Monday, October 22, 2012

Team Wendy EXFIL™ Helmet TGL Review

Our friends over at The Gear Locker have received one of Team Wendy's EXFIL Helmets that were released last month. They have provided us with their full review below. 

Team Wendy Tactical Bump Helmet FDE
When the box arrived at our doorstep, we were impressed with how light it was.This is because the helmet is made from Carbon Fiber. When you have it in your hands, it feels very smooth and has great lines. There are six vents on the top of the helmet, four towards the rear of the helmet, and two up front.  The helmet shell looks very slick right out of the box.

Continuing with the outside of the helmet, you have the option of selecting the custom Wilcox “W” mount, or you can use your own 3-hole NVG Mount.

EXFIL "W" Mount and "T-Rail"
Team Wendy went with two Picatinny rails and something called “T-Rails.” Now, this is where it gets interesting: the T-Rail allows the Operator to mount any item on the helmet how they see fit.  It could allow for a low-tech option when out in the field with a broken mount, or when a custom mounting option is needed.  Team Wendy has even started a blog where “hacks” can be seen on how to mount different items.

Rounding out the outside of the EXFIL, you have your Velcro for attaching ID Patches, Morale Patches, Strobes, or Counterweight pouches.  You also have Velcro for securing items or foliage to the helmet.

Team Wendy EXFIL Interior
Now, the inside of the helmet is where Team Wendy has looked to create a helmet that is safe for the war fighter overseas or at home.  According to Team Wendy, the helmet currently exceeds the US Military’s current Bump rating at 10ft/sec, 150G to 17ft/sec.  The CAM-FIT Retention System is made up of a polymer and allows for airflow to keep the head cool in the hotter temperatures.  The harness has 4 points of adjustments and Team Wendy has utilized the Boa Closure System that allows you to tighten the harness around your head. During our testing, we were able to use the Boa system to keep the helmet stable without having the chin strap snapped.

Now, you must be asking, how does the helmet feel? I have to say, very comfortable.  Adjusting the helmet took about 5 minutes to do.  Adjusting the Boa system is very simple. All you do in turn the thumb dial clockwise to tighten and, to release the tension, you pull up on the dial. The harness feels very comfortable and there is good airflow with the helmet on.

The second question that people ask is “What does it cost?” The EXFIL retails for $450.00 without the “W” Wilcox mount and $550.00 with it.  It is currently available in Flat Dark Earth or Black (As of this review, Multicam is in the works).  The helmet will fit a head size of 6 7/8 to 7 1/2 inches in diameter.

The accessories you have seen in the pictures are:

  • S &S Precision V-Lite
  • Adventure Light VIP Light
  • US Tactical Sewing’s NVG Counterweight Pouch
  • Princeton Tec Remix Pro

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