GEAR GRINDER: LS2 PIONEER
The right helmet for a UTV By the staff of Dirt Wheels
LS2’s Pioneer UTV helmet is very comfortable to wear and looks great. It runs small, so it would be good to purchase it in a size larger than what you would normally wear.
LS2 makes helmets for a wide range of motorcycle and off-road applications. LS2 helmets are designed by an innovative Chinese company that wanted to provide quality lids at an affordable price. Their Pioneer helmet is no exception. It was designed in the company’s Spanish headquarters for adventure and UTV riding. This helmet’s features could steer the UTV enthusiast in a new direction of headwear for trekking the trails or hitting the dunes for $174.95.
LS2’s Pioneer helmet has a few great features incorporated into its strong and lightweight Kinetic Polymer Alloy (KPA) shell. This lid has enough flexibility to help absorb energy from a hard hit that would otherwise transfer to your head. The inside of the helmet has a liner that also absorbs energy from impacts. The hypoallergenic padding is very comfortable and is removable and washable. In the event you do hit your head, the cheek pads of the Pioneer helmet have the LS2 Emergency Quick-Release System (EQRS) that allows them to be quickly pulled out.
The Pioneer helmet has a flip-down shield that protects your eyes from the elements like a normal full-face street bike helmet. When closed, the face shield helps baffle the loud sounds from your engine, and when you stop and want to get a little air, you don’t have to do anything but flip it back up. The Pioneer also has a flip-down, tinted sun visor built into the shell that provides eye protection from the bright sun. There is a switch on the side of the lid that is easy to reach to lower the tinted visor. The eyeport is wide enough to fit a goggle if your visor gets too dirty.
The LS2 Pioneer is a quality helmet with solid construction. The helmet is very comfortable to wear for hours of riding, and the ventilation is good. The front mouthpiece vent can be closed during cold-weather riding.
The clear main visor is easy to operate and provides a great range of vision; however, the secondary, tinted interior visor that slides down could go down a bit further. One test rider said he had no issue with it, while another said that he had to open the clear outer shield to slide the tinted visor down a bit further than the side switch allowed. Also, if you follow in another rider’s dust for a while, you’ll have four surfaces to clean when using the face shield and sun visor.
The only other concern was the LS2’s DOT-approved, quick-release helmet buckle system. The plastic strap could cause some irritation if it’s not adjusted correctly. However, it’s far easier to buckle your helmet than use D-rings, and even quicker to release the strap.
The Pioneer is available in a few different color options and comes with a soft helmet bag. To look at LS2’s lineup of helmets, go to www.ls2helmets.us or call (888) 968-9888.