’s wind-cheating angular exterior. Built by Nexx in Portugal, the Aventuro meets DOT and ECE 22-05 safety standards. Sizes are S-2XL, with solid colors running $649 and graphic designs costing $699. Light, comfortable, well made and versatile, the Aventuro makes a strong case for needing just one helmet, no matter what you ride. For adventure riders, the Aventuro is not just another helmet option, but a new direction in lightweight head protection for the long haul.
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After owning a couple versions of Shoei and Arai (XD3 and XD4) I decided to give this helmet a try. 30,000 miles on Touratech’s version of the NEXX XD1 later, here is my opinion on this helmet.
– The main top helmet vents are a real problem with this helmets current design. I strongly disagree with the above mentioned “Twin top vents bring in good airflow and operate easily with gloves via large sliders”. Not only is the ventilation poor but they are extremely difficult to open. The problem gets worse if you ride off road and dust gets in the slider tracks.
– The cheek pads have a tendency to un-snap themselves from the helmet when taking off the helmet. Easily fixed with a dab of glue on each side.
– Speaking of cheek pads, I find they fit tight. I’m slender build so this was a bit of surprise but easily fixed by taking a razor to the foam.
– The face shield is superior to the XD in every way except the brow vents. Wide view and distortion free.
– Light weight rules after a long day of riding.
Hope this helps others when buying their next helmet.