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Old 02-19-2012, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I am looking at picking up my first helmet. 10+ years riding in the midwest it never felt necessary. Out west it seems like a good idea, seeing as my buddy was probably inches from a head injury today. Wound up being a seperated shoulder instead but makes you think a bit.

I know helmets are mostly personal fit, but are there some absolutely crappy or great brands. I do have some materials knowledge so I think in person I can tell crappy build quality, but any suggestions are helpful.

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They are like boots. Try them on until you find ones you like. Just remember to get one that is certified.
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They are like boots. Try them on until you find ones you like. Just remember to get one that is certified.
So no bubble rap system.. rip off. Ok. Will keep that in mind, any favorite to keep an eye out for? Deal season is upon us, and this is something I would like to get for a reasonable price. Went years scoffing at helmet wearers, but am now begrudgingly giving in to not being a vegetable due to my hobby.
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Capix makes some good helmets for cheap, and the smith holt is a good one too
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Anyone have a preference between standard and earcovering helmets?
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You want ear covers, gets cold. Red, Bern, and Protech. Not saying the Holt is bad just throwing it out there that it isn't exactly the safest one. I have it myself so by no means hating here. It even says it inside the helmet if you take the padding out.
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You want ear covers, gets cold. Red, Bern, and Protech. Not saying the Holt is bad just throwing it out there that it isn't exactly the safest one. I have it myself so by no means hating here. It even says it inside the helmet if you take the padding out.
Thanks! By ear covers, I meant the hard variety. I am suprised how few cover the ears. Anyway gonna head out to a few stores tomorrow. My first western season pass starts tomorrow for the 2012(all)-2013.
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I am not entirely sure what you mean. If you mean that the hard outer shell of the helmet covers the ears too then I'd go for it if you don't mind the look. You really want to cover the back of your head a lot. Notice the safer ones look really dumb. It's because they cover more of your head. Check out Giro. They may be Ski helmets, but they are one of the safest.
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Smith, Bern, RED (Burton), Protech make some good helmets.

Use the search feature on the forum. There is seriously a ton of information here.
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Most i've seen around have soft ear covers, not hard (maybe ski racing has more of that full face thing going on). Bern has nice peaked design that covers more of the back of your head without look f-ing stupid.... imho

Protec used to be a bit basic but has gotten better.

Also, look for the cinch type adjusters at the back that you can get it fitting really nice... oh and yeah, your on the right track, it has to fit really well and be super comfortable, then you won't mind wearing it so much
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