A look at Caberg’s new Levante flip-up crash helmet

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Caberg’s new touring flip-up motorcycle helmet: the Caberg Levante

Italian helmet maker Caberg has come up with a host of new crash helmet releases for 2017. And here’s another, this one called the Caberg Levante (Italian for East apparently); a flip-up helmet designed for touring.

The Levante comes in two guises: the ‘cheaper’ version that’s a tri-composite shelled helmet consisting of layers of fibreglass, kevlar and carbon; plus an all carbon version.

It hasn’t hit the shelves yet so we don’t know how well it’ll perform in the real world (when we do, we’ll let you know here) but here’s what we do know about the new Levante…

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Cabert’s Levante Carbon – lightweight and super cool looking

Safety

Caberg lids are all ECE 22.05 approved (if you’re reading this in the US, Caberg don’t DOT certify their helmets) so should offer a decent level of protection. The Levante hasn’t been SHARP tested yet though so it’s difficult to tell quite how well it’ll perform compared to other helmets.

Having said that, based on SHARP test data of all the helmets tested so far, Caberg are our joint top safest crash helmet brand so we reckon they’re a good bet for a safe new helmet.

Of course, when you’re looking to buy a new modular helmet, you’re probably expecting to ride with it in full-face mode a lot of the time, so you’re also probably expecting the chin guard to give you lots of protection.

Well, as we’ve seen, that’s not always the case, with some helmet makers making much more dependable chin guards than others!

SHARP safety testing data so far shows that Caberg modulars are usually pretty good here, with their chin guards staying locked and closed between 80-90% of impacts. Yep, that’s actually a really good figure (though you’d be forgiven for hoping they’re all nearer 100%).

The Levante is also dual homologated, meaning it’s designed to be legally ridden with the chin guard up and locked open as well as down and closed. That’s probably a must-have if riding around with the chin bar up is your thing.

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Hi viz version of the tri-composite Levante

Other than that, if you’re safety minded, there’s loads of other features on the Caberg Levante that’ll make the helmet both easier to live with and safer to ride with.

There’s a nice wide visor opening for extra peripheral vision. An included Max Vision antifog insert to keep your visor nice and clear and fog free. There’s also a micrometric fastener to keep it tightly fastened and a drop down sun visor that’ll hopefully stop you getting caught out when the sun’s low and/or the surface’s wet.

All told, we expect the Caberg Levante to perform well for safety.

Ventilation

The ventilation system comprises a single chin vent operated by a slider and a single forehead vent. To the rear, there’s a couple of exhaust vents which complete the circuit and extract stale air.

Of course, most motorcycle crash helmets struggle to keep the visor fog free in cold, damp conditions and the Caberg Levante will undoubtedly be no different, whatever ventilation it manages to push onto the back of the visor. Thankfully, there’s a Pinlock Max Vision included with the Levante which should keep things clear in all but the most demanding situations.

We’ll report on how well the ventilation works post launch.

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This one’s the Levante Flow. Visit our recommended retailers for more designs and latest prices

Visor & Sun Visor

The Caberg Levante comes with what Caberg call their double visor tech – that’s a main clear visor (with included Pinlock) and drop down sun visor to the rest of us.

The main visor works on a ratchet, features Caberg’s great quick release system for fast, toolless visor changes, and has been designed with a very wide visor opening to maximise peripheral vision. That’s always welcome of course – the bigger the view, the better to ride with and safer it is to help catch hazards in your blind spot.

As we’ve seen in the past though, a large visor aperture can compromise helmet safety by weakening the overall helmet structure. Guess we’ll have to wait for those SHARP helmet ratings to come in before we know the score with the Levante.

The sun visor is operated from a slider by the left visor pivot – that’s a convenient spot for the the sun visor switch that also keeps it mostly out of the airflow, reducing noise and affecting aero.

Chin Guard

The chin guard on the Caberg Levante is operated by a single button in the middle of the guard.

A single button makes opening the chin guard easy, but it’s not always good for keeping the guard locked in place. Nolan helmets – the best for keeping their chin guards locked and closed during testing – use a two button method that’s still easy to use but works well with their sturdy latches and has kept all their modulars locked 100% 0f the time during testing.

