Vemar VTXE Helmet
Vemar VTXE Helmet Review
by Bill C. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Summary: The VTXE fits just under the VSREV in the Vemar lineup,
and in many ways it's the helmet of choice; it offers excellent noise
control under most conditions, very good quality and a high degree of
comfort for round and neutral head shapes. It also has good visibility
and a new visor design that is very easy to use.
The Vemar VTXE is currently the only other full-face
helmet in the Vemar U.S.A. lineup, and it's quite
different from the
Vemar VSREV we reviewed just 3 weeks ago -- and, of
course, from the new-for-2008
Vemar Jiano flip-up
we reviewed only a couple of weeks prior to that.
It's very difficult -- and unfair -- to call the VTXE
Vemar's "low end" helmet, because it has all of the
top-drawer features expected from a modern high-quality
helmet. The real differences are in the way the
VTXE fits; where the VSREV has a new type of "round
oval" internal shape that may or may not fit many
motorcyclists, the VTXE has a "classic" round internal
shape that's just a touch towards neutral, which feels
very similar to the internal shape of the
However, the VTXE feels much more comfortable than
the RF-1000 -- when I first slipped the VTXE out of its
box and on to my head, I was in heaven! Vemar uses
a special type of memory foam in the VTXE, and it feels
soft and cushy and comfy.
But I'm getting ahead of myself here in my enthusiasm,
and there are one or two minor quibbles I have with the
VTXE, so let's get started...
Paint, Graphics and Overall Quality
The VTXE is available in several different color
it's surprising to me that the Italians don't show a bit
more flair in their choice of graphics on these helmets.
Nevertheless, the white/gray/black graphics shown here are
look good and are perfectly applied.
It may be hard to tell from the photos,
but the "black" sections are actually colored a very
dark metalflake charcoal, which gives the helmet a nice
depth in certain lighting. Vemar has applied a
thick UV-protective clearcoat over the surface, and the finish feels rugged and it
should help protect against the occasional chip and
The white and dark graphics have a
safety component, because the scheme improves the
helmet's visibility, based on my
observations from riding with others who were also
evaluating the helmet.
The VTXE is also available in gloss
silver and black, along with matte black (who buys matte
black helmets?) and a few other graphics patterns with
various color combinations.
The quality of the rest of the helmet is
excellent; the liner especially is very comfortable and
seems much "deeper" than the liner in the VSREV.
I'll get into this in more detail in a minute, along
with a description of the new and interesting type of
venting system and the very easy to use (and remove)
The only fitments that are slightly
below par might be the metalflake gray plastic spoiler and
maybe the vent surrounds -- they don't quite fit with
Lexus-like quality, with a slight gap here and there
between the assembly and the helmet shell, but this is a
very minor quibble.
Score: I'll give the Vemar VTXE an "Outstanding" rating
for the overall finish, paint and graphics, along with the quality of
the lining and a definite plus for the visor removal system. The fittings
get an "Excellent".
See the ratings scale
in the summary table at the bottom of this page for more information.
Helmet Shape, Fit and Sizing
The VTXE has what I'd call a "classic" round fit, shaded just a touch
towards neutral. It is a shape that is very similar to the
Shoei RF-1000 (review),
in my opinion, which means that the VTXE should fit comfortably for a large
percentage of riders.
I find the VTXE to be a very comfortable
helmet. The plush liner feels even more
comfortable to me than the
II (review), a benchmark for comfort. Vemar
uses a new type of memory foam in the liner, and the
padding, which Vemar claims is a proprietary design,
feels thicker and more plush than the VSREV.
Vemar also offers replacement helmet
liners and cheek pads in different sizes for a
custom-tailored fit if necessary, along with an array of
tinted and clear visors, and they even have visor system
parts available if needed.
As always, be sure to read our
Motorcycle Helmet FAQ for more information on choosing and fitting a
motorcycle helmet, which is crucial for both comfort and
The VTXE is made in three shell sizes,
which is unusual -- and expensive. This allows
Vemar to offer the VTXE in an expanded size range, all
the way from XXS to XXXL, also unusual, unexpected and
very beneficial.. They're apparently hoping that
the VTXE will be a popular selling helmet, and I think
they're on to something here.
The size XL shown here fits as expected,
so we assume that the rest of the size range will also
fit correctly. This one should fit correctly on a
60.5 - 62.0 cm round to neutral shaped head.
