Nolan N100-5 Consistency N-Com - Flat Lava Grey
Customer Product Reviews
Great design but.......
This is my first flip front helmet, so possibly unfair to comment negatively about the design of the inner tinted visor mechanism. The slider to put it down is difficult to locate with a gloved hand when moving and the release button to send it back up is even trickier. I have no doubt that in time it will get easier, as my hand gets used to it's position. Also I think the sizing is a bit on the small side. I have been riding for 40+ years and I have always been a medium size (58/59), This is a medium (58/59) and is tight to put on and take off, but a lovely snug fit once on. Again this is something which will hopefully settle in time. I did read reviews before buying my new helmet, and many said how quiet they are. Ok, if you are riding around at speed up to say 40/50mph ish, then maybe. Ride at anything above 50mph or at motorway speeds and the wind noise is definitely there, and loud. I ride a Yamaha Tracer 900, and yes the fairing screen does create turbulence, and I will be fitting a different and hopefully better screen to reduce this effect, but this helmet isn't quiet. Also although there is plenty of room for my eye glasses, there is no dedicated slot in the lining so my glasses fall down and I am forever opening the visor to push them back up. I will either try and get my glasses adjusted or buy a new pair. The noise the visor makes on the ratchet is also loud, leaving ringing in my ears. I can't wear earplugs (for medical reasons) which is one of the reasons I bought the Nolan N100-5 after reading how quiet they are supposed to be. These moans are compared to the other helmets I have owned over the years. On the plus side, it is stylish and well built, all the latches are positive, and the positive clunk leaves you confident that the front is down. The colour really does match my bike. The intercom ready lining is a good thing, but I doubt I will ever use it. I have yet to try out the ventilation, but they work, though the top one is a bit stiff to operate, even without the helmet on my head. I have never previously bought a helmet online, and perhaps I shouldn't have done in this case as if I had tried the helmet on first, I would have probably gone for the next size up. That said, I can't fault the speedy delivery from Sportsbikeshop. I have no doubt that if I had asked to return it and buy the next size, they would have done without issue. This is an honest review, which will hopefully help future buyers in making a decision.
a perfect flip front Helmet
I purchased the first Nolan flip front, bust be 18 years or more ago and a great helmet. The new Nolan N100-5 is just fantastic, locks down and open's easy. The 5 position sun visor is great and can be used with the front opened. The fir for me is perfect, QD strap is a breeze to use. Finish is excellent with a great visor that comes with the "PinLock" fitted. The weight of the helmet is good and 50gr lighter than the early version, wind noise is very low indeed. To sum up a great purchase.
Upgrades from N104 are well worth it
Continuing on from the N104 Nolan have incorporated upgrades. Quality, fit & finish are superb & Pinlok is fitted to visor. The first opening position of the visor is now much smaller which permits useful ventilation. The neck roll is adjustable for fit. The prone to leaking vents immediately above the visor have been removed. Chin & top vents have been increased in size. Only negative comment I have is that, as in my case, I was swopping over my Ncom5 from my N104, & found you need a keypad adaptor which is not provided with the helmet. Apparently if you buy an Ncom5 kit it is included. I could find no source of the adaptor in the UK & had to order from Germany. Should be included with the helmet.
The perfect flip front helmet
I bought this to replace my Shark S900c which is full-face. I wanted a flip-front for border crossings and petrol stations etc but i don't care for riding with it up. Turns out this can be legally used up or down. Because i didn't care for flipped up riding, i didn't care for something like the Shark Evo One 2 - but i did try that on and I found it heavy and ugly. And plasticky. This Nolan helmet feels lighter than my old Shark and it has an enormous visor so vision is excellent - and with pinlock already attached (i love pinlocks - they just work). Wind noise... it's really no worse than my old Shark. In fact if anything it's better: the lining is better but there are obviously more "holes" in the shell for wind to make noise... my verdict is that it blocks out the lower frequencies better (these are the ones I find fatiguing) but that more whistling sound comes through. These are comfortable without ear plugs for circa 40 minute commutes at 70mph in bad weather. The ventilation seems good too. No complaints at all.
Perfect fit quality lid
Back into biking after a long break. Very surprised as to how everything has moved on, choices, options, PRICES. All that said this helmet for me is a perfect fit with easily operated everything, the quick release strap SUPERB, all mechanisms Visor Flip Front and Sun Shield appears well made. Surprised how light it is, unable to quote on noise reduction as I have no recent comparisons. I couldn't get my head round the massive pricing difference between colours but other than that very impressed. Recommend.
A worthy successor to the N104
I have had a N104 for some time. I felt an update was needed. I haven't been disappointed! So much comfort and new innovations. I found the multi position of visor and sun shield a great improvement. Well done Nolan!!
A suitable upgrade
Much quieter than my previous Caberg Tourmax and just feels very solid. The mechanisms for both the flip front and the sun visor work well. I have managed to accidentally pop the top vent off by accident but I was relieved to find it just clicks back into place. The ventilation is effective and you can feel the air being drawn to the exhaust at the back. I have installed the Ncom b901 to this helmet which it is designed to receive. Just wish Sportsbikeshop stocked it!
This is the flip front helmet I was looking for. Fantastic quality helmet. Really comfortable to wear & quiet when closed. Easily takes my speakers & mike & comfy with excellent sound quality on the move. Only negative for me is the catch to open front is too small & fiddly having to squeeze 2 catches at same time. Excellent fast service from Sportsbikeshop as usual & good price.
Great helmet but...
Great helmet, quiet, no wind noise, comfy, already installed Pinlcok works OK but on cold early mornings I had to open the visor a bit as Pinlock was getting a bit foggy but my main issue was the sunvisior has become faulty within the first month so disappointed. Thank you SBS.
My first ever flip up helmet
Been looking for a flip up helmet for a while. I've been riding with Nolan helmets for 30 years so the N100-5 seemed the logical choice. I love this helmet, it's comfortable right from the start. The quality seems very good for the price. The only problem I've encountered was fitting my Scala RiderQ3 as the microphone recess is on the wrong side and the main unit makes it slightly awkward to operate the sun visor but I did manage to find a position that works.
An improved classic
There are several feature of the Nolan N100-5 that are an improvement over the N104. I like the improved peripheral vision and really like the adjustable sun visor. Like the 104 this helmet fits well and although a little heavy (like most modular helmets), this was never an issue.
Haven't had it for long but delighted with it so far. The look and feel is of a quality product. The visor and flip front clunk and click in a very reassuring way, as do the vents and sunshade, all of the moving parts. Field of view is very impressive. Sunshade comes down the perfect distance without touching my nose. I don't have much to compare it to and I ride a faired bike but it doesn't seem to be overly noisy to me. Did an hour or so in zero degree freezing conditions the other day with no misting up. Only downside is that with the neck collar part attached I can barely get the thing on or off, even without it attached it's a tight squeeze. Can't really mark it down for that though as that's just my head, and it does make it feel more secure once it is on.
5/5 would buy again
Sturdy feeling helmet with great anti-fog and ventilation. Chin bar feels really well made and slides into place like nothing. Also, the chin lock is great, although might require getting used to it at first. Only negative thing about this helmet I can say is that if you want an intercom system other than Nolan n-com, it might get tricky. The helmet has places for the speakers, but the slot is sealed and can be only opened with a special tool that comes with Nolan n-com. Well, that is at least what they say.. But I got my speakers a little off from my ears, since there isn't any padding between the speaker and my ear so I can still hear fine and without the speakers pressing against my ears. Of course this is a problem with every helmet that has their own intercom, so no surprises there! All in all, excellent helmet.