Dirt helmet vs dual sport helmet

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by airjammer, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. airjammer

    airjammer Frequently seen in MT, WY, UT, and CO.

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    anyone doing longer dual sport rides with a motocross style helmet?

    Obviously, the faceshield offers more protection from bugs/errant pebbles and spray, however,

    My last 400 mile ride to Wyoming, I wore a light balaclava under my LS2 MX-456 helmet w/100% goggles. Ear plugs as usual

    I found it much more enjoyable, comfortable than my LS2 DS Helmet.

    I was on secondary roads and gravel the entire way. W/ 20 miles on I70.

    Thoughts?
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  2. plumer1kt

    plumer1kt Adventurer

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    all the time!!!
    for same reasons.
    as for bugs etc. i don't have any issues with the 100% goggles .
    they are wide enough to cover my face .most times a bug hit/enter the helmet is with a street one and the visor open....
    my bikes wind screen send the air above the helmet's peak (in the lower position) without causing turbulence .
    minimal air noise and never sprayed from front vehicles .
    i'm riding up to 160 km/h without problems except when turning my head too much to look on the side at those speeds,the peak forcing my head up.
    that's the only disadvantage but i don't care
    i really like that sense of "freedom"...
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    when i say all the time...:D
    here with the progrip goggles,never liked them
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  3. airjammer

    airjammer Frequently seen in MT, WY, UT, and CO.

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    Right on.

    I did this on a whim. It was a good whim.

    It is more satisfying and you right about the "freedom" thing. The balaclava is an added bonus. It doesn't make it hotter just more comfortable.

    I really notice the weight difference.

    It just feels better.
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  4. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    I like the off road helmet better but the dual sport helmet with the faceshield gives me better peripheral vision which makes that my go to helmet for the street.
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  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I've got a pair of Bell helmets: one dirt, one DS

    Was *supposed* to get my Husky fixed a few winters ago and haven't worn either yet

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  6. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    I wear my MX type helmet sometimes on the road as long as it isnt too cold.

    Ive only regretted it once, I was on a trip and riding my motarded DR650 in NC/TN. I had a wasp/hornet fly in and sting the crap out of me just next to the goggles on side of my nose/face.

    Ive never had a dualsport/hybrid helmet. Id like to try one some day
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  7. craigincali

    craigincali I'll try it.

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    I wear my DS helmet instead of a MX helmet offroad. Better view, can still switch to goggles if really dusty. I got rid of all my MX helmets.
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  8. scot_douglas

    scot_douglas Dirt Harley Lovin' Supporter

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    I saved up and got a klim krios. can use with goggles or face shield. Spendy, but it feels like it weighs over half the weight of the nolan it replaced. I really can feel the difference on longer rides.
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  9. plumer1kt

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    in the "CARBON" category, MX helmets weight below 1000 g
    acerbis and airoh are at 969 g and 950 g
    100% strata goggle 130 g
    krios is just below 1500g
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  10. airjammer

    airjammer Frequently seen in MT, WY, UT, and CO.

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    Noticeably, better airflow w/ MX helmet. Prolly suck in rain.
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  11. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    MX helmets all the time. I've worn this one at 17,500' over the Warner Range in central Oregon.

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    ..but for motos I wear an ordinary street helmet :D
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  12. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer

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    I currently have a Shoei street, an Arai XD4 D/S, and a Fox dirt helmet. The XD4 is my goto helmet for almost all of my dual sport and street riding. If I'm strictly riding offroad I'll usually wear the Fox for the greater airflow. The Shoei gathers dust these days.

    I prefer the XD4 in most situations. It provides a better field of view, better protection from rain and cold wind, and it's easier to flip up a shield than remove goggles in a hurry. I can switch between clear glasses and sunglasses easily if I want to ride with the shield up. The only thing the Fox offers as an advantage is a bit more air flow, slightly less weight, and a bit more dust protection when wearing goggles though I can wear goggles with the XD4 with the visor up if I want as well. However, if I choose goggles then I normally wear the Fox regardless.

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  13. shinyribs

    shinyribs doesn't care

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    My DS helmet is a LS2 Pioneer. My offroad Helmet is a Fly Carbon F2.

    The DS helmet is nice on longer DS trips since I can drop the goggles to the chinbar/ around my neck and flip down the internal sunshield of the helmet if needed. But in really hot weather the offroad helmet does breathe a smidge better. The LS2 helmet breathes extremely well (17 vents IIRC) and will easily fit goggles under the shield, which has come in handy a few times when following other bikes on really long stretches of dustiness.
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  14. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    I love my Shoei Hornet X2. So much so that I'll be buying another since I just crashed in it a couple weeks ago. The louvers in the peak really help. You get pull when looking to the side, but straight ahead is no issue. It's not as breezy as a straight MX helmet, but better than a total street lid. You can even take the peak off and use it for sportier riding, if that's your thing.
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