The helmet, KLIM Krios Pro 2020

The helmet, KLIM Krios Pro 2020


Last time I changed my helmet was a few years back when I bought the Schuberth E1. It was a novel helmet and eagerly waited amongst Schuberth users. Schuberth’s answer to Dual Sport/Adventure riders. It is a modular helmet, it has a peak and a built-in sun visor. It is a great value helmet but it has also some downsides. You have to have the “Schuberth head”, more round than oval. It is heavy because of all the mechanisms and traditional impact absorbent material (styrofoam). For some people, there are pressure points (usually in the forehead/temple area) which you have to take away somehow. To me, the E1 is a great helmet and I use it regularly.

When I bought my second bike, the KTM 690 Enduro R, I bought also proper enduro helmet. It’s the Airoh Aviator and it is very light and good for the long day use when riding more technical tracks. In this helmet there is no visor, you have to have goggles for that purpose. It flows a huge amount of air around the face, which is actually the purpose of the enduro helmet.

Before the E1 I had the Schuberth C3 (and C3 Pro) which are pure street helmets. So I have experience of all different types of helmets including the open face helmet (Schuberth S1 which I use occasionally). During the last winter season, I bumped into an article or advertisement of the Krios Pro. I started to read more user reviews (also YouTube) and info about it. The given specifications were promising and it started to interested me greatly. I had acquired the Klim Military VIP program so I had one time 30 % discount code and I decided to use it to the helmet. I got information about the availability, and when there was one in my size and color in stock I placed an order. The helmet came within one week from the EU warehouse.

Some important specifications about the Krios Pro. It’s a full carbon fiber (hand laid) shell helmet. It has a “Koroyd” energy absorbing material, which is one reason for a lightness (together with the carbon fiber). Moreover, it has a Pinlock and photochromic “Transitions” lens which is great. One new feature is a “Fid-Lock” magnetic strap closure system, a brilliant mechanism. I mentioned the weight several times already, in size L it is 1300 grams. In comparison, my Schuberth E1 is 1803 grams. This difference is very noticeable. There are a lot of info available, also some good YouTube reviews.

Regarding the safety of the helmet, I have to rely the certification. And I sincerely hope that I won’t end up the situation where this aspect is important. Crashing is not in my plans. BUT it is really good to know that it HAS a certification AND if I crash (and survive), the Klim will cover my gear fully. See more from the Klim’s website.

Krios Pro’s comfort liner feels plush and there are no pressure points at all. All the lining is good quality and probably very easy to take away and clean. The visor and peak attachment point and the screw feels flimsy (at least after Schuberth), but it should not be a problem because I won’t be changing the visor and peak all the time. The viewport is extremely large, I can easily see traffic in my eye corner without turning head. Because of the large viewport the helmet can be used with the goggles (with the visor or without). I have not tested this functionality yet. But in my travels, I can take the goggles with me and use them in more technical parts or extremely hot days.

One problem was with the Pinlock shield. When I was setting the Pinloc, I noticed a 2-3 mm long dent in the seal. It might have come from the factory and surely the Pinlock is not sealed from that point (and most probably gets foggy inside). I took a photo and made a warranty case to Klim.

When riding the venting is good and the airstream is adjustable by the mouth/chin vent. I was riding yesterday late afternoon and evening. The weather was sunny but cold (between 3 to 8 degrees Celcius). I wear a thin balaclava and molded earplugs. The helmet was a little noisier than E1, but when using plugs it’s not a problem. The helmet was not cold at all, even though ventilation was proper. At the last leg of my ride, I had to close the mouth vent totally. But even then the visor not fogged at all, thanks to Pinclok.

Overall, I think the Klim helmet is a wonderful piece of safety equipment and because of weight, I can use it all day long without strain. I have a BMW GSA and it has a tall screen. It helps the situation (really small amount of buffeting) but also some problems. At extremely high temperatures there is not enough airflow around and inside the Schuberth. I expect the Krios is airier inside.

The color is subjective, I selected the Arsenal Grey. But the surface is matte and I thought the clear-coated would be easier to maintain (insects and other dirt).

I was excited after the E1 but the Krios feels even more suitable to my needs. I ride mainly dual adventure (with the GSA and the KTM 690). Quite a long stints in tarmac but also a lot of gravel and slower tracks.

But I have not a long multi-day riding experience with the Klim yet, so I might find some drawbacks with it, hopefully not. It is very clear, and a lot discussed point of view that for the DS/ADV riding the street helmet nor the enduro helmet is not the best choice. It needs something in between, which gives the best of both worlds. And I have to point out that selecting the helmet for one’s riding is a purely personal preference. The helmet itself is not the determining factor of your rides. But if you have a “proper” helmet, it will greatly help to ride and create comfort.

After this first impression report, I give the full 5/5 to the Krios Pro. My E1 will get 4,5/5 mainly because of the weight. So the Krios Pro is “” accepted gear to everyone in similar situation.

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