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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thinking (and wanting to keep the ability) about a helmet this year.

I have never tried one.

Wants; warm ears, quiet when cruising (some look like wind rush would be objectionable) but still able to hear others, and ipod compatible.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
post #2 of 20

Maplus Helmets

When you say iPod compatible, do you mean 'plug & play' with built in speakers or the ability to wear earbuds?

Here's some info on Maplus Helmets, of which several will meet or exceed, all your functional requirements aside from built-in speakers. The new Stealth with built-in visor is pretty sweet. The F4 & F6 are nice options with soft ear, and are convertible helmets with matte finish, but are currently viewable in the catalog only.

(If anything interests you, send me a PM, to work out an EpicSki Deal.)
post #3 of 20
We had this thread recently . http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=43315

Check it out. Lots of ideas and I found it very useful
post #4 of 20
Most important is fit, everything else is irrelevant. Otherwise you may as well stick to your safety beanie.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by slidewright View Post
When you say iPod compatible, do you mean 'plug & play' with built in speakers or the ability to wear earbuds?

Here's some info on Maplus Helmets, of which several will meet or exceed, all your functional requirements aside from built-in speakers. The new Stealth with built-in visor is pretty sweet. The F4 & F6 are nice options with soft ear, and are convertible helmets with matte finish, but are currently viewable in the catalog only.

(If anything interests you, send me a PM, to work out an EpicSki Deal.)
Good looking helmets there :
post #6 of 20

Giro

I got the Giro nine. It also comes in a version (that I bought my son) wired for sound w/built-in earphones. It also has a switch that is supposed to be able to work with your cell phone too, BUT I don't know anybody that has been able to get it to work after an extensive web search. The earphones aren't loud enough to crank, even on high volume trying different MP3 players, so I would stay away from that one, but I highly recommend the Giro Nine. It has a fleece neck strap, multi vent pads for removal in warm weather, removable ear pads, warmth is exceptional, even in sub zero conditions. (at least to me) The nine worked well in Vermont (minus 15 F) and it keeps me dry during Utah pow dumps. The best thing I can say about the Giro Nine is that I can't tell that I even have it on 99% of the time. I use mine with Sure ear buds and don't have any problem. I ski, I rock. Volume is up to you, which mandates how well you can hear others. If you like soft music, the Nine with built-in earphones just maybe the ticket you are looking for. This day and age, you're a fool if you don't use one. I'd recommend the Giro Nine. hope this helps.
post #7 of 20
Last year I bought a new helmet, and was suprised to find that the Burton R.E.D. Trace fit better than the Giro G10 that I was wanting to buy. However, my head is more round than oval. It is very quite and warm, but also has enough ventilation to keep you cool in warmer conditions.
post #8 of 20
go to your local ski shop, try on as many different helmets as you can and pick the one that fits the best, that is the one you should purchase! even if they don't have built in speakers, you can fit bud earphones underneath the earpads.

The fit of the helmet outweighs all other features
post #9 of 20
(...and make sure to tell your local shop, they should carry Maplus helmets! )

FWIW here's the F6 which has vents, the F4 is the same without vents:



(Thanks X-Eastcoaster! They truly are nice.)
post #10 of 20
Go with the Giro 9 its a reasonably priced helmet and does not impare your hearing much more than a hat does. And it has the adjustable vents and the option of audio hookups which are pretty useful
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
When you say iPod compatible, do you mean 'plug & play' with built in speakers or the ability to wear earbuds?

Here's some info on Maplus Helmets, of which several will meet or exceed, all your functional requirements aside from built-in speakers. The new Stealth with built-in visor is pretty sweet. The F4 & F6 are nice options with soft ear, and are convertible helmets with matte finish, but are currently viewable in the catalog only.

(If anything interests you, send me a PM, to work out an EpicSki Deal.)
Thanks for the info. While my hat size is known the way a helmut fits often doesn't match up. I would hate to have my new boots and a new helmut in a competition for most pain on the first day.

