Bilt Techno Bluetooth Helmet
The most technologically advanced helmet BiLT has ever made, the Techno Bluetooth Helmet has everything but the kitchen sink. In addition to being able to sync with Bluetooth enabled devices, the Techno has great ventilation, a removable liner, and a drop-down tinted sun shield all in a convenient full face design. You can also pair it with another Techno Helmet and enjoy rider to rider or rider to passenger intercom abilities.
- Hi-tech injection molded polycarbonate shell
- Quality metallic paint with double lacquer finish
Integrated DWO Bluetooth system offers the following functions:
- Mobile phone communication
- Intercom: rider to rider or rider to passenger
- GPS navigation instructions
- MP3 connectivity
- Quick release clear locking face shield
- Separate flip-down tinted sun shield
- Chin mounted airflow ventilation with open/close function
- Fully removable lining with chin deflector
- Double D-ring safety fastening
- Meets or exceeds DOT standards
The helmet itself, though relatively inexpensive, is quite good. Ventilation on 90-degree days is deceptively good considering the vent sizes and on cooler days visor fogging is non-existent with the vents open. Buy it a bit small. After a few hours of riding it will conform. The lining is of a smooth woven fabric (rather than the felt-like liners of other helmets in this price range) and allows you to smoothly slide the helmet on and off. The fabric seems durable. After a couple of thousand miles of riding with the helmet, there is no perceptible wear.
Really surprised at how well the inner drop-down sun visor works. It has totally eliminated my need to wear sunglasses while riding and it completely covers your field of view. The main outer shield has two very distinct detent positions and stays put when partially open. It seals very well around its perimeter in wet weather.
The knob on the Bluetooth seems a bit "shaky" and I suspect an overzealous twist with heavy gloves might damage it. However, its use is excellent even with heavy gloves to reject calls, mute, change volume, or advance through music...just don't give it a hard twist and you'll be fine. Also, it can auto-answer your phone after two rings. Sound quality is average-to-good. I listen to music almost 100% of the time I have the helmet on. And unlike every other Bluetooth I have owned, you CAN crank the volume past the point of being painful...and without distortion. Also, I was surprised the first few times I received phone calls that the phone volume actually significantly higher than the music volume. The microphone is of a flexible "boom" type...a bit odd for a full-coverage helmet. It seemed to "be in the way" the first few times I took then helmet on and off. After I pushed the microphone down as far as it would go, no more problems...you don't need it directly in front of your mouth for quality phoning. There is no problem at all carrying on conversations at 70 mph. Though I do hear a moderate level of wind noise, folks I am talking to say they hear no wind noise at all and are surprised I am speaking from a moving motorcycle.
Battery life is also outstanding. I have ridden 8 or more hours with music going at high volume with a few phone calls thrown in and haven't encountered a dead battery yet. Plus it charges with a standard cell-phone USB cable. BTW, the included wall-charger comes with said cable which can be removed and used off your laptop or an on-dash USB charger.
The chin strap could be a bit longer (personal preference) though it is really not "too short". The small fabric tab that is put on one D-ring frayed after just a few uses (don't need it anyway). The snap to secure the free end of the strap is located a bit too high up under the edge of the helmet.
PROS: Sun visor, Overall Liner Quality, Vents Work Well, Really Good Bluetooth
CONS: Bluetooth Knob
Hopefully the design team at BILT will make some minor adjustments for better acoustical performance, but this easy modification makes this helmet THE best features for the value of any helmet on the market !!
PROS: Best Features For, Great Sound quality, Best Features, Good Features Price, Excellent Bluetooth Conxn, Excellent Value, Best Features Price, Easy to use controls
CONS: Wind Noise See Comment
I had a wreck going about 15mph. I hit big rock in the road (it was late at night and I didn't see it). My head was the first thing to hit the ground, but the helmet performed flawlessly. Granted, its pretty banged up, but there were no cracks or holes put into it. The most damage was on the locking visor nuts. One side was destroyed but thats what hit first. I saved all of the cushions and bluetooth and even the sunshade and I will use them as spare parts when my New Bilt Techno Bluetooth Helmet comes it.
PROS: Easy to use, Funtional, Good material quality, great visor, Great Sunvisor, Bluetooth works great
CONS: Short strap, Wind Noise, A little tight
The strap could use a little work, but works plently fine.
The shield lock (red tab) appears to bounce around from locked/unlock, just waiting for it to fall off. Change the locking system.
My biggest annoyance is that the control knob seems to come loose. I've tightened and added locktite to the mounting screw. Yet it still will spin past it's stopping point at times. Making adjusting the volume or changing of the tracks un-adjustable. I'm afraid that with time the knob threads will strip leaving the point of this purchase moot. Time will tell. Turning the knob and not applying too much force with gloves on is the remedy.
PROS: Convenient For Music, Controls Audio Tracks, Great for commuting, Speakers Decent, Comfortable to wear, Intergrated Sun Shield
CONS: On the heavy side, Strap Button Mounted High, Wind Noise At Fwy Speeds, Knob Not Secured Well, D Rings Little Small, Vents On The Cheap Side, Visor Release Lock Lame
BEST USES: Airsoft Battles, Commuting, Talking on the phone, Using The Banana Slicer, While Cooking, Walking around house, Whenever you ride, Checking The Mail, Saving your life, Jousting
PROS: Comfortable, Call Quality, Outbound Clarity, Calls, Music, High volume, Warm
CONS: In-bound Clarity, Hot, Wind Noise
BEST USES: Music, Everyday, Wet weather
PROS: Multiple colors available, Integrated Bluetooth, great ventilation, Drop Down Visor Is
CONS: Aerodynamics Need Tweakin
BEST USES: Allows For Voice Gps, Receive Phone Calls, Make Phone Calls
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