- Rated 4 stars
- Aspida (Spartan) Helios Riding Jacket
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- FeaturesEditor: 80%
- Comfort, Fit and FinishEditor: 90%
- Weather CompatibilityEditor: 80%
Summary: The most famous among the riding jackets from Spartan Progear, the Spartan Helios, is a very good quality product, which can be used in the summer, not so cold winters and in the monsoon. The price is reasonable and the protection provided is very good.
Here is the detailed review of the Helios:
Overall construction quality:
- The Helios is made of a mix of Cordura material and mesh panels. The overall quality is top-notch, whether it is the material used, or the stitching.
- After using them extensively, there is absolutely no sign of any stitches coming loose or any sign of wear and tear.
- The Velcro straps at the waist, elbow, and wrist snap on precisely and do not get loose at any point of time.
- The zippers feel good and do not think they should give way at any point of time.
- The internal key-clip was non-functional at the outset. A knife had to be used to cut the plastic in order to use it.
- The elbow and shoulder protectors are CE rated from Knox , who are the brand of choice for many highly respected motorcycle clothing brands in the world that choose Knox Original Equipment for their garments. Thus, you are sure to have good quality armor here.
- The armor for the back is foam based and should provide adequate protection in case of a fall on your back. However, this is not from Knox. Nonetheless, it can be upgraded to a better one from Knox by paying a few extra thousand bucks.
- The Cordura material used at the areas of potential impact, including the shoulders, and elbows, provide extra abrasion resistance in case of a fall.
- No adjustment in the positioning of the armors is possible.
- No chest armor, but most riding jackets do not have them anyway.
- The availability of a standalone Knox back armor is dicy.
- The straps retention system at the elbows doesn’t really serve its purpose, as it does not pull in enough to provide a snug fit. This could potentially make the elbow armor move around in case of a fall. [Update: The current version of the jacket has fixed this problem]
- The design of the sleeves and the Velcro straps at the wrists do not allow for a snug fit around your hand, which again, could make the jacket slide up your hand in case of a fall. However, this shortcoming is solved if you wear a pair of full-gauntlet riding gloves over the sleeves of the jacket.
- Before buying the jacket, wear it, sit on your bike and check if the armors fit perfectly over your shoulders and elbows. Do this exercise, both, with and without the rain-liner.
- If you are thinking of upgrading the back armor to a Knox one, it would be advisable to buy the Spartan Hyperion jacket instead, which has the Knox back armor by default.
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- The rain-liner is removable. It fits neatly inside the riding jacket, and can be removed or put on within a few minutes.
- The elbow and shoulder armors are easily removable to facilitate washing of the jacket.
- The 3M Scotchlite reflective material is present all over the back of the jacket, ensuring your presence on the road is fully noticed at night.
- The Internal key-clip and the external clip for securing riding gloves are neat practical features.
- A zipper is present at the back of the jacket, which attaches to most popular brands of riding pants. This is particularly useful at high speeds when you are crouching, as it prevents your jacket from air buffeting.
- There is only one waterproof inside pocket. The other one is not waterproof. We wished both of them were waterproof.
- The back armor is advertised as removable. This statement should be taken with a word of caution. On trying to remove the back armor, I was scared I will rip of the stitching or bend the armor too much, so gave up the idea. You will need to be very very careful if you wish to remove it. [Update: The newer models now have a much simpler mechanism to remove the back armor]
Comfort, Fit and Finish:
- With or without the rain-liner, it is comfortable even over a whole day of riding.
- The armor on the elbows, shoulders and back do not hurt or itch in any way, even after a whole day of riding.
- The waist adjustment straps do a decent job in adjusting the jacket over your waist.
- A pair of full-gauntlet riding gloves easily fit over the sleeves of the jacket.
- None of the zippers poke you or trouble you at any place wherever they are present.
- The rain-liner is very comfortable as well.
- Before buying the jacket, wear it, with and without the rain-liner, to ensure it fits comfortably.
- The multiple mesh panels on the front and back of the jacket ensure maximum airflow, thus, ensuring minimal sweating in summer.
- The rain-liner does a good job in keeping you dry in the monsoons. On a rainy day with intermittent heavy showers, the rain-liner did its job pretty well.
- Without the rain-liner, you will freeze if you venture out in temperatures below 12-13 deg. If you put on the rain-liner, the cold will not be much of a problem, unless you are riding in extremely low temperatures.
- While riding in the rain, the jacket becomes pretty heavy as the rain liner is on the inside, resulting in a soaked jacket on the outside.
- The part of your back which is in contact with the armor gets sweaty real quick due to lack of airflow there.
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- Value for Money
- Knox armor
- Good all weather riding jacket
- No thermal liner included
- Inadequate strap retention at the elbows
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