Steelbird Helmets’ new Air SBA-1 helmet not only looks trendy, but also performs remarkably well for its price.
In the past year or so, we witnessed Steelbird helmets launch a slew of new ‘sporty’ helmets that are targeted at young motorcyclists of the country. And from what we’ve seen, not only do these helmets looks trendy, they are also very well made and comply with the latest industry standards. Plus, they are priced quite reasonably, too. Last time around, we got our hands on the Steelbird Ares Pro+ Series Flip-up modular helmet, and we were quite impressed by its design, comfort and overall value for money proposition. Now, more recently, we were sent a brand new helmet from the company’s full face helmet range. It’s called the Air SBA-1, and it doesn’t disappoint to say the least.
The model which we got to review here came finished in matte white and red along with a smoked visor. The quality of graphics and paintwork is pretty impressive. Also, unlike, some of the other Steelbird helmets – which look a bit odd design wise – the SBA-1 is far more appealing and sportier. Speaking of the helmet shelll, the inner liner is removable while overall comfort – despite its weight of nearly 1.4 kilograms – during short or long rides is satisfactory. A lot of wind noise filters into the lid though. Also, the chin-guard has no padding, which we think could have been an easy fix since it just gives you that extra sense of security.
The main highlight of the helmet is its ventilation technology – also the reason why it has “Air” in its name. The Air series of helmets is designed predominantly for Indian riding conditions. Which means it has better air ventilation around the head area, allowing the rider to maintain their “cool” while riding the motorcycle. The helmet incorporates a number of air-vents for the same reason. What’s more Steelbird claims the lab test reports show a 4-5 degrees drop in temperature using this tech in the helmet. Now, while we couldn’t gauge its performance scientifically, you can certainly feel the air flowing in and out quite efficiently.
The icing on the cake, however, is its pricing. You can buy one for just Rs 1,799 via online or retail stores across the country. It’s also available in 14 different shades, and honestly, the design on the Air series doesn’t look as tacky as other helmets from Steelbird in the past. Overall, if you’re on a tight budget, the Steelbird Air SBA-1 is a stylish as well as a functional helmet for daily commute.