Caberg Duke II - Matt Black
Customer Product Reviews
My instructor during my bike test had this helmet, he spoke highly of it, however mostly for its blinding appearance! So I bought one and it is superb...... Great design, great features, comfortable and a fantastic colour. I get alot of stares from pedestrians and gladly most people can see me coming!
...and that is not just the colour. Very comfortable. My head is exactly between M and L so I was advised to go for L which is just about right. Good visibility especially with Pinlock which really works but it is noisier than a one-piece so I wear earplugs. My glasses still steam up at very low speeds but clear as soon as I am moving and opening the visor a little solves the problem. Service from sportsbikeshop exemplary.
After buying the Caberg, I realised how much of an improvement it was over my old lid. It was a much better fit (size was good to tape measure) and therefore much quieter. The pinlock insert addition was much appreciated after I had to pay extra for that on my old helmet. The Caberg has all the features that I need in a modular helmet.
Very good value
I chose this helmet over much more expensive items as a compromise. It's half the price of other helmets I was considering. It is a very good fit for my head, so comfortable that initially I thought I had bought a size too big, but once the chin strap was shortened there was very little movement.. The sun shield is effective with good coverage wrapping around the nose. The chin bar release is harder to use than my previous helmet (Spada) but I think I'll get used to it. It's not a quiet helmet and the chin guard is slightly close, but it is lighter than my previous lid. I wear glasses and I take them off to get the helmet on, but leave them on taking the helmet off. Happy so far. I have fitted a Bluetooth headset in the helmet and there is an effective clip for the microphone boom an a recess in the chin bar for the microphone. The chin baffle (detachable) catches the microphone if it is not pointer high enough, which unfortunately is higher than the recess made for it. It's not the Cavern headset - maybe that one fits better
Punches above its weight...
...or my RPHA 70 is overpriced, one of the two! I'll compare it to my HJC RPHA.... which is a truly superb helmet, but over twice the price. Weight - feel about the same, but although the numbers suggest the RPHA is lighter, the Duke feels lighter on. Comfort - The RPHA is more snug fitting, better padding and more of it (obviously because it's not flip up). BUT - the Duke is extremely comfortable to wear for hours on end. Fit - I'm right on the edge of M and L in fitting, so I go for M sizes to make sure it's snug. This is bang on the money for me. A large would rattle I think. Vision/Visor - Not quite as open view as the RPHA but I can see everything I need to. Peripheral vision is good. The pinlock is a must though, fogs up very quickly without it I found. (Wish I'd know the insert was in the box already..now I have a spare pinlock 30 I don't need). HOWEVER - the smallest fixed opening is a bit too wide for when you just want a little air in. You can just about crack it open but it will close at speed. Open it a bit more and you can't see properly. Not a deal breaker but worth knowing. Noise - bit quieter than the RPHA I'd say, not a huge amount but noticeable. This will be my go to touring helmet (on a Triple S at 6'2" with a PUIG screen) Sun visor - Much prefer the mechanism on the Duke. The RPHA is bit fiddly but I find the Duke is way easier to use. You basically just wipe the top of your head from back to front. Visor is excellent as well. Venting - Meh. Haven't tested it in real heat yet but the options are limited and there's no exhaust ports. Chinbar is always open (to defog the visor...it doesn't) and then there's just the top vent - open or closed. Flip up mechanism - solid as. Really good and locks in well with the P/J switch. Wee bit fiddly to open and close but you get used to it. Fitting extras (camera/headset) - Camera is fine on a flat adhesive mount (Drift). Not really any obvious places for Sena speakers to go though (unlike the RPHA). I got them in ok but it was a faff finding the right place. Overall - feels very plastic compared to the RPHA, there's a clear difference in build quality and materials....but for less than half the price I am blown away by how good it is. Five star SHARP rating is actually better than the RPHA...and that is after all the main reason for helmets...safety....and bug collecting. Genuinely excellent helmet and it looks good. Well worth the small investment!
Caberg Duke 2 Flip Front Helmet
Bought this having had one a few years ago. They are well built and came with a pin lock insert which has improved in shape and size since I last had one and is great as I ride all year round. Helmet is comfortable although I bought a size bigger than I would normally wear because I dont like my chin touching the front of the chin guard. A little more noisy than a full face but that is to be expected. Visor leaked a little in heavy rain but not bad enough to block vision and no worse than other vastly more expensive helmets that I've had. All in all great value for money.
Everything I require from a flip up helmet. I measured as advised and purchased a Small it fits perfect.Also I've noticed it feels lighter than my previous Duke. A little bit noisy but to be expected with a flip up but not too intrusive and I ride anyway with earplugs for day rides. Comes with a free pinlock visor insert drop down sun shield 5star rated and therefore would recommend as excellent quality and value for money.
Good helmet - bit difficult for a 'big chin'
Quality, great. Comfort, great. Functionality, great, Looks, great. Ticks nearly box. Only downfall, like a number of people have mentioned is, if you're trying to lock the flip up lid back down when riding, it can be a little bit difficult to get it locked in, as your chin seems to get in the way. I find it easy to lock when you have two hands free though. I think I'll just live with this minor gripe, as even though it isn't locked shut- it doesn't bounce around or move up and down. So it doesn't really make much of a difference.
Great all rounder
I was looking for a modular helmet with pin lock and some hi vis sections, and this helmet fits the bill without breaking the bank. The 5 star SHARP rating also makes it a worthwhile contender even aginst more expensive competitors. The only downsides I see are wind noise at higher speed and potentially strap comfort for some people, but it's OK for me. I would buy this again
Duke is King
I already have a Duke and bought this one for my wife who had an old Caberg Trip that needed replacing. My wife loves it. Fits well. Reassurance of 5 star safety rating from sharp. Came with a free clear pin lock visor insert (worth £30) easy to fit with pins already in place on the helmet. Great value and recommend
Can't beat a Caberg
I find for a modular lid, you can't beat a Caberg. This one is 5 star SHARP rated - so already a good start. Add to that it's really comfortable, a sturdy design and good stiff lifting and locking mechanisms - you definitely won't be worried about it being too flimsy. The internal sun visor is an absolute God send - and almost worth it just for that. Add to all that a very reasonable price tag, really, what more could you ask for?! I can highly recommend this lid - and for that matter, SBS. Superb service as always.