Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: So Cal - Bear Mountain
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I used to have a cheap pro-tec helmet but I recently got a R.E.D. Hi Fi II Subwoofer helmet from brociety (I'll probably write a review on it soon so look for that in this section) and yeah I would recommend it, audio deffinitly adds a cool element.
As far as protection goes you just gotta read online about the different safety certifications, I forgot what they're called but just make sure it meets the bare minimum at least.
My favorite company personally is RED just because I like their design, style, and shape of helmets but I'm pretty sure not everyone recommends them, maybe cause they're burton affiliated... I've read that Smith makes a pretty good helmet and then you got companies like Bolle, Giro, Bern, Pro-Tec...others that I'm forgetting.
For the most part I'd say you just gotta go out to a shop and try on a buncha different helmets, find one thats not only comfortable but also cool looking because its gotta be something you'll be willing to actually use everytime you ride...I feel like from a protection standpoint, they're all pretty standard, just double check the saftey certifications as I mentioned before to be sure
As for desgining your own helmet, I haven't heard of anyhting like that, send in some emails and maybe a company will start offereing that option but as of now, your only option for a custom graphic would be to sand down your helmet, prime it, then paint that shit...
I recommend peeping brociety cause you can get some real sweet deals on that site, specially with helmets....Do not pay full price at a retail store, most helemts are overpriced.