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The "birth" of the Nerv

Technical data (Index)

Italian Design


The Nerv helmet was designed by Ignazio Bernardi, with technical consultancy from the most important helmet developer in Italy.
The creation of a new helmet is a lengthy process. It begins with a prototype made in wood and plaster, sculpted like a fine artwork with all the classic Italian artisanal talent.
Once this has been perfected, it is scanned to create a 3D file, which can be used for computer simulations, colour tests and detailed design. After further refinements, this file is then used to programme the CNC machines that cut the dies for the outer shell and the polystyrene lining.
This is just the start: the process continues with manufacturing, assembly, quality control, testing and packaging. The result is alluringly attractive and technically impeccable. In short, 100% Italian style.

Shell made of strong polycarbonate


The 3 mm thickness polycarbonate shell has the advantage to be very light but still very strong.

Polystyrene reinforced


The polystyrene is reinforced with one more layer of polycarbonate to achieve the hard penetration test of the E.N. 966 certification.

Between the shell and the polystyrene there are 2 channels with their wholes for the air flow

Airflow inside the helmet


You can open or close the entrance of the air into the helmet just with one hand and while you are flying



The visor is an option.
It is made of polycarbonate with anti-scratch and anti-fog treatment.

4 types are available: transparent, tinted grey, orange, mirror.
You can also apply a foam on the visor to avoid any air inside the visor.



There are 3 available sizes with wheel regulator for a perfect fit of the head circumference from 53 cm to 61 cm.

The size of a helmet is always described by the inner circumference of the internal padding.

The size number therefore corresponds to the head circumference in centimetres.

Interchangeable internal padding


3 internal paddings are adapted to the 3 sizes determinated by the wheel regulator situated in the back of the helmet. They can be replaced by larger or smaller padding pieces included the wheel regulator, thus varying the helmet size.

You just choose your own size of ICARO tailored inner helmet lining for a safe, perfectly comfortable head fit….

It can be changed in moments in case a different size is needed.

If the helmet is not a perfect fit, we send a new padding free of charge, independently from where you bought the helmet.

The important advantage: you can easily remove the padding and replace it with a new one or just wash it.

Ear covers


The very soft ear covers are easily removable.
Sometimes they can change the fabrics of the strap.

In order to increase the protection we advise to always use the helmet with the ear pads protection and never take them off.








A tough, exclusive Icaro helmet with a titanium-anodized aluminium Rollbar for optimum chin protection.

The Rollbar can be retrofitted to any Nerv helmet: you just have to change the 2 ear protectors..
The Rollbar is also available as a standard feature.

Certification E.N. 966

The video that illustrates the stringent tests necessary for our helmets’ EN 966 certification

The Nerv has been tested by the italian laboratory Newton a company authorized by the Italian Ministry of Transport and recognized by the German TUV.

All our helmets are designed especially for free flight and micro light pilots, in accordance with the European standards (EN 966).

Our helmets were designed and built specifically to be as light as possible. However they optimize safety for hang glider, paraglider and micro light pilots, as shown by the information above.

For more information about the E.N. 966 test please read our page About safety

Look at the complete EN 966 test report


Helmet grams 530
Visor grams 93


Download the manual for all our helmets (Pdf)

Quality Made in Italy


All our helmets are created by Italian designers, made in Italy using Italian materials and technology, assembled at our workshop in Laveno by trained Italian personnel, and certified by an Italian company.
It would be cheaper to outsource production overseas. We prefer to do everything ourselves, here in Italy, for a reason: quality, which means safety and user satisfaction. Our quality is not just a slogan: it is demonstrated by tangible results. Our hang gliders and helmets are used by leading pilots who have conquered an impressive list of world championship victories.
And you can see quality in action. You are welcome to visit our workshop and watch our team working on the helmets.

What our customers say

For privacy reasons, we never publish the name of the customer who sent us the comment.

I live in the USA
- I have flown with my Icaro Nerv for years and love it

I have recently bought a helmet Nerv on Internet. I am very satisfied by the design, the comfort and the color