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road cycling helmet recommendation..

Old 11-21-08, 11:36 AM
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road cycling helmet recommendation..

trying to get a decent helmet.

1. giro ionos
2. lazer genesis
3. catlike whisper pro.


which helmet should i buy?
or if you guys have any other helmet to suggest..
let me know...
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Old 11-21-08, 12:02 PM
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1. Giro helmets dont fit me well
2. Best looking IMO.
3. not a fan, don't like the dimple look.

I have not tries on #2 or #3, Bell fit best of brands I have tried.

I would imagine that most will agree that comfort is the most important aspect when picking a helmet, followed closely by how you think the helmet looks.
If it fits comfortably and you think it looks the best, than you will wear it.
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I had a cheap $30 giro helmet and accidentally melted it with icy hot (don't ask). I had started riding much more seriously and had freshly shaved my head and found that the only helmet that really fit me well and was comfortable was the $165 LAS Squalo helmet. I think it looks really rad, super aggressive, it has a summer and winter liner and adjustable height for the plastic cage piece that goes over the back of your head.

I was really weary of spending that much on a helmet but now that I spend between 8-13 hours a week in it, I don't have any regret, I just hope it fits me when I grow my hair back .

Here's a pic, I think it looks nice I'm sure there are a lot of people that would feel it's just too overdone.


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Old 11-21-08, 12:08 PM
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Bell Solar - fits great, looks good, very inexpensive.

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I second fausto Nick's LAS Squalo recommendation. I have it and it's super comfortable. And if it means anything to you, last weekend I was told by a surfer dude that my helmet "looks sick."
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Old 11-21-08, 12:20 PM
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Try them on. The one that fits you best will the most comfortable and safest for you. Some helmets are more round or more oval. Some are deeper or shallower. None fits everyone well.
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Old 11-21-08, 12:31 PM
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+1 on the Squalo. The fit and ease of adjustment make it a winner.
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Originally Posted by jinbok2 View Post
trying to get a decent helmet.

1. giro ionos
2. lazer genesis
3. catlike whisper pro.


which helmet should i buy?
or if you guys have any other helmet to suggest..
let me know...
I'd say $200 would get you a "decent" helmet

I personally own Giro Atmos and Bell Sweep R. The Giro causes a pressure point on the top of my head. The Bell Sweep R fits me soooo much better. It is my preferred helmet for ultras. It's also cheaper.
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
Try them on. The one that fits you best will the most comfortable and safest for you. Some helmets are more round or more oval. Some are deeper or shallower. None fits everyone well.
I second this; go try them on as they will likely feel different. I've been looking for another helmet. Always been a Giro user and was ready to get an Ionos (feels a bit better than my Atmos). But, recently tried on some Specialized helmets and I liked the fit a lot. I was looking at the S-Works or the Propero, but, the Echelon felt best -- and it was about 1/4 the price of the S-Works and about 1/2 the price of the Propero!! I have not pulled the trigger yet as I'm thinking about appearance a bit. But, the point is that trying them on is key for making a good decision.
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Old 11-21-08, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Vireo View Post
I'd say $200 would get you a "decent" helmet

I personally own Giro Atmos and Bell Sweep R. The Giro causes a pressure point on the top of my head. The Bell Sweep R fits me soooo much better. It is my preferred helmet for ultras. It's also cheaper.
Indeed on the feel of the Atmos (although, I push it down on the forehead a bit and this helps)...with the Ionos, I did not feel the pressure...probably because of the subtle shape difference...I'm fine with the Atmos and it does not bug me much, but, I would not purchase another Atmos...does that hold together logically?
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I also agree go just by what works best for you, I tried on helmets in the $200.00 plus range and found them to be worse than my $30.00 Giro so you really can't go by price, even the more expensive LAS helmets were less comfortable.
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Old 11-21-08, 02:56 PM
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Ive got a Giro Monza, lovely looking and reasonable price, most of all it fits really well.
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Old 11-21-08, 04:07 PM
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i use one of these though. helmet sale @ e-rudy.com btw.
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Rudy Project was my other choice, the only problem was the closest shop I knew of that sold them was 70 miles away in Ventura
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I'm on my third Bell Sweep R. The other two I cracked. My Giro Atmos sits on a shelf collecting dust.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
Rudy Project was my other choice, the only problem was the closest shop I knew of that sold them was 70 miles away in Ventura
50% off helmet sale + free shipping right now for rudy @ e-rudy.com

of course you'd have to guess if it fits
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Old 11-21-08, 05:32 PM
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MET Stradivarius.

If you need a helmet, and if you can find it, maybe you can buy an MET.


(really though - whatever fits you best in your price range)
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Originally Posted by Gav888 View Post
Ive got a Giro Monza, lovely looking and reasonable price, most of all it fits really well.
A solid can't-go-wrong choice.

I've had one for forever and ever. I'm totally bored of it, but I have no reason to shell out cash to replace something that's completely appropriate for most any need.
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I'm a fan of Catlike helmets and I have a Catlike Kompact Pro helmet. They use a higher density foam than other helmet manufacturers, they avoid sharp corners which are stress risers(actually, they mostly avoid sharp corners. The Kompact Pro helmet has some fins at the back but the Whisper doesn't and is better in this regard) hence circles everywhere and they have the shell fully encompass the foam. Try them for fit though. Different brands fit differently and its most important to get a good fit.

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I'm buying the Specialized S-Works helmet tomorrow. I recently crashed and broke my Atmos, time for an upgrade I guess. I'd get the Ionos but really don't like the look of it.

FWIW, my Atmos held up very nicely after my crash. But I'm getting a new one because I know my head hit pretty damn hard.
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Old 11-21-08, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Val23708 View Post
50% off helmet sale + free shipping right now for rudy @ e-rudy.com

of course you'd have to guess if it fits
It's worth taking the chance. I love my Actyum.
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Rudy doesn't work for me they do S/M and I need a pure S.
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I can understand that. If you have a small head you'd have to crank the adjustment too far.

I love their disc adjustment thing though, it's so easy to use that I actually adjust it!

With my old helmet I would set it once, leave it loose, and never touch it. Now I loosen it when I take it off, and then tighten it when I put it back on, so it actually fits tight.

Now if someone could just make a chin strap that I could adjust as easily...
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Love my white Ionos - I also have a black Sweep for those times I want to seem more menacing than I actually am. But I can't tell which is which after I've had them on a few minute - I find them both comfortable.
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The new Bell Volt looks pretty damn cool.
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