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Old 12-30-2011, 06:40 PM   #1
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Reasonable trials helmets?

OK, I have the bike....'95 Beta Techno.

Now I need a helmet.

My favorite street helmet is an Arai Signet GTR (XL) when it comes to fit.

What are some Trials choices? Especially nice would be a "Long Oval" fit.

Thanks!
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:11 AM   #2
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Look at the Wulf brand. About the best one for a reasonable price.
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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Are you going to trail ride or comp ride?

I bought a Shiro Matrix. Decent helmet, but for my trail riding I would prefer something with a chinbar. I've been eyeballing BMX or downhill helmets for trail riding. I feel a little exposed when I start cooking down the trail. I just want to make sure whatever I get is cut high in the back like a trials helmet or my neck gets very tired.

The Wulf helmets are a good buy for a true trials helmet.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:34 PM   #4
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Are you going to trail ride or comp ride?

Good question!

I guess my question was aimed at riding Trials but I'm going to spend as much time as I can in Capitol Forest, so a trail helmet is a must. Didn't think about BMX-style helmets. Too bad. My local MTB store just finished a 40% off sale.

I'm assuming all of my traditional helmets will feel way too heavy on the trails, but, like you, I would want a chinbar.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:23 PM   #5
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OlyRider,

I wear an Arai XD as well as a VX. There is a helmet thread that has a bunch of info regarding the subject but the cliff notes version is that most trials helmets are designed for the round head instead of the oval. Shoei, Arai, and Hebo make helmets that are more oval than round. Wulf is round, Nau is round. Shiro is round.

You will have a hard time finding an Arai trials helmet, although they do exist. Shoei will be a similar affair. I bought a Hebo from the trials flea market and the fit is great. They do run smaller. I wear an XL Arai (and Klim for that matter) and the Hebo is an XXL (I'm pretty sure, but right now the helmet is in transit somewhere and I cannot confirm, pretty sure though).

Downhill helmets are another option. I tried on a Giro downhill helmet this past week just for kicks and the visibility was surprisingly good. Not as good as me Hebo, but really good none the less.

We used to live in Lacey and really miss the place. I envy your riding area as it is so close to my house.

Good luck in your helmet search.

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Old 01-01-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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+1 on the downhill MTB helmet. I rode for years with a Shoei MX helmet, hot and heavy, just got a sixsixone downhill helmet, I forget where I got it ,but it was $49.99 plus shipping. So much lighter,cooler, better vision. Won't even consider riding without a chinbar. I've faceplanted to many times.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:44 PM   #7
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"If" you plan to do any trials competitions, check with your local rules as some clubs do not allow bicycle helmets...other wise a great choice.

Hebo is indeed a fairly good oval shape. I've had a few and all have fit well, and I'm an Arai guy
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:50 AM   #8
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Is there an regular open face helmet that is similar to a trials helmet. I am a powersports dealer but none of my suppliers have trails specific stuff. I"m just getting into it so don't need the best but want something that will work well.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:17 AM   #9
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Not what I would consider reasonable. But if you like your Arai street helmet, this would be a good companion for it.
+1 on the competition part. Most clubs only allow motorcycle helmets.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ARAI-PEN...item20c51c1070
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:25 PM   #10
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Helmets

You might want to contact Mandy and Adrian Lewis @ http://www.lewisportusa.com/ They have helmets, boots, gloves and anything else that you may need for trials.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:10 PM   #11
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I'm going to give one of these a try tomorrow and see how it feels.

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:03 PM   #12
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I'm going to give one of these a try tomorrow and see how it feels.

I have one of those. Fits well, vents good, but a tad bit heavy.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:31 PM   #13
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Awesome helmets....

Look for any Downhill BMX helmet, affordable, weigh as much as a potato chip I have a Bellistic, my kids run a GIRO
All around $60-75.00 amazon.....
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #14
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I'd be happy if someone would make one that didn't make me look like a tall Great Gazoo.

Finndian, I had a Vega open face helmet that looked a lot like the Shiro open face. I threw away the old Vega, but used it for trials 'til I got the Shiro. I should have kept it, painted it green and put little antennae on the top.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #15
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Tryals Shop has some nice light inexpensive helmets,removeable liner.
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