Review of the Nexx XG100 retro full face motorcycle helmet

Review of the Nexx XG100 retro full face motorcycle helmet

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The Nexx X.G100: a composite fibre retro full face helmet

The Nexx X.G100 is a proudly retro full face helmet, harking back to the good ole days when every biker had greasy fingers and even greasier biking gear.

Nowadays, most of us take our bikes into the garage to get em fixed and you’re more likely to see snazzy textile jackets and carefully sculpted leather body suits than a greasy jacket. But it’s tempting to look back on those days with affection and kitting yourself out with a retro helmet is just one more way to relive those halcyon hipster days.

The XG100 might look very retro, but some of the tech is anything but. It’s got a hi-tech carbon/aramid composite shell that’s super light weight and it ticks all the relevant statutory boxes such as ECE and DOT.

But what do Nexx XG100 owners think of their retro crash hats?

Overall/Summary

The Nexx XG100 is a retro-looker, and that’s why most folks are gonna buy one.

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Muddy Hog in blue with sun visor attached

And because it’s based on the look of helmets in the 70’s, that’s probably how you should go into buying one. Don’t expect it to work amazingly well in comparison to today’s helmets because it’s a pretty faithful re-imagining of yesterday’s helmets, warts and all.

But if you go into buying an XG100 expecting leaks and draughts and a hot head – the whole retro biking experience – then you’ll probably not be disappointed. Buy one and expect all the sophistication and utility you get from a modern helmet, and you’ll likely be left with a sad face.

So, most owners understand that it’s a bit compromised and if you’re OK to fiddle about with goggles and elasticated visors and to have a bit more wind on your face than you’d like – but can revel in the 70’s coolness the XG100 brings, then it’ll be worth all you paid for it and more.

Just maybe, have a backup modern helmet somewhere around the house too eh?

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Retro helmet with even retro-er design – the Nexx XG100 Devon

  • Composite aramid/organic fibre/carbon/fibreglass shell
  • ECE and DOT certified
  • Not SHARP or Snell tested
  • 1 shell size only
  • Double D-ring fastener
  • Sizes S-XL
  • 2 year warranty
  • 1.2Kg (2.65lbs) (very light)
  • £170-£230 depending on design

Looking to buy a Nexx helmet?

If you want a UK retailer, we recommend GetGeared (UK) for excellent service, 365 day returns and free delivery (UK only). If you're OK ordering from Europe and looking for an extensive range and low prices, try FC-Moto (Eu). Please see here for more info on these retailers or click any link above to go straight to their Nexx helmet pages and see the latest designs and prices.

Safety

The Nexx X.G100 is both ECE 22.05 and DOT certified which means it meets a certain minimum safety and performance standard. Click the links for details.

It hasn’t been either SHARP or Snell safety tested though so that’s about as far as we can go to see if they’re safe or not. Except we can say that SHARP has tested three Nexx helmets over the years – with the last one being the Nexx XR2 in 2016 – and all three have scored 3/5 stars. That includes carbon and composite helmets too. So I guess we could perhaps expect something similar?

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This one’s the Nexx XG100 Bad Loser

Other than having a nice smooth and round shell (always preferable in safety terms) that’s light weight (reduced inertia in an accident) and a good ole double-d ring fastener (safe as houses if you do em up diligently), there’s not many other safety features going.

Helmet Noise

Interestingly, even though the X.G100 is a retro helmet, that nice round shape, lack of vents and protruberences and some nice soft padding that covers the ears – the few owners’ comments on helmet noise points to the Nexx being a reasonably quiet helmet.

As always, helmet noise is subjective and dependent on things like your riding style, type of bike, speed you ride, previous helmet noise etc. etc. so take this assessment with a pinch of salt: everyone’s perception of a quiet helmet is slightly different.

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Tokko black, white, red design – showing small ventilation slit

Ventilation

You can see the ventilation on the XG100 from the photos – or lack of it. There’s a single vertical slit in the chin guard, and that’s it!

Or rather, that’s all the ‘official’ ventilation, though of course if you’re riding with goggles, you’ll get lots more ventilation through the eye port. Even if you’re riding with the elastic visor, reports are you’ll still get some air in around it.

But as for scalp ventilation, you’ll not find much. And if you’re riding in hot weather for any length of time, owners reckon it can get a bit hot in there. But I guess that’s all part of the old-time riding experience right?

