It works on a ratchet for those of you who prefer ratchet visors, and it’s quick release so it’s easy to pull off and change/clean. It's not the cheapest but what price style like this? That’s a fab score and from the looks of their 8.5m/s test graphics (below), it just dropped that star for a slight weakness on the sides (if a helmet’s gonna lose points, it’s often on the side impact testing). They’re a bit fiddly to open and close when the helmet’s on – mega fiddly when you’re on the move –  and impossible when the chin curtain’s installed! is that there isn’t an opening tab on the visor. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you - a massive THANKS! All the vents look very similar from the outside – like always-open vents – and have meshes covering them to stop flies and dirt getting in. The composite weighs about 3.1lbs (1.4Kg) which is far from the lightest helmet out there but it just about scrapes onto our lightest helmets pages. So now, you can look like Stig but still be wearing a proper bikers helmet. SHARP 4 star safety rated, light weight, comfortable, great visor system with sun visor - it ticks all the boxes and owners love them. It works on a ratchet for those of you who prefer ratchet visors, and it’s quick release so it’s easy to pull off and change/clean. One thing that’s a bit more style over function (but then, that’s why you’re thinking of buying a Ghost Bandit, right?!?) Good Alternatives to the Simpson Ghost Bandit? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. First up, there’s the fiberglass Icon Airframe. AGV Numo Evo ST: one of the safest modular helmets around? Which also means that while the US Ghost Bandit is both ECE and DOT certified (so it’s legal in Europe as well as the US), the Venom is only ECE. So, you’re after something a bit different? A 2 Minute Guide to ECE 22.05 (Regulation No.22) for Testing... All about the SHARP Crash Helmet Safety Scheme, A Good look at the Shoei RF-1200 Motorcycle Helmet. The Simpson Ghost Bandit is designed with most head shapes in mind – that’s medium oval heads that are slightly longer than they are wide. Many of us want a cool or mean looking helmet but they can be a massive compromise. So, like most helmets, provided you’ve the right head shape for the Ghost Bandit and provided you follow a decent fitting guide, then you should find the Ghost Bandit a really comfortable helmet. If you’re thinking of buying a Simpson Venom (like I am!) They reckon fitting the chin curtain and closing the front vents helps a bit. Like most Icons, there’s some pretty ‘out there’ graphics but it’s a seriously practical helmet too and it’s about the same price as the Simpson. Happy days. OK, the black versions are probably the ones you’re going to go for. Simpson Ghost Bandit: whatever next, a mean and practical streetfighter helmet?! Arai Urban V review: a premium quality, Snell certified open face... Nexx X.G100R Racer review: a retro full face motorcycle helmet with... A 2 Minute Guide to ECE 22.05 (Regulation No.22) for Testing... Caberg Duke II Modular Crash Helmet Review. And it was that composite version that was tested by SHARP – though from past tests, we’d expect the carbon version to score at least as well as the composite helmet. That’s one mean helmet! Those who reckon it’s noisy say it’s probably because of all the vent holes letting air in around the shell as well as from beneath. It’s even got a Pinlock and drop down sun visor for goodness sake! Word is that the Ghost Bandit’s slightly more prone to fogging than most helmets. And if you need to wear glasses while you ride, there’s no specific features in there to accommodate glasses but we’ve heard from a couple of owners who do saying there’s plenty of room inside for glasses. Happy days. Or how about the AGV Sport Modular – it’s not the maddest helmet out there but it’s a SHARP 4 star rated modular designed for lean-forward bikes with optical face shield, sun visor and Pinlock included. One of the best value Snell rated helmets on the market? Which also means that while the US Ghost Bandit is both ECE and DOT certified (so it’s legal in Europe as well as the US), the Venom is only ECE. It’s got that classic Simpson Bandit look but now with decent ventilation, a quality shield system, light weight… all backed up with that excellent SHARP 4 star safety rating (UK/ECE version) that means it’s gonna perform when you need it to. So too is the Shark Spartan – though like the other helmets, there’s a full carbon version that’s a bit more expensive. The Ghost Bandit has a really large shield that offers great peripheral vision and a reasonable amount of vertical vision too. Owners generally say the venom pulls in a good quantity of air to keep your head cool in warm weather… and the same in cold weather! And there’s a bunch of plain matt/gloss blacks to choose from – as well as the plain black carbon fibre Venom. The visor itself is medium tint but gives a decent amount of protection as well as additional UV protection to the main shield (all polycarbonate face shields give 95%+ UV protection, and some quite a bit more). The sun visor on the Venom is operated by a slider on the bottom left hand side of the helmet. Other than that, the visor system on the Venom works well. There’s also a starry black/silver Venom Subdued, as well as a plain gloss white stig-style helmet. Only Simpson doesn’t have the rights to the Bandit name in Europe, so over there it’s called the Venom. Nexx X.G100R Racer review: a retro full face motorcycle helmet with face shield. Inside the Ghost Bandit are some generous speaker pockets so you should be sorted to install a