Following the success of the Hedonist, Hedon’s new and eagerly awaited, full-face helmet, “HEROINE“, is now available to pre-order in two variants; the HEDON HEROINE Classic and Racer. The helmet was officially launched at the Bike Shed (6th-Feb-17); comes in a variety of colours and four shell sizes.
HEDON HEROINE RACER
Hedon describes the HEROINE Racer as the ultimate lid and have designed it not only to be stylish but functional. It’s certainly got the looks, with its low-profile and lines, it evokes the nostalgia of 70s moto racing era. Function is built into its form, with a flat racing visor that allows for a wider field of view, an ‘Anti-Fog’ double lens and a three channel ventilation system, to prevent any annoying fogging of the visor; particularly useful during these winter months. The visor (sold separately), comes in three colours; Deep Smoke, Coffee Haze or Amber.
HEDON HEROINE VISORS
HEDON HEROINE CLASSIC
While offering greater protection for the pointy thing at the bottom of your face, the HEROINE Classic is a semi-open face helmet, designed to comfortably accommodate sun cheaters or goggles and is additionally compatible with Hedon’s sun peaks.
HEDON HEROINE CLASSIC AND RACER SPECIFICATIONS
- Composite fibre shell of fibreglass and carbon fibre
- Black painted shell, glossy finish
- Hed Armor lining with 360″ cushion padding
- Merlin anti-bacterial fabric
- Natural calf leather trim and lining
- Brass HEDON plate
- Brass hardware
- Brass DD buckle
- 3 channels ventilation system
- Clear Anti-Fog double lens
- Ultra light and low profile shell
- The ‘Racer’ is visor compatible (visor is bought separately)
- ECE 2205 & DOT certified (Road legal for Europe, the UK and the USA)
Falling into the full-face retro brain buckets category, the HEROINE at (£500 to £649), is likely to be pitted head to head, (weak pun intended) against the Bell Bullit (£369.99 to £499.99) and maybe the Biltwell Gringo, (£139 to £159) despite the vast difference in price. Those comparisons would be misjudged. It’s like comparing a stock Ducati to one that Walt Siegl‘s tinkered with.
A more accurate comparison should be between the HEROINE and RUBY CASTEL and the basis for that comparison should be craftsmanship and materials. That’s not to say that the Bullit and Gringo aren’t high-quality, well-designed helmets. They are. I wear the Bell Bullitt, Carbon RSD Bagger. It’s as gorgeous to look at and touch, as it is comfortable to wear. You need only to roll up to the Bike Shed to see further affirmations of this. That being said, if you have the pleasure of owning or have ever tried on any of Hedon’s sublime designs, then you’ll know that their helmets feel far superior to the touch… dare I say; luxurious.
In any case, price is largely ancillary to helmet choice; the decision is almost certainly made by your head….and mainly by the shape of your head.