N21V - Retro Looks with Modern Functionality
The N21V is vintage made mdern with a wide visor offering excellent face coverage, making it the ideal helmet for both city and down and out-of-town riding.
The VPS sunscreen retracts into the shell, giving it a unique compact look. The streamlined shape of the shell is inspired by the timeless "vintage" look, while presenting clean and modern lines and functionality. Different vintage looks are available due to a variety of color combinations for the inner padding, shell edge, and side plate edges. The inner padding has been designed with meticulous attention to detail to offer the light weight expected of a shorty style helmet, together with the close fit and stability of a full-face helmet.
• Sizes S through XL.
Shell is Polycarbonate.
• Scratch Resistant Treatment on both sides of VPS
(Vision Protection Shield) plus UV400
• Nolan Microlock® retention system.
• Fully adjustable Chin Strap is integrated into inner padding with
for a smooth fit.
• Helmet Lock Ring.
• Removable, washable, antibacterial inner padding with
attached neck roll for noise reduction.
• Ncom ready (Multi)
• Approximately 1120 grams.
• DOT approved (in Europe ECE-2205 approved)
LIMITED WARRANTY CERTIFICATE VALID FOR 5 (FIVE) YEARS FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE OR 7 (SEVEN) YEARS FROM THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE Thank you for choosing a Nolan® helmet. BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE UTMOST CARE AND CAUTION ARE YOUR BEST POSSIBLE PROTECTION WHENEVER YOU RIDE A MOTORCYCLE! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL THE CLAUSES AND CONDITIONS OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY CERTIFICATE. By this LIMITED WARRANTY CERTIFICATE, Nolan® and X-Lite® guarantee to the original purchaser of the helmet that the product is free from all material and manufacturing defects at the time of purchase. COVER PROVIDED BY THE WARRANTY This limited warranty certificate offers these warranty periods: a) for defects which might arise on painting or coating of the outer shell, 2 (two) years from the date of purchase or 4 (four) years from the date of manufacture (printed on the label sewn inside the helmet), whichever comes first; b) for all other defects not included in item a), 5 (five) years from the date of purchase or 7 (seven) years from the date of manufacture (printed on the label sewn inside the helmet), whichever comes first. Nolan® shall proceed, through their distribution networks and after verifying the defect, to repair or replace the defective product. Nolan® shall supply all the materials and provide all the labor reasonably necessary to remedy the reported defect, except for cases in which the damage is attributable to one of the reasons listed in the paragraph below, entitled "Exclusions and Limitations of Cover". EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF COVER This warranty covers only material and manufacturing defects. Nolan® cannot be held liable for damages to the product which are either wholly or partially attributable to any other cause, including, but not limited to: a) damage caused by improper use, lack of due care, normal wear and tear of internal and external components; b) scratches, abrasions, detaching of paint or other damage caused to the external painted parts of the helmet by accidental impacts; c) scratches, abrasions, deterioration or other damage caused to the helmet visor by accidental impacts or by incorrect cleaning procedure of the visor; d) damage caused by the application of stickers and/or adhesives; e) any damage caused by an accident; f) any modification or change made to the helmet by the user or by third parties; g) damages caused by any type of painting/lacquering applied un the external shell by the user or third party; h) color changes or damage caused by exposure to harmful chemical products; i) color variations or damages caused by exposure to sunlight and/or heat sources; j) change in the fluorescent colors used in the graphics on some models as a consequence of prolonged and direct exposure to sunlight; k) use of incompatible accessories not sold by Nolan®. Defects covered by this warranty likewise do not include all the specific and subjective situations which may arise during dynamic use of the helmet, such as problems of comfort due to improper sizing, or wind noise while riding. Nolan® cannot in any case be held liable for accidental or consequential damage (including, with no limitation whatsoever, injuries to a person or persons) resulting from the failure to comply with the obligations stipulated in this warranty regarding Nolan® products. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties, incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. VALIDITY OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY This warranty is valid only if all the sections of the attached REGISTRATION FORM are completed in full and the registration is returned to the address indicated on the card within 10 (ten) days from the date of the purchase: 1) number of the homologation label (printed on the label sewn inside the helmet or on the chinstrap) and designation of the model; 2) name of the authorized dealer; 3) date of purchase of the helmet; 4) name address and telephone number of the purchaser. PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED TO MAKE POSSIBLE CLAIMS To proceed with any claim covered by this warranty, the purchaser must notify directly Nolan’s agent in the USA of the alleged defect encountered by him. In agreement with Nolan’s agent, the purchaser may have to return the helmet to which the complaints refer, at the purchasers expense, along with the sales receipt or other proof of purchase (and date of purchase) and a copy of the warranty registration form. BEFORE REFERRING THE MATTER TO THE AGENT, WE ADVISE YOU TO READ CAREFULLY THE USERS MANUAL ATTACHED TO THE HELMET WHICH MUST BE FOLLOWED SCRUPULOUSLY FOR YOUR OWN PROTECTION AND THAT OF THIRD PARTIES. 5 (FIVE) YEARS AFTER THE DATE OF PURCHASE OR 7 (SEVEN) YEARS AFTER THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE(PRINTED ON THE LABEL SEWN INSIDE THE HELMET) THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL LAPSE ENTIRELY. AFTER THAT PERIOD, WE STRONGLY ADVISE YOU TO REPLACE YOUR HELMET FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, IMPROPER USE OF THE PRODUCT, ACCIDENTAL IMPACTS, NORMAL EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL WEAR AND TEAR, INVOLVEMENT IN ACCIDENTS, HOWEVER MINOR, ETC., MAY HAVE SERIOUSLY INFLUENCED THE MECHANICAL OR PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PRODUCT, THEREBY IMPAIRING ITS PROPERTIES. This warranty is valid in the entire territory of the United States and Canada and is the only express warranty given by Nolan® in relation to the sale of their own helmets. Any service provided under the warranty does not have the effect of extending the warranty period itself. If the helmet or any of its components are replaced, a new warranty period does not begin to run on the product or on individual components supplied by way of replacement; the date of purchase or the date of manufacture of the original helmet remains the deciding factor.
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This review comes with the caveat that I have not used any other helmets of a similar style to give a good comparison. I also wanted to get a few more rides in before I reviewed, but midwest United States winters are a bit cold.
Overall, it's a good solid helmet. I was looking for an open face helmet that still had a full face shield, and something with an old school style to go with my 07 Triumph Thruxton. This helmet fit the bill and had the integral sun visor, which is a nice plus. I'm always getting compliments on how good it looks. I suppose that could be just me getting the compliments, but I'm happy to pass some of the love onto the helmet too.
Being an open face helmet, it's not going to be completely silent, and it's not intended to be a long distance helmet. It's lightweight and overall pretty comfortable. My note on comfort is that with the "closed" design of the interior padding, it stays close to my head and my ears tend to get pretty warm.
I don't know if it's an overall design flaw or just my helmet, but the seal at the top of the shield with the shield down all the way isn't great. With the sun visor down, it's not noticeable, as the visor is enough of a baffle to keep air from moving through, but with the sun visor retracted, air moves through at the top. As noted above, this is fine to get some more air moving when my ears are warm, but in the evening or night when the sun visor isn't usable, this is just cold air coming in.
All in all, it's a great helmet for what I use it for, and I'd definitely recommend it.