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Old 01-11-2010, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2010 Burton (R.E.D.) Collection Hi-Fi Helmet Review

Here is a review of my new helmet. I'll post pics later. Price: $110 USD (can be found at $100 usually)
size reviewed is large.
The helmet comes with:
-Goggle gasket
-Foam inserts
-Paperwork
-W48 Warranty
(this is the shawn white edition: much cooler details than stock but the same thing.)

Impressions:
when i first saw the helmet i first noticed that the mesh and black matte accents made the helmet look like it was very high quality. the soft touch materials throughout the helmet help a lot, including a goggle wipe velcro over the strap. the hi-fi DOES NOT include the speakers, those will run you another 30-40 bucks. to save money, just shove some skullcandy icons or something in there. i have to go buy those at the store, but my friend told me that they are compatible. the helmet fit is good, i am fat faced and i have a good head of hair. if you are smaller faced and a dude, check out the womens pure helmet. the guy i talked to at the store told me that helmet is more popular among men at the store. it is also 20 bucks cheaper. i tried that on and there is actually more padding on it than the helmet i bought, but the sizing felt weird on me.

Features:
as mentioned, there is a small velcro cover to put over the chin strap. i took that off after twenty minutes of riding because the straps adjustment kept loosening no matter what i did, but it stopped when i took it off . this really doesn't even matter if you wear a balaclava or some sort of facemask. another great feature on the strap is the clip. it has the same ridged clip you find on bindings, and it releases by simply pushing on a big button under you. this helped me make a more dramatic rant as i tossed off my helmet after a skier cut me off in the park and ran over my top sheet the matte finish is great for stickers, i will post some pics of my stickering-skillz later (make sure you see my reflective skullcandy sticker!). I have the Shawn White edition, and the different liner inside has a steezy sharpie design. the goggle gasket is sick- i just put that in (not to mention it looks like part of the helmet) and attached my goggles to the clip in the back and i had a great fit for my smith transit goggles.

Build Quality:
first off, i want to mention how safe this made me feel. this was my first helmet and i am extremely thankful for it. a guy from my school hit his head off a jump doing a double back flip last night. he almost died (no helmet); i heard he is out of intensive care now. my buddy got a concussion WEARING a giro helmet yesterday too. i didnt bail much, but i had one on a box that was sketchy and could have been worse without my helmet.

as mentioned, this helmet is beautiful. my only complaint is that it was scratched pretty easy buy someones skis yesterday on the bus, but i covered that up with a rome sticker there is also a small ding in it already from saturday morning when it fell in the lodge (hellz yeah! two days and two different states in a row ) the material is great and i feel safe with this for my crazy (spazzy, dare i say? ) crap i do off the glades, woods and in between. it is also warm. i was in five degree weather, without wind chill, and my head was toasty.

Final Thoughts:
this is a solid choice for any level rider, this gives good neck support, a good feel and looks awesome. the only con i can find is the easily scratching finish. there are a ton of great details in here! feel free to ask any additional questions
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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and it's light as hell, i think it weights a couple of ounces more than my toque. good review.
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totally. i think my stickers doubled the weight, haha. thanks!
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To add to this, I recently got this helmet, which was also my first boarding lid. I know its not gonna be a 100% save all, but it definately makes me feel more comfortable riding with a helmet rather than just a hat. It kinda gave me some confidence to try some stuff I wouldnt usually do (kinda like whiskey you wear on your head haha).

For starters, It fit my smith goggles PERFECTLY. neither the goggles or the helmet moved each other at all throughout the entire day.

I got the version with the built in headphones, and I have mixed feelings about them. The pro's of it is that I cant wear a hat with it, so the "ear flaps" were great to just keep my ears warm. Id say the helmet kept me warmer than just a hat...heck i even found myself sweating at some points and it was about 13 deg when we went. As far as the sound quality goes, Id say its what you would expect...definately not Bose, but it got the job done. The only con I can really think of would be the sound quality, but I actually started to learn to like it for the simple fact that you can still hear people around you, since the speakers arent tight to your head like they would be with a traditional headphone. So i guess I can say that my only complaint probably makes it safer, so its good in my book.

Overall great lid. I picked it up from sierrasnowboards for like $50 (might be last years model, dont know, really dont care...it works haha).
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hey, im editing the youtube review now. will post the link when its up!
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heres the link
YouTube - 2010 R.E.D. Hi-Fi Collection/ 2010 R.E.D. Pure Helmets and 2009Smith Transit Goggle Reviews
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I just got this helmet and used it for the first time today. I have the Hi Fi with the subwoofer/speakers. First I would like to say this is a nice light weight and good fitting helmet, but I am returning it. Only problem(which is not a big deal at all for most people) is that the speakers blow. It cuts my iPod out randomly(and iPhone and mp3 player), the sound constantly is being cut in half(then randomly turns back up) and when you turn the sound down the subs keep hitting(terrible quality). Being an audiophile I am going for a helmet with better speakers. If I was just getting a helmet to protect my dome and not listen to music also, I would 100% buy this helmet without speakers, but like I said I love me some good beats.
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eightfingers, check out the aftermarket headphones. i hear that they are much better.
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yea my 09 RED Hi-Fi has the same issue with audio cutting out, its due to the way they position the stupid jack sideways on the helmet, the cable pulls down and doesnt make a solid connection.
I have to pull a bit of slack cable up out of my jacket to keep it from pulling down and cutting out all or half of the stereo channel when i move my head.

Ive thought of two things, first is to cut it open and reinforce the solder connections to the wiring. Although i dont know if this will fix it.

Second is to go back to the standard earpads. Atleast on mine you can pretty easily remove the mesh liner over the ear..maybe cut a small hole on the bottomside and push in some decent ear buds i have behind the padding. Wouldnt be the greatest sound, but im not looking for great sound just reliable!
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