Tuesday, November 16

AGV AX-8 DS Helmet Video Review

Ready to shake up the dual sport motorcycle helmet market, the AGV AX-8 DS Helmet is here and ready to take on the heavy hitters. At an astonishingly light weight of 1490 grams (or 3lbs, 4.2oz), the AX-8 DS is nearly a half-pound lighter than the Arai XD-3. The aggressive looks alone are something that will appear to many riders as this helmet straight-up looks like it came from the future. Utilizing many features of AGV race helmets and combining them with elements of AGV dirt helmets, the AX-8 DS is a truly innovative helmet in terms of features and functionality. This helmet is set to make some serious waves in the DS and enduro markets as AGV Helmets enters the ring.

Here is our AGV AX-8 DS Helmet Review:



The AGV AX-8 DS Helmet is constructed using a Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass and Kevlar blend for superb resilience and extreme light weight and features a double density EPS liner. The helmet uses AGV's Integrated Ventilation System which is also found on the top-tier AGV GP-Tech Helmet. This system is hollowed ventilation channels that are drilled through the EPS for the best possible airflow. With six total intake vents and six exhaust vents, the Venturi Effect is in full force, creating a vacuum that sucks air through the helmet to keep you cool. The cut of the helmet features a low profile and a chin that comes lower than traditional dualsport lids, keeping it more in the vein of a classic dirt helmet. Also, the eyeport offers an extra wide periphery with
its dualsport-styled large shield.

The guts of the AGV AX8 DS are made using CoolMax & Dry-Comfort fabrics. The entire interior lining is removable and washable, moisture-wicking and antimicrobial. This keeps your face cool and dry, and prevents the insides of the helmet from getting funked up. The chin curtain and breath diffuser mouth piece are completely removable as well. The rubberized mouth piece is easy to clean as well. Another really great feature of the AGV AX-8 DS Helmet is the fact that the peak and shield can be removed independently from each other. Oftentimes we see dualsport helmets that require removal of the peak in order to take the shield off. The AX-8 DS eliminates that inconvenience by mounting the peak and shield at two different parts of the helmet.

The AGV AX 8 DS Helmet is DOT and ECE 22.05 certified. What really stands out to us with this helmet is just how light and balanced it is, the aggressive lines and look of the helmet, and the great amounts of air it flows. The AX-8 DS is a serious competitor to the Arai XD-3 Helmet and Shoei Hornet DS Helmet as it muscles its way into the class of dual sport helmets.

-RetroZilla

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