2017 has seen an influx of Street Cross helmets through the doors at Urban Rider. Street Cross isn't a thing. It's a term we just made up to write this article but it more or less describes what's going on here. The iconic 70s off road helmet styles have been redesigned with modern spec to meet the needs of a fast growing segment in the urban riding market. A number of helmet manufacturers were quick to notice that the motorcycle brands' R&D departments have been focusing on the scrambler model at recent launches. I for one have been seduced by the Ducati Desert Sled and am loving every minute of it. Its DNA is based on the kind of bike Steve McQueen raced round the Mojave Desert but updated to provide a degree of comfort and practicality for day to day road riding. And so is the case with the recent helmet releases from Premier, Bell and DMD which all follow this trend. They have looked to the past to create their various offerings - subdued retro MX styling combined with the robust features you'd expect from a street focused helmet. It's Motocross styling for street riding - Street Cross. An open face feel with full face protection and the kind of looks that have a little bit of an edge over a standard full face. The Street Cross style certainly appeals to me. To my mind this kind of helmet fits perfectly with the bike I'm riding and I look to wear one whenever the weather allows.
Nexx have been a bit slower to join in the fun and, whether intentional or not, this has proven something of a luxury for the brand; allowing them to reflect on feedback from the other models currently on the market. Nexx have certainly done their research and they have made it clear that they have considered their rivals' offerings in designing the new Nexx XG200 range, which naturally they believe to be the best of the bunch.
As a brand Nexx have built a reputation in producing helmets with great quality at competitive price points. Coming towards 2018, Nexx have followed the lead of the bike brands and have focused their efforts into expanding their range of helmets for riders of the Modern Classic persuasion. They haven't just dipped their toe in either, the XG200 will be available in no less than 18 colour ways from the end of November 2017, as well as a wide range of associated accessories such as peaks, masks and goggles.
The XG200 will be available in 2 shells and sizes from XS through to 2XL. Nexx have made it clear they want this to be both the most technical and the best value helmet of this type on the market. The shell is a composite of carbon, kevlar and fibreglass, labelled as 'X.Matrix' by Nexx and weighs in at 1200gr which makes it a whisker lighter than its rivals. The helmets start at £269 in plain colours, which, in those colour ways at least, makes it the best in terms of value. The fit is typically intermediate-oval which means its a more or less universal fit and the sizing fits true to size too, making things easy across the board. The helmets are DOT, ECE and even NBR (the Brazilian standard!) approved meaning they can be used just about everywhere. Nexx have developed the profile of the shell to allow a slightly wider aperture for better peripheral vision without sacrificing on the retro lines of the shell's form. The lining is removable, washable and quick drying and there are gaps in the ear padding to allow glasses or intercom units to be fitted without discomfort.
Looks are subjective of course but in the XG200 I feel like Nexx have managed to perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the Street Cross style. Little details like the rounded vents on the chin guard give this helmet such a timeless look. Urban Rider will be the first in the UK with stock of the new Nexx XG200 range, landing early November 2017. Keep and eye out for our forthcoming video review where we'll get you up close and personal with one of the best new products from this riding season. Find the entire range here.