Oh, and by the way -- the VTXE has
decent sized ear pockets with a hard backing that's
covered by liner material, so thin helmet speakers
should fit with no problems. Also, I can fit
sunglasses with thin wire rim frames into the helmet and
over my ears when I'm wearing the helmet.
Score: I'll give the Vemar VTXE an
"Outstanding" rating for the internal shape and fit and
the plush and comfortable liner.
The VTXE has an interesting venting system that, while perhaps not providing
class-leading ventilation, does work well and is easy to use.
Both vents work on a type of rocker
switch system and they're hinged in the middle.
They have a nearly a flush fit to the helmet's surface, which helps reduce
Push on the back side of the top vent
and the front flips open; push on the front part of the
vent and it closes. There are indents that provide
feel through gloves, and once you know where to push,
the system works well.
The top vent doesn't have a huge
opening, but it does open towards the front and it seems to flow air on to the rider's
head that, while not felt directly, flows in through
relatively large passages molded into the EPS foam core
and through some of the mesh lining material on either
Push the chin vent in on the lower
section and it pops open; push on the upper section to
close. The chin vent opens perpendicular to the
air flow, which means that it doesn't offer a direct passageway for air. Most of the air that comes in
through the chin vent flows up in back of the
one-piece molded chin bar padding and flows up on to the
visor, where it can be felt on the rider's face and
There are two features that look like
vent passages molded in to the
one-piece chin bar padding, and although they seem like they're
supposed to be direct channels for air flowing in
through the chin vent, they're not open holes. So either Vemar didn't do a very good job of
cutting the holes after the piece was molded, or they're
not really supposed to be vents, I'm not sure which.
We had a similar problem
with the VSREV, but we were able to clear the chin bar
padding vent holes with an X-Acto knife on that helmet.
I'm hesitant about pulling the chin bar padding out of
the VTXE, because I'm not sure if it's permanently
installed or if I could get it back in place after I'm
In any case, the helmet does provide a
good amount of air flowing up on to the rider's face,
but there's one other factor -- the VTXE comes with a
large chin curtain underneath the chin bar, which helps
keep the uncontrolled air from blowing upwards into the
helmet, and also keeps noise levels low.
While chin curtains like this are
welcome because they do limit the amount of air that
comes in from under the helmet and they help control
noise, many riders don't realize that air flowing in
from under the helmet is usually the #1 source of helmet
Most helmet venting systems are pretty weak,
but large volumes of air can blow in from underneath,
and since it isn't easy to tell where the air is coming
from, many riders assume the helmet's venting system is
doing its job, when in reality, the air isn't coming in
through the vents at all.
A chin curtain can control this, but
the chin curtain on the VTXE is large enough and does
such a good job that the rider's chin and mouth can get
a little hot in slow speed riding in hot weather.
The thick and cushy liner also conspires with the
relatively large chin curtain to create a still pocket
around the rider's mouth.
To the rescue comes the VTXE's visor,
which works well and can be opened just a notch to
provide ventilation at slow speeds, just what the Doctor
Score: I'll give the VTXE an
"Excellent" rating for venting and air flow,
which I think overall is better than average for
this class of helmet.
As I mentioned above, and similar to the VSREV, Vemar is offering a variety of
cheek pad and liner sizes to custom-tailor the fit of
I'll repeat what we said about fitting
cheek pads in the VSREV review: Remember that purchasing replacement
cheek pad sizes is counterintuitive; that is, the cheek
pads are usually labeled "S, M, L, XL". If you
want a tighter fit, you'd think that larger would be
thicker, but it isn't always so. You have to look
at this from a perspective of what size you want to
change the helmet to.
The first thing to do is to confirm the
size of the cheek pads that are installed in the helmet
(the labels are usually on the back of the cheek pad, so
you'll have to remove them first).
If your helmet has a size L cheek pad
and you want to make the helmet fit tighter, you'd go to
a size M cheek pad, not a size XL, which in effect
brings the helmet fit around the cheek pads down a size
to what you'd expect in a medium.
Conversely, if a size large helmet has L
cheek pads that feel too tight, then moving up to size
XL cheek pads should loosen things up a bit, because, in
effect, you're now making the helmet fit like a size XL
with the thinner cheek pads.
Note that Arai cheek pads are usually
sold by their thickness in millimeters.
