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Sweet Protection Trooper Halfcut Helmet Question

post #1 of 17
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Today I bought a used Trooper Halfcut helmet for 75usd. I have no clue to if its worth the money or not but its in mint condition and it lookes really cool and it fit my skull so well I just had to have it. It has a kind of mat green colour that cannot be found on the home page so it might be an old model. Can anybody tell me whats it all about? Im going to use it for free skiing and teaching.

http://www.sweet.no/helmets_trooper_hc.htm
post #2 of 17
They changed the colours a bit for this year.

They haven't made these for very long, prolly 3rd year of production for the Trooper this year?

Guessing this is your colour?



75 is pretty cheap compared to what they cost new, good deal!

Very good helmet, enjoy.
post #3 of 17
Is buying a used helmet a good idea? I've been told that since helmets are really only good for 1 crash, and you never know what the helmet's been through, that buying one used is a bit of a gamble...

I'm looking to buy a helmet, as well, and see some good deals on used ones, but have always stayed away from them because of the risk involved.


aaron
post #4 of 17
Sweet makes great stuff. AFIK they have not been around all that long, so by definition it can't be that old. I'm not usually into buying used safety gear, but a helmet that has taken a major hit usually shows some evidence of it.

FWIW, two of my kids use Sweet helmets for some very serious whitewater kayaking. Lots of folks wish Sweet had better US distribution for all their products (hint to Sweet...).
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by scootertig View Post
Is buying a used helmet a good idea? I've been told that since helmets are really only good for 1 crash, and you never know what the helmet's been through, that buying one used is a bit of a gamble...

I'm looking to buy a helmet, as well, and see some good deals on used ones, but have always stayed away from them because of the risk involved.


aaron
The helmet looks like it never was used. Probably one of those teenagers that bought all the hip stuff only to find out skiing was no walk in the park and whent back to playstation .
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by torfinn View Post
They changed the colours a bit for this year.

They haven't made these for very long, prolly 3rd year of production for the Trooper this year?

Guessing this is your colour?



75 is pretty cheap compared to what they cost new, good deal!

Very good helmet, enjoy.
Actually its more light green, think Ibanez Tubescreamer TS808 if that says something to you.
post #7 of 17
a new Trooper costs around $200.

their US distribution is seriously lacking, but then they're just getting into the market (kinda like Faction skis, which are just now starting to break here and say Movement which have been around for awhile but are now just starting to pop up...seems that it's a bit tougher for a Euro small company to break into the US market).

i actually bought my Trooper full cut at a Kayak store that happened to carry both the Kayak and Ski models (which are identical from what I have heard except for the goggle strap and different color schematics). the only thing that kind of tripped me out is that the M was really tight and the L was a tad big, but fit snugly once i inserted all the extra fit pads. thus again proving that all helmets are different (I wear a women's L in the Giro and a Men's M) and you need to try before you buy (I couldn't fit into Poc helmets, for example, as they are really round.

Hope the one you got didn't hit a tree or something else and is all good structurally.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
a new Trooper costs around $200.

their US distribution is seriously lacking, but then they're just getting into the market (kinda like Faction skis, which are just now starting to break here and say Movement which have been around for awhile but are now just starting to pop up...seems that it's a bit tougher for a Euro small company to break into the US market).

i actually bought my Trooper full cut at a Kayak store that happened to carry both the Kayak and Ski models (which are identical from what I have heard except for the goggle strap and different color schematics). the only thing that kind of tripped me out is that the M was really tight and the L was a tad big, but fit snugly once i inserted all the extra fit pads. thus again proving that all helmets are different (I wear a women's L in the Giro and a Men's M) and you need to try before you buy (I couldn't fit into Poc helmets, for example, as they are really round.

Hope the one you got didn't hit a tree or something else and is all good structurally.
Lots of interesting information, thanks. I might be able to use the helmet for windsurfing as well since its kayak proof.

Annother thing you mention is that you cannot fit into a Poc helmet. Im in the prcess of buying a GS helmet for masters racing and one that is warm enough above the arctic circle. Im being offered a Poc helmet for 150usd while the better model lists for 400usd. I can get a Uvex racing helmet for way under 100 but it did not fit my head that well and looked freeking huge as well. Can you maybe draw a pattern for me. I think Ill better start a new thread but any input very much appreciated.
post #9 of 17
I had a thread on Sweet Roosters last year. Did some research, think they have the best construction in the industry, including POC. Their foam is different, won't crack in response to impact, and they use carbon fiber shells, so stronger and lighter than ABS; a used one should be fine as long as it doesn't show signs of serious abuse. Had to return mine because of fit (they run small), will get a new one this month in fact.
post #10 of 17
Tdk, Is this the one?



If so, it's one of last years limited edition models.
post #11 of 17
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I had a thread on Sweet Roosters last year. Did some research, think they have the best construction in the industry, including POC. Their foam is different, won't crack in response to impact, and they use carbon fiber shells, so stronger and lighter than ABS; a used one should be fine as long as it doesn't show signs of serious abuse. Had to return mine because of fit (they run small), will get a new one this month in fact.
I agree. Sweet helmets are built really really well. I had a Trooper S1 Fullcut for a few days last season.

However, I just recently sold it. One thing I did not like about it was it's ventilation system....there was no ventilation! I do a lot of hiking & working for turns plus spring skiing days in Cali can get really warm and I just couldn't make do with a helmet with no ventilation...especially considering the price. One plus of Sweet's though is that they're still very hard to find so resale value is very good..heh
post #12 of 17
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Tdk, Is this the one?



If so, it's one of last years limited edition models.
Yes, thats the one . The graphics are full of deth sculls which my 6y old son saw straight away. Good to hear that its a limited edition model since that makes me even more cool out there close to the park.
post #13 of 17
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Tdk, Is this the one?



If so, it's one of last years limited edition models.
Tdk, The colour is horrible but it suits my Dalbello Proton 12's so I'll do you a favor and buy the helmet from you .
post #14 of 17
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One thing I did not like about it was it's ventilation system....there was no ventilation! I do a lot of hiking & working for turns plus spring skiing days in Cali can get really warm and I just couldn't make do with a helmet with no ventilation...especially considering the price.
There are actually two ventilation slots in the very front. I find they work reasonably well when you have some speed (as they route airflow through built-in channels) but they do little to cool you down when you're standing still (or presumably hiking).
post #15 of 17
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Tdk, The colour is horrible but it suits my Dalbello Proton 12's so I'll do you a favor and buy the helmet from you .
LOL musashi, thats exactly what I thaught when I bought it . Now I need to buy Dalbellos as well..... actually one of my old ski school outfits used to have that kind of colour in them so I its a shame I donated it to a friend last year. Ratts!!! Lets see how it works with the Dobermans and if it doesent, you can have it!

But, its my favorite colour... check here:
http://www.fenderforum.com/userphoto...ml?recid=34981
post #16 of 17
might wanna track down some Elan Ripsticks or the 2005 piss green Blizzard Titan 9's to round out your Kermit steez.
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There are actually two ventilation slots in the very front. I find they work reasonably well when you have some speed (as they route airflow through built-in channels) but they do little to cool you down when you're standing still (or presumably hiking).
The vent holes are really small but thats exactly what I want here close to the arctic. I have a Scott SL helmet but its full of vent holes and it gets freeking cold up there when I ski fast.
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