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Old 04-13-08, 12:02 PM
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Best Helmet for Road and Mtn?

I need a new helmet and would like to purchase only 1 - The only one in my radar at the current is the Sworks since it has the vents and light weight I want for road riding and I heard it has a detachable visor. Would like to hear other's thoughts about this helmet - or is there a better model that will work well for both. I'd prefer to drop $200 and get 1 helmet that can do double duty... Unlike my Ergo 2's and Dragon Carbon's... but that's another story.
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Originally Posted by terrain View Post
I need a new helmet and would like to purchase only 1 - The only one in my radar at the current is the Sworks since it has the vents and light weight I want for road riding and I heard it has a detachable visor. Would like to hear other's thoughts about this helmet - or is there a better model that will work well for both. I'd prefer to drop $200 and get 1 helmet that can do double duty... Unlike my Ergo 2's and Dragon Carbon's... but that's another story.
What kind of bike are you riding if you have $700 of shoes?
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I had a helmet with a detachable visor. I used the visor once then ditched it.
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Old 04-13-08, 12:49 PM
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I can't stand riding with a visor.
 
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I realize I'm a tightwad, but jeebus! $200 on a helmet is insane, especially when you take into account that they need to be replaced after every crash or every few years, whichever comes first.

I thought $70 for my Giro was too much.
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Old 04-13-08, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
What kind of bike are you riding if you have $700 of shoes?
Ha - well I was not planning on going that route but the 6.5's fit like a glove and I figured for a little more I get the circle closure with the ergo 2's... then I needed shoes for Mtn and saw the Dragon 2's and realized they are Ergo 2's w/mtn souls. Today Road is a Soloist SL - Mtn is up in the air between a Sworks enduro SL, or pro carbon or Sworks Stump.

I was leaning towards the Giro Ionos but it does not have a visor -- and I'm thinking visor might be good/nice for Mtn.

$200 came about since the Sworks was the only helmet that I found with removable visor and had good ventilation/weight....


Keis - I was not aware of the need to replace your lid every 2 years -- I have an 8 year old sworks helmet that I've been using ---- I figure any modern lid will be light years ahead of what I have....
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Keis - I was not aware of the need to replace your lid every 2 years -- I have an 8 year old sworks helmet that I've been using ---- I figure any modern lid will be light years ahead of what I have....
Ya little unseen damage can happen over time and when crash time does come it may not protect you nearly as well.
 
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Buy two helmets. Clearly you like to spend money.
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Originally Posted by terrain View Post
Keis - I was not aware of the need to replace your lid every 2 years -- I have an 8 year old sworks helmet that I've been using ---- I figure any modern lid will be light years ahead of what I have....
The sun plays major havoc with any and all plastics. The 2 year estimate is long in my opinion, especially for those who ride every day for commuting and such. I am an every day commuter/rider. I ride in all conditions rain/shine, hot/freezing, doesn't matter. I normally upgrade/replace my helmet every year. If you happen to crash with an 8 year old piece of plastic on your head, it will crack like an egg shell and provide you with zero or minimal protection (not enough to protect from injury). When you do get your new helmet, I suggest that you take your old helmet and smack it solidly and forcefully against the palm of your hand; I doubt that it will survive.

I have two helmets that I use. I use the Pro Tec B2 for commuting/casual riding and the Giro Remedy Full Face MTB Hemet in Matte Smog Cityscape for strictly MTB.

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Everything aside, I have a Giro Pneumo that I use for road and MTB. I think I might like a Remedy for DJ'ing though....


The Pneumo is around $160.
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You need to also check out the Bell Sweep XC. It's a lightweight helmut with a removable visor so you don't look like a dork on your roadbike. I prefer a visor on mtb trails. The visor does a better job of keeping small tree branches or weeds from smacking your face because the visor scoops them over the top of the helmut.
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i like bell helmets
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Originally Posted by BP302 View Post
The visor does a better job of keeping small tree branches or weeds from smacking your face because the visor scoops them over the top of the helmut.
Weeds? What kind of weeds grow that high in WI? Is there somewhere that elephant grass grows wild there?



