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Old 09-28-20, 02:03 PM
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Low profile bike helmet

I havenít seen this discussed anywhere for a few years now. I am looking for a lower profile bike helmet that doesnít have that mushroom look. Iím using a Met Manta right now and Iím right in between a medium / large - itís the worst.

Please, save the ďthicker helmets are great for safety etc etcĒ ... I know that. But I also know there must be safe helmets out there that donít look like a mushroom.
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Old 09-28-20, 03:04 PM
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I use a Gary Busey helmet protector protector.


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Old 09-28-20, 03:39 PM
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Old 09-28-20, 03:59 PM
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Met? Park and diamond?
There are a seemingly endless number of legitimate helmet brands, and that doesnt even consider all the amazon/ali brands.
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Old 09-28-20, 04:05 PM
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Who you trying to impress? You're going to look a bit dorky in any helmet so best to get one based on how it fits and level of protection.

Having said that, I find the Smith helmets look less mushroomy than others. You may think otherwise.
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Old 09-28-20, 04:40 PM
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The Lazer helmets are pretty trim. I have a Kali and itís reasonably non-mushroomy.
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Old 09-28-20, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
Interesting, but after a couple of years and $1m, it seems that there are no helmets.

On a side note, I think you can still buy vintage leather helmets. While they don't fold up, I would think they offer similar protection at 30+ mph.

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Old 09-29-20, 01:06 AM
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Based on what I've seen locally on people's noggins: Kask, Abus. Bell Formula, Stratus and Z20 have nearly identical low profile, with minimal "fins". Ditto some Giro helmets.

POC road helmets are mushroom head things. I have one. I like it for the superior ventilation in summer.

Some of the recent road/aero helmets, like the Bontrager Ballista and others, have awkward looking rear protrusions. I'd need to be stronger and faster to justify those helmets. I have an older rounded aero helmet that's not too mushroom head looking but it's not available anymore.
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Old 09-29-20, 01:14 AM
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I have a MET Trenta which is pretty trim but I went for a size M which is a really snug fit, close to the limit of the adjustment range.

The helmet fit depends on your head shape. The Lazer helmets do look like they'd be pretty trim.
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Old 09-29-20, 04:28 AM
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Lazers do tend to be low profile. My ex wears one.
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I just can't get around the words "Helmet" and "Collapsible" in the same ad copy.
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Wisconsin aero-wedges avoid that mushroom shape...
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Old 10-10-20, 06:25 AM
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safety first mate
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Originally Posted by 85percent View Post
I havenít seen this discussed anywhere for a few years now. I am looking for a lower profile bike helmet that doesnít have that mushroom look. Iím using a Met Manta right now and Iím right in between a medium / large - itís the worst.

Please, save the ďthicker helmets are great for safety etc etcĒ ... I know that. But I also know there must be safe helmets out there that donít look like a mushroom.
anything you put on top of your head with cushion will give you mushroom head. You really have no other option if you want to protect your head.
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Old 10-11-20, 02:21 PM
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I had an encounter with a car this summer bought a bright orange helmet. Cycling is not the time to be low profile.
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Old 10-11-20, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris! View Post
I had an encounter with a car this summer bought a bright orange helmet. Cycling is not the time to be low profile.
Much of cycling is quite focused on low profile and its totally justifiable. Speed comes from a lower profile.
As for helmets, a lower profile helmet isn't inherently less visible or less safe than a mushroom shaped helmet.


Suxks you were hit, but your reasoning is questionable here.
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Old 10-12-20, 07:03 AM
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Go to some online sites and scroll through their helmets. Only you know what appeals to you.
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Old 10-12-20, 08:17 AM
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Have you tried bigger glasses?

Mushroom head:


No mushroom head (and look at how much happier he is about it):
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Originally Posted by Mulberry20 View Post
The Lazer helmets are pretty trim. I have a Kali and itís reasonably non-mushroomy.
I tried on a Kali last week and really liked it. It fit very well and was somewhat streamlined.
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Old 10-12-20, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by gairman View Post
I tried on a Kali last week and really liked it. It fit very well and was somewhat streamlined.
When I called the owner picked up and he was very helpful and interested in me getting what I needed. CR rated the helmets in the top tier and it was $100.

No brainer, no pun intended.

"This relatively lightweight helmet is our top-rated mountain biking helmet. It’s rated Excellent for impact absorption and comes with anti-concussive technology known as Low Density Layer. There’s a dial to make it easier to adjust the fit and reflective features to improve nighttime visibility. It also comes with a detachable visor."

The Alchemy and Therapy are the same helmet but the former comes with a visor.
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I don't get it. No bicycle helmets look like mushrooms. I wish one did, because then it would probably provide effective shade, instead of the sorry excuse for brimmed bicycle helmets that are currently available to us.
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Old 10-12-20, 10:17 AM
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I don't get it. No bicycle helmets look like mushrooms. I wish one did, because then it would probably provide effective shade, instead of the sorry excuse for brimmed bicycle helmets that are currently available to us.
Have you tried a visor? or a cycling cap?
Or the aforementioned oversized sunglasses?
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Old 10-12-20, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
Style your hair so it blends smoothly with the helmet and avoid giving you that mushroom look.
A giant manbun and lots of hairspray is almost as good as a proper helmet.
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