The fascinating LS2 Valiant 2 helmet is the successor of the famous LS2 Valiant. It is made of a lightweight polymer material with a built-in sun shield. The shell is comfortable, breathable, and secure.
Maybe that’s all that you need for a comfortable bike ride. Of course, you need a great design and a great color palette. Before writing the LS2 Valiant 2 review, I tested this helmet a bit so let’s take a closer look at it.
Outer shell and design
The shell is made of high-quality Kinetic Polymer Alloy (KPA) and is lightweight yet durable – it can stand up to the impact.
It is a modular helmet, so you can decide whether to keep your helmet open face or fully closed on the go. I have tried this helmet in both variants: chin bar in the rearward position and in the front position. In both cases, it fits perfectly, LS2 did its best to keep it balanced. The helmet is intermediate oval, and the manufacturer prepared all the sizes from XXS to 4XL.
The helmet is ECE and DOT certified, so you can legally drive through the US roads. The construction includes two separate shells that are combined into one single shell. It allows the helmet to distribute the impact better and provides an excellent level of safety even in case of a severe crash.
The materials of the lining are significant to the touch. Moreover, they are hypoallergenic and effectively wick moisture – you’ll stay comfortable even if you ride the whole day! Next, the lining is easy to clean and dry – I left it in a heated room for a night, and everything was ready to go the following day.
The helmet is overall comfortable; however, the cheek pads were a little tight for the first two days or so, but then they loosened a bit, and everything was just great. Small but helpful detail: LS2 gave a small pillow to put a helmet on it during the disassembling.
The Valiant II has a type 2 micrometric buckle. For me, it is a bit better than a double-d ring because It is simple to use, just put the buckle into the rachet until you feel the correct size. In case you need to release it, just pull the red tab.
The LS2 Valiant 2 helmet’s visor is just ordinary. It provides a good and clear view and does not let any water inside the helmet. I tested it during the rainy weather, and everything seems to be good.
The drop-down sun visor works excellent. It fits well around my nose and covers everything it needs to cover, leaving almost no bright underneath it. However, from time to time, it does not go all the way up by itself, so I had to push it up with my finger, or you can use a lever.
The air ventilation of this Valiant II is significantly improved compared to the previous version of this helmet. LS2 added separate channels for the chin ventilation, two forehead vents channels, and rear double heat dissipation channels. However, you cannot completely close the exhaust, so it can be cold from time to time, especially in the winter mornings. Another issue with the air vent system is that it is difficult to understand whether you close it or not, as it does not have a “click”.
Noise reduction is an issue with any modular helmets, because of the additional mechanisms, the integrity of the helmet is not complete. LS2 Valiant 2 is not an exception. While I was in the city limits, everything was great. But as soon as I left the city and drove somewhat over 40 miles per hour, it became a bit noisy.
The main feature of this helmet is a 180-degree flip. It allows you to make this helmet partially open, not covering a vent, and does not create an extra “seal” that affects the aerodynamic properties.
- Chin module, which can switch to 180-degree.
- Suitable fastening method.
- Great materials for lining.
- Excellent visibility and water resistance.
- Easy to use release mechanism: just slide forward the catches, and the visor will pop out.
- Pinlock 100 Maxvision provides an excellent level of anti-fog protection.
- Impossibility to close the rare exhaust.
- Too small air vents, so it is difficult to use them.
- The tab to open the visor is in the top center, which is a bit unusual.
- The visor does not have a partially open or partially closed position.