I will look for Maplus in the area here and see what fits, I do like the design.
post #12 of 20
2down,

It has been alluded to alreasdy in this thread, but I cannot stress how important is it to try on different helmets. After having tried on a helmet here and there, I almost bought one online. I am very glad I did not. I spent an afternoon trying on different helmets and realized that there were a few brands that did not fit my head. As stated earlier, I ended up going with Burton because of the fit. I was previously not considering them.
post #13 of 20
Like boots, you definitely want to make sure your helmet fits. This is certainly an issue with online purchases. We offer a money back guarantee and I'm certainly willing to get helmets out to those interested to check out. Obviously, there is a concern with sending out items and getting them back damaged if someone changes their mind or it simply doesn't fit correctly. There is measuring info on the helmet descriptions. If interested, let me know.

Note that for Epicski Supporters, we and T4B are offering 20% off for all products.

Another option is to see if your local shop is interested in some samples (in your size and style) and have them contact me (if in CO, UT, AZ or NM) or Rick in Calgary, for elsewhere.
post #14 of 20

This just in....

Here is the response from Maplus in Italy (note it is from an Italian, typing in English):

"To confess you, it's the first time I receive a such kind of question !
In a first time I was tempted to answer you: sure ! It's possible that a head shape is fitted better than other. You know, the fitting sensation is clearly one of the most personal think !
Thinking better on the demand, I can just answer you that we know that our helmets wear very very well.
In the European market, and in Italy especially, we found out an initial difficulty to enter in the shop with our helmets due to the strong competition with the concurrents (Briko, Boeri, and all the others which are on the market !). But, when we convince a shop to buy our helmets and they try them, they buy more and more as they get a very good response from the customers and particularly for the fitting !!

Maybe the only common note of our helmets is that the helmets wear "little", and is closest fit to the Carrera. To better explain, if, for example, one person wear the size 56 in our Comp Sr helmet, he may find better fitting the size 58 of our S6 helmet (you know, that Comp and Rental helmets are made by a supplier who is different form the producer of the S, F and X helmets !)

I hope my explanations can help you.
Frankly, I don't know what more I can tell. Anyway, if you need any diferent info, let me know and I'll try to do better next time !!"

Any other questions to pass along that may help?

One additional note: as with many suppliers, Maplus works with helmet producers to design and fabricate their proprietary molds for their helmets styles and fit. Tools4Boards fabricates tools and vises for other global suppliers.
post #15 of 20
FYI our Helmet pages have been updated.
post #16 of 20
Alpinord, the fit questions are all concerned with shape Some helmets fit properly if you head is rounder, and some fit an oval profile better. For example when talk about Giro, a Fuse will fit round O and a M9 will fit more oblong 0. Given two people with the same head measurement, one helmet will fit and the other won't. So, it would really help if you take a look at those helmets you have and decide which type of head they are formed to properly fit. IMO, next to boots, buying a helmet online is a pretty difficult thing to do. Just trying to help.
post #17 of 20

Maplus Helmet Shape

Seeing the oval description as possibly misleading I banged out this as a start to give us a more accurate way to compare the shape of a Maplus F6 Small. Please cut it out and see how it fits in helmets you own or are checking out.



If printing this image doesn't work, please download the Helmet_Shape PDF and print from your PDF viewer.

Please post findings. I'm as curious what the consensus as well and would be good for general consumption.

(Again, ask your local shop to check out ordering samples for you or if you're game, we can work out an equitable purchase, ship, try on & keep or send back procedure.)
HTH
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
If printing this image doesn't work, please download the Helmet_Shape PDF and print from your PDF viewer.
A beautiful beginning.

One measurement that would have value to folks relying on such data, IMHO and were it made more available, would be a coronal-plane circumference dimension, ear to ear say. [/pointyheadremark]
post #19 of 20
I thought about doing the interior in 3d, but it'd be a little harder to print and assemble. At that point, I'd wish everyone would hook up a web cam and broadcast the assembly and trying on of their new Maplus paper skull caps.

When measuring ear to ear, I assume it is at their centers?
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post
When measuring ear to ear, I assume it is at their centers?
Good point. It's a problem.
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