Draxtar P-104 Motorcycle Helmet
Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
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Our email also indicates that motorcyclists are keenly
interested in information about unique or unusual motorcycle helmets.
Manufacturers should take note -- build
a unique-looking helmet and the customers will be there.
My guess is that it has something to do with the image
of motorcycling and the desire to stand out from the
Well, it doesn't get much different than
this: the Draxtar P-104 "Military Pilot" motorcycle
You guessed it -- this helmet was
originally designed for the Chinese military and has
been converted and approved for motorcycle use in Europe
ECE 22-05 seal. It also meets the very
tough German TÜV Rheinland standards for motorcycle
As soon as I saw the photos of the
P-104, I had to have one. Maybe something like
this will become as popular as the silly-looking (and
useless) "brain buckets" that many cruiser riders wear?
Surely it has to offer better protection, while looking
The outer shell of the Draxtar is made
from Fiberglass, and it feels very solid. I'm not
sure how different the shell is when compared to a
"normal" motorcycle helmet, but something about it makes
it feel tough. The P-104 comes in Silver, Matte
Black and Army Green, and I just had to get the green
The inner shell is patterned as closely
as possible on the Chinese military version, but is made
from EPS (like many "normal" motorcycle helmets) and is
structured to meet the applicable motorcycle safety
The helmet comes with two visors: a
clear pull-down visor and a dark tinted visor.
visor is very easy to change -- there are two push
buttons on the external part of the shell, just above
the visor. Push down on the buttons and pull out
the visor; push down on the buttons again to insert the
The visor slides up into the helmet,
between the liner and the shell, and it's infinitely
adjustable, which is a nice feature. It has enough
friction in the mechanism to maintain its position.
I have to keep it pushed up just a notch to keep it off
my nose, and it stays in place with no problems.
The liner looks much like I'd expect
from a military pilot or tank helmet. The size XL
has a slightly different type of fit, with a snug band around my temples
and plenty of room around my ears. Our opinion is
that it will fit neutral or long oval shaped heads best
Motorcycle Helmet FAQ page for more information).
This one will probably fit either a L or smaller XL
One of the nice features of the P-104 is
the design of the internal ear cups. They are
attached with three metal snaps and they can be easily
removed. The cups fit into the protrusions seen on
each side of the helmet. Surely, there's got to be
a set of speakers that will fit this helmet, probably
available in a military surplus store somewhere. I
think it would be very easy to fit this helmet with
speakers and a microphone, although I haven't yet tried
The P-104 is actually pretty
comfortable. It takes some very slight fiddling to
get my ears into the ear cups when I put on the helmet,
and the helmet feels nice and is well balanced.
Although we're not big fans of "quick release" chin
strap systems, this one works well and is perfectly
suited to the helmet's design.
It's one of those new-fangled ratchet
release mechanisms, where a plastic or nylon strap with
teeth slides into a ratcheting mechanism. A lever
is ratcheted back and forth to tighten up the strap.
The strap has a piece of fabric coming from each side
that meets in the middle and acts as a cushion, and a
small piece of "hook and loop" fastener keeps the fabric
The Draxtar P-104 weighs 1341 grams, or
2 lbs., 15-1/4 oz. Although it's somewhat like
comparing apples to oranges, this is a very light helmet
when compared to most full-face lids. See the
Motorcycle Helmet FAQ page for more information on
fitting motorcycle helmets and for a chart that compares
the weights of every helmet we've reviewed.
On the road, the Draxtar is surprisingly
quiet. It's certainly not as quiet as some of the
better full-face helmets, but many full-face helmets
have unique noise problems, typically heard as a low
frequency, "booming" noise generated by buffeting around
the neck area.
The Draxtar has a bit of whistling
noise, but the ear cups work rather well to isolate the
noise, and the low frequency noises caused by buffeting
are not apparent, due to the open face design.
Venting really isn't an issue because of the open face
design of the helmet.
The Draxtar P-104 is manufactured by
Pittgens Motorsport in Germany. The quality is
first-rate, everything seems very well made, and I have
no problem believing that this helmet meets military
specifications. And the price is reasonable at
£149.00, or roughly $260.00 at current exchange rates.
UPDATE: From "O.S."
(June 2008): "Pittgens Motorsport have
resumed production of the P-104 (detailed information is
www.pittgens.de). It is available at 99 EUR in
matt black. I am not sure if it is identical to
the previous P-104 (since the price is much lower) but
it looks like it is. Thanks for your useful site."
This is definitely a helmet that will stand out from the
crowd. Our unscientific opinion is that it surely
must provide more protection than the non-DOT FMVSS 218
"brain bucket" novelty "helmets", and it definitely
looks better. The Draxtar P-104 is not a novelty
helmet -- it is a very well made, ECE 22-05 and TÜV
Rheinland approved motorcycle helmet that looks great on
cruisers or adventure touring bikes.
Review: Draxtar P-104 Motorcycle Helmet
From: Pittgens Motorsport
Retail Price: £149.00 (approx. $260.00)
|Colors: Matte Green, Matte
||Made In: Germany
|Review Date: July
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