Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Dutchess County, NY
Bikes: Fuji S-12s, Trek Navigator 200, Dahon Vitesse D7, Raleigh Sprite Touring ('70's)
You peaked my interest with your question, and opened an old debate.
My town's Fire Dept sells helmets made by Helmets R Us, a California company, at cost. Something like $7 for a basic, $8 for the deluxe with visor. The deluxe compares reasonably well with my Bell Slant in terms of features, ventilation, etc. H-R-U is a non-profit company. http://www.helmetsrus.net/
Only issue I have is how the strap routes between the plastic outer shell and the foam liner. I would expect the strap to slide thru here as it does on the various Bell and Giro helmets we have around the house, but on some of the H-R-U designs they don't. The result is that adjustments tend to pull the chin buckle off center. I brought one back to the Firehouse, but every one they had in the box of this design seemed to be 'glued in place' as well.
I called H-R-U, and the seemed surprised by my comment that the straps should adjust allowing the chin buckle to remain centered under the chin. They could not seem to understand why I would be concerned about where this sat.