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Old 12-08-14, 09:31 AM
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Anyone Using Dux Helm?

My current helmet is 10 years old and should be retired. I wear glasses and it would be really nice to have a tinted shield that I could flip down when the going gets sunny. These winter mornings are brutal. The Dux Helmet has a flip down tinted visor.

DUX HELM
  • Does anyone use this helmet?
  • How does it work out for you?
  • Are there any other manufacturers that make a similar helmet?

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Old 12-08-14, 10:52 AM
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I have a Dux Helm, and I like it quite a lot. I also wear glasses.

The main issue with the lens and eyewear is the space behind the lens. It really isn't much, and wrap style frames (or sports style) which are contoured to the head, work best. Glasses that are flat across the face will almost certainly stick too far out at the temple piece joint.

Face shape is important, too, so you'll just have to try the fit out.

If they do fit, the Dux Helm is a great helmet, and I like being able to quickly change lens tints to suit conditions. The only partial down side is that there is no internal channeling, so it's not as cool as some other helmets. Mine is an early model, so I don't know if that has been addressed. Anyway, as I said, for spring, fall, and winter rides it's pretty ideal.

Another couple of helmets to look at are the Casco Speedairo and the Giro Air Attack. Both have the lens mounting on the leading edge, so probably offer a bit more space behind the lens.
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I just pulled the trigger on a new helmet myself(Not the dux). The two finalists were the dux helm, which I really liked the retractable feature of.. and the giro air attack, which has a secured "shield" at the front. In the end it came down to aesthetics as they hit about the same price point, to me the giro looked less silly. But for you I suggest looking into the giro as well as they will allow your glasses to be on without any issues. The one detail I really did not like when ordering the giro is it comes with a fairly tinted shield by default, so I had to additionally order a clearish one since I do a lot of morning commuting. Forgot to mention, you can flip over the shield to put it out of your way or remove it entirely if you feel like, the models sold without the shield do not have the mounting system to add one later either.
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I wear glasses and have used flip-up clip on sunglasses for years. When not needed I flip them up all the way. Not sexy, but cheap. I think that's my life's theme. One downside is the clip-ons may rub on the lenses.
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Old 12-09-14, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
I wear glasses and have used flip-up clip on sunglasses for years. When not needed I flip them up all the way. Not sexy, but cheap. I think that's my life's theme. One downside is the clip-ons may rub on the lenses.
And you're not spending $200+ on a disposable piece of cycling equipment that way either.
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
I just pulled the trigger on a new helmet myself(Not the dux). The two finalists were the dux helm, which I really liked the retractable feature of.. and the giro air attack, which has a secured "shield" at the front. In the end it came down to aesthetics as they hit about the same price point, to me the giro looked less silly. But for you I suggest looking into the giro as well as they will allow your glasses to be on without any issues. The one detail I really did not like when ordering the giro is it comes with a fairly tinted shield by default, so I had to additionally order a clearish one since I do a lot of morning commuting. Forgot to mention, you can flip over the shield to put it out of your way or remove it entirely if you feel like, the models sold without the shield do not have the mounting system to add one later either.
Perplexing perspective. The odd looks of the Air Attack are legend, and credited with triggering a rethink of road helmet design for that very reason. The Dux Helm looks exactly like most road helmets, and while generally thought to be handsome, the styling is unremarkable, despite the design acheivements.

Although it's hard for me to understand your perspective on styling, I get that you were just expressing your personal view, and that different folks have different strokes.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Perplexing perspective. The odd looks of the Air Attack are legend, and credited with triggering a rethink of road helmet design for that very reason. The Dux Helm looks exactly like most road helmets, and while generally thought to be handsome, the styling is unremarkable, despite the design acheivements.

Although it's hard for me to understand your perspective on styling, I get that you were just expressing your personal view, and that different folks have different strokes.
Unfortunately the fully vented helmet in the picture is not a Dux but it does look very similar, I get the personal looks thing... but to me this practically looks like an ad for the Giro despite it being obvious the guy in the standard helmet is trying to make fun of the Giro.



Also I did some comparison of front facing shots I could find... and out of the 2 the Giro looked to be the more appealing one to me, after all if we're going full on dork (which we both did) I figured I might as well go for the fighter helmet look.



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Old 12-09-14, 03:52 PM
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I own both a Dux and a Giro Air Attack with the removable shield. I bought the Giro first. For the last year, I have found myself using the Dux exclusively; therefore, my conclusion is that I prefer it probably because of the ease of retracting the shield.
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Originally Posted by danathompson View Post
I own both a Dux and a Giro Air Attack with the removable shield. I bought the Giro first. For the last year, I have found myself using the Dux exclusively; therefore, my conclusion is that I prefer it probably because of the ease of retracting the shield.
Now that is interesting, do you find they fit differently as well? Is the dux more comfortable to you? Inquiring minds and all that jazz...
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Originally Posted by danathompson View Post
I own both a Dux and a Giro Air Attack with the removable shield. I bought the Giro first. For the last year, I have found myself using the Dux exclusively; therefore, my conclusion is that I prefer it probably because of the ease of retracting the shield.
Although I haven't used a fixed lens helmet like the AA, I also appreciate the retracting lens of the Dux. It allows me to use and handle the helmet just as a standard helmet, without taking special concern or care for the lens. I can clip it to my bag, hang it on the bars, toss it in the duffel or back seat, or carry it on a walk about without worrying about the lens or needing to package it separately.

I also like that, in cool weather, when I'm stopped at an intersection, I can just slide it up to avoid fogging, or when it's hot, slide it up to get some cooling, fresh, air.
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Well, I just pulled the trigger on the giro air attack shield. I thought about it a bit and I was very concerned about my glasses fitting behind the Dux retractable shield. The reviews I read were very favorable. Giro is a bigger brand which gave me a little more confidence. We will see how it goes.

Thanks to all for sharing their experience.

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Originally Posted by bmwjoe View Post
Well, I just pulled the trigger on the giro air attack shield. I thought about it a bit and I was very concerned about my glasses fitting behind the Dux retractable shield. The reviews I read were very favorable. Giro is a bigger brand which gave me a little more confidence. We will see how it goes.

Thanks to all for sharing their experience.

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That there is more room behind the Giro is indisputable, but is nothing to do with the size of the company; just look at where the lenses mount.

Should be an excellent helmet. Let us know how you like it!
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
That there is more room behind the Giro is indisputable, but is nothing to do with the size of the company; just look at where the lenses mount.

Should be an excellent helmet. Let us know how you like it!
I still want to hear more from Dana myself, but definitely OP let us know!
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I am still using the Dux exclusively. Besides the ease of shield use, this is also due to the fact that I mounted a Rideye camera on it and don't want to unfasten/remount the camera to another helmet. As for fit, the Dux seems to be a different shape than my head making it just a bit uncomfortable, so the Giro probably does fit better.
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