It’s not unusual for a motorcycle helmet to claim it’s quieter and reduces tiredness. But normally it’s reserved for the more expensive touring end of the market. We don’t have any figures for how effective the new LS2 Stream Evo helmet is at cutting down on wind noise. But we do know that the plain and graphics options are both available for under £100.
As with every LS2 helmet (Like the Valiant, Metro, Rapid and Spitfire), the shell is the firm’s own ‘High Pressure Theroplastic Technology’. But unlike some of the other lids, the oval outer shell has been designed to try to increase stability at higher speeds. And also to try to reduce pressure on your neck muscles. If you’re riding longer distances, an aching neck isn’t just uncomfortable. It’s also potentially dangerous if you stop doing lifesaver checks and looking around as much because your neck is hurting.
Also similar to the rest of the LS2 range, there’s a multi-density EPS liner under the shell. And the same high-grade 3D Optically Correct A-Class polycarbonate for the visor. So it should resist impacts, scratches and UV damage. There’s a breath deflector as standard in the LS2 Stream Evo, and it’s also ready to take a Pinlock anti-fog insert if you need one. The visor should also be easily swapped with a quick release system, and there’s an integral drop-down sun visor.
Inside the LS2 Stream Evo helmet is a removable and washable hypoallergenic liner. There are adjustable intake ports, internal channels and exhaust ports to direct air through the helmet and keep you cool, and a chin curtain to reduce wind noise a little more.
Fastening is via a quick release seatbelt-style strap.
The LS2 Stream Evo helmet is ECE2205 for road use throughout Europe, and weighs around 1550 grams. It’s available in sizes XS-XXL. The three plain colour options are Solid White, Solid Black or Solid Matt Black, and those helmets will cost you £79.99. If you prefer one of the 8 different graphics options, then you’ll need to pay £89.99.
Obviously the specifications all match up well for the price point, and it gets 3/5 stars in the Sharp helmet test system which is respectable and equal to a lot more expensive helmets. But it’s hard to judge whether the long oval shell shape of the LS2 Stream Evo succeeds in reducing noise without being able to test it against comparable lids.
Have you got an LS2 helmet or tried one recently? How do you rate it for comfort and noise? Happy with it? Share your experience in the comments…