Shift Agent Double Bypass Helmet Review 0
If there’s one thing Shift Racing prides itself on its having the guts for pushing the styling envelope – or in this case, having the stomach. For 2010, riders who have a taste for off-the-wall helmets can savor the Shift Racing Agent Double Bypass helmet. This greasy lid transforms your cranium into an artery-clogging piece of art.
The Agent line is an entry-level pricepoint but the Double Bypass is definitely the most eye-catching. With two patties, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup and cheese on a sesame seed bun, wearing the burger lid is as much about fun as it is about safety. The shell is constructed of injection molded polycarbonate and lined with EPS foam to absorb impacts. It surpasses Snell and DOT standards but the features are minimal in this cost-effective helmet.
The Double Bypass feels a bit cheap, particularly the plastic parts. Padding is stiff but the fit is good. It’s not uncomfortable, but it definitely doesn’t have the pillow-top comfort of a higher-priced helmet. One of my favorites in terms of sheer comfort being the Troy Lee Designs Air lineup, which is the type of helmet you can expect to pay triple the price for. But, regarding the Agent’s credentials, despite being inexpensive there’s more than just pickles and mustard. Plastic visor screws are light and serve their purpose, and the Agent helmet has a small integrated roost deflector on the nose piece. I actually like the size of the deflector because it doesn’t interfere with goggles. That’s a good thing because the eye port is just a standard size.
Venting is pretty minimal from the intakes mounted on top of the helmet. This leads to a sweaty head when riding hard. Fortunately the cheek pads and inner liner are all removable so they can be washed. Also, the chin strap is a little uncomfortable. It’s a bit far back, the strap pad is large and the strap itself is fairly short. I found myself running it pretty loose in order to keep it from rubbing against my throat. I’m not the type to snug them down very far on any helmet, but the Agent strap is a tad more annoying than some.
Usually a hundred bucks for a cheeseburger would be outrageous, but for one that protects your brain it’s much more palatable. When it first arrived at the office I honestly wasn’t thrilled, thinking it was, for lack of a better
word, cheesy. Apparently I was the only one because every coworker who passed by had to stop in and see the new hamburger helmet, and I started appreciating the goofy concept. I took it riding a couple times and I didn’t get a single negative response, in fact, I’ve never gotten this many comments for any piece of gear. People love this thing, it’s weird. Wearing it to the local poker run last weekend was just the right audience, and I was starting to get a complex from all the stares. Like cholesterol in my veins, the Double Bypass has grown on me. Now I use it primarily for UTV riding where low physical exertion minimizes the weak venting. It’s not the lightest or most comfortable, but it meets regulations and will satisfy budget riders’ hunger for a creative, affordable helmet.
The Shift Racing Agent Double Bypass helmet is available at Motorcycle Superstore.