It’s been nearly two decades when the motorcycle helmet manufacturer Nolan first introduced its N100 flip-up helmet in the year 1998. Now Nolan has come very far and has improved upon the design which led to the N101, N102, N103, N104, and N104 EVO, and now N100-5. Nolan N100-5 motorcycle helmet is considered the upgrade version of Nolan’s most successful N104 modular helmet. Funny thing is, Nolan N100-5 is the long-awaited successor and it is not called by N105 but Nolan N100-5. But, if we put that aside, the helmet comes with some serious features that will amaze you. That’s for sure! Here we are going to discuss the key features of Nolan N100-5 modular motorcycle helmet and review it against its predecessor Nolan N104 helmet.
Let’s find out if Nolan N100-5 is really the successor of Nolan N104 or just an update with some minor improvements. Also, where this helmet stands among other best modular motorcycle helmets.
Nolan N100-5 Motorcycle Helmet Review
Nolan N100-5 is the new top-of-the-line modular helmet engineered by Nolan. Its key features include the Nolan’s Lexan technology in its outer shell which offers maximum comfort & performance, Air Booster technology for ventilation, and an internal sun visor with 4 different positions etc. In short, this is the helmet for daily commuters who stop for gas, lights, and flip up to talk when necessary.
Nolan has used the same Lexan Polycarbonate shell with Nolan N100-5 which it is already using with Nolan N104 EVO helmet. It is said that the Lexan technology of Nolan is superior to ordinary thermoplastics. This injection made the outer shell more compact than before, ensuring better aerodynamics and aesthetics. This compactness comes in two shell sizes for better fit to each size. The inner EPS liner is fixed to the LEXAN polycarbonate shell. With this the Nolan has almost eliminated the creaking sound that comes while putting on a modular helmet.
One thing that makes Nolan N100-5 to stand out in the category of modular helmets is its elliptical motion of chin guard. Generally, the motorcyclists complain about the bulkiness of the modular helmets, while using in opening position. But, the Nolan has overcome with its innovative chin bar rotational system.
Nolan’s N100-5 is equipped with Dual Action chin guard opening system. This system facilitates the smooth opening of chin guard with single hand, even with gloves on. Say thanks to its center button mechanism. When you push button to open the chin guard, you will notice that the chin guard is moving in elliptical trajectory. This motion allows the total size of the helmet in front as minimum as possible. Once you raised it to the top, you can lock the chin bar by using a small drive at the left side. This locking mechanism allows you to ride with maximum safety even at high-speed. Besides, a stable chin guard at top will offer less drag and wind resistance.
Good thing is, you won’t be fined for riding in flipped up position. Because just like its predecessor, the Nolan N100-5 is P/J ECE 22.05 approved motorcycle helmet. You know what that means, right? It means, the helmet is completely legal with the chin piece in both open and close position.
Face Shield & Visor
Nolan N100-5 is equipped with the Ultra-wide face shield which offers a large field of vision. Before Nolan N100-5, it was Nolan N104 which offered such massive field of vision but Nolan used the same face shield in Nolan N100-5 motorcycle flip-up helmet. That massive field of vision will ensure you cover more area while riding down the road. This modular helmet is suitable for both winter and summer motorcycle riding. Touring riders who needed protection from harmful UV rays can take the benefits of Nolan’s Vision Protection System (VPS) with UV 400 nanometers protection. This VPS inner sun shield can block the harmful UV rays whenever needed. This VPS lens is scratch-resistant and fog-resistant. This VPS lens is molded out of LEXAN and positioned inside of the helmet.
The helmet offers a Pinlock fog-resistant inner visor which makes sure your field of vision doesn’t compromise due to thick fog of winter and you get the clear field of vision while riding. In comparison with Nolan N104, the peripheral vision is almost the same except the UV 400 Protection which certainly the advantage of having the Nolan N100-5 helmet. In short, the sun visor and Pinlock fog-resistant inner visor both are optically good for riding. One can have advantage of getting both the visor types in a single helmet.
Ventilation System & Noise Level
Nolan N100-5 has Nolan’s exclusive Air Booster Technology, ensures the optimal ventilation where a motorcyclist most needed. First let’s talk about the forehead vents where this Air Booster Technology resides. The upper ventilation system has two intake vents that allow cool air inflow through the forehead inlet inside the EPS and pass through the top area of the head. The forehead inlets are quite wide and can allow cool air to pass with a slider that can be used even with gloved hand. Credit goes to the glue that Nolan incorporated in this helmet, allowing riders to channel with gloved hand and in wet conditions.
Once the cool air pass through the inlet the existing hot air exit from the rear extractor integrated in the spoiler itself, to regulate the airflow inside the helmet. The slider used to channel the air inflow can be beneficial in winter and summer riding where one can adjust accordingly. Also, you can avoid unnecessary noise by channeling the airflow.
Its predecessor Nolan N104 has the same ventilation system except the no. of vents to maintain airflow inside the helmet. Looks like Nolan considered to give the same ventilation system technology by keeping it less noisy as possible. Because given the forehead ventilation, the channeling vents of Nolan N100-5 makes it easy to have optimized airflow by keeping the noise as low as possible.
However the lower chin vent is exactly the same as it was in Nolan N104 motorcycle helmet. The airintake chin guard vent allows cool air to pass onto inside its faceshield.
Inner Comfort Level
LEXON outer shell, scratch-resistant face shield, Pin-lock Ready anti-fog insert aren’t the only features that made Nolan N100-5 popular among touring riders. This modular helmet consists several other features that made it one of the best modular motorcycle helmets in the market. One of the top features is its inner comfort liner which is Clima Comfort liner with channels. The cheek pads are totally washable and removable. These single-block cheek pads are totally eye-wear comfortable and accommodates eyeglasses.
This padding which inserted in Nolan N100-5 is made of micro-perforated double density fabric which not only dissipates the sweat but also offer great comfort to the rider at different climate conditions. And good thing is, you can remove those cheek pads anytime and wash accordingly.
According to Nolan, the N100-5 has the removable and washable neck roll which also has reflective inserts ensuring you are completely visible in night or low light conditions. But, this neck roll is much more than that. One can adjust the neck roll as per riding positions.
If you are riding in summer, you can just dismantle this neck roll to circulate more airflow in hot sunny days.
For additional safety the Nolan equipped N100-5 helmet with the Microlock double lever chin strap retention system. Apart from this, it facilitates the pre-installation N-Com Communication System. Although it won’t come with the helmet and you have to purchase separately if you need a Bluetooth for your motorcycle helmet. But, the speaker pockets are already available and perfectly integrated in the helmet.
In a nutshell, Nolan N100-5 is a very versatile helmet which can be placed in the list of top 10 modular helmet (if there is any). This helmet is engineered with all the features that one required to ride on countryside or urban environments in different climate conditions. Plus, it comes in numerous designs and prints. If you go for Nolan N100-5 helmet then you won’t require to keep another helmet.
Nolan N100-5 is a mid-range modular helmet which suited for most riders especially the touring riders. The above review indicates that this helmet is total value for money.