If you’re new to the paramotoring community, you’ve most likely either built your own paramotor helmet or purchased a high dollar one from one of the larger paramotor vendors at a premium price. Those of us that have gone the budget route, this usually includes a skateboard helmet, some 3M ear-protection, paired with either a Sena or the Cheap Chinese equivalent, BT-S3. Both of these options are great and each have their own pros and cons. One can be had for less than $100 DIY, or over $1200 if you go the premium vendor route.
If you’re looking for something maybe with a few more bells and whistles for a cheaper price, I suggest you look at a brand that has not been recognized much in the North American Paramotor market, Nac-Intercom.
Nac-Intercom provides a variety of helmets for paramotoring and paragliding featuring face shields and integrated hearing protection. In this particular review, I am going to be focused on Nac-Intercom’s Anubis Integral.
The Need for a Full Face Helmet in Winter
It seems like if you want to fly in winter, you either need to go south or bundle up like the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man. I opted for the latter. This sent me on a journey to find a helmet that would provide some winter protection for my face as flying in that dry, winter air, your lips chap, your nose will run, and flying just does not stay enjoyable for long. Especially, if you wear glasses and they constantly fog up. I wanted a full face helmet that included a visor to protect my face against the winter elements. I wanted multiple radio integrations for airband and bluetooth, and I wanted integrated hearing protection.
I spent several hours doing research and turning up blanks. The few helmets I did find, exceed my budget by quite a bit. Talking to people on the paramotor discord channels, someone suggested a helmet that was from Nac-Intercom. I’ve never heard of this company before, even in my hours of research – not once did they pop-up. When I visited their website, the Anubis hit every checkbox that I needed in a helmet.
Full face-shield, including removable visor and pre-wired for your air-band radio or 2meter radio, including a push to talk button available on either the left or right side. I was blown away, then I saw the price tag. The Anubis starts at $317 USD and with all the bells and whistles can exceed $1000 USD. Options include pre-wired air-band radio or the 2 meter option. A tinted or clear visor, your choice of Sena, and if you want your PTT button on the left or right side.
Discovering the Anubis helmet, I searched for any review I could find. To my dismay there wasn’t much available on this helmet and the brand didn’t seem well recognized in the US. No way am I spending a premium price on a helmet with no reviews. I reached out to Nac-Intercom to see if they would provide me a unit for review and they happily agreed. I opted out of the Sena, as I plan on installing my own Cardo Packtalk Bold.
Features and Specifications
- The Anubis is made in Italy with the highest of quality components.
- Quick Adjustment allows the pilot to easily insert the chin strap into the buckle to close it, and allows the pilot to quickly remove the buckle with the pull of a single tab. Very glove friendly.
- The hypoallergenic, removable, and interchangeable Polygiene® inner padding allows you to quickly adjust the size of the helmet by changing out the padding and allows for maximum hygiene and comfort.
- The Anubis features 32db noise isolation, one of the highest in the market. Thanks to the closed design with built-in hearing protection, and the adjustable dial on the back, you can adjust the tightness of the hearing protection for maximum comfort.
- The built in vents combined with the airflow systems, “Air Pipe” allows perspiration and air exchange to keep you cool and dry, even in the warmest of climates.
- The windshield visor comes in both clear or tinted and is easy to install with the safety lock system.
- One size fits all. By simply changing out the internal padding, you can achieve a different helmet size. There are different thicknesses depending on size, XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL, and XXL.
- The Anubis is available in the following finishes: Pearl white, Carbon Optic, Silver grey, Dark blue and Orange.
Customer Service and Shipping
Within a few days my order was processed and shipped. It only took two days to get from Spain, through US customs, and to the middle of the midwest, Missouri. I honestly did not expect the helmet to arrive so early. I was just a few days away from Kyle O’Glee’s Para-Party, so I took it with me. I had planned on doing an unboxing video, but due to the circumstances, I had a lot of people at the fly-in that wanted to see it so I opened it there in front of everyone.
Customer Service and Shipping: 10 of 10.
Styling, Fit, and Comfort
The initial fit is extremely comfortable and its very snug. The helmet pads are velcro’d in, featuring a high quality build with great stitching. The cloth is made of a Hypoallergenic, removable and interchangeable Polygiene® inner padding that inhibits bacterial growth preventing odors. The helmet padding is fully replaceable and reasonably priced. The visor easily lifts up and stays put. It has a simple clip on the front, that you can push down to lock it, or lift up on the tab to open it.
If you forget to put the visor down during a take-off, it may lift up and put considerable pressure on your neck, as it acts like a giant sail. Ask me how I know… The chin strap is of quality, and features a quick release ratcheting system that can just slide in to lock and then pull the tab to release. I deducted one point, as there was a small chip in the helmets paint. Most likely that is because this is a demo model and that is to be expected.
Styling Fit and Comfort: 9 of 10.
Hearing Protection and Noise Isolation
Paramotors are loud, and this helmet just doesn’t provide enough hearing protection. The air-band radio was loud, clear, and I was able to hear it just fine. However, there was a lot of motor noise that still found its way into my ear drums. This was surprising considering the 32db reduction claimed by Nac-Intercom. When I received a transmission on the air band radio, I would sometimes have to let off the throttle and ask for them to repeat what they said.
I have since upgraded them to the Gel 3M Ear Pads and we’ll see if that makes a difference on my next flight. Nac-Intercom does sell the gel ear pads separately, and may include them with the helmet for an additional cost.
Hearing Protection: 6 of 10.
Radio Integration: 9 of 10
Having my glasses fog was the biggest nightmare using my open faced helmet. This full face helmet seems to have rectified that problem. In addition to no fog, I had no watery eyes, no runny nose and my face actually stayed warm. To take the helmet off, you simple pull down on a little tab and the ratcheting clip system simple pulls off. Easy to do with gloves on. I would highly recommended this helmet for winter flying.
Winter Flying: 8 of 10.
If you’re looking for premium features including full face protection, built in hearing protection, top of the line electronics, with a premium fit and finish the Nac-Intercom Anubis is for you. Not to mention it looks badass, and gives you that storm trooper look. Currently, if you look at their online store, they only have blue helmets remaining. New colors coming in January 2021.Overall Score: 8/10 – A game changer for paramotoring in the winter.