PRODUCT: Klim has a reputation for producing some of the best adventure riding gear in the industry. Its jackets and pants are some of the most sought-after and expensive riding apparel on ADV riders’ wish lists. Klim has added the Krios Karbon Adventure helmet to its arsenal. It features hand-laid carbon fiber cloth with measured resin and weighs under 1500 grams while retaining its structural integrity. The optically correct face shield and visor only require a quarter turn to remove them for easy conversion to one of four different configurations. No tools are required. The ventilation system, visor and rear spoiler went through extensive testing to create the quietest adventure helmet available today. There’s venting in the chin bar, as well as a closable top vent. The polycarbonate anti-scratch shields are Pinlock-ready in clear or smoke options. The Krios helmet meets or exceeds both ECE and DOT standards.
GROANS: It was tough to find any real problems with the Krios helmet, though we had a couple of small issues. There are three retaining tabs for the liner on the front edge of the helmet. The tab on the right side wouldn’t stay seated under the clip, which allowed the liner to move slightly. It wasn’t enough to create fit or safety issues, just something we’d like to see addressed. The current trend in ADV helmets is to offer a flip-down sun visor inside the helmet. This isn’t an option with the Krios. We’ve never felt that built-in sunglasses were a requirement; it’s just something we noted. The cost is at the upper end of the price range.
BOTTOM LINE: The new Klim Krios Karbon Adventure helmet, is our new standard for adventure helmets. It’s light, it’s queit, we can ride with the visor and the hardest decision will be which of the five available colors to choose.