Simpson Outlaw Bandit Review

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Simpson Outlaw Bandit is a high-quality motorcycle helmet that has been designed to offer the best comfort and safety for its user. It is constructed of a lightweight and durable ABS plastic, which helps to protect your head from impact. 

The helmet also features an adjustable, removable strap system. This means that you can adjust it according to your personal preference. 

Unlike many other helmets, this one also comes with an integrated air vent at the rear of the helmet. The ventilation system offers excellent cooling performance, while helping to ensure that you remain comfortable during long rides or hot weather. 

The helmet also features two large vents on both sides of the helmet's forehead section, which help to keep you cool when wearing it in warm weather. 

SIMPSON 28315XL2 Black X-Large Outlaw Bandit

Ratings

Comfort:

97%
Comfort

Visibility:

94%
Visibility

Coolness:

99%
Coolness

Ventilation:

92%
Ventilation

Quietness:

94%
Quietness

Overall rating:

Specifications

Outer shell material : Polycarbonate/Fiberglass

Shell size : XS-XXL

Liner : EPS liner

Weight : 1.55 kg (3.4 lbs)

Pinlock : Wide Visor

Strap System : Double D-ring fastener

Safety Ratings

DOT : Yes

ECE : No

SNELL : Yes

SHARP : Not tested

FIM: No


What is the Simpson Outlaw Bandit Motorcycle Helmet?

The Simpson Outlaw Bandit is the latest motorcycle helmet to join the crowd of "outlaw" helmet designs that have popped up over the years. We're used to seeing helmets with wild artwork, unconventional styling or highly customized paint jobs, but the Simpson Outlaw Bandit is a bit different. 

 The Bandit was an attempt from Simpson to appeal to a new rider demographic. The Bandit is a cruiser style bike with an aggressive, and sexy look that is sure to attract attention from other riders on the street. The unique styling and stainless steel components set the Outlaw apart from other bikes in this category.

 The hard shell Bandit Helmet is not only a great choice for the street but is sure to protect you on your next adventure off-road. The Simpson Outlaw Bandit Motorcycle Helmet is constructed of high-impact polycarbonate that's stronger and more durable than the polystyrene and ABS plastic typically found in most helmets. 

 The Simpson Outlaw Bandit Motorcycle Helmet is equipped with an internal suspension system made from shock absorbing rubber that's designed to reduce the impact felt by the rider during an accident.

Shape and materials

The Simpson Outlaw Bandit is the latest motorcycle helmet to join the crowd of "outlaw" helmet designs that have popped up over the years. We're used to seeing helmets with wild artwork, unconventional styling or highly customized paint jobs, but the Simpson Outlaw Bandit is a bit different. 

 The Bandit was an attempt from Simpson to appeal to a new rider demographic. The Bandit is a cruiser style bike with an aggressive, and sexy look that is sure to attract attention from other riders on the street. The unique styling and stainless steel components set the Outlaw apart from other bikes in this category.

 The hard shell Bandit Helmet is not only a great choice for the street but is sure to protect you on your next adventure off-road. The Simpson Outlaw Bandit Motorcycle Helmet is constructed of high-impact polycarbonate that's stronger and more durable than the polystyrene and ABS plastic typically found in most helmets. 

The Simpson Outlaw Bandit Motorcycle Helmet is equipped with an internal suspension system made from shock absorbing rubber that's designed to reduce the impact felt by the rider during an accident.

OVERALL COMFORT 

The main reason that you should go for this helmet is that you can adjust it according to your personal preference. The adjustable strap helps to create a custom fit and ensure a secure hold of your head. 

The helmet comes with a soft, non-skid, laminated liner and features an excellent ventilation system. While the sides of the helmet have an aggressive look, the back of the helmet is kept clean and neat with its vented shape. 

The high-quality air vents help to take away the pressure from the head while riding and also prevent the hair from going inside the helmet. The comfort is ensured with the super soft padding around the bridge of your nose and the throat. The side shields are even shaped with a contoured shoulder pad and chin strap.

