Jarow Convertible Motorcycle Helmet
NOTE: This helmet is no longer being manufactured.
This review was
originally posted as the Jarow Convertible, which was distributed by ProtecQ.
We had received many complaints about ProtecQ's service regarding this
ProtecQ is apparently no longer importing this helmet.
motorcycle supply is now the importer and distributor for Caberg
in the U.S.A.
The helmets will be sold through authorized dealers.
The Jarow name is no longer being used.
Jarow helmets are
relatively new to the U.S. market, and the Mono Convertible is the
Jarow (formerly known as Arrow) helmet that introduced American motorcyclists to the
(Note: The Jarow and Arrow names are no longer being
The helmets are sold worldwide under the original Caberg
You may recognize the
Convertible as Jarow's "three helmets in one" model from
their recent motorcycle magazine print advertisements.
I'd say it's more like
two helmets in one, because I'm not sure I'd characterize a flip-up
helmet as a full-face, but hey -- what do I know about
"three helmets in one" tagline refers to the Convertible's
ability to function as a full-face, a flip-up or an open-face
A conversion kit is provided with each Mono Convertible
which allows the owner to remove the flip-up visor
assembly and plug in a black edging that converts the helmet
to an open-face version.
The conversion is a bit more
complicated than "snap on/snap off".
assembly must be removed by unscrewing a pair of fasteners (one on each
side), using either a screwdriver or a coin.
The ability to
convert from one type of helmet format to another is unique, and could be useful for an owner who
needs both styles of helmet.
I'm not a big fan of
open-face helmets, but perhaps someone who owns both a
touring bike and a sportbike would like to have the
flexibility to switch when the mood strikes.
The Mono Convertible shown in these photos is a test mule of a
soon-to-be-released model featuring some new graphics, and it wasn't
supplied with a conversion kit.
But the Convertible functions rather well as
a flip-up, and it has a reasonable price of $225.00.
The graphics are a nice touch,
and serve to add a bit of zest to the overall design.
the Convertible's unique ability to morph into an open-face helmet,
it's a basic, well-constructed flip-up design that's
comfortable and provides decent air flow.
The single button on
the chin bar makes it easy to swing the visor up, and the face shield
has the same strong detents we found on the
Caberg Justissimo that will help
prevent it from blowing open at high speed.
The Convertible has a slightly roomier
fit from front to back than its cousin, the
Caberg Justissimo, but there still
isn't a heck of a lot of chin room.
the internal dimensions of the Convertible and the Caberg Justissimo are almost
identical, the shape of the flip-up assembly and the
internal chin bar padding in the Convertible seem to provide a bit more
The Convertible either has longer sides than the Caberg
or its design allows it to sit lower on my head, but it seems to offer
a more enclosed feeling than the Caberg Justissimo and with a bit more
protection for my chin.
Jarow uses two shell sizes for their
helmets: a small shell size for the XS and S sizes, and a large shell
size for the M through XXL sizes.
Other manufacturers try to
save a few bucks by using one shell size for all helmets, which can
make the smaller sizes look (and feel) way too big and the larger
sizes to have thinner padding.
The Convertible weighs in at 1717
grams, or 3 lb., 12-5/8 oz. (size L), which is about average for helmets in
The weight is well balanced and doesn't affect its
The size large Convertible feels
comfortable for my round head shape, and I don't notice any abnormal
pressure points on my temples or forehead, which is a definite plus.
The Convertible also has removable cheek pads which are designed to
provide some room for the installation of speakers for a motorcycle
communication system, which should please owners of touring bikes.
isn't as quiet as the Caberg Justissimo.
removable flip-up visor is probably the cause of some design
constraints that prohibit the tighter tolerances of
the quieter Caberg Justissimo.
I always wear earplugs when riding (see the wBW
Hearing Protection page), and it's also important to note that certain windscreens
or fairings can increase turbulence and apparent helmet noise, so your
experience may differ from mine.
Convertible receives a decent amount of air flow via two inlets on top
of the helmet.
There are two sliding covers over the inlets;
open the covers and the air enters through a pair of holes to provide a bit of a breeze across the top of the
The open vents protrude into the air stream though, and
are the cause of some higher frequency wind noise which is noticeably
absent when the vents are shut.
The helmet also has four slots on the
chin bar, two of which can be closed via a sliding switch on the
The sliding switch on the pre-production model shown here
had a weak detent, which tended to cause it to close
But the two outside air inlet slots are always
The air flowing in through the chin is directed up
across the back of the face shield and also around the sides of the
The lower fit of the Convertible and
its standard under-chin fabric wind block help do help to seal out some of
the low frequency "booming" noise that can be caused by
fairing turbulence buffeting around the neck area on many helmets.
Jarow also offers tinted and iridium plated
replacement visors for the Convertible, and a replacement clear visor
that's been treated with an anti-fog coating.
The Mono Convertible is DOT and ECE
It has a "quick release" buckle and a
relatively long length of extra strapping which can be secured by a
small metal snap.
Jarow has incorporated a nice feature in all
of their quick release buckles -- a security "D" ring which
can be used to secure the helmet against theft.
We're not aware
of any other quick release buckles that also include a security ring.
Jarow has added some very unique features to their helmets, and
they've upped the ante in the flip-up helmet market.
The Jarow Mono Convertible is a well-made helmet that has the unique
ability to be fairly easily converted to an open-face version when
If you need this functionality, the helmet's price is
relatively low, because you'd be getting two helmets for the price of
If you're interested in the flip-up functionality only, you may want
to spend the extra money and go for the
Caberg Justissimo, which includes
an internal rotating sun shield and is one of the quieter flip-up or
modular helmets available.
Mono Convertible Helmet
From: The Mono Convertible is no longer being
Also see the
Retail Price: $225.00
Cobalt Blue; Metallic Black, Blue and Silver; Red; White.
Graphics shown here available in September '03.
||Made In: Italy
Comments: Close cousin to the
(formerly known as the Caberg Justissimo; can be
converted to an open-face with included kit.
Slightly larger internal fit due to shape of
Top vents a bit noisy when
Mirrored visor shown in these photos is
important comments on the Caberg
wBW Visitor "R.S." writes:
"I have had my Mono Convertible helmet since I bought it in
Daytona in 2003.
I've put over 15,000 on my helmet and
found it very comfortable. BUT there is a problem with the
company's customer service - THERE IS NO CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Shortly after purchasing my
helmet, my husband decided to get one also.
After several calls to their office in NC
and receiving the story that the company in Italy was behind due
to all the orders from Daytona, he finally gave up and cancelled
Nine months later, while on a
road trip, I cracked my face shield.
As soon as I got
back, on August 23, I accessed their web site and ordered a new
A day later I ordered some riding gloves from
a different company.
When I got the gloves in but still
had no word on the face shield, I sent an email to customer
I got no response.
Two weeks after placing
the order, I called and was told the shipment would come the
I called a week later and was told that the
U.S. company reps had gone to meet with the Italian company
reps. and they would bring some Jarow products back with them.
Today, I was told the U.S. company reps "HAD MISSED THEIR PLANE"
but they would arrive on Tuesday.
When I asked if they
would have any face shields with them, she said she didn't think
I am ready to turn my Jarow
helmet into a hanging basket and go shopping for a comfortable
helmet from a company that has a reputation for good customer service."