I really got to know the Klim Krios Karbon Adventure helmet during the three days that I rode it Ultimate motorcycling Yamaha Ténéré 700 Project Bike 1,120 miles from Los Angeles to Portland. My first experience was using the great view to keep myself safe while splitting tracks for nearly 70 miles until I was clear of the rush hour traffic in Los Angeles on Friday. Then another 70 miles of open freeway to my first stop in Santa Maria. The second day led 380 miles through the California coastal landscape to Ukiah. On the third day, it was a whopping 600 miles to my front door in 14 hours.
After returning to Portland, I put in three 8-hour days of off-road driving. My overall impression is that the rise Krios Karbon is quiet, comfortable, offers tremendous visibility and massive airflow.
The focus of the first day was getting to know the Ultimate motorcycling Yamaha Ténéré 700 project bike. What I noticed about the Krios Karbon Adventure helmet is that I didn’t notice it at all. Usually with a new helmet on, I feel for the button to raise the shield, adjust the airflow, find the right tension for the chin strap, or feel my cheeks squeezed by brand new bolsters. None of that happened. It was like I had worn this helmet for years, but it was only three hours.
It was about 62 degrees when I started my second stage at 6:30 am. As I approached California Highway 1 and the coast, the temperature dropped to 52 degrees. Since this is an adventure helmet, the front of this helmet is designed for maximum airflow and there is no front airflow control. All of the air that hits the front of the helmet flows up behind the face shield.
There’s a glove-friendly top airflow inlet that I closed before launch. When I control the airflow in the cold, I can feel exactly where it is being channeled. The top inlet is an opening and closing slide. The air leaves the helmet through four rear vents that are always open – two at the top at the back and two at the bottom at the back.
With the top inlet open, my head went cold very quickly. I closed it, but the wide open vents on the front still sent the cold coastal air down my face and down my scalp to the four vents. I could feel the efficiency of the airflow design in real time.
I wore the Klim Traverse jacket and pants so the rest of me would be comfortable. The cold coastal air, however, cooled my head. It was then that I realized that I had the solution around my neck. I parked off the highway and pulled mine Klim Tek Sok neck protector to over my head and mouth. I immediately stopped feeling the cold incoming air. I was warmer and more comfortable now. I had found a simple solution to counter its fantastic air ducting.
The Klim Krios carbon helmet comes with a clear, fog-free pinlock insert that attaches to the scratch-resistant clear face shield. Thinking I wouldn’t need it, I didn’t put it on before leaving Portland. As it turned out, the free flowing air kept the shield fog free. Klim also includes a scratch-resistant, smoky face shield in the box. Since I had little space on the plane and Ténéré to take everything but essentials with me, I did not take it with me on this trip.
The summit is impressively aerodynamic and does not pick up the wind when changing lanes. At freeway speeds, I felt a slight downward pressure on the short windshield I was driving behind. During a three-hour drive on the Ténéré at motorway speed, I learned to remove the summit.
Removing the umbrella or changing the shield is a simple process without tools – you simply turn both locking knobs 90 degrees. There is a plastic washer that supports the buttons, so watch out for them.
An optional colored Transitions Light Intelligent Faceshield ($ 150) changes the tint from clear at night to dark smoke in broad daylight. It’s great for road use, but I didn’t like it for driving in the forest. There, the lighting changes happen instantly at 30 miles per hour, and there’s no way a shield technology can change that quickly. Klim also recommends not using the umbrella with the transition shield, as this can lead to uneven color changes. The transition shield does a good job of relieving the eyes in changing light conditions when driving on the road. Having options for shield shading is a feature that I appreciated when I started doing different types of trips.
The helmet is so light that even 14 hours on my 600 mile day it was always worn comfortably and without pressure points. The small and medium sizes use the small bowl, while the sizes Large to 3XL use the large bowl. The shape is medium oval, which always works well for me.
The size information was a little different for my head. I usually wear a medium-sized helmet, but the Klim Krios Carbon Adventure helmet was too narrow to fit over my ears. I went with the LG and it fitted perfectly. We therefore recommend that you seek professional help when fitting your helmet. I weighed my large helmet with the visor removed and it weighed in at 3.125 pounds. It makes sense that a carbon fiber shell helmet should be this light.
The visibility from the eye opening is excellent due to the bug-eye design. It allows you to look down, near your front tire. The shield does not fully retract over the eye opening as it would bump against the screw-in button that holds the shield in its adjustable one-half inch position.
Since I like to drive with the shield open and the wind in my face, I had to get used to the lower edges of the shield in the upper field of vision. Concentrating on changes in the terrain made me quickly forget that the lower edges of the sign were in my field of vision. I always had my visor down when I was driving on the Autobahn. The helmet, which is already quiet, becomes quieter when the shield is closed. Even at a standing speed of up to 80 km / h, the helmet is quiet in a full gust of wind.
It’s dusty on the fire roads in Northern Oregon this time of year, and I haven’t always been able to convince my driving partners to let me guide me. Riding for hours with my shield closed in the clouds of dust of others, I did not end the days like a raccoon. The dust didn’t collect in my nose or face. I’m not red in color and I’m dragging smoke to photograph the helmet in a wind tunnel. My guess based on the cold coastal air is that the airflow and dust will rise through the inside of the face shield and over the top air ducts at the top of the helmet and out of the rear vents.
Even with a strong air flow, dust and sweat will eventually collect on the removable, padded inner lining. I was pleasantly surprised to find the moisture wicking cheek pads held in place with a large Velcro strap – no flashlight needed to find snaps. The comfort inner shoe has two clearly visible press studs at the back, the front fastening is a hard plastic strip that clicks into place. An additional, thin, glued-in liner separates the comfort liner from the polystyrene lining of the shell. According to Klim Customer Service, you can wash the liner by swirling water at the top of the helmet and letting the water run out of the exhaust ports.
The instructions go into great detail on the cleaning and care of the anti-fog protective coatings. Obviously they will absorb moisture so make sure the helmet and inserts are completely dry before storing them.
The Klim Krios carbon adventure helmet checks all the criteria so that I fully appreciate the time and effort that Klim has invested in its development. I tested its airflow at low speeds at high temperatures and high speeds at lower temperatures. It’s quiet at motorway speed. It’s light and has good visibility. This helmet can be converted into an adventure, dual sport, off-road or road helmet. Klim contains a fog-free Pinlock lens and two face shields. I haven’t even considered wearing another helmet since I put this on 2,000 miles ago.
Klim Krios Carbon Adventure Helmet Brief Facts
- Sizes: Small – 3XL
- Colors: Concealed Hi-Vis; Fastbak bronze; Defeat Red; Twotrak Redrock; Twotrak Vivid Black; Valiance Dune; Valiance gray; Valiance white; Cover Cool Gray; Glossy carbon black; Shiny silver; Glossy white element; Matte white
- Certifications: DOT; ECE
Klim Krios carbon adventure helmet Price: $ 500 MSRP
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