bluetooth system. Keine Variante ausgewählt. Which also means that while the Ghost Bandit is both DOT and ECE certified (so it’s legal in the US as well as the ECE countries including UK, Australia and Europe), the Venom is only ECE. It's not the cheapest but what price style and heritage like this? other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets. See links below. For (hopefully!) Remember, the Venom’s available in shells made from either carbon fibre (the expensive and slightly lighter version) or a Tricomposite of carbon, aramid and fibreglass that Simpson calls Maxx-3C. If you’re thinking about ordering one, then the fitment sizes are mostly about right with just one or two people saying they needed a size smaller because Ghost Bandits are a bit on the large side. So what is the Venom all about? What we say is… if you love the look and you’ve got the cash, there’s really no reason not to buy one. All the other vents and exhausts (four of each) are always open and matched to a pretty comprehensive network of venting channels inside the helmet. But then lots of people coming from open face or very noisy helmets say it’s really quiet. Some found that a bit fiddly to use. And if you weren’t confused, you are now. But this one has proper bike helmet features like a drop down sun visor and real, effective, venting. We're totally independent, financed only by you clicking on our retailer links and buying something. If you’re thinking about ordering one, then the fitment sizes are mostly about right with just one or two people saying they needed a size smaller because Venoms are a bit on the large side. The composite weighs about 1.4Kg (3.1lbs) which is far from the lightest helmet out there but it just about scrapes onto our lightest helmets pages. Please click any link to drop onto their Simpson helmets pages or see here for info on our recommended stores. One thing that lots of owners say is that it feels a really light helmet – especially the full carbon version. The iconic Simpson Bandit motorcycle helmet is timeless and as original as the individuals that wear it. And given most helmets fog up very easily, if you tend to ride in a season that’s not got an ‘ummer’ in it, or where it’s rainy or humid, you’re gonna want to get a Pinlock to stop the Ghost Bandit fogging. Happy days. Finally, people reckon it’s a well built helmet. The sun visor on the Ghost Bandit is operated by a slider on the bottom left hand side of the helmet. Simpson Ghost Bandit Helmet Review at RevZilla.com - YouTube The Simpson Ghost Bandit is the same helmet as the Venom that’s found outside the USA. The Simpson Venom has a fully removable and washable lining, and although there’s no word on any fancy fabrics or tech being used inside, owners universally say that it’s a really comfortable helmet. Other stuff – fasteners, audio, weight, aero, warranty. And there’s a bunch of plain matt/gloss blacks to choose from – as well as the plain black carbon fiber Ghost Bandit. A look at the Caberg Levo flip-up touring helmet. Go for it... it's a great helmet. Ventilation on the Venom is kinda dictated by the style of the helmet because Simpson has tried to keep the front clutter free. The Simpson Venom comes with a double-d ring fastener – old school but effective and have the benefit that you have to re-tighten them every time you put the helmet on. The Simpson Ghost Bandit has a fully removable and washable lining, and although there’s no word on any fancy fabrics or tech being used inside, owners universally say that it’s a really comfortable helmet. All the vents look very similar from the outside – like always-open vents – and have meshes covering them to stop flies and dirt getting in. The visor itself is medium tint but gives a decent amount of protection as well as additional UV protection to the main visor (all polycarbonate visors give 95%+ UV protection, and some quite a bit more). So too is the Shark Spartan – though like the other helmets, there’s a full carbon version that’s a bit more expensive. If having a quiet helmet’s your thing, you should check out our quietest motorcycle helmets page where you’ll find helmets where most owners say it’s a quiet helmet. Nexx X.G100R Racer review: a retro full face motorcycle helmet with visor. Ventilation on the Ghost Bandit is kinda dictated by the style of the helmet because Simpson has tried to keep the front clutter free. Well how about these beauties..? Word is that it’s a great helmet to live with, as well as a great looking retro helmet. Another thing that owners like is that it’s an aerodynamic helmet with several riders saying they find it cuts through the air well and gives minimal buffeting, even when you’re looking over your shoulder. Or if you're happy to buy from Germany, Motoin are a quality operation with decent Euro prices and great review scores. So, like most helmets, provided you’ve the right head shape for the Venom and provided you follow a decent fitting guide, then you should find the Venom a really comfortable helmet. Folks buy the Simpson Ghost Bandit not just because it looks great - it works great too! In the US there’s a proper ‘out there’ stars and stripes Ghost Bandit Glory helmet, maybe to suit your Captain America style Panhead? you’re probably going to buy it because it looks so damn mean. They reckon fitting the chin curtain and closing the front vents helps a bit. You have entered an incorrect email address! One thing that lots of owners say is that it feels a really light helmet – especially the full carbon version. So, you’re after something a bit different?

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