I've already extolled the virtues of the
liner in the VTXE with words like plush, comfy, thick
and the like. Very few helmets fit me correctly, but the
slipping on the VTXE was a revelation -- a near-perfect
The liner material feels soft; I'm not
sure if it's the same used in the VSREV, but it has a
like a soft micro-fleece. Vemar says the material
is washable and "manufactured from a technical fiber
that provides life-long treatment against odor, fungus
and bacteria" and that it has "extraordinary wicking
capabilities that result in enhanced rider comfort" and
I'd agree. I've been wearing the VTXE in 90+
degree weather, and although no full-face helmet feels
cool in these conditions, the liner does seem to keep my
head relatively dry.
The rear of the liner is similar to that
used on the Jiano and VSREV, but it seems more connected
to the rest of the liner than it does in those
helmets, and we haven't experienced the problem of air
flowing in between the liner separation. Perhaps
the liner in the VTXE is thicker, which prevents that
Score: I'll give the VTXE an "Outstanding" for comfort, padding and its moisture wicking
Here's where it gets interesting -- in some
situations, I've found that the VTXE is one of, if
not the quietest helmet I've ever tried. But
in other situations, it can be transmit quite a lot
On an unfaired motorcycle, the helmet is
very quiet. When the vents are open, they allow
air to flow in with almost no extra noise -- I have to
really concentrate when I flip the vents open and closed
to discern a difference in noise levels.
There is a slight wind rush noise around
the helmet, and, like most helmets, if the bottom of the
liner was just a bit thicker, or if my neck fit into it
just a bit tighter, this noise would be diminished even
more. I can tell this by placing my hand up around
the bottom of the liner.
But overall, on a motorcycle without a
windscreen or fairing, I'd say the VTXE is a very quiet
-- relatively speaking -- helmet that has excellent
Riding behind a short windscreen, the
VTXE can be affected by turbulence hitting the middle to
lower sections of the helmet. Under certain
conditions, the turbulence can induce a low-frequency
vibration on the visor and around the opening underneath
the helmet, and this can seem louder than normal.
I was able to repeat this on three different
However, this is an extreme condition --
on the same bikes, if I moved my head upright just
slightly, and if my shoulders are hunched up, the helmet
is almost eerily quiet -- I'd say that in this
situation, the VTXE rivals or is better
than the quietest helmet we've ever tried, the
So it's interesting that the VTXE has
such a wide range of ability to control noise, but
overall, in most conditions, this is a very quiet helmet
in my opinion. I'd have to say that it has
probably the best combination of air flow and noise
control, which are normally mutually exclusive, than any
other helmet I've tried.
Be sure to visit to the
Motorcycle Helmet Noise page for more information. Also, note that we always wear high-quality, correctly
fitted ear plugs when riding. Please see the
Earplugs and Hearing
Protection page for more information on choosing and wearing earplugs.
If you don't wear ear plugs, all bets are off -- every motorcycle helmet is
dangerously noisy, in our opinion, and your hearing is as precious as your
eyesight, so don't mess with it. Wear ear plugs. Also, note that
small changes in clothing, jacket collars, motorcycle
types and, of course, windscreens and fairings can make
huge differences in the amount of perceived noise.
Score: The Vemar VTXE gets an "Outstanding"
rating for excellent noise control combined with good air flow.
Here's another interesting Vemar innovation -- the
visor on the VTXE has a very light touch; that is, it
takes very little effort to open or close, yet the
detents on the side are strong enough to keep it open at
the desired position.
The visor does not have a locking
feature, and I haven't noticed any tendency for the
visor to open unexpectedly when turning my head at
speed, so I'll have to assume that this won't be a
problem with the light touch system.
The visor has 6 full detents, and it can
be opened about 15 mm to allow venting at slow speeds.
The light touch system has a side benefit -- it means
that the visor doesn't twist when it's opened or closed,
as many visors can when they have a stiff ratcheting
So the visor on the VTXE is a pleasure
to use and it's easy and simple to operate. It
feels slightly strange at first because it's so easy to
open, but I quickly adapted and other visors now seem
like crude brutes in comparison.
The other very interesting feature is
the new and innovative visor release mechanism Vemar has
designed for the VTXE. It's so easy to use that it
really makes me scratch my head wondering how so many
other helmet manufacturers can get this so wrong.
The visor fits over semi-flush "buttons"
on either side. There's a rod that serves as a
lock underneath; pull down the rod, press the center of
the button and two side "wings" snap open and the visor
pops right off.
