Sena Momentum EVO Bluetooth Helmet Review

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The Momentum Evo Bluetooth helmet is a new release in Australia by Sena. The company is most famously known for its Bluetooth intercoms devices made especially for helmets. With this release, the intercoms system is fully integrated into the helmet itself, meaning the device isn’t dangling off the side. Previously, Sena has utilised this concept for the Sena Savage, Sena Econo, and Sena Momentum helmets. However, the Sena Momentum EVO can be seen as a culmination of their experience, incorporating the best features from the past iterations and creating a more seamless experience for people that want to ride together. This Sena Momentum EVO Bluetooth helmet review will detail what worked and what still needs improvement.

Summary:

  • Intercom is built-in
  • Bluetooth 4.1 and Mesh 2.0 technology
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable and protective for long-oval heads

Introducing the Sena Momentum Evo Bluetooth Helmet

Pictured: Sena Momentum Evo Bluetooth Helmet Side View
Specs

Style: Full-Face Bluetooth Helmet

Sizes: M – XL

Certifications: ECE 22.05 | DOT

Shell: Composite Fibreglass

Shell Sizes: 2

Weight: 1.6kg

Pinlock Compatible: Yes | Included

Included Visor: Clear Visor

Liner: Removeable | Washable | Quick-Dry

Eyewear Compatible: No

Emergency Cheek Pad Release System: No

Ventilation: Top and Chin Intakes | 1 Exhaust Port

Range: Bluetooth: 2km open terrain | Mesh: 2km open terrain, extends to 8km w/ at least six riders.

Intercom: Bluetooth: 4 riders | Group Mesh: 24 riders

Talk Time: Bluetooth: 17 hours | Mesh: 10 hours

Charging Time: 2.5 hours

Voice Activated: Yes

Bluetooth Mobile: Yes

Bluetooth: 4.1

FM Radio: Yes | 76 – 108MHz

Pros

+ Integrated Mesh and Bluetooth intercom

+ Excellent build quality

+ Incredibly comfortable for the right head shape

Cons

Only comes in three sizes

Built for long-oval heads, which are relatively uncommon

Not the best for music

Rating
4.2/5

Helmet

Safety

Although the Sena Momentum EVO helmet doesn’t hold a SHARP rating, it does have ECE 22.05 certification. The helmet is also constructed from lightweight composite fibreglass and built light enough to integrate the Bluetooth intercoms system. The construction gives the helmet an average weight of 1.6kg, which, thanks to the aerodynamic design, didn’t tire me out due to buffeting and drag.

Composite fibreglass is an incredibly durable material. It has a great amount of abrasion resistance and can mitigate a large portion of impact force. In addition, there aren’t many parts that stick out, as the shell design is smooth, with only one noticeable lip above the exhaust vent. The helmet also utilises a multi-density EPS liner which is designed to absorb impacts at different speeds.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a drop-down sun-visor. This, paired with the lack of glasses grooves in the liner, means sun glare is an issue. However, you can buy a separate tinted visor. It is also possible to tape the liner down to fit sunglasses in, but it isn’t preferable.

Helmet Shell & Lining

Sena has constructed the Momentum Evo in two shell sizes. The first shell is dedicated to medium and large sizes, while the second is for extra-large helmets. This helmet is also built for riders with long-oval head shapes. This is important to keep in mind if you’re looking to purchase this helmet and have a different head shape. Safety and comfort can be compromised if you wear a helmet that isn’t suited for your head.

This helmet also includes a removable, washable, quick-dry liner, which is an excellent inclusion. This allows you to remove and wash your liner, keeping the inside of your helmet clean and ultimately making your helmet last longer and be more comfortable. Unfortunately, however, the helmet doesn’t come with an emergency removable cheek pad system, which would have been an excellent inclusion.

Comfort & Sizing

The Sena Momentum EVO only comes in three sizes, which is quite a shame. Unfortunately, the lack of sizing means a lot of riders will be missing out on this helmet. Thankfully, if you have a long-oval head and are appropriately sized, it’s a refreshingly comfortable fit. The comfort liner isn’t as thick as others but is designed well. I felt comfortable and supported by it, even over long rides. In addition, it is one of the least intrusive liners I have used.

The Momentum EVO is also highly aerodynamic. It’s designed to cut through wind front-on, and there is minimal buffetting and bobbing regardless of the presence of a windscreen. As the intercoms system is fully integrated, there is also no additional device danging off the side. The buttons to control the intercoms are also seamlessly integrated into the helmet’s side and don’t stick out. This reduces wind resistance and will save your neck in the long term.

