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Best helmet in terms of safety

Old 07-28-16, 08:09 AM
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Best helmet in terms of safety

Which helmet do you guys thin is the best and most complete helmet in terms of safety? I know they all pass the same standars.
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Old 07-28-16, 08:12 AM
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Old 07-28-16, 08:12 AM
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The one that fits your head the best.
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Supposedly it's the Smith Overtake MIPS.
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I found one of these on sale 1/2 off..Got it.

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The one you wear .
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Old 07-28-16, 08:41 AM
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Old 07-28-16, 09:29 AM
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Old 07-28-16, 09:51 AM
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Consumer Reports just tested dozens and found that in almost all cases they were only differentiated by price and ventilation.

Buy a leftover model they are always half price.
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Old 07-28-16, 12:24 PM
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Consumer Reports just tested dozens and found that in almost all cases they were only differentiated by price and ventilation.

Buy a leftover model they are always half price.
The folks who spend $300+ for a helmet don't like to hear that. Even the department store helmets are about as safe as the really expensive ones. It's ventilation, fit, and style you're paying for (is that really worth an extra $250?). Oh, and the name on it, probably the biggest factor for some.
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Old 07-28-16, 12:35 PM
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Not one of 6 CR Best Picks cost more than $40. Two as little as $20.
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Old 07-28-16, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by CrankyNeck View Post
The folks who spend $300+ for a helmet don't like to hear that. Even the department store helmets are about as safe as the really expensive ones. It's ventilation, fit, and style you're paying for (is that really worth an extra $250?). Oh, and the name on it, probably the biggest factor for some.
All helmets meeting the same minimums doesn't mean they're all equally safe. There is only going to be so much improvement, though, yeah, aside from MIPS. Even as MIPS trickles down it's still at a premium to non-MIPS helmets.
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Old 07-28-16, 01:10 PM
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The Bell Draft has MIPS and costs $60. At LL Bean we get 10% off that.
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Old 07-28-16, 01:18 PM
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Those who spend 900 hours and 30000km a year on a bike at competitive speeds in competitive settings....

would they be more incentivized to use the absolute the best head protection? (and potentially eschew any minimal sponsorship)........

and if so have their choices converged towards a single best product yet?
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Those who spend 900 hours and 30000km a year on a bike at competitive speeds in competitive settings....

would they be more incentivized to use the absolute the best head protection? (and potentially eschew any minimal sponsorship)........

and if so have their choices converged towards a single best product yet?
Nope. No such thing as best in the absolute sense. I love the diversity of helmet designs in the Tour/Giro/Vuelta etc, all of whom are not budget-limited although sponsored-limited on their choice of helmets. One of the beautiful things about cycling is that we can purchase the actual gear/equipment of our favourite riders, and while many of us may not be able to afford their "halo" products, the manufacturers are smart enough to offer more budget conscious designs and models, without decreasing the safety aspect of it.
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Old 07-28-16, 02:33 PM
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Interesting:

Cheap or Expensive Bicycle Helmets
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Old 07-28-16, 02:56 PM
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Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
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Old 07-28-16, 03:01 PM
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Get the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports. You will be amazed.
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Consumer Reports just tested dozens and found that in almost all cases they were only differentiated by price and ventilation.

Buy a leftover model they are always half price.
Consumer Reports only tested the low/mid-range helmets. Unfortunately, they didn't test any of the premium MTB helmets. At the lower/mid range helmets, the primary differentiation is pricing and ventilation. The latest impact tech is only found in the more expensive helmets. There's also nothing beyond "Excellent" as a rating so it makes comparison difficult.

Helmets not tested: Smith Overtake, any Kali, Bell Super2R, etc

From a pure safety perspective probably something like a Bell Super2R MIPS, or a Kali full-face helmet.
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If only criteria is safety then I suppose a motorcycle helmet would be a choice?
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Consumer Reports only tested the low/mid-range helmets. Unfortunately, they didn't test any of the premium MTB helmets. At the lower/mid range helmets, the primary differentiation is pricing and ventilation. The latest impact tech is only found in the more expensive helmets. There's also nothing beyond "Excellent" as a rating so it makes comparison difficult.

Helmets not tested: Smith Overtake, any Kali, Bell Super2R, etc

From a pure safety perspective probably something like a Bell Super2R MIPS, or a Kali full-face helmet.
Which road bike helmets use something other than styrofoam for impact?
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Which road bike helmets use something other than styrofoam for impact?
The Smith Overtake mentioned above uses Koroyd, for example.

Many manufacturers are experimenting with multi-densities to provide better protection for smaller impacts. One of the things noted by CX racers was that many people were getting concussions from falls but the helmets had no visible damage. With standard EPS, if you don't hit hard enough to crack the EPS liner, you get very little damping. Adding a lower density EPS helps provide protection from these smaller impacts.

There's almost no independent testing, so you're basically having to evaluate manufacturer claims on your own. BUT manufacturers are now starting to use enhanced protection as a selling point, in addition to weight and ventilation.
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Old 07-28-16, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
If only criteria is safety then I suppose a motorcycle helmet would be a choice?
[IMG]https://images.motorcycle-superstore.com/productimages/300/2013-Shoei-GT-AIR-Helmet-MCSS.jpg[IMG]
Oh wow, that is crazy. Kinda hilarious, but semi-true.

I think most bicycle helmets are rated for falling off your bike and hitting your head on the ground.

A motorcycle helmet needs to be DOT approved and the testing is done w/ more rigorous methods.

So, no matter what, a $300 vs $100 helmet won't get you much more safety, ASSUMING.

If you get hit by a car, chances are, the impact from the car will cause internal damage in your lower body, but you head will be ok (hopefully). Depending on where you are riding, either impact or fall kills you, but helmet isn't too much of a factor.
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Old 07-28-16, 06:24 PM
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At the end of the day the one that fits properly, is tightened properly, and that doesn't get left in your car because it's uncomfortable is the safest.
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Originally Posted by Mulberry20 View Post
Get the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports. You will be amazed.

Could you give us more information? I tried to look at ir, but I dont want to pay the subscription

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