Vemar was off the grid for a while but, as many other brands in the motorcycle industry, the pheonix rose from its ashes and is back offering more affordable models and a brand new line. We got to test the Zephyr, a $200 range full-face helmet with a drop-down sunshield and adjustable vent system. Good or not? Read on.
Coming out of the box, the Zephyr looks like a higher priced lid and its styling is modern and low-key. The exterior shell is constructed of a lightweight but very strong Advanced Thermo Material (ATM).
The Zephir features a double density high impact inner EPS liner and the fit on my pumpkin didn’t reveal any pressure points. It features a mid-oval shell shape which offers a more generous fit front to back and a more snug fit ear to ear without compressing your cheeks. The liner, cheek pads and chin curtain are easily removed for washing and easy to put back. The liner and cheeks pads are made of a technical fibre that fights bacteria and fungus (ouch!) and offers an average wicking capability.
The helmet is also communications-systems ready with slots on both sides for speakers. The padded chin strap is extra comfortable and the caliper buckle closure system is easy to set-up and use. Two surprising features for such an affordable helmet.
The shield and sunshade show no distortion and the field of view is wider that most helmets. A double-position visor locking system locks the visor when fully closed yet allows the visor to open 3 mm to increase air circulation. Operation of the shield is a bit clunky but the sunshield goes up and down without a noise thanks to a sliding actuator on the lower edge of the left side of the helmet. The actuator mechanism is slick and very well integrated to the helmet and it allows operation of the sun shade easily.
An airflow system with easy-to-operate vents in the front, top and back offered a promise of great venting but ended up being average.
Engineered in Italy and manufactured in China, all sizes are made from two different shell sizes. Both are made of thermoplastic.
Riding with the Zephyr is a charm. The helmet is light, the field of view is wide and clear and the sunshield works great. The inside liner is removable and is washable. The fabric is comfortable and moisture wicking which helps in warm weather. We have better air isolation from the front shield when closed all the way down but it is minimal and tolerable at regular speeds. The matte black finish of the helmet we tried was also a plus.