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Race Helmet Advice

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to get a new race helmet, and am seeking some advice. I was looking at the Briko Stratos(i like the carbon fiber ) or the Giro Streif. But i am having a hard time finding them for sale. ANy other suggestions? I was also looking at the Scott World Cup or maybe a Uvex s..basically, i have no idea what to buy so ANY suggestions would be great
post #2 of 25
I think I saw Streifs at http://www.iwantahelmet.com/
post #3 of 25
To meet the FIS regulations, the race helmets are not to have vents in them. I really like vents though for those varible days with the sun out. Fit is the most important feature that I look for - so start there instead of the brand. Of course most race helmets also either come stock or have capabilities to add a face guard- most important in Slalom courses to protect face, teeth and goggles etc.
post #4 of 25

I've never heard of the FIS reg re vents...

...but knowing the FIS, I'm not surprised. All the major manufacturers have vent systems you can close, so I assume that satisfies the FIS. My personal favorite is Marker Cheetah...light, comfortable, well vented, plenty of protection, goggles (especially Marker) fit well. You can also get SL or DH face guards. Don't get a half helmet, get a full. Any of the major manufacturers are fine, Reliable Racing has some Giros on sale, Race Werks has some Carrerras on sale...
post #5 of 25
Anyone out there using Gabel?
post #6 of 25
Buy one that fits your head. Don't buy one because it looks good in a catalog. If you have a Giro head, buy a Giro. If you have a Marker head...

If you're not governed by FIS regs, buy a vented helmet with slalom bar capability and call it good.

If you don't need to, don't spend $300 on what is basically disposable when a $150 helmet will do the same job and meet the same standards. I picked up a couple Boeri Myto Airs at Sports Authority last spring for something like $30 each- new, old (2002) stock, in the box. Jaw guard compatible (when you can find them), vented, plastic outside with a durable liner- and they fit my head. I think I found the jaw guards for $2 in a bargain bin at another store. Goes to show it pays to poke around in the dark recesses of ski shops.
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 
I'm not looking to spend 300, something around 150 would be my max. My point isn't to find one that just "looks cool" its to see what other people are using and what has worked for them. I currently wear a giro fuse L, and am looking for something that is light, to use just for racing rather than my giro that i use in the park and freeskiing. I race with USCSA and am not worried about FIS compatibility.
post #8 of 25
I use a Briko Forerunner because it fits my head, and I found it for $20 in a bargain bin. I use two of them.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by RShea View Post
To meet the FIS regulations, the race helmets are not to have vents in them.
Current FIS Equipment specs reflect "Helmets with spoilers or edges that stick out are not permitted."

Venting is not mentioned.
post #10 of 25
I've been really happy with the Uvex helmets. The jaw guard is one of the easier ones put on and remove if you are using if for SL and GS and the quality is good. The fit is really similar to the slightly older Briko race helmets from before they had vents. Briko will probably be tricky in the US as their distributor issues seem to continue. If you are going to be using a SL bar and switching it off and on I'd recommend against the Carreras they are great helmets but putting on and removing their SL bars is a royal pain.
Have fun.
post #11 of 25
Data point:

I use a Giro Talon in XXL. It is (I think) like the Streif, except the Streif has a better / stronger shell, and the Talon has vents (which you can cover, if that does happen to be an issue for anyone).

The sizing seems to be approximately true to other Giro models, though I couldn't say for sure, since you don't see a ton of XXL helmets around.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by bennyr View Post
Briko will probably be tricky in the US as their distributor issues seem to continue.
So what do you think my chances are of getting a Briko SL bar this season? Preferably a metal one like Rocca was rocking lasting season. My plastic bar has some small cracks near the screw holes. I'm afraid it might explode in my face one day...
post #13 of 25
Real,
My understanding is that Briko does not currently have a distributor in the US so you will probably have a hard time. This is second hand from a friend who does the buying for Reliable Racing and very well may have changed. You could probably retro-fit a metal Uvex bar onto your Briko...
Have fun.
post #14 of 25
It appears that your friend may be right. Artech, Reliable, and Race-werks have most of their 07 gear up already. Briko is nowhere to be found...
post #15 of 25
Check with the Race Place, Bend Oregon. Their site shows Briko. They may have some in stock.
http://www.ski-racing.com/helmetmenu.html
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by Lostboy View Post
Check with the Race Place, Bend Oregon. Their site shows Briko. They may have some in stock.
http://www.ski-racing.com/helmetmenu.html
Everything they have on the site is from last season; and it's all sold out.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by whygimf View Post
Current FIS Equipment specs reflect "Helmets with spoilers or edges that stick out are not permitted."

Venting is not mentioned.
I got this from the Snowshack web site here:

http://www.snowshack.com/gistskiandsn.html

Maybe they do not know the FIS regs then.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by RShea View Post
Maybe they do not know the FIS regs then.
Wow! Imagine that. A website that contains inaccurate or misleading information!

Actually, they say "To meet FIS regulations this helmet has no vents." They do not say what the regulation actually is; it could be referring to the airflow regs mentioned above, and that happens to be their particular solution to meeting the reg.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Voltron View Post
It appears that your friend may be right. Artech, Reliable, and Race-werks have most of their 07 gear up already. Briko is nowhere to be found...

I thnk Briko is done for in the US market- they have Veltec handling their bike product and did have a new guy who used to represent Fondriest bikes out of Colorado at SIA ski show last year but it seems nothing came of it.

I woudl say for racing the best helmets are UVEX, Carrera, Dainese I would stay bery celar from any in-mold helmets like Giro for racing. A new company that has been getting a lot of great comments is POC of Sweden- from what I have seen they are ahead of the curve in safety and performance. They may be hard to find but they are in some of the catalogs like www.race-werks.com and *

Good luck but always make sure that the helmet fits correctly!
post #20 of 25
Well it looks like I'll have to go MacGyver style on the SL bar then...

I might check out some helmets later this season when I get the chance. The POC Skull X looks like it might be worth a look. The Skull Comp is a little out of my reach.
post #21 of 25
There is a sale going on for the Giro Streif if you are still interested (and know it would fit) $68 off the retail price:

http://www.overstock.com/?PAGE=CATLI...O_SSUB_CAT=999
post #22 of 25
It's a shame that Briko couldn't get their US distribution together. My understanding is that it's been problematic for a few years. They still make a great product. The Briko Evolution, made of carbon fibre, and distributed to a few mail order outlets 4-5 years ago is to this day a great helmet. Still in use by a lot of racers, below the WC level.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by alpinevt View Post
I woudl say for racing the best helmets are UVEX, Carrera, Dainese I would stay bery celar from any in-mold helmets like Giro
The Giro racing helmets, unlike the typical Giro models (Nine, etc.), have a "real" shell. The Streif is actually pretty sturdy. The Talon less so: perhaps not as hard as the others brands you name (couldn't say for sure). Unlike the other brands, Giro doesn't require you to get one custom-made if you have big melon-head.
post #24 of 25
I have a Marker Cheetah for sale. Worn twice, perfect condition. Will let go for $100.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by real9999 View Post
I use a Briko Forerunner because it fits my head, and I found it for $20 in a bargain bin. I use two of them.
Love my Briko Forerunner!
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