No, I'm not interested in your opinions on whether or not folks should wear them, or be forced to wear them. I choose to wear a helmet, and I respect your right to choose for yourself.
My question is this: There are name brand helmets that range in price from ~$25US to a couple hundred bucks or more. What are the differences and advantages to the higher priced models? I know it isn't safety, generally, at least as regards helmets that have ANSI or SNELL or similar certifications.
I can see that some of it comes down to weight, or ventilation or 'design' but at the end of the day, what separates a functional but merely adequate helmet from a great helmet (besides fit, of course)? I realize that like most gear questions, the ultimate choice comes down to personal preferences and taste, but I'm trying to decide if it is worth looking at the higher priced helmets, or if I'm fine sticking to my cheap, $25 or less at Costco helmets?