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post #1 of 25
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Need some expert advice on vented helmets. I have a full helmet (Leedom Scream) with a couple vents. It gets too hot.

I'm looking for either a 1/2 or 3/4 helmet with some more venting. I like the look of some of the Smith helmets, to be had around $75. The Giro's are a little too pricey. I'm not particularly in love with the idea of plugging vents with foam plugs. Any recommendations?
post #2 of 25
wait for giro to come on SAC the fit weight and venting. Go with a 10mx. The smith are nice to really nice but I thikn giro is still the standard and what you should go for.
post #3 of 25
If you go for the Giro Fuse you won't need to take the plugs out and put them in. It uses a lever that opens and closes the vents. I use the 9/9 with plugs and it's not much of a hassle.
post #4 of 25
I also use the 9/9 and find it OK to carry plugs around in my pocket. Try the Fuse too, fits differently. I wore my helmet, with a nylon liner and without plugs or earpieces, skiing bumps last spring in 25 degree Celsius weather and felt nice and cool.
post #5 of 25
Giro Fuse or boeri tactic. Check out Siera Jim's site. THey had some for 1/2 price. Other wise, SAC.

GO HERE NOW!!!!!! Sierra Jim's has a bunch of Tactics for 50$
post #6 of 25
Another vote for the Fuse. Its great in cold and warm weather. Venting with the flick of a switch.
post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 
I'm kinda like'n what I'm read'n about some of the Giro's with the twist open/close vents.
What is the advantage of the visor on the Giro 10 MX? Does it interfere with visibility in low light?
I like the look with the visor but, the G10 with no visor is considerably cheaper.
Fuse looks nice but still pricey.
The Beori's look nice. Something about them just can't pull the trigger. Dang Finndog, you should be a pro shopper! Thanks
post #8 of 25
I'll be skiing in a Smith Variant this year. Awesome venting....like 16 of them or something like that and it's easy to slide them open or closed. A little pricey though and they most likely won't be showing up on Steep and Cheap anytime soon.

I've skied with Giro G10 MX alot over the past seasons and really liked that as well. Decent venting, cool style...comfortable. As for the visor, it helps keep the sun out off your face a bit on lift rides. If you could find one of these at a decent price you couldn't go wrong here either.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
Need some expert advice on vented helmets. I have a full helmet (Leedom Scream) with a couple vents. It gets too hot.

I'm looking for either a 1/2 or 3/4 helmet with some more venting. I like the look of some of the Smith helmets, to be had around $75. The Giro's are a little too pricey. I'm not particularly in love with the idea of plugging vents with foam plugs. Any recommendations?
Ski at Whiteface
post #10 of 25
When I settled on my helmet it was because it was the only one I could find that fit me. All helmets are not the same so you should try them on and not buy online unless you know exactly what you want and that it will fit.
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
I bought my wife a Giro on a close out a couple years ago. I thought it was pretty sharp.

I didn't want to get the exact same helmet so I bought the Leedom. It was cheaper. It fits fine, size large. My noggin is 58cm around over the brow.

I'm pretty used to fitting bike helmets. I've had many different kinds of helmets and always have worn a large. I have extra pads from these helmets to swap into a ski helmet if needed.

I also read the reviews about gear to see if there is any funky fit issues.

If the local shops have any of these buckets I'll try them on. Thanks.
post #12 of 25
I have (at least) one of each of those mentioned, and the Leedom for sure has the most effective venting, and also you can use those vents in incliment weather, while the other ones don't work so well as the vents are exposed. If you want more effective venting, good luck, as I haven't yet found one.

The Fuse is OK, but isn't very warm, and fills up with snow when it's coming down, and gives a brain freeze if you open it up. It's my least (by FAR) favorite helmet. The only really good thing about it is that it's very light.

The Boeri is OK, but isn't very comfortable on my head, at least. Still trying to figure out why I bought it. If a large fits you, and you like silver pm me, for a good deal, but compared to the Leedom, it's vents are quite ineffective.

I have a Giro G10 and an Omen, and the Omen is far more effective as far as venting. As mentioned, wait for SAC, although I haven't seen them on there for a while.

The only problem I have with the Leedom is the dumb goggle hook-up, otherwise, it's the most effective brain bucket in my extensive helmet quiver.
post #13 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post
The Fuse is OK, but isn't very warm, and fills up with snow when it's coming down, and gives a brain freeze if you open it up.

