Hi Viz or White Helmet?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Kainic, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Kainic

    Kainic Almost there

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    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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  2. guavadude

    guavadude de-composer

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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.

    ....AND I can go to Sturgis and blend right in on my Beemer.
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  3. mattlikesbikes

    mattlikesbikes Been here awhile

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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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  4. Bazgab

    Bazgab Been here awhile

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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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  5. t6pilot

    t6pilot Been here awhile

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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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  6. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    I go with white, but selective patches of SOLAS grade reflective material.
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  7. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    My next helmet will be white. Good visibility.
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  8. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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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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  9. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, since 05

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    white catches the (average drivers) eye better in traffic.

    hi vis jacket white noggin
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  10. KLRoger

    KLRoger Adventurer

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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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  11. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    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!:D
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  12. nhbubba

    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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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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  13. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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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 http://www.sdsportcycles.com/images/scorpion_Burst_WhtRed.jpg Burst, but they don't fit me well:

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

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

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  14. avejoe

    avejoe Been here awhile

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    No white after Labor Day.
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  15. BCC

    BCC I know better

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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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  16. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    All my helmets are white and I wear hi-viz jackets
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  17. StriderTB

    StriderTB Strudel

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    This is my first white helmet, a Nolan N-104 Action. I just need to add some reflective stickers.

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  18. opticalmace

    opticalmace Been here awhile

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    Wasn't there a study about helmet colours somewhere? I believe one of their results was that helmets coloured white were 24% underrepresented in crashes relative to other colours (but don't quote me on that). There might be a bias in there though.

    And I'm not sure if they considered high-vis options...
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  19. xcountry41

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    I wear a hi viz tour master epic jacket and a Icon variant Salvo DS hemet that is some sort of hi viz white with black color scheme at least I have no question about the jackets effectiveness.
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  20. gmountai

    gmountai Adventurer

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    For me it is a Hi-Viz jacket and a Hi-Viz helmet. As I told someone at work, it's better to be seen than read about in the paper tomorrow morning!
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