As soon as I put the helmet on I knew I was going to love it. It's the first bike helmet I've ever worn that actually fits and conforms to your head rather than just sort of sitting on your head...it's definitely a unique and great feel. What this does is it fits very firmly and secure on your head and there is absolutely zero movement even on the roughest trails.
The padding used is a notch above what I'm use to in Fox and Giro helmets, very comfortable. Since it's fall now and cooler I haven't had a chance to wear it on a hot day with lots of sweating.
The only drawback I've found so far is my Smith Pivlock glasses which have a rather large (tall) lense touch the brim of the helmet putting pressure on my nose and I have to adjust the helmet slightly backwards to compensate. Wish there was a tiny bit more clearance for the larger glasses many of us use while biking.
The primary reason I bought it is for more protection. I'm use to wearing full face MX helmets on the motobike and the speeds I sometimes ride on the MTB a flimsy XC helmet just isn't enough, and a full face is too constrictive for climbing. So, I'm hoping this is the best compromise of the two.
I love the loud metal gold flake too...I'm an X motocross racer so I'm a sucker for a fancy paint job which is what Troy Lee is known for.