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Who makes the lightest full face helmets? My wife has an HJC and hates it, as she says it's too heavy on her head. wanna get her a new one but need to make sure it's as lite as can be.




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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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My X-11 seems to be pretty light. I've never noticed it to be heavy. I've also never had anything but a X series helmet.
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I spent some time in an Arai and it's definately lighter than my HJC. The first thing I noticed was the weight difference

Even my 10 year old AGV is lighter

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+1 with Arai. My Arais are much lighter than my HJCs.

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AGV IS LIGHT AS HELL... i was having neck problems with my HJC too, it's to heavy for me.... I got the AGV and love how light it is.

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Who makes the lightest full face helmets? My wife has an HJC and hates it, as she says it's too heavy on her head. wanna get her a new one but need to make sure it's as lite as can be.
tell her she needs to do some neck exercises
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Suomy Spec 1R Extreme is actually the lightest helmet on the market right now. Even lighter than the CF helmet made by HJC.

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sharks are lightest from what I have read. Not by much through.
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sharks are lightest from what I have read. Not by much through.
They are all within an ounce or two from each other.

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Suomy Spec 1R Extreme is actually the lightest helmet on the market right now. Even lighter than the CF helmet made by HJC.
Suomy is 1250 Grams
X-11 is 1450 Grams

couldn't find a weight for the Arai.
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I found that too, I didn't post it because you can't find alot of the helmets we wear on there.

For some reason, Arai does not list weight on their site.

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You can try the Carbon fiber HJC as well it is uber light.
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My scorpion exo700 is pretty light.

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My scorpion exo700 is pretty light.
+1... I was wearing a Shoei before I bought the Scorpion exo 700 Black Dahlia and the Scorpion was much lighter!

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My X-11 seems to be pretty light. I've never noticed it to be heavy. I've also never had anything but a X series helmet.
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LOVE my X11. Feels like it's a part of my body when it's on.
Had a suomy and although it's light I personally thought it was constructed like a fisher price toy. To me there was a big difference in quality that I could SEE. I returned it and got the shoei.
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I'm still trying to get an answer for this. Arai list no wieghts on their site. One tech document mentions average full face helmet weight at 1400 grams. I found a very cool 18 page PDF on how they make their helmets. If anyone wants it, e-mail me.



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ARAI EARNS 9TH CONSECUTIVE TOP HELMET SATISFACTION AWARD FROM RIDERS IN J.D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES STUDYSM


08/07/07

(Daytona, FL) For an unprecedented ninth straight year, Arai Helmets has ranked number one in motorcycle-helmet customer satisfaction in the annual JD Power and Associates Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction StudySM. The study asked 6,916 U.S. riders “about their most recent helmet purchase experience and helmet use.”

“We’d be ecstatic if we’d taken five of the nine, given all the helmet companies out there,” said Arai Americas’ Brian Weston. “But to take all nine, every one of them since the beginning, I don’t think even we expected that – and we have some pretty high expectations. What’s ironic is that Arai is a relatively small helmet company still owned by the Arai family. The pride of Arai workers is really special. They act like every helmet they make is theirs alone.”

Once again, the Study showed that riders rank helmet comfort and fit as the greatest influence on their helmet-purchase decision. This is particularly meaningful to Arai. Our efforts in attaining the utmost comfort and fit humanly possible has been called something of an “obsession,” one that’s endured for over five decades of helmet research, innovation and experience.

For example, Arai was first to introduce removable, replaceable cheekpads of different thicknesses for a more custom fit – one of numerous Arai innovations now copied by other helmet makers. Arai also introduced the concept of different interior-shape packages “instead of trying to cram a world of different head shapes into a single helmet shape. That's just one of the differences between a $600 helmet and a $200 helmet. Currently, Arai offers three different interior fit packages: Long Oval (LO) for heads longer front to back and narrower side to side; Round Oval (RO) for head shapes more equal front to back and side to side; and Intermediate Oval (IO).

The bottom line is this: almost every helmet maker says they’re best. But for nine consecutive years, only Arai has been voted best by helmet customers.

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LOVE my X11. Feels like it's a part of my body when it's on.
Had a suomy and although it's light I personally thought it was constructed like a fisher price toy. To me there was a big difference in quality that I could SEE. I returned it and got the shoei.
I agree. As far as quality goes, Shoei far exceeds Suomy in that department. I like my Suomy but not enough to get another one. My next helmet will be an Arai RX7 Corsair.

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You can try the Carbon fiber HJC as well it is uber light.
I've heard some bad things bout that helmet.

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I've heard some bad things bout that helmet.
I have the HJC AC12 carbon. I used it on the track and it was great, but I was only wearing it for 20mins. When I started using it on the street I changed my opinion. It has A LOT OF WIND NOISE, and while it is very light, it's just not very comfortable for a longer ride.

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I would stay away from CF.
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+1... I was wearing a Shoei before I bought the Scorpion exo 700 Black Dahlia and the Scorpion was much lighter!
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After wearing a Suomy my HJC felt like wearing a 10-lb bucket. The "bucket" is now used only for crashing my fiddy

I loved my Suomy - super light and comfy.

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I loved my Suomy - super light and comfy.
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I believe Arai's are excellent helmets but way over priced. IMHO, the JD Powers article is biased because the people who spend that much money on a helmet have to justify their purchase and are not going to admit that they could get a helmet that is just as good for half the money. But to each his own. There, I said it.

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AGV IS LIGHT AS HELL... i was having neck problems with my HJC too, it's to heavy for me.... I got the AGV and love how light it is.
+1 Love my Ti-tech light as hell

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helmetharbor.com gives most, if not all, the weights of the helmets they sell. i just picked up a RF-1000 this offseason. weighs a mere 3lbs. 5.4oz (Medium). good luck.

edit: found this - hope this helps.

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at the top of the page you can choose different types of helmets and compare them as well.

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