Roof Helmet Review the Boxer V8 — Billys Crash Helmets

Roof Helmet Review the Boxer V8 - Billys Crash Helmets

Roof Boxer V8 in Devil Orange — full faced config.

Summary: The Boxer V8 range of crash helmets are well built, cool-looking and incredibly versatile. They have a good safety rating and owners are generally very happy with them. This Roof helmet might not perform quite as well as a dedicated full or open faced helmet, but theyre not far off. A great buy.

  • SHARP 4 Star rating
  • Flip up helmet offering full & open faced in one helmet
  • 1.7 Kg weight
  • Removable lining and cheek pads
  • Looks cool as you like!
  • List price £329. Target price £219

The Roof Boxer V8 is the latest Roof helmet in the Boxer range. Actually theres a range of Boxer V8s, with subtle differences but more or less functionally the same, so weve tried to cover them all here. The first model (just called the Boxer) was introduced in 1995 and this is the third variant. Enough time and enough versions to iron out any niggles from previous versions? Well see

The Boxer V8 will sell to a certain extent purely based on its looks it looks damn cool. Its a flip up helmet (similar in function to the excellent Shark Evoline ) where the chin guard and visor can be pulled up and rotated round to the back of the helmet. So you can ride with it configured as a full faced helmet, or jet style  (with the tinted visor down and no chin guard) or open faced. Very flexible and users who buy the V8 love this flexibility though many users do tend to have alternative full faced helmets for if theyre going long distances and the roof does have its drawbacks (more later).

The Boxers shell is fibreglass and is obviously well constructed as it scores four out of five on the Sharp tests. Looking at the Sharp website, it fails slightly only on the side impact tests (where many helmets seem  to be marked down and drop a star). That seems to happen when manufacturers try and save weight a little by thinning the walls in areas where impacts seldom happen. So that arguably shouldnt compromise real world safety too much.

Boxer V8 fully opened with visor down. Nice.

That said, folks report the build quality of the Roof is great. The moving parts, of which there are surprisingly few, are constructed and screwed together well. Weve heard reports of paint chipping easily, but they seem to be pretty isolated so generally, word is that its well built and finished.

Noise. Flip up helmets do have more nooks and crannies and are generally less aerodynamic than full-face helmets. Which means they tend to be noisier because theres more stuff sticking into the wind for it to catch on and buffet. The Boxer is pretty well noise-insulated for a flip up helmet, but noisier than most full faced helmets. So probably OK for bimbling around in but if youre riding at higher speeds or for longer durations, bung in the plugs and you should be alright.

Roof listened to the moans of the first gen Boxer owners by adding vents to the chin guard and the forehead for the V, and have apparently improved them again with the V8. Reports are that theyre pretty clunky to operate and, not quite as good as they could be. Ride a boxer in the rain in full faced mode and without any kind of pinlock or anti-fog visor insert, and youll struggle to see out. Two of the chin vents are open all the time and do ventilate (whether you them to or not!) and two are closeable, but together, they aint enough to clear the mist in rain. To be honest, thats a problem with many helmets so probably shouldnt put you off too much. Plus folks say you do get used to a slight draft from the always-open vents in the chin guard too.

Owners do say theyre really comfortable helmets. Ive heard reports that Roofs do come in slightly odd head-shapes (read our guide to buying a helmet that fits ) and the internal padding is slightly thinner than many. But they are comfortable and they do have removable and washable linings and cheek pads. The fastener is the seatbelt style (which Im a fan of) and theres no reports of any problems, so all good here.

To operate the chin guard, theres a spring-loaded flap on either side of the helmet. Press the flaps in and pull and it releases the guard from the shell (its kind of a glorified press-stud) which can then be rotated to the back of the head. And once its there, the helmet still doesnt look too shabby. Roof have done a great job making a helmet that looks sweet in all its guises.

Roof Helmets looking cool on a Speed Triple.

So drawbacks are that the Roof is slightly noisy, slightly prone to misting when its raining and thats pretty much it. But all round, its a great helmet thats well liked by owners, and if youre looking for coolness, safety and versatility, well worth a look. But, given the slightly odd head shape, worth trying before youre buying.

For other helmet reviews check out either our  Crash Helmet Reviews  or SHARP 4 & 5 Star Crash Helmet reviews  sections! And if you ve got a Roof Helmet including the V8 wed love you to let us know what you think. Please comment below thanks!

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