Sena have been making brilliant Bluetooth headsets and their excellent Prism action camera for years. But their noise cancelling helmet might be the perfect use of their technology.
After much waiting – and admittedly a little bit of development delay – Sena’s plan to take on the helmet manufacturers has begun in earnest with the launch of their Momentum range of helmets at EICMA in Milan.
There are five versions of the lid itself and each offers the same protection with its DOT and ECE approved EPS and fibreglass shell, but it’s the various bits of technology packed into each helmet that provides the difference.
With their standard Momentum, Sena have taken their top-of-the-line 20S technology and integrated it directly into the shell. With perfect speaker placement (next to your ears behind comfortable padding) and button controls in-built into the side of the helmet, riders will get all of the benefits of the 20S – FM radio, turn-by-turn GPS audio and chat Intercom – but with added comfort and the ability to speak to a group of up-to eight other riders for 27 hours on a single charge.
It will be available towards the end of 2017 for what Sena say will be a recommended retailer price of €469.
For those who ride with fewer friends – or just want to save a little bit of money – the Momentum Lite allows chat to three other riders at a range of around 1.5km and will come for the slightly cheaper cost of €419.
Then there is the Momentum Pro, which for €619 comes with all of the Momentum’s feature set but offers even greater gains by incorporating the guts of what is essentially a Sena Prism camera into the top of the helmet itself. What this means that you can not only chat, call or listen to music but also record audio directly onto the footage captured by the QHD (1440p, 30fps) or FHD (1080, 60fps) camera. Perfect for all of this motorcycle vloggers desperate to get in on the ‘influencer’ action and also – we imagine – extremely useful for those times when you might need a little evidence for your insurance claim.
But it’s the two helmets that make use of Sena’s new INC technology that really offer what we think will be the greatest potential benefit – noise cancelling without the need for ear plugs.
Using the what is essentially the same technology that you’d get from your top-tier BOSE headphones, the Momentum INC (€619) and Momentum INC PRO (€719 with added camera) analyses the sound coming into it from four discretely placed microphones around the helmet and adjusts in real time it’s cancelling technology to literally phase out the harmful helmet noise coming through to your ears.
Obviously you can turn these speakers off (why would you?) but better is the option to flick the ‘Ambient’ switch which allows you to hear what is outside of your helmet whilst still taking advantage of whatever is going on inside your helmet. So you can hear what the lady in the petrol station is saying to you whilst still banging our your hardcore Gabba riding soundtrack.
If that’s your sort of thing.
Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in
Everyone makes abrasive-reinforced denim these days, but Pando Moto are quietly changing the game.
We’ve written about Pando Moto before here on MF. Back in January we were impressed by the quality of their offering – seen only through their catalogue – and their direction that seemed to be ‘making motorcycle clothing for real people’.
But is that promise kept all the way through to riding with them on the bike?
(Pando Moto wanted us to check out the quality of their new jeans, they sent us a new pair to wear – and keep.)
The first thing that grabbed us about the Pando Moto denim on the Boss Black jeans that we were sent, was the stretchy’ness of the denim. For those people who like to wear their slim-fit denim on the bike, but find the cut of most of them unable to keep up with the demands of fast riding, the freedom of movement offered by both the tailoring and the extremely stretchy 13oz denim was a huge benefit.
Armour is provided by knee inserts from Knox and there are hip inserts available too (although you’ll have to buy those yourself – they’re not provided in the box).
With a myriad fabric choice now being available in the ‘abrasion resistant’ arena, the comfort of knowing that your legs are going to protected by good, reliable DuPont Kevlar can’t be understated and – although thankfully we can’t vouch for their strength within a crash – the furry, yellow fabric is positioned in all of the right places and we’re certain that it’ll keep our skin happier than just wearing denim on its own.
There’s no denying that Kevlar is hot however, so whilst the slim-fit of the denim might be welcome, the lack of airflow and warmth from the kevlar next to your skin will mean that you’ll find yourself with a sweaty set of pins by the time you’ve reached your destination.
But whilst the skinny fit might make you a slave to fashion, the little details of the jean show that Pando Moto have thought things through with more focus than most; the one feature that impressed us more than perhaps it should have with the Pando Moto Boss jeans was the clever little reflective strip on the inside seam of the bottom of the legs… When you turnover the jeans – as our little legs AND fashion dictate is a must – that reflective ribbon provides a fantastic extra nod to safety.
We’ve spent just a few days riding in the Pando Moto jeans now, but we honestly haven’t ridden with a more comfortable, more pleasing pair of motorcycle denim than these.
Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!
You too can design the best – or most hideous – custom leathers available.
If you were wondering why the quantity of articles on Motofire has recently slowed to a snail’s pace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s to do with the fact that we’ve put the site up for sale.
BUT if we’re being honest, the last couple of day’s worth of articles didn’t get published because we were too busy messing about with Dainese’s new custom works configurator for their race leathers.
Seriously, go and take a look, it’s brilliant… And you can pretty much alter every component of your race suit.
Accessible via the website, the brand-new 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to completely personalise their leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, set of interactive toggles and widgets.
You can even upload logos and words.
Once it’s all done, you then just need to make an appointment with your local Dainese custom works centre who will then take your measurements and get you on the way to one-off Dainese suit heaven.
OR you could get the design we produced made in honour of Motofire and you’ll be well on your way to the Milan catwalks!