Ben O'Brien gives the verdict on his TCX X-Helium boots, and M2R X4 helmet, with both offering great value options. Review: Ben O'Brien

M2R X4 Helmet

Wearing a new lid is always interesting, as if you ride for long enough you will have a favourite and don’t always like change. Personally if I wear the wrong one I get migraines and this makes me even more fussy.

M2R X4 helmet

M2R X4 helmet

The M2R did everything right, no pressure spots anywhere just a nice firm comfy helmet. I did notice it was slightly heavier than my usual helmet but nothing to be concerned about.

Venting does a good job of extracting the heat and the Brett Metcalfe Aussie flag design looks awesome. Vision is excellent with goggles easily fitting in the goggle port.

The X4’s lining is also easily fully removable to wash which is good to help with stinky helmet syndrome. Great lid for $449.95.

2017 Kawasaki KX250F Bike Review Action (15)M2R X4 helmet features:

  • MIT+ shell construction for superior lightweight strength
  • Blended weave of carbon, kevlar and fibreglass, plus PA penetration mat
  • Four-piece impact absorbing dual-density EPS liner
  • Multi-channel vortex ventilation system
  • Multi-channelled venting inside EPS crown
  • Premium 3d ergonomic fitted comfort interior
TCX X-Helium boots

TCX X-Helium boots

TCX X-Helium Boots

Next to my helmet, I am most fussy about boots, anyone who has tweaked an ankle would be on board with this.

The X-Helium boot is a mid-level boot and offers a really rigid soul which I really like. The buckles are also really easy to use and well thought out.

I did feel that even though the boots padded liner made for a comfy fit that my ankle moved around a bit much and my knee braces struggled to tuck into the top of the boots. At this price point however they are definitely in the mix. Good value at $399.95.

2017 Kawasaki KX250F Bike Review Action (20)TCX X-Helium boot features:

  • Microfibre, padded front and ankle area upper
  • Air Tech breathable liner
  • Inside microfibre heat guard, shin plate, polyurethane heel and ankle guard, polyurethane toe guard
  • Aluminium buckles, new ergonomic design, micro adjustable and replaceable
  • Michelin MX Hybrid sole

For more information see or your local motorcycle store.

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