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Old 03-09-2012, 08:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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rocking a smith transport, light weight with vents, correction... was light weight until I installed the GoPro...
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Smith variant. I love this one. Light and can't tell its there most times. I had a giro before and it was heavy and boxed me ears.
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Like my protec b2 got the audioforce with the mute and volume on ear pads makes tunes super easy to control. not the warmest for the ears but my head gets hot. Feels pretty light to me.
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I love my smith Holt, probably not the most advanced or expensive, but it fits better that most for me, and i like the way it looks.
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Well depends if you want a helmet just to protect you from pain or actual injury. If it's just pain get whatever helmet you want, but safety I would go with Giro or RED. They are the few companies that have their helmets actually certified.
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I like my new Bern Watts Hard Hat about 100 times more then the RED Avid I recently cracked. Its a little heavier but its nice and my head feels alot safer. Check out the "Hard Hat" tech, its different and worth considering.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:21 AM   #17 (permalink)
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For this season I moved from a Giro helemet to a POC Bug receptor which has been very comfortable and relatively light on my head. If it wasnt for the fit I would have gone for Giro G10.

Realistically the fit is the most critical out of all the helmets.
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I like my new Bern Watts Hard Hat about 100 times more then the RED Avid I recently cracked. Its a little heavier but its nice and my head feels alot safer. Check out the "Hard Hat" tech, its different and worth considering.
This man speaks the truth. I have a Bern Watts and love it. Warm and low-profile. Some dont like the "Hard Hat" tech as it uses Brock foam for multiple impacts. Its not technically "snow sport" certified but it will get the job done and is more comfortable in my opinion than EPS. Plus if you take a small knock to the dome on a rail you wont need to replace it, unlike most helmets that use EPS which is a one hit wonder.

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Old 03-10-2012, 08:50 AM   #19 (permalink)
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+1 for the smith maze.

they fit great and if you take out the ear flaps and wear a beanie underneath, no pressure points due to headphones and goggles fit comfortably underneath or overtop the helmet.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:24 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I just bought a Smith Variant (non brim) for $70 shipped. It's normally more than twice that. The helmet is very comfortable. My 57cm head fits the medium perfectly. With just a few cranks of the boa wheel, it fits like a glove. It's light weight (not nearly as light as the maze) and doesn't look big on your head. I wear Von Zipper Fishbowl goggles and the brimmed helmet fit well, but I ordered the non-brim version. The liner inside is antistatic, antimicrobial, and anti-odor. It completely lines the inside of the helmet and can be removed. If you remove it, you could probably wear a thin beanie with the helmet. The ear flaps allow you to insert headphones.

Regardless of which helmet you buy, get one that fits your head and goggles. Your head should be in contact with as much of the inside of the helmet as possible to prevent a small contact patch in the event of impact. Comfort and temperature control it important as well. It's also important to buy now because the prices are getting under half MSRP and selection will start to dwindle.

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