What Helmet are you wearing and why?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by TSPAraiGuy, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. totomoto

    totomoto Been here awhile

    Sep 12, 2011
    SF, CA
    That's exactly why I would not buy an Arai, despite all the hype. In the SHARP test, they are especially fairing poorly on the sides of the helmet where the visor cover is. Also, I expected the lining to be much nicer for the price and they seem not to be very quiet, just average. I think they just have good marketing, so most people believe in it.
  2. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

    Nov 12, 2007
    South Texas
    Surely, hyperbole on your part? All just sheep are we?

    Testing is just that. They attempt to re-create hypothetical situations. Tests and conclusions with givers and takers for every type of testing. Any helmet that is DOT, Snell or Sharp has met excellent standards.

    Arai happen to be the only helmet maker that makes helmets that fit some peoples heads. That they are popular over a wide spectrum of users and not only on M/cycles, with many repeat buyers for many years, yes, is just hype.

    By a helmet that fits properly, is safety rated and the best you can afford. What ever your best might be.
  3. outsidein

    outsidein Been here awhile

    Dec 4, 2009
    Arai Profile, best fitting helmet I've ever owned.
  4. truk84

    truk84 Adventurer

    Apr 30, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    First helmet was a shark helmet, didn’t pay too much attention on the fit unfortunately....just figured that was as good as i was going to get?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Then after the shark helmet was knocked off my bike, i decided to do a bit more research first and came home with a Shoei X-12.<o:p></o:p>
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    For me its an amazing fit, brightly coloured, has good ventilation, Snell2010 and removable check pads for the ambos to take out when you stack. Dont see too many of them on other riders on the road either.
  5. Charleetho

    Charleetho Mr. Zoom Zoom

    Oct 23, 2003
    NiceView , NE
    I have two helmets I wear

    On the Sportbike and sometimes on the R12GS I wear my Arai Corsair V Spencer replica . Very comfortable and a very high quality feel. Love this helmet, BUT, it is is soooo freaking noisy. The wind roar can be unbearable when it is windy out. I have to wear earplugs all the time and once I get above 50mph I cannot hear my Scala Q2. Great ventilation I should note. I know, it is a racing helmet thus noisey. Maybe should have gotten the RX-Q.

    On the GS I wear a Shoei Hornet DS. Love this helmet. Surprisingly quiet, great visibility. Funky shield shape. Something to note. I purchased an XXL and have since lost 100plus pounds. My head shrank. The XXL and XL have the same shell size. I was able to order a XL interior from Shoei. Still wear earplugs but I can hear my Scala Q2 at highway speeds.

    I am seriously considering a Qwest soon. Funny thing is. I can get my head in a L in the Qwest. It is pretty tight. An XL is not loose but may get that way.

    I also have a HJC motorcross helmet for dirtbiking and a Harley Branded HJC 3/4 for riding on the training range.
  6. ThirdBestFriend

    ThirdBestFriend Explorer

    Dec 12, 2010
    SF Bay Area
    Ditto above. Just so freaking light it's like butter. And the opening is HUGE with fantastic visibility. I must have gotten mine later, as I do have a solid white one :evil

    They are a bit on the noisier side, though.
  7. AdrianB1

    AdrianB1 Adventurer

    Jun 11, 2012
    Bucharest, Romania
    HJC RPHA-10. I had 2 other HJC helmets, CL14 (low end) and AC11 (mid tier), I bought this one for the price (250 Euro, that's probably $200 in US), the 2 visors (one clear, one smoke), the Pinlock included (so far - excellent value) and the color scheme. For this kind of money it is a very good helmet - good fit, low noise (versus my older helmets), light enough (1300 grams, a bit under 3 lb), good venting. There may be better helmets out there, but also much more expensive and in case of an accident I think they will do a similar jobs in keeping the pieces inside.
  8. veriest1

    veriest1 Minimalist Gear Hoarder

    Mar 27, 2011
    Central Tejas
    Arai xd4.

    Because it fits my head and I can easily go to goggles. I find it comfortable all day but I think they skimped on the liner.

    And the peak actually works.

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  9. lhendrik

    lhendrik Putins Puppet

    Dec 10, 2008
    New York
    Shoei Neotec: it has removable liners and a retractable sun shade and pinloc standard. It opens up to make it easy to talk to border guards and cops without removing. It looks good and nothing has fallen off yet. I was able to mount my Sena BT set in 5 minutes. It was expensive. I like it most because it fits my standard shaped head.
  10. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

    Sep 14, 2009
    All over, usually Wales or England
    BMW Enduro: Because it matched the the shade of Graphite of my bike.
  11. Spud99

    Spud99 Been here awhile

    Jan 10, 2006
    Back 'n Forth
    Nolan N85. Fits great, comes with a Pinlock, nice interior, leak proof visor gasket fitting, defog stop indent, low price, high Sharp rating and is DOT, CE approved.
  12. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

    Oct 25, 2004
    India Wharf summers - Boulders winters
    I have a couple old Arai Quantums, Arai XD and an HJC flip face. Those are retired. I wear a Shoei Hornet on my Yamaha WR250R, but it was too noisy and buffeted on my new KTM 690R. So I took a chance from inmate recco's and bought a Nolan N43E. It solved my buffeting issues because it is more aero and also a little quieter. It still has the big wide face opening like the MX style shells have. It is a poly helmet and about half the prce of a Arai.

