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    Specialized Helmet, Upgrade Worth the Money?

    My old helmet is showing signs of aging. I'm thinking of replacing it. There are two brands that fit me well, Specialized and Bell. I'm looking at the Specilized Echelon, the first helmet in the Specialized line that's fitted, i.e. comes in different sizes, not a one size fits all. It cost $60. The price jump to the next helmet, the Propero II almost doubles the price and the Pevail is almost four times as much. Is there really that much of a difference in value? Is there really an advantage worth the difference? I'm not a racer, just a B class club rider (sometimes an A rider on a good day).
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    You really have to try them on. One of the guys at my LBS said just go with the Echelon so I tried it on...well it didn't fit. the ProperoII wasn't out yet but they had a bunch of last years S-Works so I tried those as I have an older Specialized Decibel which fit great and was the predecessor to the S-Works helmet line. Well it didn't fit right either. The medium was too small and the large was too big in both of those helmets. So finally I tried the Prevail and it fit great. So that said I would have gone with one of the lower helmets had they fit right...but they didn't. The Prevail IS lighter for sure and supposedly has better airflow. So you just HVAE to try them on...go for fit first then decided among the ones that fit whether you are going to spend more money or not.
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    The higher cost helmets give you lightness, air flow vents and construction process's. They ALL will protect your head.
    Design is also a consideration. I just bought a Giro Atmos and it looks way cool.

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    Iv'e been riding for about 2 and half years. My first helmet was a specialized propero. I thought it was a pretty comfortable helmet. After 6 months of riding my wife noticed my weight loss and decided to get a road bike. She is an accountant and didn't want to spend the money to buy a road helmet. She kept riding her Giro Indicator that weighed 305g. About 6 months ago we paid off one of our vehicles and I talked her into upgrading our helmets. We both bought Prevails (215g) from our LBS. She couldn't believe how much of a difference the helmet made to the overall quality of her rides. I think the money was very well spent. I do a lunchtime ride here in florida and the improved ventilation was very noticable.

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    Forgot to add that I've seen Propero's on sale recently for close to 60$. It's a good helmet.

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    The idea of a helmet is to protect your noggin, and they all do the job. Now, if your concerned about weight, areo dynamics, and venting spend the big bucks, if not a good old Bell works fine.
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    Value means different things to different people. My rationale is related to how much time I will spend with the product. If you spend a lot of time in the saddle, chances are this helmet will be on your head all the time and you want the most comfortable helmet you can afford. Most entry level bib-shorts are in the $60 range and most people would rotate those out and not wear them as much as a helmet. As noted above, they will all provide similar protection so it is about weight, cooling, fit, and looks after that.
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    I have a prevail and love it.. fits well.. venting rocks, it's worth the money to me

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    I recently got a Prevail and found it a lot nicer than my Giro Ionos and the Prolight: lighter than the Ionos, and virtually as cool.

    A week ago, I blew out my rear tire during a race (actually a few minutes after my profile photo was snapped by the event photographer) at 55kph and went down hard. Broke the helmet. Not a bruise or even a slightly tender spot on my skull.

    My new Prevail is on its way over.

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    More expensive helmets may be slightly more comfortable, especially on very hot days. Good fit for your head is the most important feature and many people are happy with cheaper helmets (that fit well).

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    The most important aspect to a helmet is fit. Adjust the helmet then see if you can almost move helmet forwards and backwards, and side to side, it should not move in either direction more then two finger widths. If it does move more readjust the helmet, if you can't readjust it any more find another helmet. This means you're going to have to go to several LBS's to find one that fits...unless you know for sure the Specialize fits as I described then just get the Specialize and be done with it.

    Once you find a well fitted helmet don't worry about the price of the helmet because even a cheap Walmart helmet has to pass the same federal guidelines for impact as a $500 helmet...do they even make a $500 helmet?

    Specialize does make nice helmets though, with any major brand you're not going to go wrong unless it doesn't fit right. I have an odd shaped head, and only one company makes a helmet to fit my long narrow head and that was Lazer, so I really like the Lazer I got, it's as cool as a helmet can be on hot days.

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    Protection is number one for me, as long as my head is protected I dont care what it looks like.

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    Is there a so called lifespan for a helmet? My helmet (Bell) is about 5 years old now. Wondering if I need to replace it.

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    I race and I don't think that helmets vary much once you get to a certain point in the food chain.

    I had an S-Works. Because of a little hiccup in production, my original S-Works was taken back, I was given I think a Prospero as an interim, and I got to keep both the Prospero and S-Works. I used the S-Works until I crashed it in 2009. I still use the Prospero. Is there a difference? Not so I notice. (Specialized fit a bit more round versus a bit more oval).

    I also have a top end Bell helmet (Razor?). It fits a bit nicer but ventilation-wise they're the same - all great in cooler weather, all allow sweat to roll down my face in hot/humid conditions. Bells fit more oval head, narrower on the sides.

    I also have used top end Giros (they fit more round); same thing, a bit more airy (cold when it's cold), but air (and sweat pads) have a finite rate of absorption/dispersion, and when I'm riding hard and it's hot+humid, I think that it's simply impossible for air/pads to move away enough moisture, at least from a physics point of view.

    I use a Halo headband or do-rag kind of thing. It has a rubber "gutter" to divert sweat towards the sideburn area.

    Get the Prospero if you can get them for $60 or whatever. That's a great price.

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    A $30 helmet from a reputable LBS protects your head as good as a $200 helmet. Comfort can be another matter though.
    The biggest danger with helmets is wearing one that is too old. The plastic breaks down over time, especially with exposure to UV rays.
    The plastic become brittle and will shatter easily. My LBS recommends using a helmet for five years max, and it's not a sales ploy.
    They routinely steer people towards more budget-friendly models as opposed to flashy, expensive models.

    Try on a few, decide which fits & feels the best, and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
    Is there a so called lifespan for a helmet? My helmet (Bell) is about 5 years old now. Wondering if I need to replace it.
    See my above post

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    This site is an excellent source of information about helmets. I am paranoid and do not leave my helmet unattended. I have a small head and the only helmets that fit me are Bell size small. I have an Alchera which is no longer sold in the US. The Bell Lumen fits me. Performance has helmets on sale quite often.
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    I'll just mention that I tried on a number of Echelon and Prevail helmets and found the two models fit very differently. The Echelon fits me very well whereas the Prevail doesn't. I haven't noticed as much of a difference in fit between models of other brands, but it's best to try the specific model you intend to get rather than judge fit from a different model in a manufacturer's line.

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    all should protect your head. you need to be sure which helmet fits, and which doesn't. the more expensive ones have a greater cool factor.
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    I don't know what the difference is between a Propero II and a Propero but I own two Properos and they are pretty decent helmets.
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