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post #1 of 6
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What should I take into consideration when buying a new helmet?
post #2 of 6
I think the most important consideration is fit. It may be tempting to order via internet or mail order. These venues offer the best deals. Just as with skis, try before you buy. Go to your local shops armed with price info on the makes and models you like. Try them on and if they fit, negotiate. If you can't get your price(don't forget to consider shipping cost and sales tax) order elsewhere now that you know your size. I try to do my shopping locally and am willing to pay a bit more in consideration of service and suportting local shops. I am not a wealthy person so price must be a consideration. Also, a very important consideration is ratings or certifications. There are several standards. Snell and CEN are two standard to look for. This means that the helmet in question will meet certain impact standards. I am not sure what the details are on test. Someone else in this forum may know. Apart from this, what features do you want? Closable air vent, removable sides, pink dots etc. I'm not sure but I think someone will be making a stetson shaped helmet for cowboys [img]tongue.gif[/img] .
post #3 of 6
I would think fit is the #1 thing to look for. There is no way I would buy a helmet without having one on my head first. I would then try to decide if you want a full or shorty. Then look at ventilation and then styling & price and other minor features (and of course the certifications). I was thinking of getting a Boeri but then tried one on and I hated it. It just wasn't the same shape as my head. I then tried on a Giro Nine.9 and loved it. The local shops are all at list price and don't have much of a color/size selection. I haven't found any place online that is more than $10 cheaper than the local shops (if you find a place, let me know!). Also, there are some reviews (and other info) here:
post #4 of 6
I second (or third, as the case may be) the opinion on fit being key. I was in the local shop this past weekend trying on headgear. I had a preconceived idea of what I'd like -- the Boeri Axis Rage with the Outlast liner. Unfortunately it was almost like the square peg in a round hole analogy (not that my head is square [img]smile.gif[/img] ) and this helmet just didn't fit my head properly. It applied too much pressure on the front and back of my head and would've certainly resulted in a major headache after a few hours. Turned out that the Briko helmets were a better fit.

I guess the moral of the story is that there's no substitute for trying them on your head and seeing how they fit.

post #5 of 6
"the correct fit is probably the most important criteria
The worlds greatest helmet won't do much good if it doesn't fit well and slips forward or back when your head kisses a tree, rock or another skier

and don't assume that a large is a large is a large between manufacturers

Am considering a full shell model this year(hve two shorties)
Briko forerunner or a new Salomon
I take a large 60 cm in the Briko and a XL in the Salomon

Therefore if you want to buy over the net you need to know both the model and the correct size before ordering

Helmets certified by Snell are few and far between but you would be wise to look for certification by one of the other testing agencies

Lots of good helmets on the market...great decision to use one.
post #6 of 6
Agree with all that. I think I tried about every helmet out there, finally found one that fit my head well (Gyro) and that was a little on the large side.
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