SPG or Spartan Pro Gear is now a very well known brand to Indian bikers. It has very quickly become the favorite VFM(Value For Money) brand product when it comes to Riding gears.
What sets the SPG from other brands ? A very practical approach to safety, attention to details , style and the number of features that has been included to their jackets and that too without compromising in quality is the main highlight that makes it so good. And couple that with excellent pricing and it’s what makes bikers happy.
Spartan has 3 very famous or more popular models in their range of products, namely the Spartan Icarus, Spartan Helios , Spartan Hyperion. All of these are mesh jackets, and are a pretty good all-rounder type products for that matter. We can get to that later.
Now among this the Icarus is the cheapest, which is introduced as a entry level jacket. The difference in this particular model with the Helios or Hyperion is pretty high including the armor quality and other factors, but still gives a tough challenge to the other products from competing brands. But , once again, this is not what we are going to discuss today.
Today, we are going to compare the other 2 jackets, The Helios and the Hyperion.
The Spartan Helios and Hyperion are 2 such jackets that have been in the market for some time. But when it comes to choosing between the Helios and Hyperion, many are confused. The question that remains is, how is the Hyperion different from the Helios ? Why the cost difference.
Having used both the jackets for a long duration it’s time to settle that question with the correct answers.
Although both jackets look different in appearance, most of the features are shared among the two, like the mesh material rating and quality, the rain liners , and small yet very useful features like the waterproof chest pocket , clips for holding keys and gloves and so on. Now that we have that section covered, let’s get into what is actually different between the Helios and Hyperion.
1. Protective layer :
One of the main use of a riding jacket is to protect the rider’s skin from abrasion in the event of a spill or crash which sends the rider sliding on the tarmac, which if in the absence of a jacket always leads to very ugly and not to mention very painful road rash. So now lets compare how the Hyperion and Helios are different in this aspect.
Helios : Strips of Cordura fabric on impact areas, which are Upper torso, sleeves and also a small strip on the elbow areas.
Hyperion : The initial models had Perforated leather covering for the impact areas upper torso , sleeves and Cordura fabric for the elbow.
The newer version of the Hyperion has a very good spread of Perforated leather for Upper torso, Sleeves and the Elbow area.
Another feature of the Hyperion is the presence of a soft padding on both sides on the lower abdomen area.
How does it matter : As explained in the Hyperion Review , the level of protection the different materials offer when it comes to abrasion protection is Mesh<Cordura<Perforated Leather<Leather. So in the event of a crash the Hyperion is much well equipped to protect the rider from abrasion/road rash as it has a very good spread of Perforated leather on impact ares, which are the areas that has more contact with the road in the event of a slide.
Now looking into the soft padding in the Hyperion , to be honest, it is more of a name sake feature and the only difference it can make is the presence of Cordura material which can make a difference in the event of a slide.
2. Armor :
Another reason why riders should use a well equipped riding jacket is to deflect or absorb a large part of the impact. A big part of this impact absorption is based on the quality of the armor. So now let’s see how the Hyperion and Helios fare in this department.
Helios : The Helios has Level 1 CE Rated armor for both the Shoulders and Elbow from the world famous Knox armor, which provides
excellent protection when it comes to impact absorption. Now another important part of the armor is the Back or Spine protector,
which is a Dual Density Armor which is much better than what many other manufacturers have to offer, but not the best available.
Hyperion : When it comes to Hyperion the older versions had the same as the Helios has, Knox level 1 armor for the Shoulder and Elbows and
dual density armor for the back. The newer version for the Hyperion comes with a upgrade, now the Hyperion comes with Knox
level armor for Shoulders , Elbows and even the back protector, which is a major reason for the cost difference one can find between
the Hyperion and the Helios.
How does it matter : Since the only difference here is the back/spine protector, the difference in the protection level would be in the event of impact on the back/spine. Again the Hyperion has the upper hand in the overall protection area.
That’s about it, so we have covered the difference between the Hyperion and Helios. So the obvious question is the Hyperion really worth the extra money(close to 3k) you have to pay over the Helios, the answer can be approached in different aspect. So from what I have written down , it is pretty clear that the only difference between the two is the safety aspect, in which the Hyperion has a good edge over the Helios. Having said that the Helios is in no way below par in protecting the rider.
And in real world road conditions taking into consideration the average case of slides or accidents that may happen the Helios will protect the rider by doing its job, just as much as the Hyperion will, but with a added tolerance to the elements it may be subjected to.
My Verdict :
So coming down to my verdict, if one is confused between the Helios and the Hyperion, and if you are really specific about the safety aspect, then Hyperion is the way to go. Now if that extra 3k is a worry but you do not want to compromise on the safety part, the Helios is more than enough to protect you on the road.
If you have any more queries on the same, do leave me a comment down below and we will get back to you with the answer soon.