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Old 05-13-09, 08:28 AM   #1
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Gosh price of fancy helmets these days!

I can't seem to get over the price of the new Giro Ionos helmet. Over $200 for a helmet? And here I thought the price of an Atmos was already sky high a few years back!
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Question is, does it protect any better than my $29 bell? Probably not, they're both certified to the same standards. Might be a little lighter, might be a little cooler looking, but is that worth ~7X the price?

I figure very expensive bike helmets are kind of like Rolex watches. The reason they're so expensive is because it's recognizable as being expensive.
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Pricier helmets tend to be cooler.
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I concur that $200 is pricey, but imagine if you were Giro or some other helmet mfr, you're not making them and then years later you discover that there has been a market for them all along. How would you feel then?

I suppose saving weight at the margins, like 50g here and 75g there, can have a pronounced effect over a race.
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I can't seem to get over the price of the new Giro Ionos helmet. Over $200 for a helmet? And here I thought the price of an Atmos was already sky high a few years back!
Easy, The fashion slaves are ripe for the plucking!

Slap a fancy lable on it and you'll sell more than you can make!

Sigh! Yes, the world is full of very stupid people.
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I did the 160 miles of RAIN in 90 degree temps in comfort wearing a $50 Uvex Touring helmet. On more recent centuries my cheap Bell Solar has proven to be just as well ventilated and a bit lighter.
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I wonder how much of the "they feel cooler" talk is simply fanfare. Honestly, it seems there's absolutely nothing to justify a $200 helmet. Yes, there're "luxury" pieces available in every item, but this isn't a Rolex (vs. Timex) or Lexus (vs. Hyundai). This is a helmet, and you're on a bicycle when you wear one: you aren't making a bold social claim by strapping a two-hundred–dollar piece of protection on your skull. Those who'll buy them will do so, but I find it absurd.
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I prefer the middle pricepoints. Your bang for the buck decreases the higher the price.
I have yet to find a cheap helmet that I find comfortable.
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I prefer the middle pricepoints. Your bang for the buck decreases the higher the price.
I have yet to find a cheap helmet that I find comfortable.
My ball caps are pretty cheap and VERY comfortable.
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Cheap... bubble wrap and duct tape!!
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Just make sure you poke your ventilation holes before you tape it on your head...not after.
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I can't seem to get over the price of the new Giro Ionos helmet. Over $200 for a helmet? And here I thought the price of an Atmos was already sky high a few years back!
Don't worry; I'm sure Rapha will soon introduce a line of helmets that make the Giro prices look dirt cheap.
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Just make sure you poke your ventilation holes before you tape it on your head...not after.
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In a all goods, some people want to pay more to have an exclusive item. The higher the price the greater the demand, for some people. It allows them to show people that (1) they have more money than you do, and/or (2) they have less sense
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So I paid triple for my Giro Animas than an LBS in house brand helmet, I happen to like wearing helmets, and not only does the Giro look cooler, it keeps my head cooler on those hot summer days.
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I did the 160 miles of RAIN in 90 degree temps in comfort wearing a $50 Uvex Touring helmet. On more recent centuries my cheap Bell Solar has proven to be just as well ventilated and a bit lighter.
FWIW Uvex helmets are one of the few helmets that actually are made to a higher standard than required by law as they are made to Snell (or whatever they are currently called) standards.
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FWIW Uvex helmets are one of the few helmets that actually are made to a higher standard than required by law as they are made to Snell (or whatever they are currently called) standards.
Which Snell standard? I've seen stickers for the 1990 version, but what about the newer, more stringent 1995 standard? Although, at second thought, the differences between standards are pretty small... but at least Snell takes off-the-shelf examples to test.
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http://www.bhsi.org/stansumm.htm

Anyway, I got a great insider deal on a Specialized S-Works helmet. It's very comfortable and quite breezy. If I hadn't gotten it for (relatively) cheap, or if it wasn't comfortable, I wouldn't have it. Every nicer helmet that I've tried has been loads better in weight, ventilation, and comfort than my first helmet, a late 1990's taped-shell Giro Riviera (which would make a great ice cooler for a couple cans of beer if I plugged the vents).

At any rate, regardless of price, there are just three things I look for in a helmet -- comfort, ventilation, and weight, in that order. I've tried on some very light, well-ventilated helmets that just hit my skull in the wrong spots (particularly a small point at the very top). However, the ones I've bought feel just about as comfortable as a baseball cap.
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FWIW Uvex helmets are one of the few helmets that actually are made to a higher standard than required by law as they are made to Snell (or whatever they are currently called) standards.
They also have a much better chinstrap securing system and come standard with bug screens in the forward vents.
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..and a $130 helmet.
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Nope. They can be had for much less than $130.
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I had a Bell helmet that someone sold me for $10.00 , wasn't well ventilated, and I couldn't work with it very well. I used it until I bought a Giro Atlas II. This one is more comfortable, has good ventilation, and I can adjust the chin strap without any trouble. It's price was $40.00 but it was money I didn't mind spending because it fits my bicycling needs, not that it's the latest thing in bicycle helmets.
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Nope. They can be had for much less than $130.
My Touring cost about 50
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Nope. They can be had for much less than $130.
duh

Wrong wrong wrong I SAY!

My statement was that they had a $130 helmet in their lineup. ha!
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duh

Wrong wrong wrong I SAY!

My statement was that they had a $130 helmet in their lineup. ha!
Jaa, they do have some pricey stuff. OTOH at least the workers are being paid a decent wage and environmental standards are high as their helmets are made in Germany.
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They do look interesting. I found a few dealers in my area and plan on checking them out when it is time to replace my bell. I also plan on looking at specialized helmets.
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