For a few years now, I’ve been hearing praises about the CKX Mission AMS helmet. It’s been lauded for its performance, sparking genuine curiosity about its effectiveness. Last year, I had the opportunity to put the CKX Mission AMS helmet to the test.
Here are my impressions.
Look and Concept
I thoroughly appreciate the overall design of this helmet; its appearance remains contemporary, even after being on the market for over four years. It looks fantastic in all colors and styles.
The helmet incorporates the Air Management System (AMS), a technology that has been discussed for years. In brief, the AMS system aims to expel the humid air produced by breathing towards the back of the helmet through two conduits near the mouth. This ensures a direct path for the air to escape.
Optimizing Ventilation: The Crucial Role of the Breath Deflector
Additionally, the breath deflector, positioned above the nose, effectively directs air towards the conduits. It prevents air from infiltrating the upper part of the helmet, thus preventing visor fogging. Precise adjustment of this deflector is essential for optimal helmet performance.
While the manual provides comprehensive information, being a visual person, I preferred consulting a short explanatory video. The helmet remains lightweight, tipping the scales at only 3.7 pounds. Opting for the carbon fiber version shaves off over 200 grams.
My CKX Mission AMS Helmet Trial
During my trial, from the first few kilometers, I instantly noticed the outstanding performance of this helmet. Throughout the season, I appreciated it in various conditions and temperatures.
Firstly, the helmet distinguishes itself with its lightweight, ensuring optimal comfort during long snowmobiling days. Unlike some helmets that literally propel the head backward in strong winds, this one’s aerodynamic design allows smooth airflow, even with a visor.
The large visor provides excellent visibility, allowing easy scanning from left to right. Although not specifically designed for noise isolation, the helmet still does a commendable job.
Optimal Comfort in All Seasons
Even though the helmet I tested lacked a heated electric visor, I never felt the need to plug it in throughout winter. Whether facing the coldest temperatures, below -30 degrees Celsius with wind chill, or during milder spring days, under the sun or rain, riding solo or in a group, I never experienced fogging. Even the sun visor remained clear. However, I adjusted the front vents for optimal comfort. It’s truly pleasant not to have to connect or disconnect the heating cable at every stop.
I suspect that the shape of my face fits perfectly with the deflector. I eagerly await to see if the helmet maintains this effectiveness in the long run, but for now, it’s impeccable. Nevertheless, I would strongly recommend opting for the version with the electric visor, as I fear the glass may freeze during freezing rain.
It’s challenging for me to find faults with this helmet. Firstly, I would have liked the visor to be slightly longer at the front, just to provide a bit more shade.
My main issue was manipulating the front air vents. I would have appreciated slightly larger buttons, making it easier to open and close them. Perhaps an improvement to the wind deflector under the helmet could resolve this issue.
In conclusion, I would categorize the CKX Mission AMS as a luxury helmet. However, acquiring it will require a substantial investment, especially if you choose the carbon fiber model. Yet, it’s noteworthy that finding a snowmobile trail helmet with superior performance could be challenging. Consider it an investment in your comfort and safety—a well-deserved gift to yourself.
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