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Old 10-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #241
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yea i noticed sunglasses in this helmet starts to hurt after a bit of riding. i think its from pressing them into my head from a tight fit. i was thinking i might smash the foam a little where the sunglass arms press against. any other ideas?
Nope; I don't have any - but then I haven't examined it in a mirror to see just what was the 'pressing' issue.

Anyway, let me go on to describ the helmet. I was told they have three shell sizes, but I have no clue where the delinations of sizes, if they do make three, lie.

I bought a small for wht has alaways been a medium helmet head. I noticed right off what was said about the softer lining foam - that it would probably crush down in months and make the helmet a whole size larger. What I did, then, was to buy the small. Now that I own the helmet, I can assure ptoential buyers that the foam seems even cheaper than that. I mean there really is nothing to the soft foam, and I expect even this small helmet to become loose on my medium head.

A buddy here at work was able to snap back in the flip-dwn visor when I showed him it. It wasn't that I couldn't have, but I didn't even take a look at it since it already failed once - I'd rather just leave it out then.

A small squabble: the helmet doesn't come in pure white, it comes in pearl white. Ugh... I liked the all white cheaper Bilt helmet's loks better, but I need the (potential) venting this one has for Florida. For the money I could always take a gloss white spray can to it I guess.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:36 PM   #242
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Also note - this harder black foam that lines the helmet seems to press-in easily with the round end of a screwdriver handle. At least it seems that it will form to my head in any way I want it to (I'm not pressing it in that much; maybe 2 or 3mm).

Edit: I've complained enough - so one area I've found that really isn't as bad as some have stated is the clear visor. Yes, it is curved, but the distortion is barely noticeable, and 100% livable with. Rode home after it was dark this evening and was reminded of this good feature.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:12 PM   #243
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Finally took the helmet out for a longer ride.

For the money it's just fine. It ain't great, but I have along oval head and, while I admit to taking the round end of a screwdriver handle against the center front black foam to make a space up there for the top forward point of my head, it didn't cause any discomfort.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:04 AM   #244
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Also note - this harder black foam that lines the helmet seems to press-in easily with the round end of a screwdriver handle. At least it seems that it will form to my head in any way I want it to (I'm not pressing it in that much; maybe 2 or 3mm).
Thanks for this, Mambo Dave. I'm not sure how it would affect the integrity of the helmet, safety-wise, but I've had enough of the pressing pains above and behind my ears when wearing the helmet for longer rides. So now I will use your screw-the-helmet technique.
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:41 AM   #245
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Looks like it went back up in price. Waaaaaay up in price.
http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/O...3199_200897_21
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:37 AM   #246
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Looks like it went back up in price. Waaaaaay up in price.
http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/O...3199_200897_21






I got mine before the price went up

Seriously, though - the helmets aren't worth $199. Period.

Anyone who has owned a quality helmet will notice the shortcomings, cheap parts, etc. IMHO, for those it fits it's worth $130 or $140.

My thinking is that it's just a marketing ploy, again, where they have to show them as more expensive to make people more apt to buy when they're $99. What better time to do that than after the riding season for most of the country has shut down for the winter?
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:37 PM   #247
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I may need to just list the bilt helmets my wife and I bought. Neither one of ours were worn that much and we both have moved on to other helmets.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:18 PM   #248
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Seriously, though - the helmets aren't worth $199. Period.
I couldn't agree more. I think they're only worth the $99 they charge.
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I may need to just list the bilt helmets my wife and I bought. Neither one of ours were worn that much and we both have moved on to other helmets.
I may do the same thing. I'd rather have an old, outdated Arai. The visor clarity and the comfort level are what make them worth it to me.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:58 PM   #249
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Seriously, though - the helmets aren't worth $199. Period.

Anyone who has owned a quality helmet will notice the shortcomings, cheap parts, etc. IMHO, for those it fits it's worth $130 or $140.

My thinking is that it's just a marketing ploy, again, where they have to show them as more expensive to make people more apt to buy when they're $99. What better time to do that than after the riding season for most of the country has shut down for the winter?
With the new AFX FX-41DS available mid December with a street price of around $130, I'd say it isn't worth a penny more than the $99 price I paid for mine. I have both the Bilt and an AFX FX-39DS, and the AFX is definitely a step up in quality.

The new FX-41DS has the internal sun shade, and as long as the quality is at least as good as the FX-39DS, it will blow the Bilt away...
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:25 PM   #250
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I got mine before the price went up

Seriously, though - the helmets aren't worth $199. Period.

Anyone who has owned a quality helmet will notice the shortcomings, cheap parts, etc. IMHO, for those it fits it's worth $130 or $140.

My thinking is that it's just a marketing ploy, again, where they have to show them as more expensive to make people more apt to buy when they're $99. What better time to do that than after the riding season for most of the country has shut down for the winter?
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:57 AM   #251
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.....and now it's back down to $99 again.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:03 AM   #252
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I bought one last week and like it so far, all my rides with it have been below freezing but works well.


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Old 01-17-2014, 05:07 AM   #253
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I just bought one of the Explorer Adventure helmets last night.

Pearl White, size small.

What is odd for me is I usually wear size medium helmets. My size is the no-man's land between small and medium usually (22-22.125" is my measurement).

However, wearing the helmet last night at home I'm thinking I may need to check out an extra-small. Dunno, the helmet seemed to become loose after 15 minutes of walking around my house like a stormtrooper. But I do not have any hot/tight spots. *shrug*

I may try another small when I'm at Cycle Gear this afternoon but what sucks is what I bought was the last small in pearl white. Will try another color to see about fitment with size small.

The reason I'm bringing this up is reading through this entire thread, it seems everyone had to go UP in size. I'm going the other way. Not sure if they have changed things with the helmet but FYI.

BTW, I consider myself an intermediate oval.

Bought mine for $99.
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:52 AM   #254
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I just bought one of the Explorer Adventure helmets last night.

Pearl White, size small.

What is odd for me is I usually wear size medium helmets. My size is the no-man's land between small and medium usually (22-22.125" is my measurement).

However, wearing the helmet last night at home I'm thinking I may need to check out an extra-small. Dunno, the helmet seemed to become loose after 15 minutes of walking around my house like a stormtrooper. But I do not have any hot/tight spots. *shrug*

I may try another small when I'm at Cycle Gear this afternoon but what sucks is what I bought was the last small in pearl white. Will try another color to see about fitment with size small.

The reason I'm bringing this up is reading through this entire thread, it seems everyone had to go UP in size. I'm going the other way. Not sure if they have changed things with the helmet but FYI.

BTW, I consider myself an intermediate oval.

Bought mine for $99.
After wearing my size medium for a week's trip, I agree that it feels big and I would need a small next time. I wear a medium in Arai and Shark and this helmet feels more like HJC in that it is a little big on me.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:24 AM   #255
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I'm in between a L and XL so I bought a L in hopes that it will loosen up !!.Right now it rips my ears off getting it off and on !!.


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