CMS SUV Helmet
CMS SUV "Apribile"
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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Owner Comments (Below)
The first CMS flip-up
feels solid and has a dual homologation as both a full-face
and "Jet" styled open-face helmet with the visor removed.
been manufacturing helmets in Portugal since 1976 and they're
now one of the very few remaining independent motorcycle helmet
manufacturers with European production. We reviewed the
CMS GP4, the
CMS XR-7 and
the CMS D-Jet
helmets and based on that experience, it's apparent that the
company provides good value for the money and they also seem
to have a knack for making helmets that weigh less than average.
The new CMS SUV is just entering production, having been
introduced at the 2009 EICMA show in Milan in November. The "SUV"
in the name is designed to reference the sport utility or all-around
capabilities of the helmet, while "Apribile" is an
Italian adjective that, loosely translated, means "something
that can be opened" (aprire: to open) in this case,
But I think the SUV reference in the name is also appropriate,
because the CMS SUV helmet was designed to be worn with the
rotating visor in either the closed position or fully removed
when riding. It has passed ECE tests for visor-down homologation
and is going through the final stages for homologation as a "Jet"
styled open-face helmet as this is being written.
The helmet also meets U.S. DOT safety standards and CMS plans
on distributing the helmet worldwide, as they do with all their
The SUV reminds me of the
Miglia flip-up (review), but the SUV has the added attraction
of the dual homologation plus an internal sun visor and the
two helmets weigh nearly the same. So CMS has found a way to
add these features with little or no gain in weight.
CMS SUV Paint, Graphics and Overall Quality
The SUV is available in a basic color palette with color
names of White, Titanium, Silver, Blue Lead, Matte Black and
Metallic Black. CMS has a leather-covered version in the works
also, which should prove interesting. They promised to send
some photos as soon as it's ready.
The White version shown here has a nice finish, with a very
fine metalflake paint in what I'd call egg shell white -- a
cross between white and cream. The camera found it difficult
to capture the exact color; a manual white balance makes the
color look slightly darker and less white in the photos and
video, but I hope you can get the idea.
The paint is nicely applied and feels thick and the clear
coat layer feels like it should help protect against the elements
for some time. CMS also states that the clear coat is UV resistant
and the helmet shell is made from "thermoplastic extra
The helmet does feel solid and I assume that the special
rotating visor mechanism is at least partially responsible for
that. It had to be made to pass the Jet homologation tests,
and this probably adds some rigidity to the overall design.
The helmet also has a nice, tight feel on the head, and the
creaking and groaning noises that are too common on most flip-ups
are mostly absent. The face shield may be an exception to the
overall quality impressions, as it is slightly loose on this
helmet and doesn't quite fit tight against the eye port gasket.
It should be noted, however, that the helmet shown here is
an early production model so hopefully the tolerances will become
tighter as regular production commences, which is very often
The tabs or buttons that work the chin vent, top vent and
the slider for the internal sun visor could probably stand to
be made larger and sturdier; they're made from a relatively
thin plastic that feels hard and the buttons seem a bit fragile.
I would like to see these made from a thicker material or perhaps
nylon or something a little more robust.
Everything else about the helmet seems to be of good quality
and equal at least to many other flip-up helmets that are available.
Score: I'll give the CMS SUV a "Very Good"
rating overall for quality. See the Summary Table at the end
of this page for a description of our rating system.
CMS SUV Helmet Fit, Comfort and Internal
The SUV fits just to the round side of neutral,
which works perfectly for me and I think it should fit the majority
of head shapes. This helmet is a size large and is designed
to fit a 60-61 cm circumference head and I think that is right
on the mark, so we'll have to assume all sizes run true.
My head measures 60.5 cm, which often puts me between a large
(usually 59-60 cm) and extra large (61-62 cm). I usually opt
for the XL, but because the SUV is marked as a large that fits
a 60-61 cm head, I chose that size and it fits very nicely.
The rotating visor closes with a solid "thunk"
and feels tight. I have room behind the chin bar with no interference,
which isn't often the case in flip-up helmets of this size.
The chin bar is wide and feels secure, although it does slightly
inhibit the top-to-bottom visibility out the eye port, which
otherwise appears average from side to side.
The helmet has generous ear pockets that are lined, so the
SUV should work well for speaker installation.
