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Flip-front lids are great if you’re out and about on tour: you’ve got the pro­tec­tion of a full-face, with the flex­i­bil­ity of an open-face so you can chat and con­verse with­out whip­ping the damn thing off your nog­gin all the time! Many of to­day’s flip-front lids like this Evo-one are ho­molo­gated in both po­si­tions, so you can ride with ‘em open on hot days and know you’re not break­ing some daft law – even if the chin-bar on the top of the hel­met doesn’t make you very aero­dy­namic! Thank­fully the Evo-one’s chin bar ro­tates all the way to the back of the hel­met. Nice. The Evo-one is built us­ing two shell sizes across the XS to XL range, comes with a Pin­lock Maxvi­sion for a fog-free vi­sor, a ratchet-type strap ad­juster, space for Blue­tooth speak­ers, a re­mov­able lin­ing, and has an in­te­gral, drop-down sun shield. What’s handy in the win­ter is the elas­ti­cated neck skirt and pull-down wind de­flec­tor which keeps draughts out of the lid. One thing we did find in bad weather was wa­ter ingress through the vi­sor/hel­met seal, which was a bit of a pain. Over­all though, we’ve been im­pressed with the fit, func­tion and gen­eral ease-of-use of this hel­met – es­pe­cially with the chin-guard op­er­a­tion, which wasn’t too fid­dly even get­ting it from the rear of the hel­met back to the front. It’s an ac­tion though which does take time to learn when rid­ing the bike at the same time! Of­fi­cial prices start at around £340, but we’ve seem ’em as low as £200 for plain colours – which makes this lid a right bar­gain! www.ne­vis.uk.com

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