Spartan Hyperion VS Spartan Helios

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.

Spartan Hyperion

Spartan Hyperion

Spartan Helios

Spartan Helios

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.

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Cordura Fabric on the Elbow area

Cordura Fabric on the Elbow area

No Extra padding for the lower abdomen area

No Extra padding for the lower abdomen area

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.

Perforated leather on upper torso , sleeve

Perforated leather on upper torso , sleeve

Cordura material for impact areas, also extra padding on the lower abdomen area.

Cordura material for impact areas, also extra padding on the lower abdomen area.(Newer Model has Perforated leather for the elbows)

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Newer Version with Perforated Leather on the Elbows

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.

Elbow armor shared by both Helios & Hyperion

Elbow armor shared by both Helios & Hyperion

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.

The elbow armor(top) and shoulder armor(bottom)

The elbow armor(top) and shoulder armor(bottom)

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.

Cheers
Ride Safe
Krishna

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17 responses to “Spartan Hyperion VS Spartan Helios

  1. Nice one man! I am in real need of a mesh jacket, the Triton is a nightmare to wear in hot weather. Would’ve gone for the Hyperion, but won’t because of the bad after sales experience I had with their Odysseus pant. Thinking of trying out the A* ones.

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    • Hey Akhil.
      Yeah..spartan products are good enough. Now keeping the customer service part out. They are really good infact on par with a*
      If your aim is a pure summer riding jacket the tgp is a very good option..light weight and a* bragging right come as standard :-p.
      But it is damn costly for the rate they sell it here. You can find the review for the same in the Jacket section.

      Now Akhil, about customer service. I’d advise going through some good dealers for that. The one we have here at Cochin is awesome in customer service. Try to find one at your place.

      Cheers
      Ride safe

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  2. Hey good one Krishna. A few questions:

    1. With regard to the spine protector, how much do you think installing a new Level 2 armor would cost? Since Helios has an option to upgrade it’s rear armor, would buying the Helios and then upgrading it still be economical, compared to Hyperion?

    2. Which of these would keep you warm under freezing conditions? Let’s say, like biking in Leh. We’ve spoken about the heat, would be great if you could throw some light on the cold factor as well.

    3. I love the design of Spartan Achilles. http://spartanprogear.com/Details.aspx?id=185&mc=2&sc=2&cat=3&typ=4. It offers pretty much the same protection. The only disadvantage is the lack of the mesh material and the availability of vents, which wasn’t mentioned in the description, at least. Would you be able to do a review on this and probably give any kind of input that would help me with my decision on buying it?

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    • Hai Azeem,

      To answer your questions.

      1)The spine protector comes at about 2.5k or it was 2.5k for sas tech back armor which is also on par to the Knox back armor. So considering the Helios at 6.5 now and another 2.5k will come to 9k while the Hyperion is at 9.9k. Now the Hyperion still has the perforated leather making it more costly. But the Helios with the level 2 armor for the back will be a near perfect riding jacket for out weather conditions.

      2)The spartan jackets came with the rain liner only. They do provide winter liners but one has to pay extra for that. But we have tested the jackets with the rain liners in the cold conditions and found it to be performing moderately well,but will not be enough for leh. For which you will have to have several layers of clothing beneath to stay warm. Or as we all say a textile jacket proves best for really cold conditions.

      3. Coming to Achilles, we haven’t had a chance to even see this product first hand, i guess not much of it is stocked for the humid conditions down south. But we would be happy to get the required info you need about it and let you know. Please do drop a mail so we can communicate with you regarding Achilles.

      Cheers
      Ride safe
      Krishna

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      • Hi Krishna,
        About wearing multiple layers inside, wouldn’t that be a problem as the riding jacket is already going to be a tight fit?
        I would rather wear my leather jacket (a little oversize) or various layers over the riding jacket for extreme cold.
        What your take on this? Do you think it would reduce safety?

        Thanks,
        Dhairyasheel

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        • It would get tight, of course when it gets too tight is something you should decide. A riding jacket should be snug in itself,not tight. So there is a always a bit of room there for a layer of liner.

