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Old 08-26-2011, 02:37 AM   #1
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Questions about helmet quality! READ

SO Im in the market for a good helmet.
Cycle gear has some 707 helmets for around 150$ They are both Dot and snell approved..

I dont want to go cheap and risk my life... However is there anything special about the higher end up helmets such as shoei, arai, etc?
Are 500$ helmets constructed better?? Or am I simply paying for a 'brand name helmet' that does the same as a cheaper helmet. do they prevent brain injuries better than the cheaper helmets under 200$???

Please enlighten me!

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Old 08-26-2011, 02:48 AM   #2
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Air flow. Noise reduction. Comfortable liner. Quick visor change. Build and construction. Graffix.

Just a few things to consider the price of a helmet.


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More expensive helmets won't necessarily protect your head any better than cheaper ones, but they make wearing the helmet up until a crash much more enjoyable.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:59 AM   #4
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Well it depends on your head cause I know on some brands, my head is pretty tight in them unlike Arai <3 which are my favorite but also pricey lol.
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Air flow. Noise reduction. Comfortable liner. Quick visor change. Build and construction. Graffix.

Just a few things to consider the price of a helmet.


My personal choice Suomy.
Where do you usually pick up Suomy helmets from?
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:25 AM   #6
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A "cheap" lid on your head is worth more then 2 expensive lids straped on the back of your bike....
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i love my $99 scorpion lid (EXO-400). super fast visor change, nice liner, lots of airflow, moderate wind noise, BEST anti fog visor, and it fits me just right.
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:46 AM   #8
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Besides the above mentioned, weight is also a consideration. Higher priced helmets are generally lighter. If a helmet is DOT or SNELL approved they would offer similar protection. Full face will offer more protection than half helmets from a coverage standpoint.
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scorpion is the best bang for your buck IMO. As long as its dot and snell youll be fine as far as safety goes. Its the features that make the price go up.
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TO everything said, I would like to add: quality control, construction materials, features as removable liners, and also spot protection. Please check http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/ to see what I mean and also check safety ratings of different brands and models. Believe it or not, and one of the most unknown facts is that there are different helmets for different type of protections. A high speed helmet (MotoGP or WSBK) is made to resist mainly several sliding impacts produced on a fall, not necessarily the best for a head on crash against a car! they are not made for that....
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Comfort is the biggest difference. The gains in comfort don't rise commensurate to the price though. A $350-450 helmet will feel a lot nicer than a $150 helmet, but the same cannot be said for a $700 compared to a $350-450. Weight plays a great role in long term comfort too, the most plush helmet will feel terrible if it is too heavy.
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TO everything said, I would like to add: quality control, construction materials, features as removable liners, and also spot protection. Please check http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/ to see what I mean and also check safety ratings of different brands and models. Believe it or not, and one of the most unknown facts is that there are different helmets for different type of protections. A high speed helmet (MotoGP or WSBK) is made to resist mainly several sliding impacts produced on a fall, not necessarily the best for a head on crash against a car! they are not made for that....
i disagree w/ most of your post.

also the brits have diff. lids then we do, 1/2 the helmets on that site aren't even over here

whats the diff between a moto gp lid that passes DOT/SNELL and a reg. lid tht passes DOT/SNELL, which are motogp lids? cuz i want 1 of them.......

OP, your $ your head..........i wear top flite helmets cuz what i think my heads worth.
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Actually exellent question...
I'll think that the DOT and Snell tests must be the same for all helmet manufacturers, and it helmet passed these standards, then it should offer same level protection irrespectively of the make.
Sure the other factors are to take to consideration when choosing the helmet, and one of the most 'pricey' think would be shell material = weight. Helmet made out of CF would be expensive by defolt...
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More expensive helmets won't necessarily protect your head any better than cheaper ones, but they make wearing the helmet up until a crash much more enjoyable.

i would second this
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Actually exellent question...
I'll think that the DOT and Snell tests must be the same for all helmet manufacturers, and it helmet passed these standards, then it should offer same level protection irrespectively of the make.
Sure the other factors are to take to consideration when choosing the helmet, and one of the most 'pricey' think would be shell material = weight. Helmet made out of CF would be expensive by defolt...
Helmets pass a minimum standard, remember its a gov't test........which lids exceed it or just meet it?
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I am partial to Shark helmets, had Icon, had Scoprion, and tried on a bunch of other helmets, but the Shark RSR2 fit well, weighs very little and very comfortable, and has a great rep for safety. Plus after reading I am partial to the ECE standard rather than Snell.
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Got an HJC RPS-10. great helmet for the price. Check out 2wheeltoys. They have great prices on them.
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i disagree w/ most of your post.

also the brits have diff. lids then we do, 1/2 the helmets on that site aren't even over here

whats the diff between a moto gp lid that passes DOT/SNELL and a reg. lid tht passes DOT/SNELL, which are motogp lids? cuz i want 1 of them.......

OP, your $ your head..........i wear top flite helmets cuz what i think my heads worth.
Although you say you disagree, I cannot say where...I think you are just commenting on my post, and that is great. AGV GP-tech and Shoei X-Spirit II ARE motogp/wsbk helmets. I donīt particulary like Shoei for 22 reasons: Fit and Graphics, however, my comment comes from a documentary from Shoei where they stated the difference between components and structure requiered for a typical track accident as opposed to a road crash... Just my 5cnts...
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