Overall, the helmet is comfortable and I think because of
the internal shape and the sizing, it fits my head size and
shape better than most of the other flip-ups I've tried. The
removable liner has an average amount of padding that is adequate
an the material feels comfortable. The liner is made with DuPont
Coolmax and it's also treated with the
sanitizing anti-microbial protection system.
More information on helmet fit can be found in the chart
that lists the
helmet weights of webBikeWorld reviewed helmets and also
by shape on the webBikeWorld
Motorcycle Helmet Shapes page.
The helmet shell feels proportional and, like other CMS helmets
we've reviewed, the shell does not feel oversized.
I did have some trouble fitting my eyeglasses in the helmet
as I often do, so I had to resort to a cut-down pair that I
use for this purpose (more).
Score: I'll give the CMS SUV an "Excellent"
rating for overall comfort and fit.
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CMS SUV Helmet Face Shield
The clear face shield used on the CMS SUV helmet fits
behind closed side pods. It has three detent positions, with
the first as a larger-than-normal defogging position. However,
I noticed that the face shield can be cracked open slightly
also for defogging, even though there does not appear to be
a detent to hold it.
The face shield has excellent optical qualities and this
one measures 1.98 mm thick. It does not have a VESC-8 stamp
but meets ECE standards.
There is a slight gap between the face shield and the eye
port gasket towards the sides of the face shield, and the gasket
does not completely surround the eye port, so I'm not sure about
how much water might pass through when the rotating visor is
attached. The face shield is inserted into the helmet when the
rotating visor is removed.
The rotating flip-up visor opens with a large single centrally-located
release under the chin bar. CMS calls it the "Advanced
Safety Lock System" and although it seems tight when the
helmet is not being worn, once it's on the head the lift release
has a very solid feel and the visor rotates smoothly through
its arc and the detents feel solid and secure, especially when
the visor is fully raised.
I'll add another plug for the
Defog It (review) anti-fog coating that has given us excellent
Overall, the CMS SUV helmet face shield is about average
in its ease of use, it has good quality optics but it has a
lightly looser-than-average feel. The rotating visor feels secure
and it provides confidence in its protective abilities.
above, the SUV helmet is ECE homologated as both a full-face
and Jet styled helmet and the rotating visor can be removed,
but to do so is a somewhat involved procedure and not something
that can be accomplished during a ride.
We did not attempt to remove it for several reasons; the
weather is simply too cold to consider wearing an open-face
helmet and this example is an early production model, so we
didn't want to damage it.
The visor locking mechanism is partially hidden, making it
difficult to determine how the visor locks function, but the
visor does feel secure when it's closed. By the way, although
it's uncertain whether or not the clear face shield is treated
with an anti-fog coating, it seemed somewhat resistant to fogging
in cold weather and in any case the chin vent directs a strong
stream of air to the inside of the helmet, quickly dissolving
the fogging as long as the rider is moving.
Internal Sun Shade
sun shade opens and closes with a simple slider on the top of
the helmet, located behind the top vent. It's a lightweight
system that puts some of the more complex systems to shame.
It works on friction, which is really all that's needed to operate
a sun shade.
An added bonus is that the shade can be lowered to any position
and it will hold, due to the friction. This is the preferred
method, in our opinion.
The sun shade is removable and it does seem to have less
tint than others I've tried, and the bottom edge is cut in a
rather complex shape to fit around the rider's nose.
As with most of these devices, I'd rather it was cut as straight
across as possible and lowered as far as possible to remain
out of the line of sight. I usually lower the shade only enough
to keep the overhead sun out of my eyes, especially when riding
west in the late afternoon, so a straighter edge works best
- CMS SUV
|Top to Bottom
|Side to Side
The eye port on the CMS SUV helmet provides about average
top-to-bottom and side-to-side outward visibility, with slightly
better than average visibility looking down, probably due to
the smaller breath guard.
Score: I'll give the overall face shield
and operating system an "Excellent".
CMS SUV Helmet Ventilation and Air Flow
The SUV helmet has a basic ventilation system
with the exception of the EPS foam liner, which has deep channels
and openings for the air to flow in from the top vent above
the liner, where it exits out the rear exhaust vent.
The chin vent cover acts as a rocker panel; push it in to
open the vent and pull down on the small spring-loaded tab at
the bottom to close the vent. It works well and provides a better-than-average
amount of air flow up on to the back of the face shield. The
chin bar does not have air passages through the padding directly
to the rider's face.