Things I liked

  • Very comfortable and lightweight
  • Ideal for wide-mouthed helmets
  • Allows you to install and remove the padding
  • You can adjust the head adjuster comfortably by adjusting the straps
  • Your face feels protected because of the high density foam
  • The helmet does not leave any burning sensation on your neck
  • The outer shell seems to be stronger than most battleships

Things I don’t like

  • Could use a built in sun visor
  • It is almost 100 grams heavier than other helmets in the same segment.
  • Needs a special screwdriver to remove the visor
  • The visor is hard and does not provide good ventilation
  • The visor is difficult to remove and adjust
  • No vents on top of the helmet
  • Water can (and will) get through the visor

VISIBILITY

The Simpson Outlaw Bandit Helmet’s visor provides good light transmission and has a small amount of horizontal area. The visor has three detent positions and nothing more. Zip, nada. It’s probably one of the most simple visor designs in the history of helmets. 

The visor offers a wide degree of head protection, which helps to protect against glare. The head protection module has been incorporated to ensure that your head and the device stay intact when a crash happens. 

The pinlock system is of course excellent. The visor needs a special screwdriver to remove it, which we are not too crazy about. Little things like that can sometimes be a little too easy to lose. Other than that minor thing, the rest of the visibility system is great.  

The visor unit has an ergonomic shape, which prevents the user from always adjusting it in a semi-deflected position. This helps to ensure a proper fit while riding. The visor also has UV and harmful radiation filters to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the Sun and ultraviolet rays. 

One thing we did notice was that it’s possible for water to get through the visor at speed. 

QUIETNESS 

Not just the performance but the silence is also the best part about the Simpson Outlaw Bandit. The helmet is noise free and people would often compliment us about the quality and simplicity of its design. 

The helmet comes with a built-in microphone, which is quite useful to communicate with other riders while riding in crowded places. The bandana vent works effectively and allows a good airflow to your head.

Some users find the helmet to be a bit loud, but we only experience this when we tilted our heads in a particular direction. We’ve certainly tested louder helmets in our time, and we feel the Bandit isn’t overly loud at all.

The Bandit has quite a bit of foam padding which definitely helps to control road noise. The built in audio is of course Bluetooth compatible and the speakers sound really good. 

VENTILATION

The Simpson Outlaw Bandit helmet comes with two sets of air vents, which makes it possible for you to adjust the ventilation level according to your requirements. If you are riding in an environment with extreme heat and the temperature is very high, you will be able to enjoy a cool breeze. 

Similarly, if you are riding in a humid environment, the air will be drawn into the helmet and given to your head. The ventilation system can be adjusted using two Velcro straps. 

Just hook the straps to adjust the ventilation. Alternatively, you can use the snap-together ‘Air Venting Arms’ which are equipped with a dial on each end. It is possible to adjust the level of air flow using these arms.

SAFETY

The Bandit comes with all sorts of great safety features. It is both DOT and SNELL certified, meaning it sells everywhere.  The excellent quality fiberglass will definitely keep your head safe in case of an incident. 

The chin fastener will keep the helmet secure as well as comfortable on your neck and throat area. The thick padding is not only great for a tight fit, but the added protection is there without you having to really think about it. 

Let’s not forget the nearly indestructible outer shell. When we say this is some strong fiberglass we really mean it. This is not something you’d want to swing at your worst enemy.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks so much for reading through our review of the Simpson Outlaw Bandit. Motorcycle masks are by far the most important purchase that you will make as a motorcyclist. You want a mask that fits properly, looks good, is effective, comfortable, and affordable. That is exactly what we have covered here with the Bandit. 

Bottom Line: The Simpson Outlaw Bandit is a great choice of motorcycle helmet for males. It offers the best of comfort and safety. It also provides an excellent range of features, which make it one of the best helmets of its kind. 

Overall, the helmet does not disappoint.

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