Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Dutchess County, NY
Bikes: Fuji S-12s, Trek Navigator 200, Dahon Vitesse D7, Raleigh Sprite Touring ('70's)
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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.