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Any reason why helmets are so expensive?

Old 10-22-07, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by atomship47 View Post
i have a bell ukon. i wanted more ventilation without paying a butt-load of $. i took a hacksaw out the section between the front, middle vent and top, middle vent. now i have better ventilation. and, if i cared, less weight.
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What's the point to wearing a helmet if you're going to **** it up???

They're designed and tested... you take a hacksaw to it and it's guaranteed not to work to spec. May as well just leave it at home and have even better ventilation.
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Old 10-22-07, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807 View Post
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What's the point to wearing a helmet if you're going to **** it up???

They're designed and tested... you take a hacksaw to it and it's guaranteed not to work to spec. May as well just leave it at home and have even better ventilation.
i thought about that. but here's the deal....that part of the helmet structure keeps the ribs from being pressed towards each other. well the only way that's really going to happen is if i fell going backwards.
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Old 10-22-07, 09:02 AM
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That could happen. You could be hit by a car from behind and slam into the windshield with your head. Wheelie and flip. There are all sorts of somersaults that can happen where you may wind up flat on your back. All sorts of freaky things happen.
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Old 10-22-07, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by pm63 View Post
The point I'm making is that in my opinion, you get what you pay for up to £50.
That may well be true. I haven't tried on the very cheapest helmets, but I know that Bell has very good fit systems in helmets in the $50 range.

<<Beyond that price point, you pay huge money for TINY differences in weight and strength.>>
I have never seen any evidence that a more expensive helmet is stronger or safer.
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Old 07-25-08, 02:29 AM
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Mine cost $30 before shipping. As with most things, the price-performance ratio is highly logarithmic.

And yes, modifying your helmet in any way beyond tightening the straps is a good way to render it useless.
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Old 07-25-08, 03:03 AM
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I have been using met formula for 1 yr and ytd i just changed to a LAS kripton, twice the price but definetly worth the $. Much more comfortable and fitting. Can't feel the different in weight though. Fits like a glove on my coconut.
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Old 07-25-08, 07:56 AM
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It's interesting to see so many people say since helmets are all approved by some organization they provide the same protection, which is most likely not exactly true. They just have to pass various tests, just because they all pass some minimum transmitted force test doesn't mean they all preform the same. While this is more important with a motorcycle helmet I imagine there to be atleast some differences in bicycle helmets as well. This isn't to say more expensive helmets are any better at protection but I imagine not all helmets are created equally (but perhaps so close it's a non issue). http://www.helmets.org/cu_2006.htm

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Old 07-25-08, 08:48 AM
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Style costs. Levis are like what now 40. Wrangler 10.

I paid 69 for my Bell Sweep-R -- hideous green color from Performance. It was on sale normally 140 or more I think. I have to say that it is much better than my old Giros MTB helmet which cost 40 6 years ago. Light, not so hot and actually quite, not much wind noise. Yeah 140 is too much for a cheap MF like me but the nosie and cooling alone is worth it, plus I do not look like an egg head and I do not feel pressure on the back corners of my skull.
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Old 07-25-08, 01:20 PM
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According to Performance, one of the things more money does is add weight.

The Transfer is 15 grams lighter than the nearest model, and 35 grams lighter than the most expensive.
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