The system works well although the small closing tab feels
just a touch on the delicate side. The top vent uses a similar
system where the rocker panel cover is pushed down to open the
vent and the spring-loaded tab in back of the vent closes the
rocker. On the top vent however, the tab can be pushed once
to close the vent half-way and then again to close the vent
all the way.
My feeling is that the CMS SUV Apribile has good air flow
through both the front and top vents. The top venting system
with the large channels in the EPS under the liner seems effective
Opinionator - CMS SUV
Score: I'll give the CMS SUV helmet an "Excellent"
rating overall for ventilation.
The CMS SUV Apribile can be used as an open-face helmet when
the rotating visor is removed. Here the visor
but the clean cheek plates are visible, which is how the helmet
would appear with the visor removed.
CMS SUV Helmet - Chin Strap and Visor Release
CMS SUV Sound Levels
sure what to expect with regards to noise levels inside the
SUV helmet, but after riding with it for a few weeks I'd say
it's about average to quieter than average when compared to
other flip-ups of this type.
Flip-up helmets usually transmit more noise than full-face
helmets, but the SUV isn't bad actually and the only problem
area seems to be noise coming from underneath and behind the
ears. We have noticed this problem on several helmets of different
brands and types recently, and it seems that the split in the
lining between the rear edge of the cheek pads and the padding
at the back of the helmet is the culprit.
This is apparently a crucial area for noise reduction and
although the CMS SUV helmet has a decent-sized section of liner
covering the bottom of this junction, some wind rushing noise
is generated there and can be eliminated with a hand placed
over the area.
Otherwise, the noise levels are well within reason and the
slight gap noted between the face shield and the eye port gasket
doesn't seem to affect the noise levels either.
Helmet Noise Level
Estimator - CMS SUV
Note that our helmet evaluations are normally a combined effort
of several riders over time, on different types of motorcycles with and without
Evaluators wear correctly fitted, high quality ear plugs (even when
evaluating motorcycle intercom systems).
Always protect your hearing when riding a motorcycle. See the wBW
Reviews for more information on choosing and wearing earplugs.
Note also that perceived noise levels will vary, depending on the
Noise can be caused by many factors, including helmet fit; the
type of motorcycle and windscreen; wind speed and direction and even the type of
clothing that is being worn. For more information on helmet noise, visit the
Motorcycle Helmet Noise page.
Score: I'll give the CMS SUV helmet a "Very
Good" score for noise control and average noise levels.
Video: The CMS SUV Apribile Helmet
CMS SUV Helmet Weight
CMS SUV helmet in size L weighs a relatively light 1625 grams
(3 lbs., 9-3/8 oz.). This makes it one of the lightest flip-up
helmets we've reviewed, although it is a size L compared to
many of the other flip-ups listed in our
Motorcycle Helmet Weights page that are size XL.
1625 grams is still a very good result and compares to the
Caberg Trip size
XL at 1614 g; the
Vega Summit II size XL at 1615 g; the
ROOF Boxer V in
size L at 1638 g and the
Miglia in size XL at 1666 grams.
The CMS SUV helmet meets DOT safety standards in North America
and ECE 22.05 in Europe as both a full-face and Jet helmet when
the visor is in the raised position.
For comparison purposes, see the
Motorcycle Helmet Weights page or the
Motorcycle Helmet Shapes page for a listing of all of the
helmets we've reviewed along with their weight and internal
Score: I'll give the CMS SUV helmet an "Outstanding"
rating for light weight and good balance.
Helmet Opinionator - CMS SUV Apribile
Limited colors and
Face shield slightly
Vent tabs seem a
Removing the visor
takes some time and effort.
The chin strap
padding used on the CMS SUV helmet is comfortable. The strap
has a micro-adjustable strap closure system rather than D-rings
and although the system is bulkier than D-rings, it does operate
And finally, the K3 carries a one-year warranty from sale
date and a three year warranty from manufacture date.
The CMS SUV Apribile
is a good first flip-up helmet from the company known for light
weight helmets with excellent quality and good value. The helmet
is comfortable, has good ventilation (especially for a flip-up)
and has the dual certification, which should be popular with
touring riders or for riding in slow traffic in the city on
hot days or even for sight-seeing.
CMS Helmets (Portugal)
(2010): 249 €
Sizes: XS to XXL Shell Sizes: 2
|Made In: Portugal
Review Date: February 2010
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