Nolan N100-5 Classic N-Com - Lava Grey
Customer Product Reviews
Upgrade from N100 3
Loved my previous Nolan N100 3 but it was 5 years old and due for a change, went for updated version of what I knew as tried and trusted and have not been disappointed. Like the convenience of flip ups for petrol stations and passport crossings. Had tried other makes but the Nolan seems to fit my head shape best, stuck with the same size (L) and glad to say fitted well. Great also for glasses wear. Like the slightly larger visor on the new one giving a better peripheral vision, seems slightly quieter and lighter also,although that could be middle aged senility creeping in. overall very pleased .
Quality, Value, Service
Only just bought this helmet and with it the N-Com B901L-R. Literally fits like a good glove and has all the features one could ask for. Superb construction and assembly with pin point finesse. Hooking up the N-Com (An equally superb piece of technology) was a doddle. The service from Sportshop was, as I have come to expect, unbeatable.
It delivers everything, light weight, good ventilation, wide vision, easy to use / lift / close and looks great. I also think the clasps is sturdy. I have never before bought a helmet without trying it on and I have been lucky it fits me perfectly.
This will suit some but not all.
Previously I had the Nolan size 2XL N104 Absolute, which suited me and was a fantastic helmet. But after a number of years it was time for an upgrade. So I stuck with Nolan, and ordered the N100 5 in the same size. The first thing I noticed was that the helmet size was generally slightly smaller. This included the flip up/down bar being closer to the face. I changed it to 3XL which helped with the fit. The venting system was a little more difficult to operate. The built in sun visor is better as it has a ratchet system which allows you to adjust the height that you lower it. But at the lowest setting it was touching my nose. The general fit was OK but not as good as the N104 Absolute. The general finish and quality was up to the normal Nolan. But compared to my previous N104 Absolute I felt that this helmet was not as good.
If you can, try it first
A very nice flippy, comfortable and snug. If you wear glasses make sure that you try the helmet on with all the pairs of glasses you normally use, if the legs are long, the may be a problem. My only real issue is the sun visor, at the lowest position it hits my nose - the simple answer is to only lower 3 clicks and problem solved. Great helmet, at a good price
Schubert C3 beater
Needed to get another flip up lid. Tried numerous brands but this Nolan ticked all the boxes. Tried on in the Boston store, fit was spot on, amazingly light and comfortable. Choosing it was the right move as when wearing whilst riding my multistrada its very quiet (better than my C3). The ventilation is superb and the large visor ensures good situation awareness.
I'd seen and tried out this lid at a retail stall at a BSB meet and was impressed by its build quality and design but held back on purchasing it as I was concerned about it being genuine and of course the validity of its guarantee. I ordered one from Sportsbikeshop happy to know if there was a problem it would soon be sorted out and if the size wasn't right it would be changed. Yea I paid I think £30 more but have piece of mind. Very happy with it.
Good helmet, but maybe not for a sportsbike.
My second flip front helmet which is replacing a Caberg Duke 2. Everything about the N100-5 is a step up in quality from the Duke (not that the Duke is a bad helmet, it's served me well and I would recommend it to others). The two stage opening on the N100-5 is simple to use and the flip front opening seems to be assisted so it springs back at the end of its travel to the fully open position. The padding round the neck is snug and I assume helps reduce noise. I thought it might be a bit too warm on hotter days but so far it's been fine. It's definitely quieter helmet than the Duke with less drafts or whistles. Sizing seems a little small, i've worn mediums for years but needed a large this time. The Pinlock fitted visor opening has a large viewing angle however, it seems that the view through the visor is at quite a low angle. This is fine for naked/touring bikes as you have a great view of all your instruments and the road but not as helpful on a sportsbike where I can see too much bike and not enough road. The plush padding round the neck, for me, adds to the problem as it pushes the helmet forward. It's by no means dangerous but it is distracting, a bit like driving your car with the sun visor down all the time. I'm hoping this will be less of an issue as I break the helmet in and can adjust how it sits on my head. In conclusion, it's a good helmet, just make sure it suits your riding position.
Good Helmet, good shop and service
My old HJC helmet was way past its best. I tried a number of helmets, SportsBike where excellent at allowing me to order six helmets in chosen size, then once they were in stock (few days) try them all on. The N100-5 was by far the most comfortable, which was great because on paper it also had the best features. It is a snug fit but never gets too much or causes discomfort. The ventilation could be a little more for my taste but the visor click stops work fine if I want more air. The sun visor is very nice, good optics and easy to operate. Now six weeks in and I am still happy with it. Above 65+mph it starts to get noisy, but only what one would expect. My partner also went through the same process independently and also selected the N100-5 for comfort. I added the N-Com intercom system which fitted easily enough and works well.
Good helmet but not perfect
I had a Nolan N4 which was at its end but I wanted to retain the N-Com system so plumped for this. Cannot fault SportsBikeShop for value and service but..the helmet is very noisy unless you have a huge fairing or are bimbling with the lid up. You WILL need an adapter plate for the n-com as the fixing is different but, once again, was sorted by SBS. All in all, well worth it but it is noisy. The slightly adapted visor system is much better too.
A Home for your Head
My first Nolan Helmet, and what a surpise, in comfort, weight, quietness and a moulding fit, by the seven use. Both visors are good, with the outer giving a good wind seal. The strap locking mechanism takes a bit of getting use to, if like me having tree trucks for fingers, but like all things when use to it, becomes very easy, just like the level and retract buttons for the inner visor. Overall for the price, its has excellent design, construction, comfort, style, and choices of colours.
Comfortable helmet, medium fits 57cm head. Also has slots for glasses making it easy to put them on and take off. Good venting and internal shades have four lowered settings which is great. Weight ok for modular helmet and can use on road up or down. Easy to open visor. Ready for comms, but not installed. Recommended