Is anyone using an AFX FX-39 (or 37) for mostly street riding?
What I need to know is if it's still comfortable on the highway, or does the peak visor cause buffeting? Do you remove the peak visor for long days on the highway? How loud are the dual-sport helmets on the highway?
...I'm thinking the extra room behind the chin would make it easier to use my Camelbak while riding in the summer months. The AFX helmets are cheap enough, I may just pick one up in Hi-Viz yellow for commuting, and see if it'll work for touring duties.
Any opinions on the AFX dual-sport helmets?
I've had an AFX-39 since August '11 and have put around 10k+ miles on it thus far - a mixture of gravel, twisties, and slab - and have been very happy with it.
I previously had a Shoei TZ-R that got stolen in AK, that I then replaced with a plain 'ole MX helmet. After riding through ALOT of cold rainy weather above 49N this past summer, I decided I needed something with an actual face shield. Based on price and review, I chose the AFX-39.
The AFX doesn't have the fit and finish of a Shoei or Arai, but I don't care. Now that I've actually owned a Shoei, I can say I don't want something I feel bad about dropping or scratching. It's a tool for crissakes, not a piece of jewelry.
The AFX most definitely catches less wind than a regular MX helmet, as it has a better aerodynamic shape and the visor is smaller. However, it has less room in from of your mouth than a regular MX helmet, so your plan of using a camelback under it may, or may not be possible, depending on the build of your jaw/chin. It also has a slightly smaller facial opening than a regular MX helmet, which is nice if you are using goggles on the highway (as I sometimes do), as most goggles will almost seal the front like a faceshield. The visor is easily removed, but I haven't felt the need to do so. I specifically chose a visored helmet, because I like the shading component. I haven't had any issues with the wind above 90 mph; and, I'm pretty sure that it is quieter than my Shoei TZ-R was. It is also very well vented. Two other components of its design that I liked were the fully removable internals, and the ratchet-lock chin strap - very handy.
I would say the poorest element of the design is the faceshield rachet mechanism. I also wish yellow or amber faceshields were available. However, for $110 I am/was more than willing to overlook these elements.
If I crashed tomorrow and had to buy another helmet, I would buy another AFX-39.