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Old 03-16-2013, 07:01 AM   #1
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Hi Viz or White Helmet?

I am looking to pick up a new XD4.

What's the opinion on either going with white or yellow to stand out from the cages?
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:52 AM   #2
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I wear a hi viz jacket with a white shoei rf-1100. I noticed all the older guys who had been riding forever wore this.

I also read that a white helmet is 23% more likely to be seen than a color, but I'm sure this was before hi viz.

I don't think it matters, both are better than black. I like white because it's the coolest temperature, is visible, is kinda retro and because I look exactly like a cop on my black bike and people get out of my way! Although sometimes it just makes them slow down and drive the speed limit. I also notice cops wave at me and one even just gave me a warning. I think they appreciate the effort to be seen and safer.

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Old 03-16-2013, 08:02 AM   #3
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I wear a hi-viz jacket too and had a hi-viz helmet. I swapped it out at Cyclegear (7 day no hassle) for white as it was just too much.

That said, I think if you do not have a hi-viz jacket a hi-viz helmet would be good. OR a white helmet with a hi-viz sticker or something on the back.

When do you ride most? What are the conditions like? Foggy/low light, I would rock Hi-Viz all day. Mid day bright sun, I don't think it matters.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:03 AM   #4
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Either one would serve you well I think. That being said, the hi-viz XD-4 is very sharp looking with the vents and visor being matte black.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:59 AM   #5
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White helmet, hi-vis jacket. To wear both hi-vis may be a bit over the top
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:07 AM   #6
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I go with white, but selective patches of SOLAS grade reflective material.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:21 AM   #7
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My next helmet will be white. Good visibility.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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From a scientific stand point.....Hi-viz is better in fog, rain, dawn and dusk. It is least effective at hi-noon on sunny days and at night.

Hi-Viz will fade. Period, I do not care what anyone says, it will fade.

I do not think there is any situation where white is better other than perhaps fashion.

When hi-viz is at its very best (under the conditions described above) it solidly beats white. When hi-Viz is at its worst it is equal to white. Because of this I think Hi-Viz is better, if you can live with the fading.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
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white catches the (average drivers) eye better in traffic.

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Old 03-16-2013, 03:38 PM   #10
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Well I was thinking Hi Viz because then it would stick out from the rocks if I ever lose my head. Some of the Desert Mountains I have ridden in have fields of granite rocks that appear white in bright sun light. You would never miss a high visibility yellow helmet there.
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:52 PM   #11
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From a scientific stand point.....Hi-viz is better in fog, rain, dawn and dusk. It is least effective at hi-noon on sunny days and at night.

Hi-Viz will fade. Period, I do not care what anyone says, it will fade.
Maybe hi-viz fabric, but my hi-viz C3 helmet is just as obnoxious today as it was 26,000 miles ago when I bought it. And to those who think it's over the top, remember that you don't have to look at it!
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:53 PM   #12
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I have a Hi-Viz helmet. I like it.

I do not have any other hi-viz gear. Although I do have a cheapie construction vest that I occasionally throw over my jacket on the AM commute. I swear traffic goes a little easier when wearing it. I honestly think some see the vest and think I'm some sort of LEO.

Honestly, I don't give a damn. As long as they see me and don't drive over me.

That said, I just ordered a new jacket and had the opportunity to go hi-viz on the jacket, but chickened out. I just don't like the look enough to follow through with it on the jacket.

My helmet has not faded. I honestly do not expect to keep it long enough for it to fade.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #13
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They're the 2 safest colors, per all studies I've seen reported. I'd buy which ever you like most / hate least.

White tends to be the cheapest color helmet. I like a great helmet for a good price.

Personally, I'm pretty sure my nest helmet will be white, unless I find one that fits amazingly well and comes in a predominantly white graphic that I like. I always liked the red Scorpion EXO 700 Burst, but they don't fit me well:

If I was buying today, I'd probably buy the Shoei Qwest:

But first I'd try on the Bell Vortex again:

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Old 03-16-2013, 07:47 PM   #14
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #15
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White helmet. Hi-viz jacket, if you must. Better than those strobing lights, which should be verboten.
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