Kali Savara Full Face Helmet
The Savara is tough to beat and can take a tough beating. This helmet sets the pace for introductory level full-face downhill protection. In Sanskrit, Savara means "Hellhound". Take care when donning this helmet. You don't want your riding buddies to mistake you for a supernatural dog. Unless of course you are a dog. Then that's cool.
First-- I give this helmet 3 stars: It's a decent helmet at an affordable price. Mid-range stuff, here that meets CPSC and ANSI standards. The Savara is a no-frills, basic full-face helmet suitable for DH or BMX. Unfortunately it doesn't offer any of Kali's distinctive construction techniques (Fusion or Fusion Plus with "conehead" dual layer EPS liner). The helmet features a fiberglass shell-- this is really neither a good or bad thing. Do some research and you'll find that fiberglass shells are not necessarily better or worse than plastic (thermoplastic/"poly-alloy"/Lexan/Polycarbonate) shells. They behave differently in crashes but the end result is the same-- protection for your head and brain. The visor provides a large range of adjustment to scoop in cooling air or keep the sun out of your eyes. As a nice bonus, the helmet comes with a roomy bag for storage. I wear Oakley O frame goggles and the helmet interferes slightly with their fit-- I find that I need to wiggle the goggles slightly to get them to fit squarely within the opening. On a final note: keep this helmet off the ground. The paint can chip rather easily (unlike a plastic shell) if it encounters gravel, chip-seal, etc.