The Caberg Drift is the Italian company’s newest top-of-the-line helmet.
The Drift is a street/sport or “high-tech” touring helmet with a composite carbon, Kevlar and fiberglass shell. A full carbon-fiber shell version of the Drift is also available.
The composite shell results in a lightweight helmet that makes a positive difference in riding comfort.
A huge visor provides an outstanding view of the road ahead. And a new low-profile sliding vent design adds to the sleek looks while providing good ventilation. The visor also has two lift tabs in the Caberg tradition and a lever at the rear that pushes the visor open slightly for defogging.
An internal sun visor is also included and the internals are molded to accept an intercom microphone and speakers.
The only downside is noise; the Drift is slightly louder than average. Something about the composite shell and/or the lining doesn’t dampen wind noise as much as it should. Albeit we really do mean slightly…
In the past, all Caberg helmets were made in Italy, but the only indication of origin for the Drift is a label inside that indicates this helmet is imported by Caberg.
That mystery remains unresolved but in the meantime, the Drift is a very good-looking “all around” helmet for street or sport riding, touring and more…
Fit, Internal Shape and Liner
The Drift has only one shell size to span the head size range of XS (53-54 cm) to XXL (63 cm), which may seem odd. But the trim overall shape and design seems like it should work to span this range.
Our Drift is a size large (59-60 cm), which is about in the middle of the head size range and it actually feels or seems smaller than comparable full-face helmets.
I’m not sure how they thin out the liner and EPS to fit a 63 cm head in the shell but apparently they do.
The liner in ours isn’t Shoei plush, but then again, Shoei uses up to 4-5 shell sizes to span the same size range and that’s one of the reasons the Drift has a list price that’s roughly half that of a Shoei.
In any case, the size large will fit a 58-59 cm head we think; 60 cm will work if your head is slightly narrow.
The fit feels more or less like the popular Arai “Intermediate Oval” shaped found in helmets like the Arai RX7 and perhaps not quite as narrow as the (currently) standard Shoei internal shape.
This is a good compromise shape that fits the vast majority of motorcycle riders comfortably.
The removable liner is comfortable but again, not overly plush. The fabric is soft and comfortable feeling against the skin and it’s said to be made with “hypoallergenic and transpiring fabrics” to help keep it fresh.
Outward Visibility and Visor
The Drift has the “signature” Caberg visor design with an eye port that is angled up very slightly on either side of the lower half, towards the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions.
As soon as you put on the Drift, you’ll notice the excellent visibility in both the horizontal and vertical planes but especially the latter. The Drift is much like the Caberg Tourmax in this regard (the Tourmax is the world’s first flip-up dual-sport helmet).
Like the Tourmax, the vertical view from the Drift is exceptional and this helps the rider see the instruments, controls and the road ahead, which is a definite safety factor.
The visor has lift tabs on both the left and right, another Caberg signature design that has real-world benefits.
The rotating mechanism is spring-loaded, which keeps the visor pulled tightly against the eye port gasket to prevent leaks.
There’s a lever at the left rear that pushes the visor out slightly (a couple of millimeters) to help with defogging.
The visor on our helmet measures 2.09 mm thick and the Drift comes with a Pinlock insert in the box, but the visor is anti-fog and anti-scratch treated as standard.
The Drift has an internal sun visor that works very nicely.
It is engaged via a slider that is nicely integrated and semi-hidden just under the left lower edge of the visor, underneath the rotating mechanism on the left-hand side.
The slider uses friction to hold the sun visor, so it can be stopped in an intermediate position if you need only some relief from overhead sun or riding west into the sun in the late afternoon.
The sun visor provides good coverage and the design doesn’t interfere with the rider’s line of sight.
Ventilation and Air Flow
The Drift has a very nice vent design, with flush-fitting sliders that are perfectly integrated into the overall slightly angular styling of the helmet.
Sometimes, style takes precedence over function but in this case, the vents actually work pretty well in their purpose and they also have a very solid feel with no play.
The chin vent slides and clicks downwards to reveal an upside-down wide “V” shaped air entry point along the top. It directs the air flow up through the chin bar and on to the back of the Visor.
This design brings in air without blowing directly on the rider’s face, which is a plus to those motorcyclists who prefer a more subtle approach to ventilation.
Combined with the anti-fog lever system and the first opening position of the Visor, the Drift has several good choices for lower ventilation.
The top vent is a similar slider; this one has two positions and it flows air through a rectangular opening in the top of the helmet, then down through a large corresponding channel in the EPS and through very large channels molded into the EPS in the inside of the helmet.
The helmet liner has matching channels, so no fabric blocks the air flowing through the top.
The design and the system provides good upper ventilation and another smaller rear slider can be opened for the exhaust at the rear of the helmet.
Overall, the ventilation in the Drift helmet is better than average and the flush mounted sliders also keep vent noise to a minimum.
The helmet also comes with a large chin curtain that is very easy for the owner to install and it has a solid locking arrangement to keep it in place.
The Drift apparently marks a new departure for Caberg. The helmet is “world class” in many ways and it still has that unique Caberg look and feel and the features that also identify it with Caberg DNA.
The visor design and size, the very nice vent system and the light weight are all positives, while the only negative is the elevated noise levels that seem to be amplified by the composite shell.
If you ride behind a large windscreen, you’ll never notice but in the open air or with the turbulence from a smaller windscreen, it is slightly more noticeable.
Otherwise, the Caberg Drift is an excellent new helmet with subtle but sophisticated looks and many rider-friendly features.
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