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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Anyone know why they are not sold in the US. They look great, promoted by Aksvel Svindal, and seem rock solid and their reputation for quality are second to none in Motor-sports and protective gear. Just curious

post #2 of 15

Very simple reason.  The company hasn't submitted them to the US testing labs.  They can't be sold in the US unless they are certified.

post #3 of 15

Try here. http://www.dstoresanfrancisco.com/ They are hard to find.

 

I have a Squadra Corse. It has a CE EN 1077 Cert just like my Boeri.

post #4 of 15

They don't show any helmets at all on that website.  I went to http://www.dainese.com/us_en/multisport-winter?cat=60 and when I tried to add a helmet to the cart I got a message that stated  "The product is not for sale since it is not certified for use in your country."  I don't know how they can sell it here if it isn't certified in the US.  The fact that it isn't certified says nothing about the quality or protection, only that it hasn't been officially tested.

post #5 of 15

I didn't try and buy a helmet online. The link is for the Dainese store in SF. My suggestion is that the OP contact them directly to find out what's going on. My helmet was a gift 2 years ago and wasn't a special order. it doesn't have an ASTM or SNELL cert sticker only the CE EN1077. In the economic turmoil perhaps Dainese has decided not to sell Snowsport Helmets in the US. Sad if true because one of my friends was saying he was going to get one of the new V-Jets to replace his UVEX. They are uncommon, but I occasionally see other Dainese helmets here in Tahoe.

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link displays helmets OK.  Dainese makes some very techy high quality gear.  They are also showing one of those "fighter pilot looking helmets with integrated goggle shield.  Just waiting now for Smith to step up....

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They don't show any helmets at all on that website.  I went to http://www.dainese.com/us_en/multisport-winter?cat=60 and when I tried to add a helmet to the cart I got a message that stated  "The product is not for sale since it is not certified for use in your country."  I don't know how they can sell it here if it isn't certified in the US.  The fact that it isn't certified says nothing about the quality or protection, only that it hasn't been officially tested.



 

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the counsel folks, love the look of the helmets, and assume quality will be awesome given their history of reliable protection gear in motor-sports, but can't find one spot in North America which sells their helmets.

 

One q, the V-jet with visor, still cannot figure out, if visor is "not airtight" so in cold weather and inclement weather, hard to ski in helmet with visor.

 

post #8 of 15
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Very simple reason.  The company hasn't submitted them to the US testing labs.  They can't be sold in the US unless they are certified.


Sure they can - Bern helmets have (or at least had) no certifications whatsoever.

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Sure they can - Bern helmets have (or at least had) no certifications whatsoever.



BERNs are typically certified to ASTM 2040 and  CE EN 1077. Some of their products are also certified to the ASTM and CE Skate and Bike specs as well since they are marketed as multisport products.

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One q, the V-jet with visor, still cannot figure out, if visor is "not airtight" so in cold weather and inclement weather, hard to ski in helmet with visor.

 


My buddy started wearing glasses fulltime. His brother-in-law in germany has gotten one of the V-Jets.  Supposively it more comfortable than using your own glasses under OTG googles with a helmet. I was wondering about different lens tints.

 

post #11 of 15

So I finally had a chance to talk to San Francisco store where my current helmet was purchased. Dainese is in the process of completing the certiifications of the new products that are coming to the States. If you can't wait you can contact Bimoto in Belgium https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bimoto-Dainese-Pro-Shop-Belgium/50531669820. According the SF store they are shipping internationally to customers and they have helped out other US customers.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the Bimoto tip and observations. 

(a) Still unclear about visor and how it prevents wind from whipping around eyes, and the effects thereafter, i.e. debris, tears etc.

(b) talked to Bimoto in Belgium, they said, no more new ski stuff from Dainese, since Dainese only distributing ski gear via ski retail specialists, so they will only be selling new Dainese moto-cross, and bike related gear.

 

Thanks again folks.

post #13 of 15

This  is a very topical thread for me!

I have been a big fan of Dainese motorcycle gear for years! It's well made, functional, and looks great.

 

I decided to try their ski wear this year. I got a grey Chamonix jacket and it's no surprise that it also wears great on the slopes and looks nice to boot.

I wanted a nice red helmet to set off the grey color of the jacket and was about to buy a Giro g Nine/10 until I checked the Dainese ski helmet collection on-line. I was impressed with the design of the "Colours"(red) helmet. It has a nice ventilation system that avoids large bicycle helmet design perforations in the shell. I'm sure these bike style multi-hole helmets keep your head cooler but I'm guessing they probably don't protect as well from penetration of ski poles, tree branches, and the like.

 

It's true the Dainese helmets don't have North American ASTM certification and as a result you can't buy them on-line in Canada or the US. But Dainese helmets are at a minimum CE(EN) 1077 class B certified (and a few models to the higher Class A standard).

 

I did some research into the EN 1077 standards and they look to be pretty solid, and actually superior to ASTM standards in terms of object penetration. This is by virtue of the fact that the EN 1077 procedure runs a penetration test while the ASTM doesn't. The best would be to have a helmet that has both certs. I think the Giro g nine/10 has both but as I mentioned earlier I'm a bit wary of the large mutli perforations in a ski helmet.

 

I ended up finding the Dainese "Colours" helmet on-line from the D-store Hamburg for a good price. I ordered two sizes small and medium, to choose which fit me best and I'll keep the medium.My head size is 56.3 cm with a more oval shape and the medium, which runs 56-58 cm, suits me well. The size small would suit a head circumference of 54-56cm but not greater than 56 cm as it's really too tight, as I found out.

 

Originally, I made an agreement the shop to mail the other helmet back for a refund BUT, I discovered that shipping back to Europe is way more expensive than the reverse (I have no idea why).

 

If any of you are interested I put the small sized helmet up for sale on ebay:

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/320859718417?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_500wt_951

 

For now, I'm happy with the medium helmet. It's beautifully made, light weight, and the paint finish, and detail is great.

 

But the moral of the story is: if you want something that's hard to get from overseas, know your size in the brand because shipping back may not make it economically realistic.

 

 


Edited by peak5 - 3/2/12 at 2:39pm
post #14 of 15

Also, the place where I ordered my Dainese "Colours" helmet on-line also has the V-Jet with visor!

Here is the link if you are interested:

http://www.motshop.de/index.php?s=2&cat_id=1359_Helmets

post #15 of 15

Thanks. i'll pass on the info about D Store Hamburg. Agree with your comments about CE 1077 and ASTM. I'm more surprised they didn't do both testing at the same time.

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