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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-14-2008, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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What helmet to get?

I know I'm opening up a with this thread but I've searched around and found a lot of opinions, so here goes!

I need a helmet, this snowmobile one I've been using just sucks (and it's ancient)
What are your opinions on custom fitted lids?
What price range? brand? etc if I go for an off-the-shelf lid?

What I've gathered so far is that a lid is a lid so long as it fits my head correctly.. so what do I feel for when I've got it on?
Full face vs open?
break-away face design?

Thanks all!
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If you go full face (obviously more protection), it should be snug, but not tight. Touching your face, but not squeezing it.

You should probably be the one deciding what your price range is.

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merlin i have a HJC cript helmet in Medium. i test fitted it in the store and it felt great but never wore it on the road yet. i dont mind parting with it.

HJC CL-15 Crypt is the model number.

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merlin i have a HJC cript helmet in Medium. i test fitted it in the store and it felt great but never wore it on the road yet. i dont mind parting with it.

HJC CL-15 Crypt is the model number.
Thanks for the offer, medium is probably not going to work.. I have a big head

I'm going over to Chicago Cycle tonight to check some out...
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Just remember what fits you best (make and model), then get back online and do some research on ventilation, comfort, noise level, weight, etc of the helmets you think of buying.

I have a Shoei RF1000 and it's a good lid, decent ventilation, good noise suppression, and great fit.
I also have a KBC but it's way noisier then Shoei, other then that it's a good helmet too.

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I have a CL-15 Session. Great price and fit. However, I do perfer the Shoei RF-1000 but do not feel like spending the $400 for it!!

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I have worn them all, tested many. I wear a Shoei now, pretty happy with it. Also a HUGE fan of HJC, biggest bang for the buck I would stick with HJC AC line, quality helmet for not that much money....any DOT helmet will do tho, go for comfort and fit, forget buying labels. Go somewhere like Chicago Cycle, try them on, then shop the internet for price.

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and then come out snowmobiling with CLSB up in the northwoods / UP area this winter (you said you have a snowmobile helmet)

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I have an SHOEI RF-1000 and I love it. Fits my head perfectly. It is about $330 for a solid colored one, designs are more. I would go to a store with lots of helmets and try on a couple different manufactures and see which one fits your head the best. My brother has an HJC, I wore it once and the wind noise is way to high on it. His HJC is one of the cheapo ones, got it for $100 from NewEnough.

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Go Arai!

You won't go awry with Arai!

I love Arai, especially the Corsair series

Arai might be slightly more expensive than the others, but it's worth the $$$. My helmet is super light ... better fit, and lighter than the Shoei that I have.

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and then come out snowmobiling with CLSB up in the northwoods / UP area this winter (you said you have a snowmobile helmet)
Sounda like fun! maybe... though all the sleds are up between Manistee and Cadillac Michigan usually =)
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Everyone has brand loyalty and prejudice about helmets...first, go to the Motorcyclist magazine website and search for their helmet article about about blowing the lid off of helmet standards...after reading that you will not be so hung up on what standard is best or that a helmet has to be expensive to be good. Then shop around for a helmet that fits well, is comfortable and doesn't break the bank in your budget. Fit & comfort are more important than anything else, unless you need to buy a specific standard for racing...then fit & comfort and the standard are most impportant.
I have been very happy with the HJC line and with the economy helmets at JC Whitney...Read the Motorcyclist article and you'll see why.
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I admit it: I'm Arai biased ... but with good reason. I've owned HJC, Shoei, and lastly Arai. Every time I've bought a new helmet it's been a tremendous upgrade!

One helmet of interest are the Nolans: some come with the intercom system built into the helmet. Quite a very handy feature for those who wanna use the bike-2-bike talkies. To retro a communication system into your existing helmet is not that easy ... so here's one case where the Nolan has one up on the rest.

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+1 Arai

IMHO Arai is the best helmet out there. Cash tested many and have never had a head injury, which is pretty amazing after seeing what a couple of these lids looked like after a meeting with the tarmac.
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+1 Arai

IMHO Arai is the best helmet out there. Cash tested many and have never had a head injury, which is pretty amazing after seeing what a couple of these lids looked like after a meeting with the tarmac.
Try Shark then get back to me The only time I have had my bell seriously rung, it was in Arai...personally I think it's how you impact, rather than what brand you are wearing...Rob had his head in a HJC when it was run over by a truck...and he's still around....although a little weird(er)

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Scorpion makes some pretty kick-ass helmets for the money. They fit pretty similar to a Shoei, but for half the price. Check around online- I got an EXO-700 for $150. I got mine a week ago and no complaints so far. Before that I had an Icon Alliance for four years which was OK for the money. The Scorpion is a lot more comfortable, though.
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Different brands will fit better on different-shaped heads.

There is no shortcut - get fitted by someone who knows what they are doing.

If you want to save $, skip the graphics. Graphics don't add any protection.

Sorry, Rick - but if everyone keeps going to the dealerships to try but the Internet to buy, soon there will be no reason for the dealer to stock anything.

That being said, an educated consumer should expect to pay a FAIR price for commensurate SERVICE (that "zone" is where the win-win is). But I digress.

Arai, Shoei, Suomy, HJC... you won't go wrong with a major brand name. Buy what fits (1) your head and then (2) your budget best.

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