After celebrating its return to the off-road and motocross markets in early 2010 with the release of its thermoplastic resin MT-X helmet, AGV expands its off-road products family with 2 new helmets.
First is the high-end AX-8, with its carbon-Kevlar-fiber shell. Developed over the past 2 years in close collaboration with AGV’s team of pro riders on both sides of the Atlantic, including American X Games and Supercross stars Travis Pastrana and Davi Millsaps and European Motocross, Enduro and Supermotard champs like David Philippaerts, Deny Philippaerts, Gautier Paulin, the AX-8 brings AGV back into the world of dirt with an original design and highly technical characteristics.
The AX-8 Design
The design is pure AGV style with an evident family feeling in the shape of its shell and the front air vents and rear extractors that show influence from AGV’s road racing helmets and the MT-X.
The AX-8 Shell
For the shell construction AGV used and SSL layering made of carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass in order to keep the weight low while ensuring the maximum safety.
The AX-8 comes in 3 shell sizes which, combine with various inner liner combination of cheek-pads and crown-pads allow for a size run ranging XXS to XXXL.
AX-8: Enhanced Ventilation
AGV brings to dirt the IVS (integrated ventilation system), which consists of channels formed directly in the outer shell and within the double-layers EPS, allows for a more effective airflow within the helmet along with better aerodynamic performance.
The result is air constantly flowing through the 7 front and lateral air-intakes while the rear extractors eliminate the moist warm air from inside the helmet.
AX-8: All About Safety
AGV has been perfecting helmet safety since 1947, from old school motocross to countless road racing world championships, the legendary Italian brand brings over 63 years of helmet manufacturing experience in the development of the AX-8.
Like all AGV helmets, the AX-8 was created, developed and tested in-house in Italy where AGV has all the machinery and engineering needed to achieve safety performances higher than the minimums needed to reach all certification standards. The helmet weighs at an average of 1.350 g and is certified DOT/ECE2205 for the US market.
- Solid Colors: $349.95
- Graphics Colors: $379.95
- Special Graphics: $399.95
The other new arrival in the AGV family is an adventure, dual-sport, helmet, the AX-8 Dual. Based on the AX-8 shell, this extremely versatile helmet is designed for the growing adventure touring segment with an on-road and-off road use.
To the strong safety and comfort characteristics of its motocross cousin, specific technical features have been added to the AX-8 Dual. The added features include the shield and its specific fully opening mechanism, the opening chin vents as well as an additional opening air-intake on the top of the helmet.
AX-8 Dual Ventilation
The integrated IVS ventilation system receives the addition of an air-intake on top of the helmet with an open/close position as well as a chin guard vent – which can be easily removed without the use of tools – with an open/closed mechanism for adjustment of the airflow inside the helmet.
AX-8 Dual Shield/Visor Functionality
The AX-8 Dual comes with a new AGV Flat Dual shield in non-scratch, anti-fog, polycarbonate and has a specific mechanism that offers gradual shield opening. The AX-8 Dual visor has been designed to reduce the sail-effect during travel to a minimum.
The helmet can be configured in 3 different set-ups:
1. Supermotard/Adventure Touring – with visor and shield.
2. Off-Road – with visor and no shield.
3. Street/Naked Bikes – with shield and no visor.
AX-8 Dual Pricing
- Solid Colors: $399.95
For more information, please visit us at agv.com, or stop by your local dealer. AGV is distributed in US by Parts Unlimited and Dainese USA.