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post #1 of 50 Old 07-18-2016, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 50 Old 07-18-2016, 09:24 PM
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Scorpion, No BS helmets at a reasonable price. I've got the broken one to prove they work as designed. And I didn't sacrifice my first born to afford it.
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Scorpion without a doubt. I had a scorpion exo 400. Best helmet I ever owned. Vented well ,easy to clean and the face shield is a snap to change. And very comfy.
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The article says, "some studies suggest that the Snell standard may be unrealistically high resulting in extremely stiff helmet shells that may be less able to absorb smaller low-speed impacts." This may have been true with the obsolete M2005 standard. The shock absorption requirement was changed with the M2010 standard. There should be no M2005 helmets remaining at retailers.
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DOT and/or snell rated. after that, whatever turns y'on. i've worn arai, shoei, scorpion, etc., each with strengths and weaknesses.

kinda like bikes, dontchya see?

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DOT and/or snell rated. after that, whatever turns y'on. i've worn arai, shoei, scorpion, etc., each with strengths and weaknesses.

kinda like bikes, dontchya see?
Agree. At some point your head will be ripped from your shoulders and the helmet becomes an easy way for the EMT to carry your skull. Before that point, any DOT or snell will do.
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The quietest helmet I ever had was a Scorpion EXO 700
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post #8 of 50 Old 07-19-2016, 02:00 PM
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I've got to have a visor on my helmet. got one on my new helmet and I don't know how I made it without it for so long. Actually i do know how i made it so long, black gaffers tape right above my field of vision so I could tilt my head and block a low sun. I like the visor better.
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post #9 of 50 Old 07-19-2016, 02:16 PM
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That's kind of a dopey article. It sounds like it's going to be a comprehensive list, but when you read the article, it's more like "we like specific premium helmets, and these are three new ones we found today on Ebay". Even more perplexing is that one of them is an open face helmet. It may well be the top of the line open face helmet, but that's akin to saying "I have a top of the line papier mache ballistic vest".

It's pretty easy to say a $500-700 Shoei is a good helmet because, duh, of course it is. I'd be more interested in knowing how the budget minded helmets like AFX, HJC, Scorpion, etc stack up, because those are typically the ones I buy. Like steveinsandiego said, once they pass the DOT or Snell certification, how much extra real world protection does a Schuberth offer over a Scorpion? They certainly might be more comfortable, but when it comes down to cranium vs asphalt, how much more protection does that extra $600.00 buy?

I've been wearing AFX-90 helmets for years because they're comfortable on my weird shaped head. I believe they've discontinued that model though, so it looks like it might be time to shop around again. I'll have to check out the Scorpions.....

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post #10 of 50 Old 07-19-2016, 02:43 PM
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Sometimes folks are paying a premium for the fancy graphics on the helmet.
That's just window dressing.
Those poor gullible folks that use that 100 dollar head argument sure get hosed for their ego.
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