O’Neal 907 Helmet Review

JC Hilderbrand | December 29, 2006
The styling options available from 907 helmets give buyers plenty of choice to suit their individual style  including this clean-cut racer look.
The styling options available from 907 helmets give buyers plenty of choice to suit their individual style, including this clean-cut racer look.

The Score

I love getting new lids, and when O’Neal gave us one of its top of the line 907 helmets to cap off our Element gear we tested before Christmas, it was as if the holidays had come early. As it turned out, I got a feel for the pants and jersey long before my opinion was settled on the Torch helmet – the thing was hardly broken in. After another couple months of riding, this well-protected mind is made up.

The Scoop

The first thing you’ll notice about this helmet is the Flame Torch graphics theme. Everyone knows that photos rarely do anything justice and the same is true for this 907 helmet. I’ll be honest and admit that I wasn’t too happy when I learned it would be this helmet rather than one of the other four 907 models. I’ve never been too keen on flames but once I saw the helmet in person I was actually impressed with the styling. The flames aren’t nearly as cheesy as predicted and I decided that it would be acceptable to wear it in public.

JC hauled the 907 Torch all the way to Costa Rica as his helmet of choice. After getting back from the muggy rainforest he found the removable washable liner to come in handy.
JC hauled the 907 Torch all the way to Costa Rica as his helmet of choice. After getting back from the muggy rainforest he found the removable/washable liner to come in handy.

After being tossed carelessly into my gearbag countless times, rolling around the floor of my extra-cab for a week, eating roost and deflecting low-hanging branches on a regular basis I have yet to find a single paint chip. The exterior plastic fin housing the vent system has suffered a few cracks and the two plastic vent covers on the rear of the visor have popped off, but other than that I can’t find any damage.

The eyeport is on the small side so watch out if you have large-framed goggles. Protecting the eye opening is a minimalist, rubber nose guard to deflect roost and the visor pulls down low, which I like. The visor bolts are all capable of being adjusted by hand, even with gloves on.

Fortunate for me but not for this test, I managed to avoid landing on my head for a few months. So far the 907 hasn’t taken a really solid impact but I feel confident that the hybrid carbon fiber/Kevlar shell and firm, comfortable Savoir Suede liner and pads would keep my brain in good shape. Because the moisture-wicking liner is removable and washable I avoided another potential blow to the head for leaving a stinky lid on the kitchen table. That means it passes the spouse test as well as DOT, Snell, ECE 22/04 and AS standards.

The Sentence

Hot  SoCal motocross days proved that the venting system works. It s not the best-breathing helmet we ve worn  but that actually came in handy during cold-weather rides  so it s a tradeoff.
Hot, SoCal motocross days proved that the venting system works. It’s not the best-breathing helmet we’ve worn, but that actually came in handy during cold-weather rides, so it’s a tradeoff.

One of the best things about this helmet, or the 907 line rather, is its five distinctly different paint schemes. Traditionalists can get racy lines with the Axiom, black for the dark souls, flames for the pyros and a Funky Skull for all you mulisha type. Considering our biggest complaint was that we failed to choose the right style should give you an idea of how good this helmet is. It is an excellent choice for anyone looking to top their riding wardrobe with a quality lid. Even though we have begun testing other sets of gear, the 907 still holds its place in the gearbag.

Product: O’Neal 907 Helmet

Color Options: Black/White Threat, Navy/Blue Division, Red Flame Torch, White Funky Skull, White/Red Axiom

Sizes: XS – XXL

MSRP: $299.99

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JC Hilderbrand

Off-Road Editor| Articles | Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.