Sena Momentum Smart Motorcycle Helmet: Operational Experience

Recently, so-called motorcycle smart helmets appear in the market more and more often, with one or another built-in electronics, from communicators to augmented reality systems.

It’s not surprising that Sena is grabbing its piece of the pie with the Momentum line of smart helmets. The Sena Momentum line presents itself as a closed helmet with DOT and ECE certification, produced by an unknown manufacturer by the order of Sena.

These helmets have a fiberglass composite shell and a variable density expanded polystyrene core. The liner of the helmets can be removed for cleaning and a pinlock is included with each helmet. Ventilation in them is provided by voluminous top and side air ducts and a large exit window. Color choices are limited to matte black and glossy white. At first glance, this is a simple and nice integral that does not stand out from the others.

Inside the Sena helmet, between the filler and the lining, is the most interesting thing. Sena Momentum is equipped with a built-in communicator, which is essentially a Sena 20S headset, distributed throughout the helmet. It works over Bluetooth 4.1 wireless protocol, has noise cancellation, AM / FM radio, a closed microphone for processing voice commands and phone calls, and also works as an intercom for communication with other riders riding nearby. When the helmet is connected to the phone, it can control it through various pre-programmed voice commands or using the buttons on the side of the helmet.

The helmet communicator works in conjunction with the Sena smartphone app for the two most popular platforms. Using the application, the user can customize his Momentum motorcycle helmet, manage its functionality, adjust the sound (though there is nothing special to adjust, but more on that later), set up speed dial numbers and radio stations. The app is easy to use and even has the ability to flip through Momentum instructions.

Sena Momentum built-in battery charges in 2.5 hours and provides 6-8 hours of continuous use (music, navigation, calls, and so on). The declared range of the intercom (when communicating with other intercoms) is about a mile (1.6 km) in open areas, up to 8 people can be connected at the same time. But I haven’t tested this functionality, I can’t say anything here.

What about voice commands, they work well during a stop, but as soon as there is wind noise while riding in the helmet, the helmet immediately becomes inattentive and hears you every other time. However, for starters this helmet is pretty comfortable. The lining is soft and pleasantly supportive of the cheeks. The helmet is well ventilated and keeps you cool and comfortable even on the hottest days. It’s a bit heavy – apparently, the electronics and the XL size I wear are to blame, but the weight is well distributed and you hardly notice it until you take off the helmet at the end of a long journey. The stock visor is not bad: transparent, with good visibility and easy to open and close with gloves.

But not everything is so smooth. In addition to the terrible sound of the audio system, the helmet is also very noisy. In the city Momentum is not so bad, but at highway speeds wind noise is quite noticeable, even when the chin is closed by the curtain.

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