Caberg Droid flip-up modular crash helmet

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First look at the new Caberg flip-up crash helmet: the Caberg Droid.

It’s pretty easy to see why Caberg called their new modular helmet the Droid: with it’s modern, angular design, it could’ve come straight off a Lucas Arts set (actually, Star Wars is more 1977 than 2017 – but you get what I mean).

But, if you take a look at the spec sheet below, there’s more to this helmet than it’s cool looks.

Sure, it’s a polycarbonate flip-up – but it’s due to hit the market at a very affordable price point and has lots of features and goodies that’re more usually associated with more expensive helmets. Not only do Caberg say it’s 100% made in Italy, it crams just about everything you can hope for into a helmet – from Pinlock anti-fog insert to bluetooth speaker pockets and dual homologation.

It’s only just about to hit the shelves so we’ll have to wait a while before we know how well it actually performs in the real-world, but for now, here’s what we can look forward to with the new Caberg Droid.

  • Polycarbonate modular
  • Weighs 1.55Kg (light for a modular)
  • Sun visor
  • Eu ECE 22-05 certified (not DOT certified for US)
  • SHARP 4 star safety rated
  • Pinlock Max vision insert included
  • Micrometric fastener
  • Caberg Just Speak bluetooth ready
  • Sizes XS-XL
  • Expect to pay around £200-£250

Looking to buy this Caberg?

We recommend SportsBikeShop (UK) for competitive prices, free delivery and 365 day returns backed by outstanding reviews. Also GetGeared (UK) who offer free delivery (and free 365 day returns) and who get great online reviews for service too. Or you can click through to the Caberg helmets pages at Amazon if you prefer. To buy in Euros, Motoin are a quality German operation with decent prices and great review scores. See here for more info on our recommended stores or click the links to go straight to their Caberg helmets pages.

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Droid is P/J homologated – meaning it’s legal to ride like this (not all are)!

Safety

If you’re a regular reader of our reviews, you’ll know that Caberg historically do incredibly well on safety.

They’re joint top place in our league of safest crash helmets brands because their helmets have scored an average of 4.6 out of 5 across all their helmets tested by SHARP, the UK safety helmet testing people.

That’s an amazing score and better than all the ‘top’ brands such as Shoei or Arai.

As for their modular helmets, their movable chin guards score pretty well for staying locked and closed during those tests too – not as good as our top scorer, Nolan, who’ve scored 100% to date. But Caberg have an average score of their modular’s chin guards staying closed and locked in 89% of impacts, which is still very good.

Well the good news with the Caberg Droid is that when SHARP got hold of it, they awarded it four stars (max five) for safety – and that chin guard stayed firmly locked and closed during every single test!

That’s an excellent result and puts the Caberg Droid up there among the safest (SHARP tested) modular helmets you can buy!

The Droid is also also dual-homologated. That’s an ECE 22-05 European thing meaning it’s legal to be used both with the chin down (as you’d expect) but also with the chin bar up. Push the chin bar all the way up and there’s a locking slider that you can use to lock the chin guard up in place so it doesn’t accidentally come down while you’re riding.

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This one’s the Caberg Droid Blaze in black/red fluo

But if you buy a Droid, it’s great to know you’re riding in one of the safest modulars on the market.

Helmet Noise

We’ll only know how noisy the Droid is after buyers have put it to the test. Suffice to say, if you’re after a quiet helmet, then stay away from a modular as they’re broadly quite a bit noisier than a full face helmet.

Of course, stick in a decent pair of plugs and you’ll be fine wearing a modular, but if a low noise helmet is a priority, then you’re best going for one of these helmets which owners universally say are quiet.

Ventilation

caberg-droid-chin-bar-ventsIt very much looks like the new Droid has ventilation covered.

Those two round car dashboard-style chin vents – which are adjustable according to Caberg – vent to the rear of the chin bar and also divert air up onto the back of the visor.

The top vent is closable too and routes air through the helmet shell and around the scalp using channels cut into the helmet liner.

Visor

The visor on the Caberg Droid works on a ratchet and – though the pics don’t show it – Caberg say it’ll come with a Pinlock Max Vision anti-fog insert in the box. That should sort out all but the most extreme visor-fogging problems.

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Look like Boba Fett (a bit!) big front vents, sun visor down – Droid in moody matt black Metal

It’s also quick-release to help with cleaning. Just open the visor with the chin bar down and pull the lever at either side of the visor pivot to pop the visor out.

There’s a visor-opening tab on either side of the visor. That’s handy for opening the visor while you’re riding, or opening with your right hand when you’re stopped.

Sun Visor

As usual with most Cabergs, the sun visor is operated with a slider right on the crown of the helmet.

It feels like a bit of a weird position at first, but allows more direct routing of the sun visor controller than at the side of the helmet – plus you get used to it after a while.

The sun visor is anti-scratch too.

Chin Guard

The chin guard is opened by a single button at the bottom. The guard is raised until it hits the guard-stopper at the top of the helmet at which point the P/J slider can be used to lock the guard in place so you can ride in open face mode.

