AGV K1 Review: 3 Reasons Why I Was Disappointed

I was excited to test out the AGV K1, as I had heard good things about it and was looking forward to upgrading my current full face helmet. But unfortunately, I was disappointed with the overall experience.

In this review, I will be going into detail about all of the features of the AGV K1, as well as explaining why I was disappointed with it. 

I will be honest and upfront with my opinions, and this review will help you decide whether this helmet is right for you.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best full face motorcycle helmet for you? Let’s find out!

Shell

I had high expectations for the AGV K1 Helmet, as I had previously owned AGV crash helmets and was looking to upgrade. 

However, I was disappointed that this full-face helmet pressed into my forehead when riding at high speeds, making it extremely uncomfortable to wear

Additionally, I was surprised to experience a significant amount of wind noise, something I had not encountered with cheaper brands in the past.

The K1 Helmet is constructed with an HIR-TH (High Resistance Thermoplastic Resin) shell, which is designed to provide superior protection in the event of a crash. 

It also features two shells and 4 EPS sizes, allowing for a customized fit. In addition, this full-face helmet profile is contoured around the base, intended to reduce the risk of collarbone injuries. 

This helmet is available in sizes XS, SM, and MS and GT 2 for sizes ML, LG, XL, and 2XL. One of the main issues I had with the AGV K1 was its narrow fit on the face. 

Despite being the correct skull size, this full-face helmet felt constricting and caused pain during extended wear. In addition, the helmet shape is Intermediate Oval, which may not be suitable for everyone. 

It also weighs 3.64 lbs, which is not heavy but may be uncomfortable for some riders. Overall, while the AGV K1 may provide superior protection in the event of a crash, it fell short in terms of comfort and fit. 

In addition, the narrow face and wind noise were unexpected and made for an unpleasant riding experience.

The AGV K1 full-face helmet boasts an Integrated Ventilation System (IVS) designed and optimized in a wind tunnel

This feature allows for optimal airflow and temperature control for the rider, keeping them cool and comfortable on even the longest rides.

This feature allows for optimal airflow and temperature control for the rider, keeping them cool and comfortable on even the longest rides. 

The IVS system consists of 5 front vents, three at the forehead and two on the chin guard, that bring in the fresh air and hot exhaust air from the helmet. 

Additionally, this helmet features two rear extractor vents built into the spoiler, which work to increase air circulation and prevent heat buildup. 

This system is not only efficient, but it also helps to reduce wind noise, allowing the rider to focus on the road ahead.

AGV K1 Helmet Sizing

SIZEHEAD (CM)
XS53-54
SM55-56
MS57
ML58
LG59-60
XL61-62
2XL63-64
Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

Visor

The XQRS (X-tra Quick Release System) visor mechanism is a unique feature of the AGV K1. It allows for tool-free removal and replacement of the face shield in seconds. 

This feature is great for those who are frequently on the go and need to switch out their face shield quickly. 

The face shield is also scratch-resistant and anti-fog polycarbonate with 100% UV protection, which is a huge plus for safety and visibility. 

Additionally, the face shield is offered in 2 sizes dependent on helmet size, GT 2-1 for micro-opening visor.

However, despite its innovative features, the field of vision from top to bottom could be better if you’re 3/4 tuck. 

However, despite its innovative features, the field of vision from top to bottom could be better if you’re 3/4 tuck. 

This can be a huge distraction while riding and makes it difficult to focus on the road. Additionally, the helmet has a whistling noise distracting when trying to focus at higher speeds. 

Finally, as snug, as this helmet is, it makes it hotter in transit and worse at a standstill.

The instant fog in front of your nose and a steady whistling once over 50mph from the seal at the lower part of the visor can be quite frustrating. 

This whistling can be stopped if you put your hand in front of it, but it’s a nuisance. I wanted to like it, given the looks, but it was also hard to do the chin strap.

Interior

The AGV K1 comes equipped with a fully removable and washable 3D inner liner and cheek pads. 

The materials used in constructing these components are designed to be sanitized and made from Dry-Lex fabrics, which provide a high level of comfort and breathability

This means that this helmet can be easily cleaned and maintained, ensuring it stays fresh and hygienic for the rider. 

This is a great feature not found in all full face helmets and is a nice touch that adds to the overall quality of the AGV K1.

Fastening Strap

The double-D ring chin strap is a nice feature that adds extra security when wearing this helmet. The double-D design ensures that it stays securely fastened, even in the event of an accident. 

The chin strap is easy to adjust and provides a comfortable fit, allowing for a more enjoyable riding experience. 

Overall, the double-D ring chin strap is a well-designed and functional feature that provides added peace of mind while on the road.

Safety Ratings

The AGV K1 is DOT-approved, and ECE 22.05 certified, ensuring that it meets the highest safety standards in the industry. 

This gives riders peace of mind knowing they are protected in an accident. The certification also ensures that this helmet has undergone rigorous testing to meet the necessary safety standards. 

This is a reassuring feature for riders who want the best protection for their head while on the road.

Pro And Cons

Pros

  • High Resistance Thermoplastic Construction
  • Integrated Ventilation System
  • X-tra Quick Release System
  • Scratch-Resistant Face Shield
  • 100% Uv Protection
  • Washable 3d Inner Liner

Cons

  • Presses into Forehead at High Speeds
  • Wind Noise Compared to Other Brands
  • Narrow on the Face
  • Field of Vision Top to Bottom Is Poor
  • Fogging on the Visor
  • Difficulty Using the Chin Strap

FAQ

Is AGV K1 comfortable?

The AGV K1 is a great value helmet that is praised for its comfort, ventilation, and overall performance. It has soft padding around the strap that remains in place while riding, and is considered to be super comfortable.

Is the AGV K1 ACU approved?

The AGV K1 meets the ACU 5-Star safety standards, which is the minimum standard for Road Racing, Sprints, Drag Racing, Hill Climb and any speed events held wholly or part on bound metalled surfaces.

Is The AGV K1 Noisy?

The AGV K1 helmet is generally considered to be relatively quiet when riding, with some customers rating it as quieter than average. However, some riders find it to be noisier than expected when riding at higher speeds.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, the AGV K1 has a lot of great features such as the HIR-TH shell construction, two shell sizes, 4 EPS sizes, helmet profile contoured around the base to reduce the risk of collar bone injuries, helmet sizes XS, SM, MS and GT 2 for sizes ML, LG, XL and 2XL, Intermediate Oval helmet shape and a weight of 3.64 lbs. 

However, during my personal experience, I encountered some issues with the helmet pressing into my forehead at high speeds and a lot of wind noise

Additionally, it was narrow on the face, causing discomfort. Despite these issues, a different helmet size might have made a difference, and this helmet has received good reviews from other users. It’s worth considering if you’re in the market for a new helmet.

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