I decided to get a new helmet as the one I was using, a Bell Solar, had been in a few impacts over the last year. Though no obvious damage was apparent, I thought it prudent to replace this important safety item. Consumer Reports rated the Specialized Echelon very high and higher than the others for impact protection(higher overall than some other more expensive helmets)--also, there were many user reviews that raved about this helmet. The Echelon appears to have better airflow and definitely better pads that appear to help wick perspiration. Today was more humid and warmer than yesterday, yet sweat didn't get in my eyes today with the Echelon as opposed to yesterday wearing the Bell(I wore a sweat headband yesterday and today). Another wonderful thing about the Echelon is it has far more reflective areas than the Bell(larger sections on the side than the bell, reflection on the back--bell had none--and the straps have reflective markings--again, Bell had none). Another big improvement over the Bell is that the Bell is a Universal fit helmet whereas the Echelon comes in specific size ranges, S, M, L--the Echelon fits far better.
The Specialized was $60 and my LBS gave me a 10% discount. Many reviews state the quality as good or better than helmets twice the price or more.
Of course, without images, it didn't happen. Yeah, yeah, yeah...I need to clean the junk in the garage.
Side--closer showing reflective chin straps
Back(Bell on left(not reflective) and Echelon on right(reflective and more back of the head coverage).