It's been years since I bought a helmet, when I had my GSXR I wore a full face but always enjoyed wearing my friends brain bucket because of the open air feeling. One day I caught a rock on my cheek so I took that into consideration this time.
J&P was running a special on the Rogue for $125, normally 250.00, but only in the matt green, I wanted black but for the savings, I will scuff and paint.
The Bell fitment guide was spot on so I bought the XL which worked out great because XL and up comes with extended face straps, I'm glad it did.
FYI you can but a set of extended straps for 10 bucks if you want for a smaller helmet.
The helmet feels good on my head, I do not like padded ear pieces which can accept ear buds or other devices, they remove with 3 snaps. I most likely will not use them.
The helmet is larger in size that what I originally thought it would be, it feels as thick as a full face on the sides and around the back.
Now to the item of contraversy, the face piece. I wanted this to keep the rocks and debris away but still have the bucket feel, I'm pretty sure this helmet will fulfill that need. The piece does ride on the bridge of my nose, it could be easily fixed if the position of the straps were 5-10 degrees further up. I think though that the piece will wear in and become softer in time and stretch out. Most people, much like I am right now are writing reviews and comments before getting a good wear in period.
I'll keep updating throughout the riding season, first impressions, I'm pretty happy with my purchase.