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Gadgets & Electronics Helmets

02/12/2019

Sena is a name long associated with motorcycle communication systems, and the German company’s role in supplying systems for premium helmet manufacturers such as Shoei, Schuberth and HJC, to name just a few, have helped to make it the go-to name for communications tech.

What Sena is less well-known for is its helmets, but it produces its own branded lids in both open and full-face ranges. The latest addition is the Momentum Evo – a full-face sport touring helmet with, obviously, Sena communication built in. The helmet itself has a matt black finished composite fibreglass shell with a multi-density EPS foam and a removable and washable liner, and the perforated neck roll incorporates reflective patches and piping to give improved visibility. So far, so normal. The difference comes when you look at the flanks of the helmet and spy the chunky buttons which control the comms on one side (nice and easy for gloved finger to operate), and the micro USB charging port on the other. These are the only controls for the multitude of functions offered by the integrated technology, which means all can be operated by touch as long as you can remember all the different combinations of taps and press-and-holds to activate them.

For a comms system to be of any use the helmet needs to get the basics right and the Momentum Evo’s snug fit and low level of wind noise mean that the speakers are clearly heard and the microphone doesn’t just pick up a hurricane roar when in use – this is also helped by the Advanced Noise Control system which is designed to filter out ambient noise. Making phone calls on the move using the voice-activated speed dial was clear for both parties at legal motorway speeds, with no issues with hearing what was being said.

The Evo can connect via Bluetooth to a phone, sat-nav or other communications system, or via Mesh Intercom technology with compatible systems. This allows one-click connectivity (via the “M” button next to the charging port) to almost limitless numbers of riders up to a mile away, or a group of up to 16 can be created which allows the signal to “leapfrog” across devices to give a range of up to five miles. Audio Multitasking technology even allows you to chat across the intercom while music is playing.

Bluetooth connectivity allows a sat-nav to play audio directions, which help if you are enjoying the road too much to look at the screen, or you can connect a phone or iPod to play music to while away the hours trolling along the motorway. The built in “Hello Sena” voice controls come into play here, allowing you change tracks, call pre-set numbers, operate the built-in FM radio or a host of other functions without having to lift your hands from the handlebars.

The Sena Momentum Evo only comes in matt black, in sizes M, L or XL and includes a Pinlock 120 Max Vision, a Wi-Fi-equipped USB lead for installing firmware updates and charging duties (it takes about 2.5 hours to charge and lasts around eight hours of commuting use) and a flock-finished inflatable storage cushion. There’s a five-year warranty for the helmet and a two-year warranty on the electronics and it all comes for a retail price of €439.
Sena; +49 221 620089-52; www.sena.com