The helmet I ordered on 8/7 arrived this morning, 8/11. Being of a suspicious nature, when I order something for a price that seems too good to be true I try to document the item with photos when it arrives. Here's the deal on the Multitec:
Good packaging for shipment.
Manufacturer's box, which did not appear to have been opened.
Inside the manufacturer's box is
The outer bag for the helmet is a little strange in that some seams are visible on the outside, other seams are on the inside of the bag. Not sure if this is a manufacturing error.
Inside the outer bag there is a white inner bag. This is not made of paper, it appears to be some kind of microfiber.
At last we get to the helmet itself.
The finish was flawless, on close inspection I could find no defects in the paint job. The flip mechanism worked easily and smoothly, the unlock tab to open the chinbar was easy to move and use, and when the chinbar closes it locks with an audible "clunk." (Not unlike the LT tranny, now that I think of it, but not as loud.) The padding and it's covering inside the helmet had no flaws that I could find. The helmet fits my head very well and is quite confortable. There are large openings for the ears, channels in the padding for sliding eyeglasses arms back to and over the ears, comfortable padding on top, and cheek pads that actually reach my cheeks (I've got a narrow face). The faceshield takes a good push to move it out the fully closed position, then moves past every detent smoothly and easily. I've been wearing the helmet now for over an hour in the house, still very comfortable for my head shape, no hotspots.
A plastic bag attached to the chinstrap contained
I'm a very happy camper at this point. I can find no evidence that would make me suspect that this is a "knockoff" or a "factory second." Now I gotta go test it out on a nice long ride.