Duchinni D405 helmet review


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Tested by: John Milbank RRP: £79.99 More info: www.thekeycollection.co.uk | 0117 977 9200

It’s easiest to say what you don’t get with this budget lid: A quick-release, anti-fog visor. And, ermm… that’s it!

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I found removing a small piece of foam at the front helped the fit
I found removing a small piece of foam at the front helped the fit

The Duchinni D405 is an EC22.05 approved helmet with ABS shell, quick-release seat-belt style chin-strap, integrated flip-down sun visor, and a removable, washable lining. A vent on the chin and a pair on the top can be opened to control air flow, while there’s an exhaust vent at the rear. People often ask if a lid’s noisy, but I’ve yet to find a helmet that doesn’t require earplugs, and the D405 seems no louder than many other helmets I’ve tried.

There are plenty of anti-fog treatments available – my favourites are Muc-Off’s Premium Anti Fog Treatment and FogTech from www.visorvision.co.uk – so the lack of an anti-mist visor shouldn’t be too much of an issue. It’s worth noting that there’s no way to just crack the visor open a little – the first step is set quite high, revealing an opening too wide for any speed.

The lining it very soft and comfortable, though I did initially find the lid pressed very hard on my forehead, making it really uncomfortable. Often described as ‘a conical-headed freak’ by my colleagues, most of my helmets need a bit of breaking-in. In this case, I found it helped to remove a small piece of foam from the front of the interior, but everybody’s head is different (and you shouldn’t really mess around with the construction), which is why it’s always a good idea to try any helmet on before you buy it.

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The D405 offers superb value for money, with far more features than its price tag should allow. Combined with very nice styling, and just a £10 premium if you go for one of the XRR graphic versions, budget conscious riders would be well advised to check it out.

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