First Look: The Zeus ZS-3000
The Zeus ZS-3000: First Flip-up Helmet to Meet Snell 2005 Safety
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
(Below) | wBW
UPDATE: Here's the wBW
review of the ZS-3000!
Zeus is back! And they're nearly ready to start
distributing helmets in the U.S.A. again very soon.
Long-time webBikeWorld readers will recall that the original
Zeus ZS-508 flip-up (review) was
one of our favorite flip-up helmets back about 8 years ago.
Many webBikeWorlders also sent us their feedback and comments on the ZS-508, so we
even set up a
Zeus Owner's Report page at that time.
Zeus left the North American market a few years ago for reasons that are
interest in the Zeus ZS-2100B "Enduro" styled helmet
(review) got the ball rolling again,
and Zeus is currently in the process of establishing a new North American
Zeus ZS-3000 Meets Snell 2005 Safety Standard!
That's great news, but here's something even better: Zeus has announced that the
Zeus ZS-3000 flip-up helmet will be sold in the U.S.A., and it meets the Snell
2005 safety standard!
This will be the first flip-up motorcycle helmet to meet the
Snell standard that is sold in the U.S.A. Zeus showed us copies of the
official Certification from the Snell Memorial Foundation, Inc. that certifies
the ZS-3000 and the ZS-3000 in its "Jet" configuration, both in the 55 cm shell
size! (As a side note, it's interesting that Snell certificate is indeed a
"Certification", and is listed as such in print on the certificate issued by
That's right! The Zeus ZS-3000 also converts from a flip-up
to a "Jet" styled helmet, and it meets Snell 2005 in both the flip-up
and Jet form!
Currently, only the 55 cm (small) shell size meets the Snell 2005 standard, which
covers the XS to M size range of the helmets. Zeus is currently working on
testing for the Snell 2010 certification
as this is being written, and they expect the full range of ZS-3000 helmets to
meet the Snell 2010 standards (Note: The Snell 2010 standard will be announced to the
public in its final form on July 15, 2009).
Now here's a little secret: The Zeus ZS-3000 is not the first flip-up motorcycle helmet to meet the
Snell standard! Believe it or not, the original
(review) actually passed the Snell testing regime, conducted at a
Snell-approved testing laboratory, on
July 3, 2003, but the helmet was never sold in the U.S. unfortunately, because
the distribution issues could not be worked out.
I know for a fact that the ROOF Boxer passed the Snell testing regime because
we have a copy of the lab results!
But, that's neither here nor there at this point -- the good news is that
Zeus has done it!
By the way, there was no reason we know of why a flip-up
helmet couldn't meet Snell standards; just that for some reason, the helmet
manufacturers apparently either didn't want to bother, weren't interested or
couldn't do it.
The webBikeWorld.com Zeus ZS-3000 Review
We'll have a full detailed webBikeWorld review on the Zeus ZS-3000 soon,
along with more information on that helmet and the other new Zeus helmets for
2009, including the great-looking Zeus ZS-3000A variant; the Zeus ZS-806
full-face helmet; the Zeus ZS-608 "Jet" styled helmet and the Zeus ZS-210C
"Retro" helmet, Jet-styled and in some pretty wild colors, including the
"Bumblebee" graphic shown below.
Until then, all of these new Zeus helmets for 2009 are on display in the
webBikeWorld.com slide show below!
Following is the only other information we have,
edited from email correspondence with Zeus. We
can't vouch for 100% accuracy at this point because the
situation is fluid and things may change between now and
when we receive the helmets, so be sure to check back
for the latest news.
The Zeus ZS-3000 flip-up (L) and converted to the "Jet"
Zeus ZS-3000, ZS-3000A and ZS-3000B
The ZS-3000 series uses an ABS helmet shell. It is a flip up and modular helmet which
has received very positive feedback in the European market.
It can be switched easily from a flip-up to a Jet-styled helmet version.
Zeus said that "Further, we
are also the first who have passed the Snell 2005
standard in the small shell size
modular product line."
The Zeus ZS-3000A and ZS-3000B helmets are similar to the ZS-3000. They
feature an internal sun visor,
popular in Europe. Both of these versions meet DOT and ECE 22.05 standards
only at this time.
The ZS-3000A and B is known as the "Probiker" in Germany. It was
featured in a comparison test of flip-up helmets in a June 2009 issues of “Motorradfahrer“,
a German motorcycle print magazine.
The Probiker KX4 is the helmet known as the Zeus ZS-3000 in the U.S. My
German is pretty rusty, but the article indicates that the Probiker KX4 received
a "Buy" recommendation and it received the second best impact test recording,
transmitting forces lower than the ECE 22.05 standard in all 6 tests.
The ZS-3000 is said to have a removable and washable liner; a wind deflector
and breath deflector (also removable); and "exchangeable elements for noise
reduction on the ears".
The visor is dark smoke color as standard (not confirmed for the U.S.
market). It is anti-fog and anti-scratch coated and it features 7
positions for opening. It can be removed or replaced without tools and can
be raised and lowered with a tab on the front.
The liner is also said to be "suitable for eyeglass wearers". The
flip-up rotating visor operates via a centrally-located release button under the
chin bar, and the visor "has solid locking in the top position". The clear
face shield is said to offer a wide field of view and the helmet is also said to
have good ventilation.
The Motorradfahrer magazine review concluded that "The Probiker runs
best scores in terms of facilities, comfort and ease and it is also
one of the lightest helmets in the comparison. During the impact
test the helmet shows results sometimes significantly below the ECE limits
on all the six checkpoints. At the chin part it provides the second
best of all identified HIC values in this test."
Zeus ZS-3000A Flip-up Helmet in Open Position
Zeus ZS-3000A, Right Side
Zeus ZS-806 Full-Face Helmet
Zeus ZS-608 "Jet" styled helmet
Zeus ZS-210C "Bumblebee"
Zeus ZS-608, Zeus XS-806 and Zeus ZS-210C Helmets
The Zeus ZS-608 and ZS-608A are said to have a "fiber" shell. The main
difference between the ZS-608 and the
ZS-608A is that ZS-608A features an internal sun visor. Both versions meet
DOT and ECE 22.05 safety standards.
Said to have an
ABS shell with "fashion design" and featuring stylized stitching on the outside
and in the liner, face shield and shell. It meets DOT and ECE 22.05 safety
UPDATE: Here's the wBW
review of the ZS-3000!
Publication Date: May 2009
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From "B.C." (5/09): "Glad to see graphics on a flip face
helmet. Really nice looking setup. Can't wait for the full review