    The Arai and Shoei are clearly the highest quality helmets you can buy IMO. They are hand made and have low production runs. But the XD is way too noisy and the Shoei grabs too much air with its sharp chinbar.
  13. zilla

    zilla Long timer

    Jan 22, 2006
    People's Republic Of Illinois
    Vega Altura. It's one of the few affordable 4x helmets that will fit my melon head. :rofl
  14. Mohawk Unit

    Mohawk Unit Been here awhile

    Jul 16, 2012
    Albany NY
    XD4 high viz with the Klim arctic balaclava. The breather box on balaclava seems to fit the XD4 really well, and after learning the trick to using it I'm enjoying fog-free daily rides in upstate NY. very happy with both.
  15. wonderings

    wonderings Long timer

    Jan 26, 2007
    Kitchener, Ontario
    I have 2 helmets, an Arai XD3 and a Shoei RF1100. I love the Arai for the beak, and use it for around town, and short little trips. I find that the Arai fogs much to easily though, and dont like it in the cold or the rain, which is why I have an RF100. Vents great, a little great in the cold, but would rather be able to see and have a little chill. I am thinking Santa might drop off some pinlock visors this year, so will see how much of a difference they make, and maybe the Shoei will just become a passanger helmet. I love both helmets, very comfortable and well made, but the beak is the deal breaker for me.
  16. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

    Dec 23, 2010
    Goshen, NY
    Nolan N102. I like the way the Modular works, The liner, The pin lock, The neck clasp. It's a little loud but OK.
  17. Elkwood

    Elkwood Adventurer

    Oct 24, 2009
    I have 3 different helmets that i currently rotate around.

    An older x-11 shoei - Love this thing. Fits my head really well. I wear glasses and its slotted for them. My only fault with it is weight and i find it to be on the loud side. Really the standard holder for me when it comes to helmets. I measure all others to this guy.

    Shark RSR 2 carbon - I brought this helmet cause i was looking for something lighter. I have some issues with my neck and the shoei was causing me pain at times. Also during the summer i like to switch helmets.
    I don't like it. It rides up too high on my face and its just not something i care for. Love the face shield though. Glasses are a pain to get in right. I rarely wear this helmet. Not worn at all since i got the lazar

    Current helmet - Lazar monaca carbon black - OMG i love this thing. 1 its light!! - 2. Its my first flip up and i find it to be really nice when i want to scratch my nose at a stop light :). 3. LOVE the transitional shield. Its really quiet compared to either of my other 2 helmets. Also vents like crazy. Almost too good for winter in fla. I worn this sucker almost exclusively since i got it. I wish that shoei made a competing helmet this light and with a transitional shield!

    Cons - Don't like the strap setup. I rather just have d rings. Its not super comfortable with my glasses fitted. Its not bad but after a few hours i start to notice my ears hurting at times. The shield fogs very easy. I dont feel its up to the level of shoei in quality. Its just small things.

    Going to have to look into some form of antifog. Also the shield is prone to smudges and the optics on it are not nearly as good as the shark or shoei. Its livable but very noticeable to me at night and in certain other conditions. I still love the shield to death though. Its awesome

    Overall i really love this helmet to the point i thought about buying a second one before the euro gains much more strength.
  18. cchoc

    cchoc Outdoor Photographer

    Oct 16, 2012
    Land of Grits and Gravy
    Shoei Hornet DS, I love the way it fits.
  19. fractalsource

    fractalsource Adventurer

    Jul 9, 2012
    Idaho. USA
    Akuma Phantom 2. :y0!

    Why? Lightweight, looks cool. I live in a State where there is NO HELMET LAWS!

    - I need to really like the way a helmet looks and feels to make sure I want to wear it.

    I was not able to try mine on first. I bought a 2XX Large and crossed my fingers. Luckily, it fits perfectly.
    Looks bad ass. Feels light and makes me want to wear it, even though I can ride without a helmet legally.

    I also bought the tint on demand face shield. Push a button and it instantly goes dark.
    Plug my face shield into my computer to charge the LCD tinted screen insert. It is an insert. I didn't know that - when I bought the TOD face shield.
    I would have just gotten the Sol FX face shield, instead, had I known the tint on demand face shield was a goggle lens sized insert.
    I go for comfort, mostly.
    Last helmet I really liked was an Arai. I just tried on all the helmets in the store till I found one that felt really comfortable, and then I looked at the price. I almost fainted! But it was worth the money to protect my head. I have had it for ten years. Never ended up needing it. - Cost me 700 hundred bucks! - It needs a new paint job and I went so fast - the sun visor blew off. And there are no replacement parts available for it. Booo.
    But somehow I think this isn't your first rodeo. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=556301
  20. acesandeights

    acesandeights Noob

    Jul 2, 2008
    So. Oregon
    I have an AFX, dual sport helmet. I bought it over the Arai XD3 because I could try it on. The local shop wouldn't order one for me to try on. They wanted me to try on some other Arai that didn't have the same shape and thought the XD would be close enough if I could narrow it down between large and x-large. I tried on the AFX 39 DS and it fit very good.

    My personal opinion is that most helmets with similar certifications provide similar protection. I'm also of the opinion that wearing a helmet beats not wearing one, but wearing a $500+ doesn't provide significantly more protection than a similarly certified $100 helmet. I'd have bought an Arai if it was available to try on and fit well if it was better (I want(ed) better soundproofing), but I needed a helmet I could try on and the AFX has been a very good helmet for me. With ear plugs (which I should probably be using with any helmet I chose) my AFX provides decent enough soundproofing.