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post #1 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Helmet comfort

I`m in the market for a new helmet as my current one is 3.5 yrs old and is showing signs of age.I read in a well respected national mc mag that the DOT lids were just as effective as the snell&ect. in real world accidents.They went on to say that the more expensive lids were usually worth the extra $ in more comfort.This brings me to my question.Are there any lids that have effective vents?Every one I have ever had the vents could be opened and closed at speed on a hot day and almost no difference could be felt.

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post #2 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 11:13 AM
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I don't know about venting but whether it is DOT/Snell/or what ever the one thing a helmet does is keep the noggin together so the loved ones can hopefully have an open casket funeral instead of closed.

No helmet with a decent head hit will do a damn thing for you. Most likely the neck will snap.

So to me a $150 helmet is as good as a $700 one.

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post #3 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 11:25 AM
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shoei rf-1000 has some good top vents and flow through across the scalp, but imo, the chin vent doesnt do anything.
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post #4 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 11:28 AM
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I've tried HJC, Nolan, and Scorpion. For my money, it's got to be the Scorpion. Of the three, the Nolan had the least amount of airflow and that happens to be the reason for switching to Scorpion.

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post #5 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 11:29 AM
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Finding a helmet that's comfortable is important because you're more likely to wear it 100% of the time (even the crappiest helmet is better than no helmet at all). The challenge is finding a local dealer that has a decent selection to try on. For every helmet your local dealers carry, there's probably 10-20+ more available from Internet stores. My personal feeling is I'd never buy a helmet without trying it on first. Having done that, I'd shop around online for the best price once you found the one you want.

DOT vs. Snell is a very contentious issue, both here on this board and in the motorcycle community in general. The views are numerous but the facts are pretty straightforward: most DOT-only helmets subject the head to fewer G-forces in a collision than Snell-rated helmets. Pretty much all of them will go a long way toward saving your life; the difference in those G-forces, however, will help determine the quality of life after the accident.

If you've taken the MSF's Basic Rider's Training course, you'll remember that your brain is your most important piece of safety equipment. Plan and anticipate what can happen, practice your quick stop and quick swerve maneuvers, and hopefully you'll never get into a situation where your helmet comes in contact with the pavement. Assuming this, finding a helmet that's comfortable and has the features you're looking for are very important. There's really no way to find out until you try one on.

Okay, the speech is over and I've put my soapbox away ... on to your specific question. So far I've only owned one helmet, an HJC CL-MAX modular/flip-front. I've not noticed any difference in airflow with the vents open vs. closed, so I'd give it an F for venting. However, I can always open the face shield to let air flow in a bit better (that can be said for any full-face or modular helmet). One thing I've noticed is the HJC creates a slight hot-spot right on the front crown of my head. Wearing jimi caps and do-rags haven't helped, only the shelaclava from Aerostich prevents that sensation. I don't know if this is because of the helmet shape or it's lining material (which isn't removable as far as I can tell). The problem is, this doesn't kick in until I've been wearing the helmet for a few hours, not something I could have determined trying it on at the store. For some great helmet reviews, go to webBikeWorld

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post #6 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 11:45 AM
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I've owned several helmets... bang for the buck (style, comfort, fit, venting) I give a +1 to the Scorpion EXO series.

I have tried on some higher-end Shoei and Aria helmets, they are nice... and I have been told that some of their models are some of the best venting helmets made, but at a $500+ premium, I'll just open my face shield 1 click.


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post #7 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by stevewz View Post
One thing I've noticed is the HJC creates a slight hot-spot right on the front crown of my head. . . this doesn't kick in until I've been wearing the helmet for a few hours. . .
Steve, you make good points. I would say the most important thing is a helmet that fits your head very well, then look at venting and other issues. Head shapes are different and helmet shapes are different. Nolan modulars did not work for me, and the CL Max face shield ratchet seemed flimsy. I went with an XXLarge, AGV Miglia modular lid. It's comfortable and fits my huge noggin just fine. But the venting leaves something to be desired. Consequently, i generally wear it with the shield at least a click open, unless I'm doing highway speed, then I close it for a quieter ride.


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post #8 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 11:55 AM
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I'm with you on the vents. I've never had a helmet that flowed much air and I'm currently wearing a Shoei RF-1000. I don't want to get into a DOT vs Snell thing but I'd buy a DOT helmet and feel fine. I also don't subscribe to the argument that more $$$ gets you a better helmet. There are lots of good helmets that are moderately priced. I always narrow down my choices to the ones that get good reviews and fit me the best. This site is the best I have found to read helmet reviews:
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Originally Posted by taki View Post
shoei rf-1000 has some good top vents and flow through across the scalp, but imo, the chin vent doesnt do anything.
+1 on that, but overall I'd rate the RF-1000 about a 9. I really like mine:mrgreen:


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post #10 of 43 Old 07-19-2007, 12:18 PM
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Best flow I've experienced is the Shoei X11.
Best comfort for MY head is Arai Quantum.
I am no longer interesyed in quiet as my madstadd & givi make them all about the same w/ earplugs.
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