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Metal White version of the Caberg Droid – with chin guard in max-up position against the stops on the top

That’s well worth having if you think you’ll ride in jet mode much of the time – the last thing you want is your chin guard accidentally dropping down while you’re riding!

If riding with the guard up is something you want, we recommend buying a modular that’s dual-homologated as that means it’s safer and legal to ride with your helmet in open-face config. Click the link above for a look at all the dual homologated lids we’ve reviewed or previewed.

Conversely, if you do have an accident while riding with your helmet in full face mode, you want to be pretty sure the chin guard’s gonna stay locked and closed.

Thankfully, that’s something that SHARP test for with modulars and when they tested the Caberg Droid, the chin bar stayed locked and closed 100% of the time – making it one of the select few flip-front helmets where you should be able rely on the chin guard to give a decent amount of protection.

Comfort & Sizing

Word is that the internals of the Droid are removable and washable, moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic.

There’s also glasses grooves cut in the sides to stop the stems of glasses digging in while riding.

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Rear view of the Droid Hi Vizion

Caberg have designed the Droid to work with their Just Speak bluetooth communicator so that’ll mean speaker pockets plus space for your microphone to sit in too.

We don’t have any word on sizing so it’s worth assuming the sizing’s true if you’re interested in buying a Droid (use our fitment guide to work out how to measure your bonce and get the right sizing). Oh, and buy from a retailer who accepts no-quibble returns in case it doesn’t fit quite right – like one of our recommended retailers using the links below.

The Droid will come with a chin curtain in the box and has a micrometric fastener.

Looks & Graphics

At the time of writing, there’s a matt black/white version of the droid – called Metal black or white, and a classy gun metal matt version. They also do a hi-viz green version called Hi Vizion. Aside from those plain colours, there’s three colour schemes using the Blaze design. They’re all shown on this page.

When it’s launched in 2017, you’ll be able to click through to the Caberg helmets pages of our trusted retailers below to see any new designs and get the latest prices for the Droid. Click here to find out more about our recommended retailers and why you should trust your hard earned money with them.

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This one’s the Caber Droid Blaze in yellow/black

Other stuff – fasteners, weight, warranty

The Droid comes with a micrometric fastener. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re really easy to use and safe as houses.

Caberg report that it’ll weigh in at 1.55Kg (+ or – 50g depending on size) which is surprisingly light for a polycarbonate modular.

Finally, warranty. Caberg only give a one year warranty on all their helmets. Which isn’t great because lots of makers now give a five year warranty which covers their helmets up to the point at which most makers agree it’ll need renewing. Come on Caberg, time to up the length of your warranty!

Overall/Summary

Looking at the spec sheet of the Caberg Droid, it looks like it might well be a real contender. It’s not expensive and with features like dual homologation, Pinlock, quick release shield – not to mention that excellent SHARP 4 star safety rating (and 100% chin guard!), we say if you’re in the market for a reasonably-priced flip-up helmet, you should definitely take a look at a Droid.

Having said that, there’s some cracking alternatives out there…

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Side view of the matt white Metal Droid

Alternatives to the Caberg Droid?

We’d say have a look at the HJC IS-Max II – that’s SHARP 4 star rated with most of the features of the Droid but for less money – same goes for the AGV Compact and the Lazer Paname which are both 4 star safety rated with sun visors too.

Going up the price scale from the Caberg Droid, there’s the X-Lite X-1003 – SHARP 4 star, 100% chin guard locked, Pinlock, a wee bit heavier than the Droid and a bit more expensive too.

And if we’re looking at modular helmets then we’ve got to include a Shark – in this case the 4 star Shark Evo One with its chin guard that rotates to the back of the head – it’s dual homologated too and includes a Pinlock Max Vision.

And of course, there’s the hugely well rated duo of the Caberg Duke and Tourmax – they’re both cheaper than the Droid and both are SHARP 5 star safety rated (that’s the maximum!) though the Tourmax is more a dual-sports style modular and a bit heavier.

Looking to buy this Caberg?

We recommend SportsBikeShop (UK) for competitive prices, free delivery and 365 day returns backed by outstanding reviews. Also GetGeared (UK) who offer free delivery (and free 365 day returns) and who get great online reviews for service too. Or you can click through to the Caberg helmets pages at Amazon if you prefer. To buy in Euros, Motoin are a quality German operation with decent prices and great review scores. See here for more info on our recommended stores or click the links to go straight to their Caberg helmets pages.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Have the Droid, in white. Replaces my 4 year old Duke.
    It has great peripheral vision making lifesavers easier. Visor mechanism is very good and easy to use as well. On the ventilation front I haven’t as yet has a problem with the visor misting so it’s hard to know how effective the chin guard ventilation is. Top vent works better than the Duke. With the chin curtain fitted I find the Droid to be stuffy so removed it (easy – just pull) and will try it again in the colder winter months. I find it a little tighter than my Duke – that’s ok it’s new, but I also find it harder to get my glasses on and have them comfortable. Never a problem with the Duke. Overall I’d give 4 out of 5.

  2. Thanks very much for your site. I’ve just ordered an AGV Compact from Sportsbikeshop. I hope you get the small commission
    Steve

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