Premier Trophy BTR 8 BM Helmet
RRP: £311 // www.premier.it
If you’re in pursuit of the true retro look, Premier Helmets has created (possibly) one of the most authentic representations of a true 70s full face crash helmet I’ve seen. The shell is as close to the shape and feel of a classic lid that I have come across – and despite how it looks, it has actually been manufactured from thoroughly modern materials.
Sadly, its retro styling does result in a few small niggles, particularly for someone who’s used to wearing a modern, race ready helmet. First off, there’s no ventilation. Well, aside from the air that manages to squeeze its way past the visor – which doesn’t fit flush to the shell of the helmet when using the pop fasteners. But does this helmet have any major issues? Well no. I’d say its only downside (if you could call it that) is that it’s really quite noisy when on the move. But if you’re out on two wheels you should be in the habit of wearing earplugs – in which case, the noise won’t be much of an issue.
Despite all that, it is surprisingly comfortable. It weighs in at 1290g, and feels light and spacious when on my noggin. By spacious, I don’t mean it’s a bad fit – rather you don’t feel confined and closed in thanks to its nice and wide aperture, which helps to improve vision.
In my mind, it looks as if Premier Helmets are targeting that part of the market inhabited by riders who are focused on style. Sure, spending in excess of £300 might seem a little over the top for what is essentially a back-to-basics replica of a retro style lid – and a lot of motorcyclists would likely balk at the lack of sophistication from Premier’s new lid. But it’s not aimed at everyone. In reality, it’s aimed at the style conscious who are looking for a cool new helmet to complement their classic machine. And if that’s you – then look no further. This could be the helmet for you.