❏ We ordered this Trekker helmet for
motorcycle adventure riding, but the
comfort and convenience of the face
shield grew on us, and we started
wearing it while testing 4x4 quads.
Then, as the new UTVs got faster
and faster, the Trekker started looking very good whenever we had a
roll cage. Soon we were spoiled by
the flip-down/flip-up shield, and the
Trekker became a go-to helmet. It
is light, affordable and comfortable.
The faster the conditions, the better
A BETTER BRAIN BUCKET
The Trekker is made just like a dirt
helmet, but has a removable, ratcheting face shield that seals against the
helmet when fully closed. Because it
is ratcheting, you may set the shield
at different openings to get more
or less ventilation. There are some
conditions that stymie the helmet. It
really doesn’t like dusty conditions.
Dust adheres to the inside and outside surfaces of the shield, and it is
easy to clean the outside but difficult
to clean the inside with the helmet
on. You can actually wear goggles
FLY TREKKER HELMET
Goodbye to goggles
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
The Trekker has ample venting that
allows a surprising amount of cooling
air to pass through the helmet. The
vents are covered with a fine stainless
screen to keep junk out.
Fly’s Trekker is comfortable, full-featured and ready for almost any ride. It doesn’t
like dust, but you can still wear goggles if and when you want to.
with the face shield installed, but it
is a little more difficult. Fly has an
accessory cover that allows you to
remove the visor but retain the shield.
The visor/peak is very well designed
for riding or driving at high speeds,
but it is nice to have the option.
SAFETY AND BUILD
Naturally, the Trekker meets or
exceeds DOT and ECE 22/05 helmet standards. It has a poly-alloy
shell and a dual-density EPS liner
to provide more progressive impact
absorption. The comfort liner is easy
to remove, and it is washable to keep
the helmet fresh and clean inside.
There are eight air-intake vents and
eight air-exhaust vents that allow
cooling air through the helmet. All of
the vents are filled with stainless steel
mesh to stop chunks and creepy-crawlies from entering with the air.
For us, the sizing runs about spot-on. The helmet is easy to put on and
take off. Sizes are XS to XXL, and
no matter what the size, the price is
$139.95. If you have researched this
type of helmet, you know that there
are high-end models priced at over
$500 and a few lower-priced ones.
The Trekker performs very well no
matter which of the helmets you compare it to. Colors are limited to silver
and black in solid colors only. Our silver one has been super easy to care
for, and it still looks like new.
We love the fact that you can just
crack the shield and prevent most
fogging. In some extreme conditions
(snow blowing sideways), we did get
a terminal fog-up, but some paper
towels cleaned and dried the shield,
and we were able to have visibility
again instantly. If the goggles had
become soaked and damp, just wiping them would not have helped for
long. In cold weather, and especially
while piloting a UTV, the helmet is far
more comfortable than goggles and
a moto-style helmet.
After more than a year, the Trekker
is still on its original shield, the interior and exterior look great, and we
find more and more reasons to use it
instead of a helmet with goggles. See
www.flyracing.com or your dealer. ❏