Nexx SWITX SX.10 Helmet Review
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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Motorcycle Helmet Reviews
The Nexx SWITX (“Switch”) SX.10 helmet is a radical new take on
motorcycle helmet design.
The helmet has a removable cover which can be easily
replaced (“switched”) by the owner.
The helmet shells also come in different colors and the replaceable covers
come in every color imaginable.
Owners can even mix and match different colored sun shades, face
shields and even visor buttons and
washers (videos below).
Or, buy buy an extra cover or two and paint it with your own design!
The cover moves back and forth on the helmet to open or
close the built-in “Cooling Cover Tech” vent system. Because the cover is separate from the
SX.10 shell, the helmet shell design is also completely new and has many
vent openings to improve air flow.
The SWITX SX.10 has a built-in sun shade that works very nicely and a
very large clear face shield that provides outstanding coverage for an
The clear face shield on the SWITX SX.10 gives the rider a huge field
of view. It’s virtually unlimited in all directions and it is probably
the best forward visibility of any motorcycle helmet I’ve ever tried.
The helmet is actually very quiet and the fit is quite comfortable.
Nexx has even partnered with Sena to develop the SX.COM, an intercom system
specially designed for the SWITX SX.10 helmet.
The new Nexx SWITX SX.10 is certainly one of the most unique
motorcycle helmets ever and it’s a very clever design that is simple,
functional and easy to use. It also meets both DOT and ECE safety
Nexx SWITX SX.10 Helmet Design Features
Since the SX.10 is so different, let’s first take a brief photo tour
so you can get oriented:
Nexx SWITX SX.10 with high-viz yellow
cover, white side buttons and red shell.
A Nexx SWITX SX.10 helmet with red shell and high-viz yellow cover. The original white
cover on the right has been removed. The side buttons and washers and the clear face shield have also been removed. No
tools are necessary to disassemble the helmet parts.
The Nexx SWITX SX.10 helmet
shell showing the unique pattern of air vents under the
cover. Nexx calls the system “Cooling Cover Tech”.
The Nexx SWITX SX.10
Slide the SX.10 cover back to expose the vents.
Sliding the cover forward closes the vents.
The Nexx SWITX SX.10 with a red shell and high-viz yellow cover, the
titanium gray cover
and the white cover.
The Nexx SWITX SX.10 with
black shell and the white cover.
Deconstructing the Motorcycle Helmet
Nexx went “back to the drawing board” big time with the SWITX
concept. In fact, they actually did go back to square one, throwing out
very old concept of how a motorcycle helmet should be designed to
re-think every aspect.
The motivation was the sagging world economy, with ferocious
competition from cheap imports. Nexx has always wanted to keep helmet
production in Europe, but it would take a radical new concept to compete
and make a profit in the smaller “Jet” open-face type helmet space.
The result is the SWITX (“Switch”) SX.10, the first of what
we hope will
become a design series based on the SWITX concept.
The SX.10 design has also garnered the 2014
Dot Design Award for the SX.10, which will be presented at the
annual gala in July. The 40 members of the Red Dot jury
commended the Nexx Cooling Cover Tech when they acknowledged the SWITX
SX.10 as one of the 2014 award winners.
The SX.10 is so different that it’s difficult to describe it in the confines of a webBikeWorld motorcycle helmet review.
But the most notable feature is the removable and
replaceable helmet cover. There are currently 9 different helmet
shell/cover combinations and then 21 different cover colors available as
options. You can change covers and colors whenever you’d like.
No tools are needed to completely disassemble the helmet. Start the
process by twisting the circular “button” on the side of the helmet —
the part that typically holds the clear face shield in place.
Once the buttons are off, the clear face shield can be easily
removed; optional tinted face shields are also available. Twist and
remove the colored “washers” that hold the cover in place and now the
cover can be removed. This exposes the unique SX.10 helmet shell, which
is covered in a pattern of vent grids to allow maximum air flow. The
removable cover design allows the shell to have the vent grids, while
still meeting the DOT and ECE safety standards.
Next, the internal sun shade or sun visor lifts right off and these are
also available in different tints. Note that the disassembly process is
shown in the webBikeWorld video below.
Re-assemble the SX.10 in the reverse order and you’re ready to go.
Note also that the design is incredibly simple and completely manual, so
there are no other moving vent parts or anything else that might fail.
The clear face shield and the internal sun shade are lowered and raised
manually and the entire cover slides back and forth to expose the vents.
The entire SWITX SX.10 design concept is so interesting (and so easy
to use) that you’ll probably find yourself doing the same thing as me —
disassembling it and putting it all back together just to marvel at how
it all works.
The Nexx/Sena SX.COM Intercom System
Nexx even collaborated with Sena to develop a special intercom system
for the SX.10. It’s called the Nexx SX.COM and it’s an
interesting design with features that seem to be the equivalent of the
Sena SMH5 (review). We have photos of the SX.COM intercom below and the
SX.COM owners guide from Sena is available also in .pdf format and
we’ll also have a “Quick Look” review posted soon.
The Nexx SWITX SX.10 factory
Optional cover colors.
