I know the owner of a shop that has sold AFX helmets. OK cheap helmets distributed through the wholesaler Parts Unlimited (which adds a layer of cost). Vega helmets, sold from the manufacturer directly to shops, offers more for the money. I've met one of the owners of Vega.
Both are OK. Neither has great features. You really need to try helmets on to find the internal shape that fits the shape of your head just right. A top quality helmet is likely more comfortable and probably safer. A helmet that meets both DOT and ECE standards is better than just DOT, and Snell beats both of those (ignore the old articles about the limitations of Snell M2005 and look at the improvements of The Snell M2010 standards).
I'm sitting here watching football and the talk about concussions. I'd like to see Snell test football helmets and help with a safer design. The Tony Dorsett brain damage news adds to the disturbing news about football brain injuries. Brain injuries are cumulative starting with the youngsters playing football, through high school, and through college. It isn't just the NFL.
On this Veterans' Day, I am willing to pay more taxes for better DoD and VA help for our brave vets with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and physical injuries. We sent them to war; we owe them all the help they can use.
Here's a Veterans Day song from our allies, the Australians, "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"
The song "Waltzing Matilda" is a very sad song. "The title is Australian slang for travelling by foot with one's goods (waltzing, derived from the German auf der Walz) in a "Matilda" (bag) slung over one's back. The song narrates the story of an itinerant worker, or "swagman", making a drink of tea at a bush camp and capturing a sheep to eat. When the sheep's owner arrives with three police officers to arrest the worker for the theft, the worker commits suicide by drowning himself in the nearby watering hole, after which his ghost haunts the site."