Klim is mostly known for a quality motorcycle gear such as adventure gloves and jackets. Few years ago, the company decided to create their very first adventure helmet called Klim Krios. It became a successful competitor to other premium ADV helmets on the market such as Shoei Hornet X2 and Arai XD4. The most interesting properties of the Klim Krios helmet are its lightweight full-carbon shell, a quick-release shield and an extremely aggressive looking design with aerodynamic visor and a spoiler on the back. All of these features are very important if you are even remotely interested in touring or dual-sport motorcycle riding.
After the great success of the original model, Klim has launched a more advanced version of the helmet called Klim Krios Pro that is oriented towards more professional riders. Let’s take a good look at this unique motorcycle helmet in our review.
Klim Krios Pro Adventure Helmet Review
Shell Design & Protection Level
The Klim Krios Pro helmet meets the DOT and ECE safety standards so it can be considered as one of the safest helmets out there when we compare it to the competitors. Klim actually claims that the special perforated material they have used inside the shell actually increases the safety even further and that it is up to 50% safer than the regular helmet material. Whether it is true or not, we can’t tell obviously.
The shell of the Klim Krios Pro helmet is extremely light. In fact, it is the lightest helmet in its category and you will notice the big difference right after you put it on your head. The lightness was achieved mainly thanks to the carbon-fiber material that Klim has used when manufacturing the Krios Pro helmet. It is hand-laid and the weave used in the carbon fiber is very wide, so you can see every single thread from a distance. This element of the helmet looks cool, but more importantly, it reduces the weight even further and provides a good protection at the same time.
Unfortunately, using any kind of carbon fiber on a motorcycle helmet has its negatives. When there is even the slightest wind hitting the helmet, you will experience a lot of noise issues. Also, crashing in the helmet means that the entire shell will be cracked and you will end up replacing it. This wouldn’t be any problem if the price of the helmet wasn’t so high.
Other than that, there are no disadvantages and I really like the look and feel of the shell design, especially the extra spoiler on the back that is there to increase the aerodynamics and it looks badass too!
The helmet weights about 3 lbs (1,3 kg) and it comes in 2 different shell sizes: S-M and L-3XL
Face Shield & Visor
The Klim Krios Pro has an anti-scratch Polycarbonate shield that is pin-lock ready and comes with the Transitions Photochromic lens, so you can enjoy an outstanding vision during your ride under any circumstances.
On top of that, the face shield of the Klim Krios helmet features a quarter turn release mechanism that lets you take off the shield and visor without any tools. It is easy to do and very effective. You can quickly change your configuration from an adventure helmet to a street helmet or vice-versa. The Krios Pro helmet is “goggle-friendly” and it is specially designed to be compatible with the Klim Radius Goggle.
The overall feel and quality of the face shield and visor seems lacking when compared to other premium adventure helmets. It feels very light and flimsy, that you would be afraid of actually breaking it during a light crash or even when dropping or touching it. And as everyone knows, there are many light crashes during adventure riding. The flimsiness can be just a personal feeling though.
Ventilation & Airflow
The Krios Pro’s ventilation is amazing and it is one of the top attributes of this helmet. Lets take a look at the air vents…
The huge vent at the front of the chin bar will give you a massive amounts of airflow. It is a big improvement from the original version of the helmet, where the chin vent was ineffective and only functional for reducing the fogging issues. Now this frontal chin vent gives an excellent airflow and you won’t face any over-ventilation in your eye-area.
There are also some smaller air vents on the top of the helmet. These vents are nothing to write poems about. They are there and they are effective.
What makes the ventilation of the Klim Krios Pro helmet extremely good though, is a technology called “Koroyd”. This is the special liner material with tubes that I started talking about earlier. It increases the safety of the helmet, reduces the weight and even improves the ventilation. It will also make your helmet dry faster, so if you have any problems with sweating, this will be a really useful feature for you.
Interior & Comfort level
The interior fabric of the Krios Pro is very soft and comfortable to the touch. The lightness of the shell also increases the comfort of the helmet and it will help your head fatigue. If you suffer from any kind of neck pain conditions, this helmet is definitely a great option for you as it is much lighter than most other motorcycle helmets.
The Klim Krios Pro has a removable and washable interior padding that has antibacterial and moisture-wicking properties. It dries very quickly and stays dry for a much longer time than the padding used in regular helmets. This fact makes the Krios Pro helmet the ideal choice for everyone living in an area with a hot climate such as Australia or California.
The helmet features a Fid-Lock system that is very secure and much easier to use than the usual double d-rings mechanism. Thanks to this technology, you can easily release the strap even with your gloves on and save some valuable time for riding. This also comes handy when you are riding off-road and your hands are full of mud.
As mentioned before, the noise level of the Klim Krios Pro helmet is rather poor. Don’t expect to comfortably use any kind of intercom device in higher speeds. Because of that, it is not suitable for highway riding or for long distance touring, but you can always use ear plugs.
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In my opinion, Klim compromised too much for the extreme lightness of the Krios Pro helmet, that it just feels way too light and flimsy. The wind noise you will experience while wearing the helmet can also be annoying. Considering the higher price point, there is no excuse for such flaws. It is a pity, because there are so many interesting features and attributes that make this helmet stand out. I really wanted to like the helmet and in fact, I really do like it actually.
Hopefully, next time Klim will get it 100% right and they will be able to bring us the best adventure helmet on the market. Until then, there are at least two better all-around options and we can recommend the Klim Krios Pro only for those in a need of the lightest adventure helmet possible.
UPDATE: After further research, we have found that the concept of the Klim Krios Pro helmet is actually not an original concept. It was used multiple times before by lesser known Chinese brands. The outer shell of this helmet is 100% rebranded shell from much cheaper helmets made by Lazer and Nishua. It is a real bummer, that Klim haven’t actually designed their own helmet from scratch and borrowed the design. This also explains some of the issues of this helmet like the cheap plastic feel and noise issues.
Klim Krios Pro Helmet
Pros: Extremely Light, Transitions Photochromic lens, Koroyd technology, Very good airflow, Dries very fast, Super-cool design
Cons: Flimsy Face Shield & Visor, Noisy, Expensive