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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old Apr 18th, 2019, 11:01 pm Thread Starter
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What Helmet is everyone wearing?

I'm in the market for a new helmet and wanted to see what you guys are wearing
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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old Apr 19th, 2019, 1:31 am
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I have always used ARAI but mostly because they fit me better. But they have gone "round the bend" cost-wise. Bell just came out with some really nice helmets with a lot of features along with more conservative graphics and less money. I will say that it's almost hard to buy a bad helmet these days, Snell or not, and having any one of these in a crash beats the alternative.

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I have a Bell cop helmet and Bell open face. I have an Arai full face. I have a Scorpion and GMax convertibles. Because I wear glasses they are my favorites. The Scorpion ventilates better, the GMax is quieter and built better. It passes all the tests and the face plate latches are very strongly built. Itís my go to helmet. I would have spent more if I felt I needed to but Iím pleased with it. The swing up face is so convenient with my glasses or for extra ventilation. I feel claustrophobic in the Arai.

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I wear a helmet for safety considerations first so I only wear solid full-face helmets, I will NEVER wear an open face helmet. The second consideration is comfort, I have an AGV, a Suomy, a couple of Shoeis, and a couple of Arais and by far the Shoeis fit me best and are the quietest and most comfortable - that's gonna be different for everybody so you have to figure that out over time. And lastly I do try to buy helmets that look good to me within the parameters of the first two considerations. I'm not really fond of the style options for Shoei helmets but they fit so well I find the one that's least offensive.



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I wear Shoei's but it's entirely based on head shape. All the "quality" mfgrs are a bit different so find one that fits tight without giving you headaches and you're good to go. Finding a low cost helmet is a bit trickier... some of them are crap at protecting you and some are pretty good - but it's hard to tell by looking at them.

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I've worn Nolan, Shoei and Arai. For me, the latter two are better; but the Nolans were almost 30 years ago. They've gotten better.

Can't go wrong with Arai. Nice fit and comfort. Good quality finish too.

Kabuto is becoming popular, but they are a cheaper grade.

I haven't tried AGV yet, am thinking of trying one tho.

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Just think about this for a moment: when you fall on your bike you are traveling forward and facing forward and when your feet, legs or hips hit the ground the fulcrum effect causes your head to accelerate and pivot into the ground! Face first...

In my mind if I choose an open face helmet I might as well wear nothing at all.

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I'm with Mike on this... safety is my primary consideration, as well as fit. I ride with the Arai Vector:



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I have a couple of Arai Signet Qs and an older Arai Vector that I use for autocross.

I have worn Shoei, HJC, Bell and Scorpion, but always come back to Arai for the option of a long oval fit, quality and comfort. They are expensive, but you only have one head and if you shop around you can get deals on new helmets with discontinued graphics.

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Not sure what brand it is, but its very lightweight, not hot at all, DOT, and only cost $30 at Walmart!

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