AGV Veloce S: AGV’s Street/Sportsbike composite fiber full face helmet
AGVs GT Veloce was a great helmet. Designed to be their entry-level sports helmet with a look of all those track-developed beaky AGVs like the Corsa R and top of the range Pista GP-R, it delivered supreme safety and lots of useful features all finished off with a great low price tag.
Now, the GT Veloce has been replaced by the Veloce S. Apart from a new range of graphics and a slightly fatter price tag, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the two apart. But with new internals, EQRS and with a Pinlock in the box, we’re hoping the Veloce S is a step forward on both the street and the track.
- Carbon/aramid/fiberglass shell
- Full face sports/street helmet
- Not Snell certified
- SHARP 5 star safety rated (maximum)
- Class one optical shield
- Pinlock antifog in the box
- Double-D ring fastener
- 3.1lbs (1.4Kg)
- 5 Year warranty (*see ‘other stuff’ below)
- Expect to pay $599-$749
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The AGV Veloce S has a ton of safety features, backed by AGVs fantastic reputation for making safe crash helmets.
So far, AGV is our joint second placed top safest helmet brand.
AGV doesn’t submit its helmets to Snell for testing, so we can’t get any results from there. However, the UK’s SHARP testing team buys in helmets independently for testing (without the nod from the manufacturer) so we can get independent safety data from them.
The Veloce S’ predecessor, the outgoing and excellent GT Veloce, scored top marks in the SHARP helmet test and because the Veloce S has the same helmet shell, we saw no reason that the Veloce S wouldn’t score just as well.
Well, after weeks in the SHARP testing labs, they’ve scored the Veloce S top marks again. Meaning, if you’re after a helmet that keeps you looking pretty as a priority (OK, it’s in the eye of the beholder, right!), then you can very much trust an AGV.
In fact, looking back over the years, you’ve gotta go back to an ancient AGV K-Series helmet to find one that scored less than four stars in SHARP testing.
Much of that will be down to those race-developed helmet shells. And while the Veloce S is more of a street/sports crossover helmet and not an out-and-out track helmet, the lessons learnt making helmets for the likes of Valentino, Pol Espargaro, Andrea Iannone and Jack Miller (actually, the list goes on and on) won’t have been put to waste on making helmets for the rest of us.
The shell’s a composite of carbon, aramid (i.e. kevlar) and fiberglass. It’s shaped in-line with many of their highly rated track helmets like the Corsa and Pista-GP and it’s backed by a multi-density shock absorbing lining. It also comes in four different shells sizes to make sure each fitment size is as close to optimal in terms of helmet size and lining. All these are GOOD THINGS.
There’s plenty of other features that will, hopefully, mean you make it round the track – or block – in one piece.
AGV also reckon they’ve redesigned to bottom of the helmet/neck roll to stop it hitting your collarbone in an impact (tbh, I kinda hoped all helmet makers would do this but now AGV’s raised it – maybe not!).
And should the worse happen and you do have a spill, the Veloce S is fitted with EQRS so paramedics can remove your helmet without upsetting your head and neck too much.
All in all, in terms of safety, that’s a stack of ways AGV has tried to make the Veloce S perform well. So in pure ‘check box’ terms, the Veloce should pretty well offer as much protection as you could hope for in a crash helmet.
Like most of the latest range of AGVs, the Veloce S is fitted with their IVS or Integrated Ventilation System.
All that really means is the Veloce S uses a system similar to most other modern helmets – i.e. vents in the shell allow air to pass through the shell where channels in the EPS polystyrene lining direct hair around the head. Air is then removed from the helmet by the two exhaust vents at the back of the helmet.
The configuration of the vents on the Veloce S looks similar to that on the outgoing GT Veloce – twin chin vents and triple forehead vents. On the previous GT Veloce helmet, owners seemed to think ventilation was OK though the switches on the vents were a bit fiddly. So fingers crossed AGV has improved things a bit on the Veloce S.
Like the GT Veloce, the Veloce S has AGVs Race 2 shield – that’s a nice large and wide shield that’s 3.3mm thick for added safety, and is optically class 1 correct for distortion-free vision. It’s also Pinlock and tear-off ready and, unlike the GT Veloce before it, the Veloce S comes with the Pinlock anti-fog insert in the box so you’ll never have your shield steam up (hurrah!).
