I bought the X-Stream two months ago and after a thorough testing believe it
to be an excellent full-face helmet. During the first day of use my paddling
buddy, Shayne, who fancies a hockey helmet with metal cage, discovered that
the cage bends and distorts when slammed into rocks. His face was saved but
his helmet needed a good bit of love following that impact. My decision to buy
a full-face helmet was validated.
Before buying the X-Stream my prime concerns were full coverage with no loss of peripheral vision, and not looking like a dork. These factors have been fully satisfied. Faron Alstad, the designer of the helmets and owner of FNA Head Gear, was very good to deal with and I was very happy with his customer service.
The X-Stream's shell is one size and included with the helmet is extra sticky foam padding for a custom fit. My X-Stream is very comfortable and secure and felt so from the very first day.
My helmet arrived less than two weeks after ordering it and was exactly what I had requested. Buy directly from Faron if you can and skip the middleman to save a couple of dollars.
The X-Stream's chinguard does not detach. This is a good thing because it means that your safety does not come down to a judgement call. Since it does not detach you will actually wear it!