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Old 05-13-2014, 04:13 PM   #21
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I bought the one that fit the best. Just happened to be a Shoei.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:13 PM   #22
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I have been wearing Arai since 1975 - they were called HA (Hirotake Arai) back then. I bought the first one in Guatemala. It had what appeared to be a hand sewn liner and was lighter and more comfortable than most other helmets. I have also worn several other leading brands (mostly good experiences) but always come back to Arai because of their fit/function/durability.
It is hard to justify over $500 for a helmet though.
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I have been wearing Arai since 1975 - they were called HA (Hirotake Arai) back then. I bought the first one in Guatemala. It had what appeared to be a hand sewn liner and was lighter and more comfortable than most other helmets. I have also worn several other leading brands (mostly good experiences) but always come back to Arai because of their fit/function/durability.
It is hard to justify over $500 for a helmet though.
$500 bucks to protect your memories and livelihood?

Easy money to spend
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:23 PM   #24
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$500 bucks to protect your memories and livelihood?

Easy money to spend
YEP...BUT I spent $100 and used the other $400 to make memories.
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Crash worthiness is important to safety.

So is air flow on a hot & humid Houston summer day. Cooking your noodles will get you killed in more ways than one.

So is a convenient integral flip sun shade or photochromatic shield. Afternoon commute home towards Katy on I-10 staring into the arc welder also can get your killed. So is getting caught riding at night with a dark tinted shield.

So is a good pinlock system on a cold morning ride. Faceshield fogging up will get you kill before your helmet hits the ground.

To me, all that makes these additional features and daily usability of a helmet worth paying premium. Your value judgement may vary.
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what about the helmets that are cheaper than arai but have the DOT and Snell safety ratings?
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The way a Shoei or Arai fit is what sells me on them,.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:19 PM   #30
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Icon. I like the fit of Shoei and Im not tripping over the cost. I had a HJC once. I wore it for a week, gave it away, and then went back to Shoei
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:37 PM   #31
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Someone posted a test a few years ago and the "cheap" helmets protected as well or better than the expensive ones. The main difference was that the high dollar helmets used more expensive, lighter materials, but didn't offer any better protection.
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I know without a doubt that the foams inside differ. Some have hard and some have layered with differing densities. That would make a difference
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Both Bell and HJC make high end models but they also know there is a market for affordable helmets. I look for what fits comfortably, not brand. A helmet is better than no helmet.... To each his own.
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Ultimately you get what you pay for. I picked up my first helmet. Sub 100 bucks dot and snell approved. It sits on a shelf because I'd sweat to death due to no airflow. It also had pressure points that developed for me. Would it protect the same as my shoei that is dot and snell approved? More than likely. But I wouldn't wear it as much as the more comfortable one. Pick what fits your head and your comfort level simply because you will wear it more.
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Lmao yep. One of those topics.
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Watched a buddy of mine (twice) go down around a 120, amazingly landed face first BOTH times (a 3rd he landed back of his head first, I wasn't there) and he didn't have any head injury, rung his bell for sure, but he is still as dumb now as he was then. He wore an Arai.

I always wore 100$ helmets until his first crash. He had always preached Arai Arai Arai. I was hooked on my first ride. They fit my big head great, and they are very comfortable. I even have matching Arai's for my scooters.

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funny, I rang my bell in a highside at MSRH in a scorpion. walked away. pretty sure my bell still would have been rung in an Arai or Shoei.

my point is, you're paying for a name and "bells n whistles"...lighter, air flow, yada yada. Does a Volvo have better crash ratings than a Kia? Probably. But both pass the same standard testing to get DOT approval. One just comes with a much larger price tag.
http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/helmet_csi.pdf


DOT standards are just that. Standards. They are actively enforced. I could just make a helmet and say "Yah, it passes those MINIMUM government standards."

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/nh...ons-35352.html
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Wont spend more then $200 on helmet to prevent a slew of injuries.
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Dbucks bike wasn't $10k, kekeke

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