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  3. Super! Thanks for the answers, Krishna. I have checked with the spartan store in Chennai and they didnt have it in stock. They mentioned they will get it sometime in October. I’ll also try to check it physically and let you know what I find.

    Nonetheless, I’ll drop in a mail to you for communication. So how do that? Do I enter my mail id above in the ‘Follow’ section?

    Azeem

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  4. How durable will be the leather material in western ghat region around Pune-Mumbai-Nashik? I do not mind spending exta 3k, but it will be a waste if leather doesn’t suits monsoon or vice versa 🙂

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    • Leather isn’t ideal for rainy conditions, but it will last if you take proper care of it.
      Now as far as Hyperion goes, the leathers are not all that source of a worry, if it gets wet , at the end of the ride, wipe it clean and dry it under a fan or wherever there is no direct sunlight. It should last you really long.
      I have been using it for 2 years plus now and t has seen a lot of rainy days, no cracks or damages have been noted so far.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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    • Hi Sayan, I did see your email. Sorry about not replying, I was intending to write a fully elaborate reply but I am currently caught up with a lot of work , so it will be delayed by a few days.

      So let me at least answer this for you.

      Is it better than the Hyperion ? Hard to say, I have been pushing the Hyperion to almost 3 years now and not a single stitch has fallen off place. And since then Hyperion has received a lot of upgrades and price hike too.
      You see if you are comparing the Hyperion (the first gen) and the Tornado. The mesh and cordura panels are almost the same, So is the armor, but the Hyperion had a perforated leather area for the upper torso, which is an advantage., but nothing major, so if the tornado was present a few years ago, yes Tornado would have been a more sensible choice.
      But the latest Hyperion now comes with leather on the impact areas too which was cordura before which is a very important and needy upgrade, also now shoulder armor is also knox grade 1 which the tornado doesn’t offer , so you see the price hike the Hyperion has had is justified with the leather add ons and upgraded armor for the shoulder level.
      So rightfully the Hyperion is superior but more expensive.
      Just to be clear The Tornado should be pitted against the Helios and not the Hyperion, Hyperion is a premium jacket offered by SPG and it is much superior to other Indian made brands , period.
      But yes, SPG doesn’t give the Thermal liners with the jacket which is a shame, would have been a killer package if they would have done so.

      Cheers
      Ride Safe
      Krishna

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      • Thanks Krishna for the super-prompt reply.

        I understand the proper differences now.

        I knew about the differences before hand too, but the price difference of 3k + Thermal Liner actually made me think a lot, because it would come out to be nearly 5k.

        From what i understood from reading your review and other reviews on the internet too, is that the Hyperion is probably the best riding jacket available from Indian brands. But, at 13k, do you advise that I should go for it?

        I am looking for a jacket which I can use for atleast 5-6 years, and at most till the inevitable. And Hyperion fits the bill perfectly.

        But still, the price (with the thermal liner) has me thinking a lot. Help me with this decision if you can. Thanks . 🙂

        PS – If you could reply to the mail I sent you the other day, that would actually clear most of my doubts regarding the other gear I am planning to buy. But not in a hurry as I have asked for your help in a lot of areas. Reply when you have time.

        Thanks again.

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        • Well, if long lasting is what you need, I would say go for the Hyperion, a thermal liner is something you won’t use for most part of the year. So it can be added later on so you won’t feel the financial pinch as such.
          Because a fall can be at any time , maybe the same day you bought the product, so better to have the best options within the reasonable price.
          A jacket with high quality armor , mesh and perforated leather (about 30% of the jacket) for 10k is actually a cracker of a deal.
          But having said that I am in no way saying the Tornado or Helios won’t cut it, it will, if you are not so much concerned about the leather portions, get the helios (all round knox armors) with thermal liners and compare prices with Tornado and see if you are ok with the higher cost of the Helios as compared to Tornado.

          And about the mail, will send you a reply in a day or two.

          Cheers
          Ride Safe
          Krishna

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  5. Hi Krishna,
    A very good review indeed. I have a question..Does the Hyperion make one sweat in stop and go city traffic?
    I understand highways and ghats will not be a problem but hot summer days and city traffic is my worry which make me think that Helios would fare better. Please let me know your opinion.

    Thanks,
    Dhairyasheel

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