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Alpina jump and a menga JV helmets-integrated lenses

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Hi all,

Hope everyone has had a chance to make some quality turns this season, it's been a while since I've posted but when I really need some input...this is where I come first.

I have seen some of these visor integrated helmets lately and wanted to know if any of you run them? I am looking at the Alpina Menga or Jump JV primarily. I won't bore you with my helmet vs non helmet days because you dress for the crash, not for the ride (many years of mx) or my general discomfort with sweaty hats etc... We all live in a world with so many options today and it's pretty cool!
This concept caught my eye and it's about $200 so I thought I'd see if any of you have tried these systems or have input that is not on Alpinas site-which is the only place I have seen anything on these things. I have posted a URL if you have no idea what I'm talking about and want to look at it, but if you have info, just let me know your thoughts and thanks in advance.

http://www.alpina-sports.com/performance-en/articles/Menga_JV_en.html?id=0#0
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Not sure if anyone has read-no responses, but I just wanted to update for anyone considering this type of helmet or the Alpina Menga JV in particular. First, I have to say that these helmets are extremely difficult to come by if you live in the US; I had to order mine from Amazon UK and it took about 6 weeks to come in. I'm not sure if there are supply chain problems or they just sell out that quick. So, when I finally got it, they sent the wrong color, I ordered black and got white-it wasn't the end of the world, they gave me a 20Euro credit and color doesn't mean so much to me anyways.

Now for the product test; first off, the helmet is light, scary lightweight! I have to say, even with the extra time it took to get, it was worth it! I have never been a big helmet user, I know, I know. The shell quality is amazing and so is every detail of this product. The plastic shell seems to be vulcanized to the foam inside and fits very true to size. I previously wore a Scott size L and I bought the Alpina 58-61 and it's very close in fit, but is much more plush. The liner is soft, moisture wicking and actually warm. I usually have to wear a hat with my Scott and it just felt like I had a pumpkin on my head, hence not wearing it much. The Alpina can be comfortably worn in 15-20 F without a hat or ear muffs and even with a headband is not a problem, many skiers would even go much colder but I like to be warm. The earpads are thick and don't just cup your ear, they press against them. The adjustment on back is nice quality and doesn't pinch or smash your forehead into the front of the shell. If you have reservations on wearing a face shield/visor type helmet as I was, it actually works, no shit. I was scared of wind and cold on my face but I experienced neither even on my faster runs. The field of view is as if you weren't wearing goggles at all and it comfortably rests on your nose with some light foam near your cheeks. Very comfortable. The only gripe I have is it doesn't come with a bag or extra visor. I don't understand how you can sell a $200+helmet and not have a bag? Not really a bitch as I have another suitable bag, ute my greater concern is that it only comes with the amber lense and if it breaks, I cannot find anywhere that sells them; it would be nice if someone (maybe Alpina) made different lenses. I say this because outside going to Alpina, there is nobody that sells them. Other than that concern, it's a great product and I am very satisfied and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks for reading
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