Paint, Graphics and Overall Quality
The SX.10 helmet shell and cover pair is available in 9 different
color combinations from the factory. Then the optional covers, side buttons, washers, sun shades and
face shields are available for the owner to mix-and-match for a unique
Most of the colors are molded as part of the polycarbonate shell cover, so there
are no worries about paint scratching. Three of the
covers are painted however — the Neon Yellow, Black Soft and Aubergine
— and these
cost slightly more.
An owner can buy a spare cover to paint, as long as the paint is
suitable for polycarbonate plastic. The side button could probably be
painted on the outside but the inside of the button and the washer that
holds the cover (under the button) should not be painted because the
additional paint thickness can affect the movement of the parts.
The SX.10 is quite unlike any other motorcycle helmet we’ve reviewed.
Other than the obviously unique design, the movement of the parts is
both very simple and very clever. Nexx did a fantastic job putting it
And the hardest part must have been getting the design beyond the
concept stage and into actual production. It would be easy to mess up a
new helmet design like this but the overall quality is excellent,
especially for the price.
Score: Nexx surely gets 5 Gold Stars for effort on the
SWITX SX.10 concept and I’ll give the helmet an “Excellent”
rating for overall quality. See the Summary Table at the bottom
of the page for a description of our rating system.
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Nexx SWITX SX.10 Helmet Fit, Internal Shape and Liner
The SX.10 is a variant of the “Jet” type helmet, with a hard top and
“flaps” that cover the ears. This design is similar to the
Nexx X60 (review), the
Cromwell Spitfire (review) and others.
This type of helmet can feel a bit odd at first compared to a
full-face or 3/4-length helmet, at least on my strange “Earth” shaped
head, which is widest in the center at my temples. To make matters
worse, my 60.5 cm head is unfortunately between a standard size L and
The size large
SX.10 feels like it has a “Neutral” to “Slightly Narrow” fit under
the shell portion and it felt a bit snug at first. But the soft ear pieces
must make up for it, because I’ve worn the SX.10 for a couple of
multi-hour long stretches with no issues at all and, in fact it’s
surprisingly comfortable, even on my odd noggin.
A benefit of the soft
ear sections is that eyeglasses should fit without a problem. The ear
sections and the helmet liner fabric feels pretty basic but comfortable and the padding
is on the thin side, at least in this size large. But again, no real
issues and not unexpected for this type of helmet in this price range.
By the way, the liner is not removable.
The ear “flaps” have pockets for the specially designed Nexx SX.COM
intercom, which is made by Sena for Nexx. I’ll describe that in a “Quick
More information on helmet fit can be found in the webBikeWorld
Motorcycle Helmet FAQ page, along with the chart that lists the
helmet weights of webBikeWorld reviewed helmets and also by shape on
Motorcycle Helmet Shapes page.
Score: I’ll give the Nexx SWITX SX.10 an “Excellent”
rating for internal shape, fit and comfort.
Nexx SWITX SX.10 Face Shield, Sun Shade and Outward Visibility
The large clear face shield on the SX.10 provides a huge amount of
forward visibility; in fact, the visibility is unlimited, with no part of the helmet
shell in my field of view until I turn my eyes as far up or to the sides
as is physically possible, and only then can I see a sliver of helmet
shell. The face shield also covers a large portion of the face, nearly
to the bottom of my chin.
This gives an outstanding forward view when riding — it’s almost
surreal, because you feel like you’re not wearing a helmet at all, yet
the wind is blocked and blocked very well indeed. That was the second
surprise, because many open-face type helmets like this have a poorly
designed face shield that ends up blasting a lot of air on the face or
up from underneath the front.
This one is nicely curved, allowing a small amount of air to flow up
from underneath on either side but only when I’m at higher speeds on a
bike without a windscreen, like the
Suzuki GW250 (Blog).
The face shield has 3 detents and it’s moved up and down with a tab
on either side. The internal sun shade also is a simple design; it fits
between the helmet cover and the shell and it can be rotated by using
the small tabs on either side under the clear face shield or via a small
tab that sticks out of the vertical cut on the top of the cover.
The sun shade is effective and when it’s pulled down past its single
detent about 80% of the way down, it provides good coverage although I
could probably do without the cutout for the nose.
Eye Port Visibility Estimator: Nexx SWITX SX.10
Score: The Nexx SWITX SX.10 face shield and sun shade
design gets an “Outstanding”, while outward visibility is among the best
Nexx SX.COM intercom was developed
by Sena for the Nexx SWITX SX.10 helmet.
Nexx SX.COM intercom close-up. Note
control buttons on the boom mic. The SX.COM was designed to fit the
SX.10 helmet, which has special ear pockets. The
2015 versions of the Nexx X40
and X70 helmets will fit the SX.COM.
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Nexx SWITX SX.10 Ventilation and Air Flow
Open-face helmet designs usually have a lot of ventilation and the
SX.10 is no exception. When it’s deployed, the face shield does an
excellent job of blocking the air but there’s still a lot of ventilation
along the bottom, of course.
The SX.10 helmet shell is uniquely designed with the vent grids I
discussed earlier with the photo. Thus, the helmet has good ventilation
in all conditions even if the two front intake vents are closed.
