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    Difference in helmet costs

    I've been looking for a new lid (non-full face) and am wondering if anyone knows why there seems to be a large variation in regards to the cost of say, BMX/Dirt jump style lids vs. XC looking lids (Dirt jump style lids seem to be about US$20 cheaper). Any reason for this? Seem like they're made similarly with similar materials.

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    Retension mechanism and it costs more to make the molds for the xc type lids.
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    Enough to justify 20 bucks difference per unit? Man...

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    There really is no good reason for the price difference. The skate-style lid is usually ABS plastic (like the DVW system in your house) with a rebounding foam liner. Much like a child’s bicycle helmet, its design is very basic, has been around forever and has few bells and whistles and does its job well.

    With the bike helmets, you have a thin plastic outer shell (for looks and some drop- and abrasion-resistance) with a crushable styrofoam liner (like your basic cheap ice chest). BUT . . . what you are paying for mostly is: 1) air - - in the form of vent holes (the more holes, the more cost); 2) styling - - they had to pay a staff of industrial designers to make them look cooler than the other brands; and 3) marketing, to convince you that that molded chunk of ice chest is scientifically designed and wind-tunnel-tested and worth $20-$100 more than a basic lid.

    Although I must concede Dan’s point. More sophisticated retention systems and probably better fit account for some of that price difference too.
    Last edited by dminor; 11-04-09 at 02:34 PM.

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    It bears (re)mentioning that there are different types of "skate style" lids - some are bike certified, others are not.

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    Why even wear a helmet? They just break when you hit the ground.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    Why even wear a helmet? They just break when you hit the ground.
    So that your head doesn't. I think we already covered this.

    EDIT: That being said. It is your choice, unless you're a minor and your parents make you or the local laws require it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4evrplan View Post
    So that your head doesn't. I think we already covered this.
    Yeah, but you (usually) heal. Your helmet doesn't. Duhh...

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    There are some here who would definitely benefit if their heads had a 'crash replacement policy' .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4evrplan View Post
    So that your head doesn't. I think we already covered this.

    EDIT: That being said. It is your choice, unless you're a minor and your parents make you or the local laws require it.
    Did we? I don't recall. Must've hit my head.
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    I can't remember which side of the fence junkyard is on, but either way, I guess I fell for that hook line and sinker :shame:
    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
    I think being on the back of a DH tandem would keep me awake.

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    I'm on neither side. I am the fence.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4evrplan View Post
    It is your choice, unless you're a minor and your parents make you or the local laws require it.
    What does Doug's son have to do with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro View Post
    What does Doug's son have to do with this?
    First I was like "Huh?" Then I was like "Ohh..." Then I was like LOL.
    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
    I think being on the back of a DH tandem would keep me awake.

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