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Author Topic: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?  (Read 9626 times)

Offline matt365

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Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« on: May 01, 2008, 12:34:16 »
I'm just curious to what helmets you guys and girls are running on the street or track. 

I presently have 2 HJC helmets.  A CL-14 and a CL-15.  I'd rather pay $150 bucks for a helmet, and keep it for a couple years rather than buy an Arai for $800 bucks and feel obligated to keep it for 5-8 years.

I've had helmets dropped by friends (that one pissed me off, it was about a 5' fall.)

I've had them knocked off coffee tables. 

It can only sustain so many little dings until I'll retire the helmet.  Even my CL-14 (which is 2 years old) and hasn't been too dinged around is starting to look it's age.  The lining is starting to compact and wear out a little too much.



I've had shop owners and trackday organizers try and sell me on $500+ Shoeis & Arais, telling me it is safer for the track.  I'd rather take my $100 snell rated HJC and toss it after the first get-off and not feel so bad.

So, what do you all wear, and what are your opinions?

Offline dan650plus

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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2008, 13:08:55 »
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Offline fugue

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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2008, 13:48:55 »
It's been my long standing opinion that the helmet you wear has nothing to do with brand and everything to do with fit and comfort. Most lids are both snell and dot these days, so the choice is to pick the lid that fits you best. Cost is the other factor. I've tried on about 7-8 different brands and several models, and so far the best fit for me is an Arai, so that's what I wear. Expensive, yes, but I feel the most comfortable in it, and thats the deciding factor - it fits. If a lid doesn't fit right, you won't ride, because it's annoying and will even make you accident prone.

My 2 cents.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2008, 13:52:25 by fugue »

Offline matt365

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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008, 14:03:12 »
Agreed.  Fit is the principal concern. 

I'd say wind noise is another concern for me.  One thing I find with my HJCs is that they transfer alot of sound through the shell, and I would definitely like a little less sound out of them.  I've heard good things about Shoei and Arai for sound.

I wear the best earplugs I can get when I'm on the bike.  The high pitched buzz and wind noise drives me nuts without it. 

I've heard the older HJC CL-12s had issues with the shields, that if you turn your head over 100 kph, that the shields have a nasty habit of popping open. 

Offline fugue

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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2008, 14:19:49 »
You're right about the shield issue... I'd heard that too. Also something to note is wind buffeting, as different helmet shapes slip through the wind differently. Hard to test until you can take one for a ride though. My buddy switched from a shoei tz-r to an arai rx-7 and noticed a large improvement in buffeting and smoothness.

Noise is also big, but as I also wear earplugs all the time, it is not as much of a problem. In general, though, the more venting, the louder the lid.

Offline gahi

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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2008, 20:34:08 »
Shoei fits me the best, so thats what I wear.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2008, 20:37:45 by gahi »
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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2008, 21:30:20 »
My Nolan N100 flip helmet was a bit snug at first, but now a few years in fits me perfectly.  Just in time to replace it - this year or more likely next.
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Offline Druro

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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2008, 09:38:11 »
I started to wear an Arai, and found the comfort to be excellent and the noise reasonable (that said, I always wear earplugs).

I had an accident a couple years ago, and because it wasn't my fault, my insurance company bought me a new bucket, so I got an Arai again.  When I do go to get a new one, I'll possibly end up wtih somthing else but it must fit well.  I've tried my friends Suomy, and while it felt ok at first, after about 2 minutes I had a blinding headache.

I would always say get the helmet that fits you best, then think about cost.

Offline CanadaDan

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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2008, 10:40:41 »
I've worn HJC, Schuberth and now Shoei... all based on fit... cause that's all that matters to my XXL oval melon. Noise can be affected by fit and buffeting is a combination of your bike and helmet. eg Running without a faring will cause the best lid to get tossed around in the air stream. Research the models you are interested in for complaints about sheild and vent noise though. My $600+ Schuberth was the loudest damn helmet I had... glad I crashed it :)

I don't know if one Snell approved helmet will protect better than another but you will find there are weight differences as you get into more expensive helmets.



Offline Wahoo650

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Re: Street &/or track helmet choices. Who prefers what?
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2008, 15:08:51 »
I've had a couple of Bell's (the old Star and a Star 2) and a couple of Arai's.  I just replaced my last Bell w/ a new Arai Profile and I love it.  The fit is everything and Arai offers 3 different shapes for better fit.  My Bell's are XL and my Arai is a Medium!  That's because the Bell is for round Charlie Brown noggins and the Arai Profile is for an oblong coconut like mine.  The better the fit the quieter it tends to be as well.  Bottom line is try as many on as you can and pick the best fit.  Price shouldn't be a controlling factor-It's for your head!
« Last Edit: May 12, 2008, 06:51:01 by Wahoo650 »
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