Gear Review Blauer 80s Helmet
In the last few years, motorcycle helmets have gone from being a legal requirement (unless of course, you live in a place where the police know if you’re not wearing a helmet and you hurt your head it’s your own stupid fault) to be the ultimate motorcyclist fashion accessory. Combining the latest in safety technology with a fashion-focused design is all the rage and these days it’s very easy to purchase highly functional gear that compliments your custom or classic ride. Much like current fashion trends, it seems that what once was old is cool again and many manufacturers are producing helmets that take styling cues from classic race helmets of decades past. Blauer helmets is a relatively new arm of the military-technical garment manufacturer and their retro styled ’80s’ helmet is one of the coolest looking retro lids we’ve seen so far.
Where the Blauer 80s truly excels though is in its styling. The retro 3 stripe paint scheme looks great and the application of Blauer branding is very tastefully done. The chin guard is deeper than that of the Bullitt and slightly squared off so it looks more Roger Ramjet than Lego Astronaut and its low profile fit doesn’t leave you feeling like an orange on a toothpick. The chin straps are padded making for a comfortable fit and there’s a button clasp to secure the loose end. The large eye opening gives you a very wide, almost entirely uninterrupted viewing angle as well as replicating that retro race look we all love.
The Blauer 80s was never meant to compete or to be compared to sportsbike helmets. It falls into a category I would label as “fashion helmets” and its price places it in the mid-range for helmets of this style. If you’re looking for a stylish lid or an alternative to the hugely popular Bullitt I’d recommend giving the 80s a try.
Images courtesy of Tank Moto
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