SIGNET-X EL CRANEO BLUE FROST HELMET
I have a big, fat 7-1/2 head and always end up wearing an XL. I’ve worn the most expensive helmets money can buy to the ones that barely pass DOT. I’ve learned it’s not the cost of the helmet that makes a difference in comfort, but it’s the construction. The Signet-x is specifically designed to fit a long-oval head, and I fell in love with it from the initial time I slipped it on. With almost a slunk-like feeling, I knew it immediately it had made its way to the front of the line of all my other helmets.
The initial road test involved heading out to Laughlin, Nevada, from Long Beach, California, for roughly a 600-mile roundtrip through both city, highway, and two-lane desert roads. For starters, the helmet is extremely quiet with the shield down and all the vents closed. This was instantly apparent, as I could hear the music coming from my 2017 Indian Limited stereo clear enough to understand the lyrics when typically all you hear is Charlie Brown teacher noises. When the temperature went up, all it took were a few brushes with a gloved hand while going 60-plus mph to figure out how to open and close the vents. I’ve had helmets that cooled my head better, but with increased air comes increased noise. The Signet-x is a “Goldilocks” amount of flow that was just about right.
Graphics on the Signet-x line vary from solid colors, Super-joe racer dude, to this El Craneo Blue Frost model featuring traditional Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls. I have a traditional skull tattooed on my wrist from about six years ago, and the graphic matched almost identically.
At $829.95 it’s an expensive lid for sure. But if it’s one place you shouldn’t sacrifice money for safety, it’s your head. The Arai line is at the top of the food chain when it comes to quality, and with proper care this helmet should last for years.