November 7, 2013 - San Diego, CA
It’s not often that we go to the BikeBandit studio to shoot a review video, and end up talking about the product for about fifteen minutes. But that’s exactly what happened when we reviewed the new 2014 Icon Airmada Seance Helmet. Based on artist Lukas Ketner’s twisted, surreal artistic rendition of legendary poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, there is a lot going on with this graphic, and we began to notice more of the madness on this helmet the longer we pondered it.
The helmet naturally features stately Ravens from the saintly days of yore on each side of the crown, but that’s only the beginning. There are octopus tentacles, séance candles, eyeballs with no heads, creatures with no eyeballs, numerous occult symbols, and plenty of other curiosities you might be haunted by on the night’s Plutonian shore.
I rode in this helmet, and the Arimada itself is a surprisingly solid feeling piece of safety engineering. It is comfortably stable at speed, has a small profile, a secure neckroll, more than adequate ventilation, and overall feels a lot more expensive than it is. I was impressed by quality of the Airmada, especially at this price point.
Besides that, the one thing I can assure you of is that this graphic gets attention. Drivers of passing cars were peering at it as much my coworkers were, all trying to figure out just what this helmet is trying to say. It is mystical, haunting, confusing, and evil; some us loved it and others of us hated it, but it definitely made a commotion as we all inspected it, searching for a deeper meaning that may or may not even exist.
Will anyone outside of Icon ever figure out how tentacles, birds, eyeballs, sorcerers and pentagrams all found their way onto one creepy helmet? Well, not according to Poe’s bird: quoth the Raven “nevermore.”
Can you figure out what this eerie graphic is trying to say? We couldn't, but it was fun trying.
Based on Poe's poem "The Raven," the Seance is the ideal helmet for a fan of classic literature. English professors will be especially fond of it.