The only problem I have with the Leedom is the dumb goggle hook-up, otherwise, it's the most effective brain bucket in my extensive helmet quiver.
Brain Freeze! Thats pretty funny. Sorry!

I have the same problem with my Leedom. I was considering taking a dremel and grinding the retention slot a little longer.

I was planning on keeping the Leedom for those really cold days. Like at Jackson last year -30F!
post #14 of 25
Johnny, this is a personal and head shape issue. I had the fuse and loved it but the boeri is much more comfortable and definitely lower profile than the Fuse. I also prefer the internal liner and fit system in the boeri. Try to get to a shop and try them on but for me, I much prefer the Tactic over the Fuse, if for nothing else the low profile and better overall fit. BTW-I have no complaints about the venting
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 
I fear this thread is taking a deviation about fit. OK, I'll try and redirect.

What helmets have good vents? I would prefer a system that has door that open/close the venting system.

I plan to use this helmet on windless days, temperatures hovering around freezing to above freezing.

Forget about the brain freeze issue. If its snowing, I'll be so happy that I won't care. Plus I have a helmet liner hat.

OK I like the fit of my Leedom Scream (full fit, shell covers ears, back of head and upper neck). They make some other styles in a 3/4 shell (that I know of), these should be cooler right?
post #16 of 25
I have a Giro talon among my helmet collection . It 's full size helemt but has two venting sections fore and aft with hard plastic removable sections for extremely warm days ( almost never here) but looks great and is very comfy and warm on really cold days .
post #17 of 25
I've got a Carrera, but don't know the model name. It's got lots of vents that can be opened on closed with a little wheel on top for adjusting to just the right flow. The ear flaps are also removable for warm weather skiing. I think that's the way to go if you are a swamp-head like me. My wife has a Giro with removable vent covers inside, but the reality is she doesn't usually mess with them, she just leaves them open and doesn't hassle with bringing the covers with her when skiing.
post #18 of 25
Johnny, both the fuse and tactic have great venting. Is that better?
post #19 of 25
I found a Leedom Heckler (probably previous yr model) at my local TJ Maxx store the other day for $39. It has at least one big, easy vent/lever right up the middle.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
What helmets have good vents? I would prefer a system that has door that open/close the venting system.

OK I like the fit of my Leedom Scream (full fit, shell covers ears, back of head and upper neck). They make some other styles in a 3/4 shell (that I know of), these should be cooler right?
The 3/4 style is the Zoom (?). Yes, it's better, but even there you have to be careful. They have some where the ear pads are attached to the rest of the helmet with velcro, and in these, the wind manages to whistle right into your ears. You have to use an ear cover to keep them warm, or at least not be wind tunnels. There's also a version that my wife has where the ear flaps are integral to helmet liner that works much better in keeping your ears warm.

Since the Leedoms, I've gone with the Boeri (can't tell whether the cooling vents are open or closed), the Giro G10 (not bad), the Giro Omen (better than the G10), a Carrera that I don't remember the name of from STP (very effective), the Fuse - a disguised bicycle helmet (junk), and a couple others I can't remember. I have a basement full of these things.

Try the Omen - front and rear individual adjustable vents, and the fit is similar to the Leedom, or the Carrera on Sierra Trading Post - plush fit, and nice venting.
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
How does the visor fasten on with the Giro G10 MX? I can't see any holes on the G10 (without the visor).

I did find a visor kit.

Can't get a hold of customer service to ask yet.
post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
FWIW, I gues i'm kinda talking to myself.

I found these reviews of some helmets at backcountry.

thought someone may enjoy.

http://www.backcountry.com/store/new...d-Helmets.html
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
How does the visor fasten on with the Giro G10 MX? I can't see any holes on the G10 (without the visor).

I did find a visor kit.

Can't get a hold of customer service to ask yet.
The G10 MX comes with screw inserts that the G10 does not have. So you can not retrofit a visor on to the G10. The visor kit is a replacement if you break yours.
post #24 of 25
If anyone is interested, REI-outlet.com has the Leedom Prophet for $63 (retails for $140). Just ordered one in the titanium color.

http://www.rei.com/REI-Outlet/product/758773
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
I just e-bayed a Leedom Prophet. Buy it now for $54.60 + $12 shipping.

I like the look of the G10 MX better, but it might clash with my "Aspen look" Spyder jacket.
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