FIRST IMPRESSIONS: BRP XP-R Carbon Light Helmet
Just opened up my brand new BRP XP-R Carbon Light Helmet and am now anxiously pacing my office in anticipation of my first ride.
Its shell is made from 100% carbon fiber composite and reinforced aramid fiber and my immediate impression is that I can’t believe how light this helmet is. There's a noticeable difference between this lid and mine from last season. BRP's claimed weight for this lid in a LARGE is plus or minus 1275 grams. I'll be doing my own weights and comparing to other helmets in an upcoming report, but one thing's for sure, it feels like I'm holding a handful of feathers.
Putting the XP-R Carbon Light on, it's immediately comfortable and fits perfectly. Not that previous helmets have felt like a stack of bricks on my shoulders, but there’s absolutely no strain whatsoever to my neck as I sit here typing this (yes, I’m actually wearing the helmet while typing this).
Key to getting your helmet to fit right is to actually measure the circumference of your head and then compare it to the sizing chart provided by the manufacturer. Getting a good fit can be difficult when ordering online and you aren't able to try the helmet on beforehand, as sizes will actually vary from brand to brand. However, following the fitment chart can resolve any discrepancies and will usually get your lid fitting right.
The padded cold-weather insert adds additional protection across my face (particularly my nose) and up the sides of my face. My only concern without actually field testing this helmet is that there's quite a bit of space left unprotected from wind and cold on my forehead. Luckily I have an amazing balaclava and I'm fairly confident that when combined with the thick foam on my goggles, frostbite won't be an issue whatsoever.
Bottom line, this is one of the coolest looking lids I've owned by far and I'm even more stoked to get out on the trails now. Stay tuned for a full report with more specs and opinions after the first big snowfall.
For more about this product visit store.ski-doo.com
LATEST VIDEOS View All
BEST TEST RIDE OF 2017
April 18, 2017
We've evaluated a ton of sleds this season and now we want to know which test ride YOU liked ...
TEST RIDE: 2017 Yamaha Sidewinder R-TX SE
March 30, 2017
In the final edition of Test Ride for the season, Mark Lester zooms over the frozen lake on ...
2017 Revolutionary Advanced Design Award
March 29, 2017
AJ presents the winner of the 2017 Revolutionary Advanced Design Award to the technology that ...
2017 Real World Sled of the Year
March 28, 2017
Our pick for 2017's Real World Sled of the Year in a final showdown between Yamaha, Arctic ...
Top Gear View All
Ask Motorhead View All
March 30, 2017
SNOWMOBILE EXHAUST MODS
It is disturbing that you promote illegal exhaust modifications. The Ontario Motorized Snow Act makes it illegal to modify the exhaust ...
Press Releases View All
August 10, 2017
Timbersled Partners with AMA for EnduroCross
2017 partnership cross promotes snow bikes to EnduroCross racers and fans.
Tourism View All
February 3, 2017
CAMP CONEWANGO RE-OPENS
Conewango in Redbridge, Ontario Canada is back and under new ownership.