There are many full-face helmets on the market these days, and they all do the same basic job – protect your head in the unfortunate occurrence of an accident. One of the biggest differences in the various full-face helmets, though, is that prices can range considerably, from $200 to well over $1,000.
At $299.99, the LS2 Vector Wake falls in the lower half of the price scale, but comes with a full array of higher-end features.
The LS2 Vector Wake helmet has been designed for the oval-shaped head across three different shell sizes, and features a multi-density EPS liner, scratch-resistant optically correct face shield, flip-down sun visor, plenty of vents, quick-release strap, removable and washable hypoallergenic comfort liner, well-marked pull tabs to release the cheek pads in case of emergency and an LS2-designed fog fighter system (similar to Pinlock) – all rolled into a fibreglass composite shell.
The finish on the Wake is clean and crisp; it’s obvious that care was taken when applying the final finish to the helmet. It fits snug, as it should, with no pressure points (at least on my head) and offers plenty of room in the ear ports should you choose to add internal speakers for an intercom system or listen to music. Doing up the quick-release strap, with wide padded liners so the strap doesn’t dig in, is easy and efficient, and equally easy to undo with just a pull of the release tab. The sunshade is easy to access and use with gloves on, while the face shield is crystal clear with no distortion when pulled down in place. When the face shield is clicked into its closed position, the helmet is surprisingly quiet. Tipping the scales at 1,550 grams, the medium-sized Wake weighs in as one of the lightest helmets in our full-face helmet arsenal.
The main face shield is easily removed for cleaning or replacement, but the mechanism, although it works fine, seems to be overly complicated in design. The Wake has a two-stage chin vent, a large top vent and an exhaust vent – all easily accessible while riding and wearing gloves.
Overall, I was quite happy with the LS2 Vector Wake helmet. It’s a comfortable, well-appointed and affordable full-face helmet. The Vector line offers a variety of helmet models and colours.
Go to kimpex.com or see a Kimpex dealer for more information or to purchase.
Reviewed by Glenn Roberts