Bilt Apollo Modular Helmet? Opinions?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by AR-TRVLR, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. AR-TRVLR

    AR-TRVLR Bushpusher

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    Cycle Gear has them at an intro price of $99.99, $100 off their normal price.

    They include a drop-down internal sun shield which makes them tempting....

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  2. jprovence

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    My brothers leaks a lot with wind. He is pretty jealous of my neotec.
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  3. archeranger

    archeranger honest optimist

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    He may be jealous of your neotec but I bet he enjoys having $500 for the best farkle ever... Gas!

    Or a snazzy new riding jacket...
    Or a gift for his wife to keep her happy during his ride to Alaska...
    Or the new flat screen in the den...
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  4. AR-TRVLR

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    From a safety standpoint, all helmets do basically the same thing, and meet the same standards.

    The price difference seems to relate to the fit, finish, and amenities. I'm just trying to get any real measure of if the $500 jump in price is worth it.

    Since the pros use their equipment all the time, the price difference is clearly worth it. For people who only use their gear a few times a year? I'm not so sure the math pencils out.

    YMMV.
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  5. AR-TRVLR

    AR-TRVLR Bushpusher

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    So do you have any actual experience with the Bilt Apollo, or are you just a gear snob that poo-poos the safety of anything that is inexpensive? So far you've added nothing of technical value to the discussion, other than to buy what the pro's use because they know what they're doing, and anything else is unsafe. Frankly, I think that's crap.

    Also, do you have any documented examples of them failing in use, or is it all rumor and innuendo? In todays litigious society I'd be surprised that a manufacturer would release an item that would fail in an unsafe manner - that would be a slam-dunk lawsuit.

    And I do, in fact, have personal experience in the value of safety gear. I believe in it.

    My interest is in knowing about the function of the Bilt Apollo, from actual users or people who have examined them. Is the difference in price mostly fit and finish? Wind noise?
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  6. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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    I have a Bilt Solar Modular Helmet, had it about a year now. It was cheap under $100 it fits my head, fairly comfortable. I like the internal visor and it works fine. On the negative side it is noisy, has some strange little rattles I believe are coming from the vents. I have to tighten the large fasteners once in a while, that make up the hing on the flip up. But it works OK I am generally pleased with it. Only because I bought it for an around town helmet. I almost never take it up to Highway speeds for very long so the fact that it's noisy is not much of a problem. Plus if some thief decides to take it of my bike its not a huge loss. If I'm going for a ride out of town, or a trip or other, then I wear my Nolan.


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  7. djpirocchi

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    I am interrested as well :^)


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  8. mikecarpenter

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    Straying a little bit. I bought in to the introductory special on the Bilt explorer last November. Absolute worst fitting helmet ever for me. I'm certainly not a gear snob by any means. I've got 4 HJC's, a Bell, a Klim, and a recently purchased Arai on the shelf all XL size. Had to go to XXL in the Bilt and it still feels like its going to tear my ears off. I'd wear it around the house a couple of hours before going out with it as Cycle Gear has very liberal return policy's but not after wearing it on a two day, multiple get-off ride.
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  9. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    You are 100% correct. I do have some experience that I'll keep to myself.
    Sorry to have bothered you.
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