Bluetooth giant Sena has moved into motorcycle helmets with integrated intercom systems over the past couple of years, adding full-face helmets, a half-helmet and now the open-face Savage.
Last year I reviewed the Sena Momentum full-face helmet and I was so impressed it has now become my go-to helmet. Read my review here.
But I remain a little sceptical about the quality of sound and noise-damping of the brow-mounted microphone in their Savage open-face and Calvary half-helmets.
I’m hoping to test the Sena Savage soon.
Meanwhile, check out this promotional video which seems to indicate the sound quality defeats wind noise.
The Savage is now available in Australia in matte black in medium, large and XL sizes at $A499.95.
You can also buy optional long and short peaks and we imagine the three press studs would also fit many visors suitable for other open-face helmets.
It is the first open-face helmet with Bluetooth 4.1, connecting with three other riders up to 1.6km.
Controls are simplistic, but the jog dial and single button should work as well as other Sena products we have tested.
Sena says it comes with “HD quality speakers” built into the ear cavities.
The microphone is located in the upper rim of the helmet and features their Advanced Noise Control to reduce wind noise.
Like other Sena units, it is an intercom and has integrated 10-station FM radio which can be accessed hands-free with voice controls.
Bluetooth connection to your phone also allows access to make and receive phone calls, use Siri, listen to music and hear GPS directions.
Talk time is 11 hours and the lithium polymer battery charges in three hours.
The composite fibreglass shell helmet weighs just 1100g and features removable and washable padding, with a nylon double-D-ring fastener.