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Old 03-16-09, 09:20 PM
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Looking for new helmet

Apparently searching the forum for "helmet" yields WAAAYY too many results

Anyway, I'm searching for a new helmet for summer. Obviously safety is no. 1 concern, ventilation is no. 2. Currently I ride with a Trek Vapor, and while it's been a comfortable helmet, I get way hot when on the road (it's fine for mountain biking).

Looking around, our LBS don't carry a lot of selection (I understand they only want to carry what moves quickly.) so I can't test fit.

Currently the only ones I can actually get my hands on is a Specialized Propero or Bell Ghisello(?). Other options I'm considering are Specialized Decible (or S-works if I can get a good deal the 'bay) Giro Atmos and/or Ionos.

Any other ones I should consider checking out? As I said, our local selection is very limited so any advice would be helpful.

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All helmets meet the same safety standards, so essentially what it comes down to is how the helmet fits YOUR head. Go to a shop, try some on, make sure the retention system is tight enough that if you tip your head, the helmet won't fall off even when the buckles are not closed. The higher the price, the lighter and more ventilated the helmet will be. Personally, I just ordered a Giro Atmos because the Specialized helmets just have to many pressure points. Oh...and helmets must be white, unless they match a team kit.

I've found that Giro/Bell (both produced by the same company...Bell sports) fit pretty much identical. So if you can get your hands on one, you can perceive the fit of all. Specialized tend to be a little smaller and more 'squared off' in the back IMHO, but this is directly related to your head shape.

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I remember doing quick research. I think most people preferred how Bell/Giro helmets fit. The Ghisallo is nice, I was looking at it. I decided to just save money and buy a Furio.
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Originally Posted by Bikelyst
Go to a shop, try some on, make sure the retention system is tight enough that if you tip your head, the helmet won't fall off even when the buckles are not closed.
That's kinda the problem... none of the LBS carry very much in the way of selection. 98% of the helmets are sub $40 (not that price is an indicator) and are vented about the same as my Vapor.

I may have to check Knoxville or Asheville to see if they have more on hand selection.
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I'm a big, big , big fan of LAS helmets, I also like how Rudy helmets fit but when I had to buy a new helmet I would have had to drive about 80 miles to get a rudy and the LAS fit so well and looks so cool.
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Originally Posted by CollectiveInk
That's kinda the problem... none of the LBS carry very much in the way of selection. 98% of the helmets are sub $40 (not that price is an indicator) and are vented about the same as my Vapor.

I may have to check Knoxville or Asheville to see if they have more on hand selection.
like I said...generally companies keep the same fit from the $40 to the $200+ helmets. It all comes down to materials, vents, and upgrades in retention systems. Specialized helmets don't fit my head, Bell/Giro do (all of them.)
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I have a large head...no cracks ok? We were looking this weekend and the furio still came in sizes not one sixe fits all. The large that was on display fit very well and didn't sit on top of my head. I grabbed a large in the box and I got the "check it" from the wife. When I put it on it wasn't the same.
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Bell Sweep R, FTW
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Originally Posted by nivekdodge
I have a large head...no cracks ok? We were looking this weekend and the furio still came in sizes not one sixe fits all. The large that was on display fit very well and didn't sit on top of my head. I grabbed a large in the box and I got the "check it" from the wife. When I put it on it wasn't the same.
obviously if you take the different sizes the companies offer in consideration they WOULD fit differently. But, not the point I was trying to make.
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My Bell Sweep-R looks way cooler than my Bell Alchera, but the ventilation of the Alchera, is much, much better. Needless to say, on hot summer days, I wear the Sweep-R.
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Decibel looks like it should have good vents. I upgraded a Spec'd chamonix to an S-works last year, and love the S-works. It's very comfortable, the cradle/locking system works very well and the ventilation is superb. Not sure who confident I'd feel picking up a helmet from ebay though -- seems like it'd be asking for one that's seen some action.
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I appreciate everyone's input. There have been some helmets mentioned that I'd never heard of/considered, so at least it gives me some options.
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Originally Posted by Ratfish
My Bell Sweep-R looks way cooler than my Bell Alchera, but the ventilation of the Alchera, is much, much better. Needless to say, on hot summer days, I wear the Sweep-R.
Huh? Looks over comfort?