To operate the vents, pull the cover forward and it
blocks the two brow intake and the two rear exhaust vents (the brow vents are accommodated by
cutouts in the clear face shield when it’s lowered) or push the cover
back to open the vents.
To be honest, I don’t feel all that much difference with the vents
open or closed, only because the helmet provides excellent ventilation
and heat control due to both the open-face design and the special Nexx
shell vent grid system. On some pretty hot and muggy days we’ve had
recently, my head remained as cool as I could expect wearing any type of
Opinionator: Nexx SWITX SX.10 Ventilation
Score: I’ll rate the ventilation system of the Nexx
SWITX SX.10 as “Outstanding” overall.
Nexx SWITX SX.10 Noise Levels
Yet one more surprise is the low noise levels I experienced with the
SX.10 helmet. The large clear face shield, with its curved design, seems
to cut nicely through the air with no noise and the simple design of the
helmet also helps here I think.
The thick padded ear covers surely also help to keep noise levels
low. Usually a helmet of this type is expected to be loud but this one
really isn’t, whether the vents are open or closed.
Opinionator: Nexx SWITX SX.10 Noise Levels
Note that our helmet evaluations are normally a combined effort
of several riders over time, on different types of motorcycles with and without
windscreens. Evaluators wear correctly fitted, high quality earplugs (even
when evaluating motorcycle intercom systems) and (usually) a helmet liner. It is strongly recommended that hearing protection is used when riding a motorcycle.
See the wBW
and Hearing Protection page for more information on choosing and wearing earplugs.
Note also that perceived noise levels will vary, depending on the
individual. Noise can be caused by many factors, including helmet fit; the
type of motorcycle and windscreen; wind speed and direction and even the type of
clothing that is being worn. For more information on helmet noise, visit the
Motorcycle Helmet Noise page.
Score: I’ll give the Nexx SWITX SX.10 an “Excellent”
rating for noise control.
Nexx SWITX SX.10 Helmet
How to Customize the Nexx SWITX SX.10 Helmet
This SX.10 in size large weighs 1160 grams (2 lbs., 8-7/8 oz.), which is
very light and compares well with helmets listed in the webBikeWorld
Open Face Helmet Weights table.
Note that all of the helmets reviewed on webBikeWorld have been weighed
and the weights are available on the wBW
Motorcycle Helmet Weights page, along with a chart that lists the helmets
by weight and shape on the wBW
Motorcycle Helmet Shapes page.
Score: I’ll rate the Nexx SWITX SX.10 as “Excellent”
for its reasonable weight and good balance.
Nexx SWITX SX.10 face shield and sun
shade in lowered and raised positions.
The Nexx SWITX SX.10 has a quick-release chin strap on a “Y” type
harness. There is no padding underneath the chin strap webbing.
The SX.10 meets the DOT standard in the U.S.A., the ECE 22.05
standard in Europe and NBR-7471:2001 in Brazil. It is available in sizes ranging from XS to
More information is available in this
SWITX SX.10 information sheet (.pdf). Here’s the
Nexx SWITX SX.10 information sheet (.pdf). And here’s a YouTube
video discussing the design
philosophy of the Nexx SWITX SX.10.
Overall Opinionator: Nexx SWITX SX.10
Ability to switch cover and
Incredible panoramic view
from the eye port.
Effective ventilation and
Comfortable and quiet.
Must like open-face
“scooter” type helmets.
There’s no doubt about it: the Nexx SWITX SX.10 is the most unique
helmet design ever…just when you think there’s nothing else that could
possibly be new under the sun.
The helmet may not be for everyone due to its open-face “Jet” or
scooter-type design. But I’ll let you in on a secret: it’s a blast
riding a motorcycle (or scooter) with a helmet like this. The huge
amount of visibility it provides is a real safety factor, especially for
new riders, because you can see everything just as if you were wearing
no helmet at all.
The best part — besides the wow-factor design — is that the SX.10
actually works really nicely as an open-face helmet. And you can easily
swap out different color covers, like yellow for visibility when you’re on
the GS and black for stealth on the H-D.
Or, if you’ve ever wanted to paint your own helmet but didn’t want to
chance it on a “normal” shell, the SX.10 is the answer. Think of the
Now there’s a slight catch — you were waiting for that, right? The
SWITX SX.10 is so new that distribution is still being worked out. The
helmet is available in the UK but, believe it or not, Nexx U.S.A. has
yet to commit to it. It’s your job to let ’em know how you feel!
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Review: Nexx SWITX SX.10 Helmet
List Price (2014): 89.95€. Neon Yellow, Black Soft and Aubergine are 99.95 € (because
they are painted). Accessories: Washers
(pair) 9.95 €. Buttons (pair): 9.95€. Covers:
24.95€. Sun Visor: 19.95€. Face Shield: 24.95€.
Colors: Yes, and then some.
Made In: Portugal
Sizes: XS to 2XL Shell Sizes:
Star Rating (1-5):
Review Date: May 2014
Ratings Scale: For reference, our ratings scale is subjective and
ranges from Unacceptable to Poor, Neutral, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding.
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