Caberg flip-ups tested to date have stayed locked and closed an average of 89% of the time. That’s still way up there compared to many other helmet brands.

As mentioned in the safety section, the Levante is also dual homologated (or P/J homologated – same thing) meaning it’s been Euro tested and passed to work as giving protection in both full face and open face configurations. That’s always a good feature to see your new modular helmet.

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The internals of the Caberg Levante are fully removable and washable, hypoallergenic and moisture wicking. There’s also glasses grooves in there to accommodate glasses stems and stop them pressing into the side of your head.

The shell of the Levante is produced in two shell sizes – with one shell covering sizes XS-M and the other sizes L-XXL. The most expensive helmets these days are produced in more than two shell sizes so the helmet looks in better proportion when worn and, arguably, offers better protection during an accident. In fact, Bell are starting to make all their helmets in five shell sizes for just these reasons!

So for a helmet costing around £300 we’d have hoped for more shell sizes to cover fitment sizes available for the Levante.

Looks & Graphics

At the time of writing, the Levante is available in plain matt black and gloss white. There’s also a hi viz version and a single graphic version called the Flow. And of course, the carbon version comes wearing its carbon weave unpainted and with pride.

We expect Caberg will be launching lots of different graphic designs soon though, so click the links below to our recommended retailers to see the latest designs and pricing (and to buy one with confidence).

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Other stuff – communicators, weight, warranty

Because it’s a touring helmet, Caberg realise owners will bring lots of different 3rd party bluetooth systems along to try and fit in the Levante. So, Caberg have designed the Levante to work with as many systems as possible with large speaker pockets and plenty of space for a microphone. We’ll report back here once we find out which systems fit and which don’t.

The standard composite version of the Levante weighs 1.5Kg while the carbon comes in a 1.42Kg. Both those figures are light weight for a flip up helmet (the average weight for a flip up helmet is 1.68Kg) so there shouldn’t be a problem with neck ache.

Unfortunately, you’ll only get a one year warranty with your Caberg Levante though – or with any Caberg on sale at the moment (come on Caberg, up your warranty coverage!)

Overall/Summary

The Caberg Levante looks a great package. It’s designed for touring riders who need stuff like lots of space for a bluetooth, tons of comfort and decent ventilation. And, on paper at least, it all looks well and ticks lots of the right boxes. It has a nice wide visor and Pinlock Max Vision anti-fog in the box too so unless you’re crossing the alps in Feb, vision should stay clear all year round. Plus, if you’re riding all day, it’s nice to have a lightweight helmet and at between 1.4-1.5 Kg (depending on composite or carbon or shell size) the Levante is one of the lighter modular helmets around.

Once the Levante’s launched and owners and riders feed back on what works well (or not so well) we’ll update you here. In the meantime, the Caberg Levante looks like being a decent choice.

Looking to buy this Caberg?

It's been discontinued for a while now, but you could still find it on Amazon UK the last time we checked. Please click the link and you'll drop straight onto their Caberg helmets pages (then use site search).

Alternatives to the Caberg Levante

What we can say right here, right now, is there’s lots of choice around if you’re looking for a new modular helmet. Here’s our pick of the bunch from helmets that have been launched, tried and tested (by SHARP and by owners).

First off, the Shark Evoline 3 retails for about the same as the Caberg. It’s a SHARP 5 star tested modular with sun visor – though it’s heavier than the Levante.

Shark also do the Evo-One – that’s about the same price as the Evoline 3, is SHARP 4 star safety rated and comes with a Pinlock Max Vision anti-fog in the box. Both these Sharks are thermoplastic helmets, so not quite as high-tech as the Caberg.

So too is the Caberg Duke – an excellent performing modular that’s SHARP 5 star safety rated and comes in around half the price of the Levante (that’s gotta be worth a look!)

Owners also like the AGV Compact – SHARP 4 star safety rated, costs about half that of the Levante and has a sun visor. They reckon it’s noisy though (of course most modulars are noisier than the equivalent full face helmets).

You can probably find a Shoei Neotec for the same price as the Levante. that’s a fibreglass flip-up that’s SHARP 4 star safety rated, also has a wide visor for excellent peripheral vision and is great for glasses wearers.

For more options, check out our top 10 modular motorbike helmets list.

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