To replace the visor, slip it back on,
press the two side wings closed and push the rod up to
lock it in place. Simple, easy, smooth and --
would you believe it -- fun!
Be sure to watch our video (below),
which fully illustrates this very nice system. So
kudos to Vemar for developing an interesting new
mechanism for an age-old problem. I wonder if they
patented the device and will license it to others?
The semi-flush mounting also helps
reduce wind noise in this area, and the visor fits
without gaps to the gasket around the eye port. In
fact, the visor fits very close to the helmet -- closer
I think and with a smaller gap than most any other
helmet in my experience.
Vemar says the visor is 2.2 mm thick; we
measured this one at 2.3 mm.
Visibility out of the VTXE's eye port is
good, with good side-to-side and vertical sight lines.
It's been too hot to evaluate the visor's anti-fog
properties, so that will have to wait.
Score: I'll give the VTXE an
"Outstanding" for the light touch visor ratcheting
system and the unique and easy-to-use visor removal
system. It gets an "Excellent" for the field of view offered by
the eye port.
OK, so here's the chink in the VTXE's armor. For
some reason, all of the Vemar helmets we've reviewed
recently seem to weigh more than their contemporaries,
and the VTXE is no different.
This VTXE in size XL weighs a hefty 1790
grams, putting it at number 86 out of the 95 helmets
we've reviewed to date, when sorted by weight.
Vemar claims that the VTXE shell is made
from a "lightweight yet incredibly strong carbon fiber "aramidic"
[sic] fiberglass blend", but if there's any carbon fiber
in this shell, it seems to be adding, rather than
I knew the VTXE would tip the scales on
the heavy side as soon as I took it out of the box,
because it felt heavy. But when all is said and
done, the helmet fits me so well and the weight is very
evenly placed, so I don't really notice it when riding,
except maybe if I turn my head side to side, when the
mass can be felt.
For comparison, the VTXE at 1790 grams
is similar to
Scorpion EXO-400 at 1785 grams (3 lbs. 15 oz.); the
a flip-front helmet, at 1786 grams (3 lbs. 15 oz.); the
Schuberth S1 at 1789 grams (3 lbs. 15-1/8 oz.) and the
Scorpion EXO-1000 at 1821 grams (4 lbs. 0-1/4 oz.).
Motorcycle Helmet Weights page for charts listing
the helmet weights of the 95 helmets we've reviewed to
Score: The VTXE gets a "Poor"
for its weight but a "Very Good"
The VTXE uses the ratcheting type of "quick release"
system used on the Vemar Jiano. It may need to
undergo an initial adjustment for the owner, and
although the system works well, it's more
complicated, has many more moving parts and is
probably heavier than the classic and simple double
D-ring adjustment system.
The chin strap has a long extra piece
that can be tucked up under a separate metal D-ring.
The padding under the chin strap uses
the same cushy lining material as the rest of the liner,
which makes it feel comfortable. Eyeglasses should
fit when wearing the VTXE.
The VTXE meets DOT safety
standards in the U.S. and it is also labeled with an ECE
22.05 sticker on the back. Our understanding is
that the ECE doesn't like this sticker to be used
outside of member countries, but it's there nonetheless.
The helmet has a 5-year warranty, which is commendable.
The VTXE has a lot going for it -- it's very well made, with a very
comfortable liner. It's relatively quiet and,
under certain conditions, we think it has some of the
best noise control of any helmet we've reviewed.
The venting system works well and
doesn't add to the overall noise levels, and the visor
operates smoothly and easily. The visor removal
system works very well.
The only real issue we have with the
VTXE is its weight, but the shell does feel very stiff
and non-flexible, if that helps.
2008 Motorcycle Helmet of the Year!
| What I Like
|| What I Don't
Graphics and paint quality
Thick feeling clearcoat
Plush and comfortable liner
Helmet fit and internal shape
Visor operation and ease of
Ratcheting chin strap
Review: Vemar VTXE Helmet
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helmet. Review Date: June 2008
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From "L.S." (10/09): "After reading
the wBW review, I ordered a size small in the
black/white that was on sale at MSS. Was too
small, but they didn’t have any mediums, so I found (a)
Hi-Viz (color version)...
The color on this helmet is eye-popping. Anyone
who loves Hi-Viz gear would die for this helmet.
It’s beautiful and no one would miss me.