The shield on the Veloce S is quick release and it operates without a ratchet. Fully closed, there’s a central locking mechanism which you have to disengage before opening the helmet. That’s a safety feature to stop the shield opening during an accident or while on the track and, once you get the hang of it, doesn’t really get in the way of opening your shield.
Once you open the shield, it cracks open to allow some air in and help reduce misting. But the next point up is fully-open because the Veloce S’s shield doesn’t work on a ratchet. You’ll have to decide if that’s OK for you – some of us prefer a ratchet to keep the shield open at different stages, others don’t – it’s very much down to personal preference.
Comfort & Sizing
The Veloce S – like most helmets on the market – is a slightly oval fitment. Most of us have heads that are longer than wider and that’s the head form the Veloce S works best with.
Inside, AGV have gone to lengths to make a comfortable liner, using a few technical fabrics to keep things dry and fresh.
The cheek pads use an antibacterial fabric that’s moisture wicking and with a microsense treatment (apparently this makes it more comfortable). The neck roll is hydrophobic-lined to stop it absorbing water in rain and both neckroll and skull pad are lined with moisture-wicking/antimicrobial Shalimar fabric. All the internals are removable and washable and all AGV Veloce S’ come with an emergency quick removal system (EQRS) cheek pads as standard fitment.
The Veloce S is available in sizes XS-XL.
Looks & Graphics
To date, there’s only matt black and pearl white options if you want solid, plain colours. If you want funky graphics, there’s the Prediatore, Freccia and Fulmine and you can find examples of these up and down the page. And like all AGV sports helmets, there’s a Valentino Rossi version – in this case it’s the Soleluna.
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AGV Veloce S Video
Here’s a pretty comprehensive 9m look around the Veloce S from the fast talking dude at Revzilla in the US.
Other stuff – fasteners, weight, chin curtain, warranty
The AGV Veloce comes with a tried-and-tested double-d ring fastener. They’re the fastener of choice among racing helmets – but they’re not strictly necessary to take on the track.
As for weight, the Veloce S has been lightened from the old Veloce and now weighs around 3.1lbs (1.4Kg). The average weight of a composite fiber helmet is 3.2lbs (1.46Kg) so the Veloce S is a smidge lighter. If you’re after something lighter still, you’re best looking at one of these helmets instead.
As you’d expect, the Veloce S comes with both breath guard and chin curtain pre-fitted.
*And finally, AGV helmets come with a standard 2 year warranty. However, that’s extendable by an extra 3 years if you register your helmet on their website (within 60 days of purchase).
AGV’s range of sports/track helmets have a legendary status, not least because they have the blessing of the big man himself (not that big man – Valentino!). They also tend to score top marks – or near top marks – in SHARP safety testing too; and the Veloce S is no exception scoring a maximum 5 stars in the SHARP testing labs.
The Veloce S is a great looking helmet like the rest of AGVs sports helmet range – but it’s a little less extreme than the rest of the family. Which should make it a more usable street helmet and, importantly, cheaper. It’s not the lightest helmet on the block, but it comes with great stuff like an optically-correct shield, Pinlock antifog in the box and EQRS should things go wrong.
It’s not the cheapest helmet for road riding either, but it’s got that all important AGV pedigree and build quality, and it looks cool – with or without the Rossi graphics. And like lots of other AGV helmets, we reckon that attention to design taken from years of working with racers and road riders alike, is going to make the Veloce S a great helmet to live with.
Crash Helmet Buying GuidesFor (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.
Good Alternatives to the AGV Veloce S?
For less money than both the AGV and the Shark, there’s the SHARP 4 star rated LS2 Arrow – that’s a sportsbike focused helmet that comes with both an optically correct shield and Pinlock antifog in the box. It’s light too.
Or for a helmet that’s more of an all-rounder, there’s the fiberglass HJC FG-ST. It’s SHARP 5 star safety rated, comes with a Pinlock Max Vision, has a drop down sun shield and is cheaper than the Veloce S too.
All these helmets are highly rated for safety and widely liked by their owners – and well worth checking out.