Brand new for 2012, the Nolan N104 Helmet is a huge step forward from its predecessor, the N103, one of the most popular modular helmets on the market. For this iteration, Nolan has taken rider feedback and reacted by making improvements that are evident throughout the Nolan N-104 Modular Helmet. Some of the improves on the N104 Helmet over the N103 are lighter weight, lower profile, improved aerodynamics and a much larger shield for improved field of vision. The ventilation has received a dramatic upgrade and the entirety of the interior sees itself improved this year. We're big fans of this helmet, especially at the price point.
So far, we've glanced at some of the improvements, but now let's get into how they've actually made the improvements and detail them a bit more. The Nolan N104 Helmet is 7oz lighter than the N103 which has been done by reducing the profile of the helmet and making it more streamlined. They use two shell sizes which helps to maintain the smaller profile as you go up in the size range, and the shell is now built of injected polycarbonate GE Lexan. The brand new face shield comes in two sizes as well, which allows it to be tailored to whichever shell size you're using. The ultra wide eyeport of the shield is the largest of any Nolan helmet and each Nolan N-104 Helmet comes with a Pinlock insert, which guarantees fog-free riding.
The brand new Airbooster ventilation system features improved channels in the EPS in addition to improved intake and exhaust vents. The chin vent has added more channels of intake, there is a brand new brow intake that works in conjunction with the chimney vent for excellent airflow. There are also two individual exhaust vents at the top rear as opposed to the one rear exhaust found on the N103. There are plastic vent tubes within the EPS and that suck cool air through the interior of the helmet to keep your head comfortable. One complaint of the old N103 was the length/coverage of the interior sun visor. The brand new retractable VPS sun shield features longer coverage and a new push button release for instant retraction.
Inside the helmet, there are removable cheekpads, a top liner, neck roll and wind protector. All of the guts feature an antibacterial treatment, and everything is removable and washable. The comfort liner is notched to easily accommodate glasses-wearing riders. The neck roll can be taken out easily which is a great feature for warmer weather riding, and it features a reflective panel at the middle for night time visibility. The second generation of their Microlock retention system features an easily operable plastic opening lever and an aluminum tooth/retention mechanism. The Nolan N104 Modular Helmet is built to work with the brand new Nolan N-Com B4 Bluetooth System, an exclusive for the N104.
All in, for the price point, Nolan packed a ton of features and upgrades into the Nolan N-104 Helmet, and we have a hard time thinking it won't be an absolute monster this season amongst the modular-leaning riding community.
I just got mine in on Monday, and it's the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn. It's actually so quiet that I got nervous about road noise that I usually can't hear over the wind. The field of vision is so wide that you can't move your eyes enough to catch any part of the helmet in your peripheral. My Dad has a Schuberth that cost twice as much, and I think he feels a little cheated now. By the way, Revzilla has them for $350 right now, that's a steal!
I'm on my 2ond Nolan, and I've really liked the N102 and N103, with the exception of the poor ventilation and what seems like easily chipped paint. It sounds like they've addressed the ventilation issue.
I really want one of these, but I need to wear out the 103 first...or find a few hundred extra bucks in the washing machine.
I had a Nolan 101 in the XL and it fit fine. I went to a 103 in the XL and my chin touched the bar. I'd like to get a 104, but out here in the sticks, I have to do internet shopping as a Nolan dealer is at least 100 miles away.
Can anybody say if the 104 fits the same as the 103, or should I go to a XXL to get away from the chin bar?
Got my new104 on the weekend and almost returned it to the shop it's the wind noise that's the most annoying thing about it. Hope it takes up after the pads settle in and shape to my head a bit if not I'll be going back to Nolan for a solution, I love the field of view the helmet has to offer, and also the ventilation it's heaps better than the previous model.
The N104 was the helmet I really, really, really wanted to like. Unfortunately, the chin bar was just too tight. No amount of maneuvering the helmet on my head could keep my chin from being pressed against it.
Ended up returning it (easy free exchange) and getting the Shoei Neotec which is a better fit.
It's not really the size of the head (I'm a large in Nolan, Medium in Shoei), just the shape. My chin sticks out a bit too much.
But everything about the Nolan really screamed "quality." Well made and the field of view is great. Price is right. Just doesn't fit me.
in an accident nearly 6 months ago, my third Nolan. I've been reading many reviews and trying on lots of locally stocked helments. Quite frankly, I wanted to try something new. I "settled" for the Cab Yellow Nolan 104 for $350 from Revzilla. What a leap of technology from the 102! The fit is the best I've ever experienced. The dark visor works well and the vents are much better. My decision to stay with Nolan was mostly cost driven, (OK I love the ratchet chin strap of Nolans). I'm pleased with the quality and refinement for the price. Hey, its Italian too!