Caberg Horus is the flip-up helmet of the Bergamo-based company designed for travel and daily use with unparalleled visibility.
Fortunately, in Italy there are still companies that think, design and manufacture products under the Italian flag. Caberg is one of these realities, and for decades it has been offering the public innovative products, of quality and above all with maximum safety.
We have tested the Horus flip-up helmet, the openable of middle band, for over a month, during our tours in Italy in which we have traveled many kilometers in all weather conditions: from the freezing rain of the Apennines to the almost hot summer days. Now we can finally draw conclusions.
Now when you go into a shop to buy a helmet, you do it in front of the mirror. caberg knows this and has created Horus: a modular with an attractive appearance, with lines drawn by the wind and with sober and elegant colors. The model we tested has different shades of gray, interspersed with a red stripe, while on the chin guard there is the tricolor of the proud Made in Italy. The one in the photo is the Scout version (black, anthracite, red). The external components, such as the air intakes, extractors and the visor integrate perfectly into the silhouette of the helmet.
The visor of the Horus it is unique in its kind: it has a vertical field of view of 82 ° and, although very rounded, it does not generate any kind of visual distortion, even with the lens Pinlock (included) and the sun visor lowered.
The first feeling when you put it on and close theHorus is to have a field of view equal to a jet. The chin guard is designed with a lower central profile, without sacrificing the safety, allowing the pilot to see much lower than usual, without having to move your head. It seems little, but just moving your eyes to observe the instrumentation or the GPS is much safer and faster than moving your head, minimizing focusing and "distraction" times.
Even laterally, the field of vision is so wide that it allows us to always perceive what is happening around us, from the vehicle that overtakes us, to what happens perhaps in the side streets, on the sidewalks and at intersections.
We tested the Horus both with a road enduro, in a fairly upright position, and aboard motorcycle sportier without windshield.
With the helmet closed, when the temperatures rise, the upper air intake, perfectly integrated into the shell, allows a flow of freshness really nice and very well spread. The hot air then comes out of the rear extractors, well hidden by the aerodynamic lines of the helmet. Obviously, the more you are exposed to the wind, the cooler you travel, so the effect is reduced if you use a very high and covering windshield.
In the lower part, on the chin guard, the air intake in the open position allows quickly eliminate any fogging and to generate a pleasant flow between mouth and nose when traveling well sealed.
- interior, removable and washable, are fresh e soft to the touch. After a few days of use, the pads begin to adapt to your head, adhering without creating pressure points. Their composition allows the air to circulate well around the head when the vents are opened, while in colder climates or rain, with the helmet closed, it is well sealed protected from the elements, even with the turbulence that windshields often generate.
The ears find their spacious "habitat" in the dedicated slots, both to avoid exerting any pressure and to house the system speakers in a few seconds Bluetooth the helmet is designed for. Invisible, but there, there predisposition for glasses eyeglasses, which do not interfere with the sun visor, at the right distance from the face.
Il opening mechanism and closing of the chin guard is immediately found also with i gloves thicker and is immediate. One hand is enough to open it and one hand to close it.
In the city and on the interstates, the helmet in the open position is a real pleasure. The sun visor protects well both from the air and from insects and from the sun of course, while the chin, once locked in "position J“, Turns out to be sleek without resisting the wind.
Then when you exceed 90 km / h you start to feel the wind pressure on the chin guard, but it is just as easy to find a neutral position without assuming unnatural positions. Above these speeds, however, we recommend closing the chin guard of the helmet for greater safety.
On the motorway and at high speeds, without a windshield, a helmet it penetrates the air very well and there is no turbulence under the chin guard. The air pressure is well distributed, as is the weight, avoiding particular stresses on the cervical.
Il acoustic comfort it is very good and with the system Bluetooth we listened to music and made phone calls without difficulty. We felt some creaking instead with the windscreen of the bike fully raised, but I remember that the latter generates a lot of turbulence due to the depression that is created between the rider and the screen. Our advice is therefore to always travel with the windshield that reaches up to the chin.
As we always remember in our videos, a flip-up helmet cannot be as silent as a full face helmet. The different mechanisms of the visor, the chin guard, the visor are the weak points for acoustic insulation. But even here the Caberg designers did a great job, sealing and insulating the head well from drafts and turbulence.
The helmet enjoys the double homologation, therefore both open and closed it respects the regulations in force and, having visited the laboratories caberg, we have experienced first-hand construction and materials standards, which always go far beyond the legal requirements.
When the chin rest is raised, make a little extra effort until you hear a "clack". This step is wanted by the house, because it allows us to keep the helmet open even without having inserted the mechanical lock, avoiding accidental lowering in gear. However, remember to insert the latter on "position J”To enjoy the homologation as an open helmet.
The helmet includes a visor Pinlock present in the box. In addition, a small gem but much appreciated, if you pay close attention to the micrometric closure of the helmet, you will find ametal buttonhole empty: used to tie the helmet to the motorcycle with a padlock or a steel cable.
Aside you can buy the Bluetooth system Caberg Just Speak Evo, otherwise you can insert the one you already have, as the predisposition is universal.
Numerous graphics to choose from but we particularly point out the Tribute, white with the tricolor, specially made to commemorate the commitment of the National Alpine Association of Bergamo during the difficult period of COVID-19, supported by Caberg also economically.
It is a mid-range opening designed for both daily use and tourism, excellent for those looking for a valid compromise between a full-face and a travel jet, as you do not feel that sense of claustrophobia when closed, you can see very well and when open it is an excellent jet. For more information you can visit the Caberg site.