The D501 open face is the entry level helmet of the Duchinni range – and at the price shown, it’s certainly afordable. While movable and washable.
My helmet was the L (60cm) size, which is a little smaller than I’d normally take in a full face; it didn’t feel overly tight on my head though – in fact it’s probably better to downsize slightly with an open face, just to get that slightly snugger it. And by the time I’d got the ‘seat belt’ style chin strap adjusted and fastened, the whole set-up felt quite secure. If you do need to get it of in a hurry, then there’s also a quick release buckle for the chin strap.
The drop-down smoke coloured anti scratch inner visor can simply be pulled into place to help protect against any unwanted impacts from dust and dirt particles – although I did ind that there was a fouling problem when trying to wear my glasses – luckily I would normally be wearing contact lenses.
I had the white coloured version which also came with a smoked coloured detachable peak; this did cause a little wind turbulence while riding, but it was minimal – and at the end of the day, it comes down to personal choice over using it or not. Built to ECE 22.05 standard, the D501 comes in two shell fitments: size 1 is XS-S-M, and size 2 is L-XL-2XL. Colour availability is black, matt black and white.
Price : £39