As for the chin vent, that’s covered by mesh to stop the bigger airborne nasties getting through and apparently it offers decent venting too, letting in a reasonable amount of air around the mouth area. It also directs some air onto the back of the visor if you’ve got one fitted, but it’s not going to be enough to stop it fogging.

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Matt black XG100 Purist with smoked goggles fitted

Visor & Peak

The Nexx XG100 does accommodate a visor and in fact comes with a 60% smoked visor in the box.

That visor’s unlike any visor you may have experienced in the past though. It’s a soft plastic visor that snaps onto the helmet on either side of the eye port and pulls tightish to the eye gasket.

Accounts are that the visor works OK but it’s not tight enough to stop all the rain getting in if it tips it down and it does leak air a bit (but hey, it is the 1970s, what do you expect – Marc Bolan wouldn’t have moaned!).

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Purist white version with black sun peak

You can push the visor up a bit to crack it and stop fogging – or push it up to the bottom of the brow studs for a bit more ventilation still. You can push it up further still but be careful you don’t scratch the visor with the studs – and keep your eyes on the road (or pull over) because it’s not the easy-to-use visor we’re used to these days.

You can of course bin off the visor and use sun glasses or goggles – but it’s not been specifically designed to accommodate either and a few owners reckon the eye port is pretty small.

Because it’s passed both ECE and DOT, that means the visor opening meets minimum requirements, but a couple of users did say it feels a bit restricted in the peripheral vision stakes.

The Nexx X.G100 does come with a sun peak too that fits on the three studs over the brow. It seems to do its job OK, though one owner reckoned it can contribute to lift at speed.

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Rear view of the XG100 muddy hog – no vents, spoilers, nothing!

Comfort & Sizing

Despite being a retro helmet, the XG100 does have reasonably modern internals that are wicking and are anti-allergenic. It’s removable and washable too, though it’s attached to the helmet by velcro (so might be tricky to put back in in exactly the right place).

It is only produced in just one shell size but fitment sizes run from S-XL – and word is that it fits pretty true – check our fitment guide if you’re not sure what size helmet you take.

As mentioned, there’s no glasses groove in the XG but some people do use shades and glasses with it sounds like it’s not too much of a problem.

There’s no ear pockets though so it’s not ideal if you’re wanting to fit a communicator. But then the XG100 is a retro helmet so, possibly not a massive issue for most?

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This one’s the Nexx XG100 Drake. See below for side view

Looks & Graphics

There’s a wealth of graphics available for the Nexx XG100. There’s solid gloss white and matt black – but there’s also a few that are near-plain colours such as the Bolt with its orange stripes and the Devon with a classy yellow piping. There’s also some more way-out designs such as the Muddy Hog and the Bad Loser.

As usual, you’ll find most of the currently available designs dotted around this page – but for the absolute latest designs and prices, click through to our recommended retailer links below where you’ll be dropped on their Nexx helmets pages.

Best place to buy a Nexx crash helmet?

We recommend you buy from GetGeared (UK). They have stores in Leeds and Leatherhead, UK, and offer great service (at the time of writing, that's 4.7/5 on eKomi) as well as 365 day no quibble returns and free UK delivery for orders over £25.

Or for an excellent range of Nexx helmets and low prices, we also recommend FC-Moto (Germany). At the time of writing they score a decent 8.7/10 on Trustpilot and if you want the cheapest prices around, we recommend you buy from here. Note: FC-Moto do quote despatch times of 5-7 days, so only order from here if you're not in a rush for your order.

Please click a picture below to drop onto their Nexx helmets page. And if you buy from either, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you - a massive THANKS! (it's how we finance the site). Click for more info on why you should buy from one of our recommended retailers.

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Click to visit Nexx at GetGeared

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See Nexx designs and prices at FC Moto


Nexx XG100 Video

Crash Helmet Buying Guides

For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.

Other stuff – warranty, build quality

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Side view of the Drake

The Nexx X.G100 comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty (many helmets these days come with a 5 year warranty).

That said, many owners said they were pleasantly surprised at the build quality of the XG100 – with colours and finish being vibrant – and the whole thing seems well put together. So hopefully that’ll mean you won’t have cause to put that warranty to the test.

Alternatives to the Nexx XG100

There’s only one real alternative that we’ve come across and that’s the good ole Bell Bullet – another full face retro helmet but that’s a bit more expensive than the Nexx.

Definitely want a Nexx?

Here you'll find all our Nexx crash helmet reviews and previews including any full face, flip-up and open face helmets.

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