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Visors help with sun, for the most part. No visor has ever shielded me from a branch. they also make the helmet look more aggressive, which I suppose is why quite a few people ride them.
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i would say it really depends on your riding... if you do a lot of crazy $hit i would suggest buying 2 helmets, if you're just doing XC and nothing too intense you could prob just rock the s-works. but i agree, if you can shed out $700 for shoes $100 on each helmet is not bad. A Giro atmos can be had around 120, leaving 80 for a mtn helmet?
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Originally Posted by WrenchDevil6 View Post
Weeds? What kind of weeds grow that high in WI? Is there somewhere that elephant grass grows wild there?



Just ribbin' ya.
There is always something in my path that tries to wreck me As far as weeds go, I guess I mean tree shoots instead. There is plenty of **** that grows to over 5' tall in WI, but I did not major in Botany or Horticulture. I'm more worried about bears around here. Those fockers are fast!
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Originally Posted by Asian Sensation View Post
i would say it really depends on your riding... if you do a lot of crazy $hit i would suggest buying 2 helmets, if you're just doing XC and nothing too intense you could prob just rock the s-works. but i agree, if you can shed out $700 for shoes $100 on each helmet is not bad. A Giro atmos can be had around 120, leaving 80 for a mtn helmet?
The Atmos is $180.
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Thanks for all of the comments - few q's-

The Remedy looks like my motocross helmet -- is it overkill for XC?

The Bell Sweep XC looks very nice - similar to the Sworks from what I can tell....

The Atmos can be had in the $135 range in my area - I suspect they are replacing it with a new model - but just guessing...

I'm still surprised by the 2 year rule -- if I need to replace the helmets every 2 years I will seriously think about buying "CHEAPER" helmets -- say under 100... I like my feet and in general spend to get top dollar shoes for the best fit - The ROI on shoes in my case - 5 years average is quite good even on $350/shoes.

Aside - Today was the first day on my new bike and first day riding MTN trails in quite some while -- my 5 mile trip averaged 4 MPH LOL.... (ended up walking up over a mile (800ft according to my Garmin 705) of UPHILL that kicked my BUTT) - so at 4 MPH perhaps I don't even need a helmet!!
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I don't know if the OP thought the same way i did but here's my situation.
I want the s-works too, I'm not rich, $200 is a LOT but it is the only helmet I've found out there where the internal retaining mechanism with the padding for the forehead is lifted away from the actual helmet by about 1/4" and allows air to flow through.

Every helmet I've tried, including the giro ultra vented ones like the pneumo and atmos, don't allow adequate cooling for my forehead. And on long 120+ milers on 95+ degree days when I have salt pouring into my eyes, oh, I'll pay...
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Originally Posted by terrain View Post
perhaps I don't even need a helmet!!
You need a helmet.
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Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
The Atmos is $180.
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4210
135- (performance discount coupon number) = 120

i would never buy an atmos for 180
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Old 04-16-08, 07:51 AM
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I hear the Disney Store has some sweet Minnie Mouse helmets on sale.
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I bought a last season (read - reasonably priced) Bell Sweep XC. It is the best helmet I've ever had - I LOVE it.

I ride road & mountain, but hate the visor either way.
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I have two Giro helmets - both are theoretically MTB helmets, but I can add or remove the visor in a few seconds. I'd use just one helmet for all my riding, but I like having a second one setup with lights so I can get out on night rides without fiddling with anything.
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I've been using road helmets as my do-everything lids for years. I bought a Specialized road helmet with a wee visor on it last year, and I accidentally ripped it off as I going into the house [I have trouble with proprioception occasionally]. Didn't miss it at all. My helmet of choice for the last few years has been the Catlike Kompact. I might switch to the Whisper some day, as they have the exact same fit, and the Whisper is even more flagrantly euro-trash.
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