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Review: X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon

Reviews and tests 27 November, 2017

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The X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon is the sportiest helmet of the brand. The X-803 arrives on the market as the exclusive evolution of the X-802RR, a top-of-the-range helmet that is the result of NolanGroup's experience at the highest levels of competition, such as MotoGP and SBK. Made entirely in carbon, the new X-803 becomes a very complete and exclusive racing helmet for the most demanding bikers.


The shell is made of an extremely light carbon fiber composite and offers three shell sizes for a better fit to each size.

Stability at high speeds has also been improved, due in part to the complete overhaul of the new rear spoiler. This spoiler is adjustable and adapts its aerodynamic position according to various driving positions and driving styles.

X-Lite X-803 Ultra CarbonImage of the X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon, made of extremely lightweight carbon fiber.

Another differential aspect with respect to its predecessor is found in the chin protector. This has been lengthened slightly to offer higher levels of static and dynamic comfort.

The weight of the helmet is 1310 grams for a M size.

X-Lite X-803 Ultra CarbonSide view of the X-803 Ultra Carbon, where we can see its sports and aggressive lines.


The ventilation system is known as Racing Air Flow and from experience and testing in the wind tunnel and circuit, X-Lite has created three large front air intakes located at the top, along with another large entrance located in the chin area, also adjustable.

X-Lite X-803 Ultra CarbonDetail of the front and top entries of the X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon.

As a great novelty we find two side air extractors and a rear extractor, integrated in the rear aerodynamic spoiler with adjustable profile (ASD).


The clear screen “Ultrawide” offers a wide field of vision and has a mechanism of double action: it allows to block it to avoid its accidental opening and has an ajar position to circulate at low speed. In addition, it can be disassembled without tools and has anti-scratch treatment.

The lateral visibility of the new X-803 has also been improved compared to the previous model. As a result, it is able to offer improved driving comfort and greater active safety.

X-Lite X-803 Ultra CarbonThe screen of the X-803 Ultra Carbon has a simple and practical opening mechanism.

The helmet includes Pinlock and also the screen incorporates a system on the outside that allows you to adjust the Pinlock without the need to remove it.


The interior is made with a very innovative net construction that helps air circulation around the top of the head. The interior padding, moreover, is composed of completely washable pads, these are coated on the bottom with a very resistant material, while in the part in contact with the skin we find a very nice material.

X-Lite X-803 Ultra CarbonImage of the inner and quilts of the X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon.

Closure and details

The X-803 has a double buckle closure, the safest on the market and the only approved to enter the circuit. In addition, the straps are coated to make them softer on contact with the skin.

The helmet also has the Nolan Emergency Release system. This allows emergency teams to remove the helmet pads by simply pulling on the red tapes at the front of the pads, thus protecting the rider’s head from any delicate movement.

X-Lite X-803 Ultra CarbonOn the left, detail of the emergency system of the padding. On the right, detail of the double buckle closure.

It also highlights the interior baffle that moves the warm air away from our screen breathing thus preventing fogging. This system is clearly inspired by the rain masks used in racing.

In short, with the new X-Lite X-803 Ultra Carbon, fans of sportive driving have a helmet with the highest performance in terms of safety and comfort. It is a helmet of last baking that arrives with the clear intention of becoming one of the best in its segment.


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