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Old 07-05-06, 08:14 PM   #1
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Rock + Helmet = New helmet shopping

Just got a rather large dent in helmet, not in head but I think I have a concussion. Need a new one (helmet and head). SOmething with good ventilation and lightweight. Money really no object. I've only had Bell helmets until now, but will try anything. Anybody have some nice XC helmet in mind?
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Get a road helmet. Same protection as mtn, no useless visor, very light and very ventilated. I have a Katlike Kompact and it is da bomb.
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Get a road helmet. Same protection as mtn, no useless visor, very light and very ventilated. I have a Katlike Kompact and it is da bomb.
I find my visor very useful.
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Get a road helmet. Same protection as mtn, no useless visor, very light and very ventilated. I have a Katlike Kompact and it is da bomb.
Not too confident when I do a search and the first three links are for helmet recalls Those things aren't the prettiest either
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If you like the fit of the Bell helmets, try the Sweep (R or XC). It's lightweight, comfy and well ventilated.
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For what it is worth, I bought a Specialized Instinct at the beginning of the summer and I have no complaints about the helmet. I tried on several helmets at three LBSs previous to my purchase. It was the best fitting of the bunch, so it was the one for me. The Giro Xen was second runner up, but it did not fit as well on my melon.
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If you like the fit of the Bell helmets, try the Sweep (R or XC). It's lightweight, comfy and well ventilated.
+1 on the Sweep XC.
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I have been happy with my Bell Ghisallo. It's pretty lightweight and has good ventilation. If I were to buy a helmet now though I would probably choose to go with a Sweep R because its lighter, has more vents and it just looks cooler. BeyondBikes has '05 models of both the Sweep R and the Sweep XC for $99
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Not too confident when I do a search and the first three links are for helmet recalls Those things aren't the prettiest either
Well, you don't want to get one of the recalled ones, that would be silly! No, they're not pretty - they're EUROTRASH!!!!
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Go to your lbs, try all the helmets on, buy the one that fits the best.
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Get a road helmet. Same protection as mtn, no useless visor, very light and very ventilated. I have a Katlike Kompact and it is da bomb.
Not good advice. I've never required the protection my helmet provides, but I've had several instances where low branches hit the visor and were deflected before they could hit my eyes. I have a road helmet too, but I would not even think about using it on a trail.
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I went to my LBS, which happens to be where I work, and ended up ordering the Specialized Decibel (because we didn't have a small). It has awesome venting, carbon fiber (!), and is pretty light. I tried the sweep (r and xc) and it was pretty nice, but it made me look like Sonic the hedgehog

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Sonic is so cool though! Decibal looks like a sweet helmet too. I like the huge vents.
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Not good advice. I've never required the protection my helmet provides, but I've had several instances where low branches hit the visor and were deflected before they could hit my eyes. I have a road helmet too, but I would not even think about using it on a trail.
Actually, it's great advice. If you don't want a branch in the eye, wear some sunglasses or maybe pay attention to what's in front of you. Actually, that might be your problem - the visor blocks your view of the immobile tree branch as you ride into it.
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