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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. It’s my go to helmet. I would have spent more if I felt I needed to but I’m 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.



Right now I swap between an Arai Corse and a Shoei X14.





 

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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 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.

My first helmet was an open face Arai back in 1971...
 

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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!





I hope you're joking? You might as well just put a paper funnel on your head while riding. That helmet and the paper funnel have about the same amount of protection.


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I'm in the market for a new helmet and wanted to see what you guys are wearing
Today I put on what has been one of the best helmet I have ever used. The Aria XD4.

Bought it at Revzilla as a closeout for $499 shipped. The visor is really nice and does not cause wind issues like you might think.

I bought this helmet becasue I wanted more cooling air than my Aria RX-Q but also because I liked the idea of the visor. I often hop on the bike in the summer in the early evening and have a hell of a time with the sun in my eyes.

On my first test ride today I had winds at 20mph and I was out for about an hour and went south and then back north.

The visor is fantastic! You can adjust your head angle to block out the sun when it is low in the sky and riding is much, much nicer this way.

The only time I had an issue with wind and the visor was when I was heading back north into a 20mph head wind at 70mph AND turning my head to check my blind spot. I could feel the wind catch the visor when I did that. It was not unbearable, but definitely increases the effort to turn your head back to straight.

Let me be CLEAR that when facing straight forward the visor is balanced and the air flows through and under it so it does not create undue pressure on your neck or head at 70mph or so. Surprisingly, it is overall quieter than the RX-Q- though you can get a "whistle" out of the visor if you turn your head upward at the right amount. Not a big deal if you have ear plugs and I may be able to adjust the visor to stop this. Maybe it will warn deer at night? :wink2:

Is this suitable for the race track? Nope, but for general riding, especially commuting, I think it will become my favored helmet.
 

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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.
Faulty Logic, dog. Your scenario only addresses one type of accident. High side, low side, hit from behind, other vehicle involved, all change your impact area. I checked all my souvenir helmets. No two alike. I’ve gotten off far more often with open face helmets than full face, yet never landed on my face ( though it might be an improvement) .:laugh: This is not meant as any criticism to full face helmets, to each his own. When I’m living in Florida, though, I don’t wear a full face lid. The average motorcycle rider where I ride wears shorts or jeans and tennies or flip flops, tank top, no helmet. I’d estimate no more than 10% wear helmets. I am the only person I’ve ever seen wearing actual motorcycle boots, Kevlar jeans, and gloves with a helmet in Florida. A weird tropical version of atgatt.
 

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Helmet choice, back on track. I don’t really like people criticizing modular helmets . Although some might say they’re a compromise, the good ones are really pretty good. The latching mechanisms pass stiff enough testing criteria to make them a viable alternative, especially in warm climates . Noise has been improved. If it’s not for racing they are worth a look.
 

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just picked up the Bell Race Star Carbon. Have been using Arai Signets, but the Bell feels good. Better technology too.
 

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I'm in the market for a new helmet and wanted to see what you guys are wearing
Well.....that depends on what day of the week it is.

I have a number of helmets that I keep in rotation so they don't get all funk-afied.

I have a couple of lower range lids, a couple of mid range lids and a couple of high end lids.

On the lower end, I have a Kabuto Aeroblade II and a Scorpion EXO710R. Both are quite good as everyday helmets as they are easy to get into and out of.

In the more middle of the price range I have a Bell RS1 and a Scorpion EXO2000R. I like them both for different reasons.

The Scorpion is quiet and very aerodynamically stable. It doesn't get buffeted around much regardless of wind direction. Even when the wind speed picks up, I don't feel like my head is getting buffeted around.

The Bell is a great daily ride helmet. It's not as easy into or out of as the Kabuto and Scorpion. It does have a photo chromic shield so I only need one visor when I wear it. That's a plus. It's also very aerodynamically stable. Maybe not quite as much so as the Scropion but still very good. The down side is, it is heavier than the Scorpion by a bit. (Have a couple of compressed discs in my neck so that figures heavily into my fatigue factor)

On the higher end of the scale I have an Arai Corsair and an X-Lite X-803 Carbon. As one would expect, both are supremely comfortable and have excellent air flow. The X-Lite is exactly that. It weighs in at under 3 lbs. The Arai is 3.5-ish pounds. The down side to them both is, they are more difficult to get into and out of. Not by alot, but more so than the lower end helmets.

So, for commute to work and running errands, the Kabuto and Scorpion EXO710R are more my go to helmet. If I'm just going in to work and have no errands to run, I'll wear any of the other four. If I'm going on a long ride where I don't want to deal the extra fatigue from a heavier helmet, It's the Corsair or X-Lite.

All that said, the Scorpion EXO2000R is quite a lot of helmet for the money. You get really, really close to Corsair weight and comfort. It is by far the quietest helmet I own. Only the X-Lite comes close. Scorpion customer service is for real. Best in the business in my experience. You also get top level features like the emergency removal cheek pads. Only the venting lets it down, and then only at slower speeds.

If I buy another helmet this year, it's between another X-Lite and the newest Scorpion that Alvaro Bautista is rocking. It's all carbon construction that I've seen.....just haven't seen availability or pricing. Yet. ......sean
 
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