Aspida (Spartan Progear) Kranos Helmet: Review

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Aspida (Spartan Progear) Kranos
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
3350
  • 60%

  • Aspida (Spartan Progear) Kranos
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  • Published on:
  • Last modified: May 7, 2015
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Protection
    Editor: 70%
  • Comfort and Fit
    Editor: 70%
  • Ventilation
    Editor: 80%
  • Noise Suppression
    Editor: 50%

Summary: The Spartan KRANOS helmet is manufactured in collaboration with MT Helmets of Spain (Manufacturas Tomas, S.A). It can be considered as a real Value-For-Money product. Backed by dual DOT and ECE homologation at such a reasonable price tag of INR 3350 , it’s one of the best ventilated and comfortable lids among the very-least-expensive category ones. However, due to very poor noise suppression, I’d recommend it mostly for short-distance rides.

Features:

  • Polycarbonate Shell
  • Dual homologations DOT and ECE/ONU REG 22.05.P
  • Removable and Washable lining with Anti-allergic fabrics
  • Weight: 1350-1450g
  • D-Ring fasteners
  • Available in 14 different graphics

Overall Construction Quality:

The Good:

  • The shell seems sturdy enough and top quality graphics bring a premium feel to the helmet.
  • The plastic components including the top vents, visor locks and breath deflectors are of good quality.
  • The quality of the visor seems to be good too.
  • Open-close mechanism of cooling vents is pretty slick.
  • I was easily able to fit in my eyeglasses and wore it comfortably for a long duration.

The not-good:

  • The sizing of the shells seem to be slightly off in comparison to other MT helmets. Also, these helmets are not available in sizes below M and above XL as of now.
  • Visor opening is not very slick.

 

Protection:

The Good:

  •  The Kranos helmet is DOT and ECE/ONU R.22.05 certified, with the homologation symbols permanently labelled on the rear.
  • The helmet comes with a D-ring locking mechanism, which is more secure compared to a QR micrometric one.

The not-good:

  • Not all the DOT and ECE certified helmets provide optimal protection. Since this is a newly launched helmet, details regarding how it performs in real-world crash tests are not available yet. (Note: MT is, however, well known for manufacturing helmets that provide adequate protection. Click here for a detailed review of the MT Revenge full-face helmet)
  • The shape of the Eye Port region has been designed to provide a wide visibility range, but the face shield seems too close to the face. Also in case of an accident, the breath deflector could cause injuries to the nose and its surrounding region. I say this because: While adjusting the helmet, the breath deflector did touch my nose occasionally.

 

Comfort and Fit:

The Good:

  • The Kranos, despite being made up of a polycarbonate shell, is one of the lightest helmets weighing in at around 1350-1450 gm.
  • The liners are removable and very smooth. No level of discomfort was observed even after continuously riding for more than 2 hours, and the break-in period is very short.
  • No pressure points were observed even after wearing the helmet for a long duration, though I felt a very slight painful sensation near the upper portion of the right ear after continuing to wear the helmet for more than 2 hours. But, that’s probably due to my ear structure. (Note: The comfort and fit may differ from person to person)

The not-good:

  • Initially, the helmet seemed to be a snug-fit one, but while riding at above 110 kph, it did tilt upwards. This is a major disadvantage, despite there being no gap between the forehead and the eyebrows. (Note: This factor may differ from person to person due to their facial structure)
  • At high speeds above 130 kph, buffeting was observed due to wind pressure.
  • The D-ring lock is placed at such a position near the right cheek pad that it’s quite difficult to secure and unsecure.

 

Ventilation and Weather Compatibility:

Good:

  • Ventilation is extremely good considering the large front and two side vents, two on the forehead, and two large ones on the rear-top.
  • Ventilation seems to be very adequate, especially during the hot summer days, as the air enters through the front, side and top vents, and is then directed to the rear vents. Also, there is a significant amount of airflow from the bottom portion of the chin, and the rear side of the neck.

The not-good:

  • The top-front vents are less effective in comparison to the front and side vents.
  • The profoundly good ventilation can be disadvantageous during extreme weather conditions. When riding on a very hot day with temperatures reaching nearly 40-degree Celsius, the constant hot airflow proved to be very tiresome. The exact opposite could be observed during winter. So, a neck warmer and/or a balaclava is highly recommended during cold days.
  • The absence of a chin-curtain allowed dust particles to enter the helmet from the bottom-front including very tiny gravel flicked up by the tyres of vehicles in front, causing irritation to the eyes (as you can observe from my eyes in the pics). One could imagine what will happen during the rainy days.
  • No pinlock compatible visor is provided by default. The shape of the breath deflector fails to deflect the warm air while breathing out. This caused the visor to slightly fog-up even on a summer night while at standstill with the visor closed. So, there could be fogging issues while riding slowly during wet and/or cold days.
  • The front vents are large enough for insects and dirt to get stuck inside them. So, I’d advise opening them only when required, preferably while riding at moderate to low speeds.
  • Closing of these front vents does not affect the ventilation by much. (Note: Further weather compatibility testing is not possible as of now, since it is extremely hot at this time of year)

 

Noise Suppression:

Good:

  • The helmet does a decent job in suppressing the engine noise, but only when riding below 60 kph.

