New Helmet - What is the Better...

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by finando, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. finando

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  2. Railbender

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    The most important thing about those, or any, helmets is how well they fit YOU. If at all possible try each model on for as long as possible. Just a minute or two isn't long enough. Different brands and models have different shapes. Only when you find those that fit your head can you start making comparisons. It is all about fit, fit, fit!!!

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  3. Mudcat

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    Yep.
    I don’t know if Cycle Gear still does it, they did have a week trial period for a new helmet. If the helmet wasn’t working for you, you could exchange it for another:clap

    I don’t think there are any “Better” helmets. You want a helmet that fits well, is comfortable for long periods, and works well for you.
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  4. finando

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    Thanks for the tips.

    I'll go to a store to try.

    I'm still researching other models.

    :D
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  5. StuartV

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    Bell Vortex or RS-1.

    I have one of each. The Vortex sells for <$200. These are the first helmets in over 20 years that I've found to be as comfortable as the Arais I was wearing during all that time.

    And the Transitions shields work great.
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  6. aeneas

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    +1 on fitting.
    You can compare options between them (air vents, sun vizors, sound level, ..) to decide which one may be better, but in the end what only matters that it fits your head well.
    Some helmets are made for a more round shaped head, are closer to your chin, ..

    I recently got a new helmet and tried a dozen and was amazed by the differences. Even the size changed between brands, sometimes a medium fit me best, but in another brand made for a smaller (less round head) then I needed a large. I was looking for a system helmet as I wear glasses, so how wide it was in the front (so I could keep my glasses on) was also important. Some brands looked great quality/price but were too small for me to keep my glasses on when putting them on, and a size larger didn't fit my head well, .. Other brands just fit perfect and didn't bother my glasses at all.
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  7. Hikertrash

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    Also check out Revzilla. They have videos of most of what they carry which may give you an idea of what you may or may not like about the helmets.
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  8. finando

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    Thanks guys.

    This afternoon I will go to a store.

    To experience the AGV, BELL and ICON.

    Let's see which looks best.
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  9. acejones

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    I'd be more concerned about how it fit and feels instead of how it looks.
    What kind of riding do you do and how much do you want to spend ?
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  10. finando

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    I experienced the AGV, and was super comfortable.

    I hope to spend up to $400.
    AGV GRID = 349.
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  11. jon_l

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    I second Bell Vortex, and would add Shoei Qwest to the list.

    As noted already fit is key.
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  12. High Country Herb

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    I just went through the process of buying a dual sport helmet. The Icon Variant was my second choice for looks, but I found the peak was mounted too high to do any good keeping the sun out of my eyes. You can hardly even see it while wearing the helmet. You may just be adding wind buffeting for no reason.

    I waited until I saw a used Arai XD4 on advrider.com, and snatched it up for $450. It really hurt to pay that much for a helmet (my last one was $80, and I kept it for 10 years), but I really can't say enough good things about the XD line of helmets. About once a week there is a used one for sale that someone used twice and changed their mind. Mine still smells new. :clap
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  13. 568V8

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    My Alliance has an amazing sweat wicking lining that is far superior to my old HJC.
    I also wear a sweat wicking ultra thin liner because it so simple to wash out and thus keep my helmet liner clean. So I suggest getting a liner ( or as my friends call it a head condom) to wear while trying on helmets for size.I do prefer tight fitting helmets and the liner also makes it easier to put on.
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  14. finando

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    Good Tip.

    I will do this.

    :D

    Up to now.

    The AGV is the winner.
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  15. Mudcat

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    Oh, we are talking Dual Sports helmets? finado needs to try one of those on the road. Many many people have trouble with them
    My Arai XD is my helmet of choice. It reduces glare and blocks the sun and allows me to see the road surface much clearer then I can with a traditional road riding helmet. I have no issues with the helmet at speeds below 100 mph.
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    The Arai XD has a usable visor/peak most of the dual sport helmets sold in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:country-region><st1:place>US</st1:place></st1:country-region> do not. BigDog says the Fly Racing Helmet does too. It is a much less expensive helmet. But remember proper fit is of primary importance.
    Here is a link to BigDog&#8217;s thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=805459
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  16. finando

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    I need a helmet to simple rides but at the same time offers good performance at high speeds.

    Researched so far, the nominees are BELL RS1 and AGV GRID.

    That are within my budget.

    Thanks for the tip Mudcat.. I'll read about it.
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  17. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I think the OP is comparing multiple styles.

    My wife has the Bell RS-1 (in Steampunk paint scheme), and really likes it. It has a lot of features for the price, as well as both Snell and DOT certification.
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  18. StuartV

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    Just FYI, I got my Bell RS-1 on eBay, New Old Stock from a dealer, for $199. It is a paint scheme from last year that was discontinued for this year. Definitely worth looking for.


    Also, just for the record, I don't find the RS-1 to be any more comfortable than my Bell Vortex. They feel about the same, to me. And the lining in the Vortex is actually nicer than the lining in the RS-1. The RS-1 lining is a material that has more friction to your skin than the Vortex lining. Especially when the skin is damp. The RS-1 is very comfortable (to me, of course), but the Vortex slips on and off easier because of the lining.


    Basically, with the Vortex going for around $180, I can't ever see myself paying more than around $225 for an RS-1, and then, only if the RS-1 was a paint scheme that I really liked.
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