Icaro Solar X
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Solar X, as worn by Solar Impulse pilots
First round-the-world solar flight with Icaro2000 helmets
Solar Impulse is the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel, using solar power. Its two famous pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, chose our helmets and electronic ICE headsets for their round-the-world attempt because they are light, strong, modern and reliable and have EN 966 certification. Icaro is proud to contribute to this incredible mission, in honour of which we call our new helmet Solar X.
See the official Solar Impulse website.
Designed by Ignazio Bernardi, with the technical consultancy from the greatest Italian helmet developer, the Solar X has a very modern look. Made 100% in Italy.
Reduced width of the helmet
The advantage of a reduced width of the helmet are evident: less weight and less resistance to te air.
The disadvantage: if there is only one dimension of the shell like in this helmet, the maximum size is XL (61 cm of head circumference).
The 3 mm thickness polycarbonate shell has the advantage to be very light but still very strong.
The polystyrene inside is reinforced with one more layer of polycarbonate to achieve the hard penetration test of the E.N. 966 certification.
Airflow inside the helmet
Between the shell and the polystyrene there are 2 channels with their holes for the air flow.
You can open or close the entrance of the air into the helmet just with one hand and while you are flying.
3 sizes available, each with an adjustable sizing wheel, for head circumferences from 53 to 61 cm:
- S (53-56 cm = XS-S)
- M (57-59 cm = M-L)
- L (60-61 cm = L-XL)
The size of a helmet is always described by the inner circumference of the internal padding.
The size number therefore corresponds to the head circumference in centimetres.
Interchangeable Internal Padding
3 internal paddings are adapted to the 3 sizes determined by the wheel regulator situated in the back of the helmet. They can be replaced by larger or smaller padding pieces included the wheel regulator, thus varying the helmet size.
You just choose your own size of ICARO tailored inner helmet lining for a safe, perfectly comfortable head fit. It can be changed in moments in case a different size is needed.
If the helmet is not a perfect fit, Icaro will send a new padding free of charge, independently from where you bought the helmet.
The important advantage: you can easily remove the padding and replace it with a new one or just wash it.
Covering shell edge
We found a method to stich a strip of fabric around the helmet shell edge. The result is beautiful!
Sidepieces and chin strap
Plastic-coated stainless steel wire sidepieces and micrometric chin strap.
Ear defenders or electronic headsets
For information about Icaro2000 ear defenders (ear cups) and electronic headsets, including details about the various options, microphones, booms, speakers and cables, radio bands (2 meter or aviation), softgel option and radio and headset compatibility, see here.
Certification E.N. 966
All our helmets are designed and built especially for freeflight and microlight pilots, in accordance with the European standards (EN 966). They are as light as possible whilst still optimizing safety for hang glider, paraglider and micro light pilots.
The Nerv has been tested by the Italian laboratory Newton, a company authorized by the Italian Ministry of Transport and recognized by the German TUV.
See the very interesting video we made during the EN 966 testing of the Icaro Rega helmet.
See the complete EN 966 test report.
- Helmet: approx. 550 gr
- Ear defenders just to filter out engine noise: approx. 230 gr
- Electronic headsets with cable: approx. 390 gr
Available in Short and Long versions, each in Transparent or Tinted Brown.
Icaro Helmets Manual
Download the user manual and maintenance guide for all Icaro 2000 helmets:
Icaro 2000 Extreme Sports Helmets User Manual (PDF file, approx 166 KB)
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Icaro Solar X Reviews
Nancy was extremely knowledgeable about the product and helped me to configure it with the appropriate Microavionics headset; Flybubble have a great arrangement with Microavionics and they send your helmet to them directly for the headset to be fitted by the experts - they in turn despatch it directly to you at no extra charge. Service was very prompt as soon as the helmet came into stock from Icaro.
The headset is very clear, both on transmit and receive, light and comfortable - with great adjustability in the chin strap. Ear cups 'clip' in or out to either keep out the noise or allow conversation on the ground and are very comfortable; mine just needed a little tweak to achieve that perfect position of not crushing your head in a vice and yet keeping all the noise out.
Helmet has been good in summer and winter conditions - vents open allow a gentle breeze and when closed the helmet is draft free. I don't have a visor - yet. I like that the visor of choice can be retro fitted if one feels the need - I'll wait and see if my eyes water when the weather gets colder!