Is the Sweep-R really less ventilated than the Alchera? I have the latter, been thinking of picking up the former based on looks and my perception that it would probably be cooler.
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My Sweep-R has much better ventilation than my old Trek Vapor. Light, and fits like a glove too.

I have to disagree about the fit on Giros. Giro helmets just don't seem to fit my head right, but I haven't had any problems with Bells. I also have an enormous weirdly-shaped alien skull, so that may play a part.

I would highly suggest trying one on before you purchase it online. Just my two cents.
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Originally Posted by yogi13
Huh? Looks over comfort?

Is the Sweep-R really less ventilated than the Alchera? I have the latter, been thinking of picking up the former based on looks and my perception that it would probably be cooler.
I assure you that the Alchera is way better. I too thought the Sweep would be even better than the Alchera, which is good as it is, but no such luck. I have only every owned 4 helmets in my life, but I switched between those two and the Alchera has much better ventilation. To be honest, I just felt like an idiot this past summer because I paid 100 bucks or whatever for the Sweep only to be disappointed, but I kept wearing using it so it would be less of a waste. I might make it my winter helmet since it's fine for the cold, but odds are that I will break out the Alchera when things heat up here.
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specialized echelon; best under $60 out there
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Get the Specialized
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Bell for narrower heads, Giro for wider heads.

None of the Giro's fit my head shape. I've tried on Specialized, Giro, and Bells. For me personally I LOVED the way the Bell Sweep R fits. Specialized were also nice, but I got a good deal on my Bell.
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Originally Posted by caterham
A couple months ago, I finally decided that I was going to try every interesting helmet I could lay my hands on to get the best fit & features that I could find and ended up buying over a half-dozen helmets and tried on nearly as many others at local shops just to compare. I've got a hard to fit round-ish head and at a size 58, I'm often between shell sizes.
I had a crash this summer and destroyed my previous Louis Garneau.When I went to replace it, I discovered that all the new Garneau's fit entirely different than my old 2004 model and even in the largest size, were tight at the temple.
From friends and local shops, I tried the Giro Ionos, Bell Volt, Louis Garneau ExoNerve & Titan Carbon,Uvex Race Boss, LAS Haxial & Squalo, a Limar 767, & Lazer Genesis and as they were not avalable locally,I purchased outright a Spiuk Nexion, Catlike Kompact Pro, Shain BK100, and Selev Matrix, most of which I ordered from europe.
I eventually chose the Catlike Kompact Pro as my favorite helmet for it's combination of superior ventilation, fit, comfort, compact shape, forward visibilty and minimal wind noise.
Is it even possible to buy that Catlike helmet these days?
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Best helmet on earth. Lazer Genesis. Here is a link on the helmet, no endorsment for the seller just a google search. https://www.teamcyclist.com/store/Laz...20457C1797.cfm
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If you're looking at the Atmos, I find the S-Works helmet much more comfortable. Atmos saved my head though, gotta give it that. I hear it's not washing machine friendly though.
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I have a giant nogggin. Had a Giro, but it never quite fit right. Now I have a Rudy Project and LOVE it. The ratchet adjuster works great.
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I agree with Bikelyst that brands tend to fit the same from their cheapest to their top of the line. See what brands fit you best (for example, Bell and Giro don't fit me all that well, but Specialized is perfect) and order the model you really want either from your LBS or where ever you find it cheaper.

One warning about the Decibel: If you sweat a lot, expect to be ordering a new pad frequently. I have to replace mine about every 6 months because the layers come apart. Aside from that, it fits great and vents quite well.
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If I had the money and assuming it was a good fit for me, I'd get a LAS Squalo. I'm currently switching back and forth between an Ascent R-18 and a Bell Alchera. The Ascent is fine, the Alchera is great! Especially when you can score it from nashbar for $40.
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Originally Posted by ILUVUK
If I had the money and assuming it was a good fit for me, I'd get a LAS Squalo. I'm currently switching back and forth between an Ascent R-18 and a Bell Alchera. The Ascent is fine, the Alchera is great! Especially when you can score it from nashbar for $40.
Excellent ventilation, amirite?
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