In terms of size: Going from the size small to the
size medium, it seems to me that the increase in the
size is much greater side-to-side and top to bottom than
it is front to back. So this helmet fits me well
front to back, but fits me too large side-to-side and
top to bottom.
Bottom line is that the small was too small for me,
and the medium was too big. I believe that I have
an oval head shape, and it seems to me that this helmet
would fit a round or round-oval head shape better, which
is why neither size fit me well.
Strap closure mechanism: Normally I’m a fan of the
D-ring, but I love the closure on this helmet.
Soooo easy to use, easy to close, easy to open, and
The liner is feels good and is extremely comfortable.
Eye Port: The Eye Port on the VTXE was
subjectively smaller than that of my HJC CL helmets.
Measuring confirmed my subjective impression: The eye
port on the HJC CL helmets is ½ inch wider and ¼ inch
taller than that of the VTXE helmet.
Brief ride test: I took about an 8 mile test ride,
reaching speeds of 80 mph. You were right, this
helmet is the quietest helmet I’ve ever tried!
Prior to this, the HJC CL helmet was the quietest helmet
I’d ever ridden in. The VTXE beats it.
In fact, the VTXE helmet is the ONLY helmet I’ve ever
tried that, worn by itself, virtually eliminates the
booming low pitched wind noise that comes up from under
the helmet. I always wear my HJC CL helmets with a
Windjammer II applied to the bottom. The VTXE
alone is almost as quiet as the HJC CL with Windjammer
The VTXE with Windjammer II applied is (as you said),
almost eerily quiet on the one hand, quieter than the
HJC CL with Windjammer II in terms of the most
problematic low pitched wind noise that comes up from
underneath the helmet.
But unfortunately, for whatever reason, the medium
pitched noise of the wind rushing past the helmet is
louder. I don’t know if the aerodynamics of the
helmet are not as good or what. Because of that
though, I prefer the HJC CL helmets with Windjammer II
over the VTXE with Windjammer II. So I’ll just
sell the Hi-Viz on one of the forums."
From "A.P." (4/09): "I bought this
helmet based on your review (as I do much of my gear)
and I agree with pretty much your entire review.
But, I have to seriously disagree with your
"Outstanding" conclusion regarding the VTXE's visor
My friend & I both ordered 2 of these helmets (both XL
in size). However, both helmets had issues with
the visor not staying up during riding at speeds of
40mph (he rides a naked bike & I ride a faired bike).
At anything approaching highway speeds the wind would
simply close the visor, & neither one of us could see
any way of tightening the shield (nothing in
My friend was so frustrated he returned it & bought a
RF-1000. I loved the fit of my VTXE but needed a
smaller size for a correct fit, so I exchanged it for a
large size hoping maybe I'd have better luck with the
visor -- but this didn't happen.
When I ride in misty conditions I must hold the visor
open with my left hand otherwise it fogs instantly & I'm
blind as a bat. For this reason alone I would
consider the helmet dangerous. After using three
different VTXE's on 2 different types of bikes, I think
it's safe to say this helmet has a serious design
From "C.C.": "I want to thank you
for writing a great review and more importantly finding
this great product. I have a HUGE noggin with a
truly earth shaped face. Most helmets clamp down
on my jaw like a vice. When I saw you compare the
fit to the Quantum and the sizes ran to XXXL, I ordered
About three days later this little gem appeared on my
doorstep. I usually wear an Arai Quantum XXL as it
fits me the best. The Shoei XXXL RF-1000 is a
distant second and I have tried numerous other helmets
that fit (HJC, Zeus, etc) usually finding some oddity
that makes them uncomfortable. Then along came a
Vemar... wow is all I can say.
I made a small adjustment to the cheek pads by trimming
them down a bit, but I have to do that with all my
helmets. The Vemar fits better than a Quantum, the
visor exchange as you noted is the best I have ever
seen, the visor ratcheting is also the best I have
found, the memory foam was a brilliant addition as it
works better for these type applications in my opinion,
the venting system works and is glove proof (I live in
Hotlanta so venting is a big deal and noticeable).
I even like the new strap system. D-Rings are
proven, but this thing is a much faster on and off.
The weight of the helmet isn't noticeable at all to me
so great balance and the noise at least on my Versys is
a considerable improvement over my Quantum. In the
end this helmet is as good or better than the premium
helmets I have used in the past and at the asking price
I would say the biggest bargain for earth shaped big
headed folks like me.
I will probably order a couple more and stash them in a
cool, dry, dark place just to have spares for years to