Compared to other models at this price point, the Momentum EVO is incredibly comfortable. When you consider this helmet also includes an intercoms system, which is normally an additional purchase, it’s hard to argue why someone shouldn’t buy it.

Ventilation & Noise

The ventilation system is greatly improved when compared to the previous generation. There are two intake vents, one located at the chin and the other located on the top of the shell. Exhaust is handled by a single vent on the back of the helmet, and all of the vents can be opened and closed manually. Regardless of the vent positions, the Momentum EVO remains a quiet helmet, with no spots inside that are noisier than others.

Thanks to the strategic placement of the vents and the thoughtfully laid out channels inside the helmet, air enters and exits with no issues. This is even noticeable if you close the intake vents and crack the visor open slightly, which is excellent if you need to defog the visor but don’t want extra air.

Sena Momentum EVO Bluetooth Helmet Rear View
Pictured: Wearing Bluetooth Helmet On Street Rear View

Bluetooth Intercom

Control

The Sena Momentum EVO has controls placed on either side of the outer surface shell. The buttons lined up with the back of my neck, so it was easy to locate, identify, and press each button. On the left-hand side are three buttons: volume up, main and volume down, from top to bottom. The right-hand side has a single button to control Mesh functionality, as well as a micro-USB port for charging as well as connecting to your PC.

There is also the option to use voice commands to control both the intercom and your mobile. This is thanks to the Sena Momentum Utility app, which comes bundled with the helmet. Thankfully, voice commands are well-understood by the intercom. I experienced no issues with the device misunderstanding what I said.

Sound Quality

The sound quality is a significant step up from the Sena Momentum. Considering this was the main point of criticism regarding the previous generation, this is excellent news. Voices are super clean, distinguishable and loud. Most of these improvements are due to the repositioned speakers and the alteration of the helmet shape. Additionally, the speakers dynamically adjust their volume to compensate for ambient noise. So if you are right next to a noisy truck, then the speaker volume increases. This makes communicating with other riders much less of a hassle.

This comes at a slight cost, however. Bass and mids aren’t as defined as other high-end speakers, but the higher frequencies have been boosted. Whist this may negatively impact the sound quality of your music, it increases your ability to hear other people when using the intercoms functionality. A fair trade-off that only the most observant people will notice.

Intercom

The Bluetooth intercom unit is based on Sena 30K architecture, a distinctively powerful and versatile device. It utilises both Bluetooth 4.1 and Mesh 2.0, the latter of which is quickly becoming the industry standard for motorcyclists. When paired with the Sena Momentum Utility app, you can communicate via the Universal Intercom feature. This allows you to pair with all other Sena models, as well as a huge range of models from other brand names. This is a powerful feature that drastically cuts down ride prep time.

Up to four users can connect via Bluetooth, but when using Mesh 2.0, private connections have a cap of 16 users, plus you get access to the public channel. So virtually limitless connections are possible on the public network. But, if you prefer using a private network, you won’t need to worry about hearing anyone outside of your group.

Bluetooth connections have a maximum range of 1.6km on this device, which feels limiting compared to the newer Mesh system. Mesh connections give you a maximum range of up to 2km between a pair of riders, but the real potential doesn’t show until you have a private network set up. When you have six riders connected via private Mesh, you have a theoretical maximum range of 8km. You can find a detailed explanation of this in our recent Cardo Packtalk Bold Review here. Ultimately, once I used Mesh, I never wanted to go back to Bluetooth again. This is a top of the line intercom in a good-quality helmet.

Battery

The Sena Momentum Evo Bluetooth helmet has excellent battery life. If you’re using just Bluetooth connectivity, you can expect to get 17 hours out of it, much more than you need in most situations. However, if the Mesh network is consistently used, you can expect that figure to drop to 10 hours. This, paired with a charging time of 2.5 hours, means that provided you keep on top of it, you won’t ever need to worry about your helmet running out of battery on the road.

Sena Momentum EVO Bluetooth Helmet Buttons
Pictured: Volume And Main Controls

Conclusion

The Sena Momentum Evo is a masterful blend of protection and technology, spliced together ergonomically and practically. It provides excellent protection, it isn’t cumbersome, and the Bluetooth intercom is fantastic. I never had any troubles locating any buttons, everything sounded loud and clear, and voice activation was seamless. To me, this helmet is a milestone, and it makes the future seem much more exciting.

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