The not-good:

  • The helmet is just too loud, with wind gushing in from all directions. Closing of the front vents didn’t seem to help much. The major cause is the airflow from the bottom due to the lack of a chin-curtain.
  • The absence of a closing mechanism for the side and rear vents, and the padding around the ear region also largely contributes to loud noise levels.
  • While riding at around 140kmph, the wind and engine noise levels feel extremely intense. Hence, usage of earplugs are highly recommended.

 

Verdict:

It’s very tough to find a helmet that is both DOT and ECE certified at such a competitive price in India. Spartan ProGear took a gamble and proved that it can provide less expensive helmets with optimal protection by tying up with MT helmets of Spain. That being said, the performance of the helmet in real world crash tests is yet to be known. Based on my judgement, it’s still far better when compared (can be considered incomparable too) to the fake DOT and ECE helmets available in India. I definitely recommend the KRANOS helmets to beginners, students and daily office commuters.

Where to buy the KRANOS helmet in India:

The Kranos helmets can be purchased at authorized SPG re-sellers and MOTO 101 outlets. The list of authorized resellers can be found here.

Note: Please feel free to comment in case of any discrepancies in the review. I’d also like to add that the comfort and fit may vary from person to person. I’d suggest any rider to first try out the helmet at the store, wear it for more than 20 minutes, check for pressure points and only if you feel comfortable, go ahead with that helmet. Not all helmets have the same fit for a particular size. And do make sure to always wear a helmet no matter how far you ride.

Pros

  • DOT, ECE certified
  • Attractive Pricing
  • Excellent Ventilation
  • Very Comfortable

Cons

  • Bad Noise Suppression
  • Weather Compatibility Issues
  • Poor Design of D-Ring Lock and Breath Deflectors
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Sid Dash

Previously working as a software engineer, Sid Dash is an avid biker and PC gaming enthusiast. He also has an unfathomable interest towards science and technology. Through Moto Gear Advisor, he wishes to share his unbiased opinion about riding gear and accessories amongst all fellow riders.

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  • Dhibu t

    I just about this Kranos and i am really satisfied. I never felt the breath deflectors touchig my nose. Its easy and perfect fit and i got it for my RC390 (I also own a THH already). I dont care about the noise and yes, i felt the same discomfort with the D-Link lock. I also felt the visor opening for was not great and expected a visor lock for high speed track days.

    • Sid Dash

      Hello Dhibu, I apologize for the late response. Glad to hear that you are satisfied with the Kranos. Regarding the breath deflector touching the nose, well it might vary depending upon the facial structure. But, a slight modification is indeed required in this regard because in case of an “impact”, as stated in the review, it could cause injuries around the nose region. Well, about the noise issue, each to his/her own. Regarding wearing it for track days or while riding at high speeds, I personally don’t recommend it for that purpose at all, reasons being as mentioned in the review, and also due to the absence of a visor lock as you have mentioned. I consider it to be more of a commuter helmet. Once again, each to his/her own. Nonetheless, ride safe and have a great time on the track. Cheers!!!

  • Talha

    Hello Sid, I have bought this helmet recently and I am liking it very much. I have 2 questions:

    1. How do you safely remove the visor? I know theres a pull-type lever that says “Open”. Can you tell exactly how to take it off, I am kinda scared you could say

    2. Any possibility of installing a Pinlock visor?

    • http://www.motogearadvisor.com/ Sid Dash

      Hello Talha,
      1. To remove the visor, open it to the maximum level and pull the lever while grabbing the visor in the middle (but do not grab it too tightly or apply too much pressure), then pull the visor in the upward direction of the helmet. There are videos available on youtube clearly demonstrating how to do so. Still, if you are uncomfortable doing this, it’s better to go to the store from where you have purchased the helmet.
      2. For Pinlock visor, you need to contact Spartan Pro Gear regarding this.
      Ride Safe!!!

      • Talha

        Hey I have been using this helmet for a while now. Its been treating me well! Now any idea how to remove the breath deflector?

  • Kishore

    Hi Sid,
    I’m planning to buy a new helmet, I’m confused in buying. Should I go with Thh helmets or kranos helmets. My budget is 4k.