Products 29 Aug 2014

Reviewed: 2015 Troy Lee Designs SE3 helmet

MotoOnline.com.au reviews the 2015 Troy Lee Designs SE3 helmet.

As the premier motorsports helmet in the Troy Lee Designs 2015 line up, the SE3 represents advancements of key, racer-inspired features that make TLD helmets a benchmark with professional level off-road riders.

The SE3 helmet utilizes innovative features, highly developed materials and processes, advanced composites and hardware along with systems and designs exclusive to TLD keep you protected in the most critical moment.

The SE3 features ultra lightweight machined cross-top titanium visor screws for durability and corrosion resistance. The visor features single point adjustability for custom height placement even with gloves on. Corrosion resistant titanium D-rings are also fitted for superior strength and weight reduction.

The helmet also features a removable mouthpiece and top scoop for color customisation or damage replacement. A padded helmet bag is also included with a spare Vortex visor included.

The SE3 features a removable, replaceable and washable comfort liner features moisture wicking Coolmax and Dri-Lex materials for a dryer/cooler fit.

The liner is constructed of three different foam densities that conform to the rider’s head for a custom, tailored feel. Removable cheek pads with additional sizes available to fit a variety of head shapes are also available.

Open cell foam and three-layer mesh optimizes airflow and comfort while a revamped rear neck pad adds support and increases helmet stability for a more secure fit to the riders head.

The aggressive top scoop and mouthpiece are designed to channel more air through the helmet for added comfort with an integrated injection molded brow intake system channeling the air up and over rider’s forehead. A multi-level internal ventilation system is also built into liner for increased airflow.

Four rear exhaust vents expel heat from inside the helmet and stainless steel mesh grills on all ports keep out debris while maintaining maxiumim airflow at all times.

The SE3 features a hand laid pre-preg carbon/composite shell with Kevlar reinforcement in high impact zones. The dual-density EPS liner decreases impact forces to the head and absorbs greater energy levels in more common low threshold impacts.

An inner shock pad system is paired with the dual-density EPS liner to help absorb smaller impacts, withstand multiple hits and add greater durability for the EPS liner.

The internal polyurethane chin bar liner with side EPS and dual-density materials provides extra frontal impact energy absorption. Breakaway nylon inserts also help to shear away the visor during a crash to prevent helmet snagging.

Positives:
A common theme with Troy Lee Designs products are their awesome looks, and the SE3 helmet doesn’t disappoint in that department at all. The overall shape and lines of the SE3 are killer, the aggressive race-inspired overall look of the helmet is great.

Obviously design and colour schemes are one of TLD’s strong points with their famous history in the custom helmet painting business.

Our SE3 One Shot Rocket Red helmet definitely stands out from the crowd with the solid, almost fluorescent red, laying underneath some seriously impressive pin stripe work.

Fitment of the helmet is spot on, there’s no weird pressure points throughout the SE3. The fit is firm, comfortable and something that you’d happily wear for hours on end without any issues whatsoever. I spent a day straight in this helmet right out of the box and it was perfect from the get go.

The SE3 features quite a large eye port which is very important of late with the recent release of much larger goggle designs such as the Oakley Airbrake. You’ll struggle to find a goggle that doesn’t fit comfortably in the SE3’s eye port.

Ventilation is great on the SE3, obviously in Australia lately the heat hasn’t been an issue of late, but I never felt like my head was heating up too much during the warm Swedish weather at the Husqvarna world launch recently.

One of my favourite features of the 2015 Troy Lee Designs helmet (although TLD have offered this feature for the past few years) are the quick release cheek pads.

Two red tabs below the cheek pads allow medical personel to quickly remove the pads while the helmet remains on the riders head, the helmet can then be removed without any force being applied to the neck.

I haven’t had to test this feature, thankfully, but in the case of a crash where a rider experiences neck pain, I feel that this feature is enough of a reason on its own to buy the SE3. It’s great to look rad out at the track and impress your friends, but the most important thing of all in a helmet is safety.

Negatives:
I have not a bad word to say about the 2015 Troy Lee Designs SE3 helmet, I’ve worn the helmet extensively and I’m yet to find something to complain about to date.

Verdict:
If you’re looking for a motocross helmet that looks great, fits great, performs how it should and offers maximum safety, be sure to check out the 2015 Troy Lee Designs SE3 helmet.

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