The first thing that struck me about the Klim Krios Adventure Helmet when I first saw it in person was the stark contrast between the matte white shell and black accent elements. It’s a clean, simple and arresting look but one I was immediately drawn to. Then I picked the thing up and felt a lid so light that I couldn’t help but wonder how it achieved both DOT and ECE safety certifications. I immediately resolved to get my hands on a Krios as soon as I could for a proper test out on the road.
The Krios utilizes hand-laid, wide weave, carbon fiber in the construction of the exterior shell. It’s a prepreg carbon fiber, which means that resin is already applied to each fiber strand when the raw materials arrive. This ensures better uniformity of shell thicknesses, avoiding the deposits or gaps in resin that can occur when prepreg isn’t used, and also results in more consistent exterior shell weights.
As an adventure helmet, the Krios has features typical of the segment including a peak/visor and off-road style chinbar. The visor, according to the Klim Hard Parts Developer we spoke with, was built to cut through the air better than the competition. It’s adjustable between high and low positions, and you can clearly see the large ports cut into the peak to direct air over the shell. That air flows back over a specially designed rear spoiler that’s intended to stabilize the lid and reduce buffeting.
The chinbar has a large intake vent that is always open and directs air up to the back of the face shield to help reduce fogging. Designers also made the Krios Pinlock-ready to be completely certain that fogging doesn’t become an issue, regardless of conditions. There’s an intake vent above the brow also, and exhaust ports at the rear beneath the spoiler.
In the end, the ventilation design was a balance. Builders wanted to provide enough airflow, but didn’t want to overdo it and end with a helmet that’s too loud at highway speeds.
Another interesting touch is the quick change design of the visor and face shield, which are removed without the need for tools. This aids in making the Krios adaptable, and Klim touts the lid as having “four ride mode versatility.” Riders can remove the peak entirely for a more standard, full-face street helmet experience. The face shield can be removed and goggles utilized for a more traditional off-road feel. The face shield is also built to allow goggles to be used when in the up position. Or there’s the standard adventure setting, with the peak and face shield installed and in use. The latter configuration is where I spent the bulk of my time with the Krios.
A dual density EPS liner inside aids impact energy distribution. Under that is the cheekpad and Klimatek Fabric liner system, which utilizes adaptive smart foam and anti-microbial, moisture wicking material. A standard D-ring retention strap keeps the Krios securely in place.
On the Road
The sub 3.3 pound weight of the Krios is one of its most compelling attributes of the helmet in use. Neck fatigue is reduced immensely as a result of its lightness.
Even with the aerodynamic design of the visor, there’s just no getting around the fact that you have a piece of material jutting off the smooth contours of the helmet and it’s going to catch some air. What’s nice is that the Krios reduces the effect somewhat. I felt stable at higher speeds and didn’t have to fight against the constant air flow. There was no noticeable jerkiness when I turned my head side to side either.
The shield offers a wide view that is unimpeded laterally or horizontally. I did have problems with fogging on my first outings before installing the Pinlock shield in the cold winter months during our test. I had to pop open the shield at a stop to keep it from fogging every time, there was no way around it. Thankfully, the Pinlock alleviates all of this, and since installing that dual-pane barrier I’ve had absolutely no issue with fogging.
While fiddling with the different configurations of the helmet, I did start to wonder about the design of the quick-release tabs on either side of the Krios. These pieces, which release both the visor and face shield with a 90-degree turn, pop off easily and haven’t shown any signs of significant wear at this point, which is good. But knowing how easily I’ve misplaced things in the past, much larger things that would theoretically easy to spot in a room, I worry that I am doomed at some point down the line to lose one of the integral pieces. It’s a potential problem I don’t have an answer for, but a quick change mechanism that didn’t rely so heavily on two removable tabs would be a welcome upgrade in forthcoming versions.
Back on the positive side, the Krios is incredibly comfortable. As mentioned above the weight makes it feel like you’re not wearing a motorcycle helmet at all, but the interior is also extremely plush and luxurious. A quick feel of the inner liners definitely gives the sense that this is a premium lid. In the XL size I tested, my standard size for most all helmets, the Krios was snug in all the right ways. There were never any hot spots, the intermediate oval design perfect for my slightly oblong head, and I can feel the lid hugging the crown of my noggin in the way a quality motorcycle helmet should. For an ADV helmet is remarkable quiet on the road also.
The appeal of the black on white look haven’t diminished for me either, I still think this is a sharp-looking helmet.
With an MRSP of $549.99, the Krios is definitely in a premium range but it’s also not the most expensive ADV lid out there either. It’s versatile, comfortable, looks good and is built with quality materials. Klim also now offers a version of the Krios with a Sena 10U communication device pre-installed for an additional $250 dollars (Sena’s 10U system on its own carries a $299.99 MSRP). If you’re in the market for a new ADV helmet, I highly suggest you take a look at the Klim Krios Helmet. You won’t be disappointed.