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Giro G9 Helmets - Any Better Recc's?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I think I'm going to pull the trigger on a Giro G9 helmet this week. I've tried on other helmets (mostly Boeri and Giro) but haven't found any that seemed to fit so well. The others seemed to sit on top of my (apparently rather large) head, but the XL G9 that I tried on the other night actually fit comfortably.

What other considerations are there for which helmet to choose? Is it like boots, where the "right" helmet is the one that fits? Or are there features or elements I should look for other than just which one fits most comfortably?

I don't really care about features like bluetooth, etc, even though I guess it's available as an add-on for that helmet. Same goes for in-ear speakers for an iPod, or whatever else... Just keep me warm, dry, and with an intact cranium, please!


Thanks!

aaron
post #2 of 11
If you buy the G9 at Dick's Sporting Goods, they have a mail in rebate/offer for a free set of replacement ear pads with speakers. My Son just did this and it took 2-3 weeks to get. They snapped right in and sound great.
post #3 of 11
Sounds like you've covered most of the bases If you wear goggles though, it's important to try the helmet on with the goggles to make sure they're a good match.

Is this your first helmet? If you tend to be a hot head I would be sure to look for a lighter color. A sunny spring day, a couple thousand feet of bumps and a black helmet can make my noggin sweat more than my chili...... and I'm way at the other end of the hot head spectrum.
post #4 of 11
I love my Burton Skycap and it fits perfectly with oakley A-Frame goggles.

I think goggle to helmet fit is a huge thing to consider.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yep, first helmet. I have no natural covering on my head at this point (I'd like to claim BBC but it's increasingly less BC ), so I don't get tend to get too hot.

How can goggles "not work" with a helmet? Is there something more than the dreaded "gaper gap" (from whence the term... oh, nevermind...) to look out for?

Maybe I'll go white with the helmet, and really stand out!


aaron
post #6 of 11
I tend to think most goggles and most helmets sync pretty well these days. My first helmet, a Boeri I got about ten years ago would not work at all with my newly purchased Smith goggles. The goggles were just too wide from strap connection to strap connection to fit inside the opening of the helmet. You don't want a big huge gaper gap but you don't want the helmet and goggles to butt tight up against each other either. There needs to be room for air to circulate around the top of the goggles or they will fog up in a hurry.

I was just talking to some Bears the other day about how helmets are great hats (warm, dry, comfortable) and that they may save you in a low speed impact but not so much if you smash your melon into a tree or pole at high speed. Just don't fall into the trap of thinking that a ski helmet makes you 100% safe at any speed.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by scootertig View Post
How can goggles "not work" with a helmet?
A helmet can
- push goggles down into the bridge of the nose (painful)
- push lower edge of goggles past the cheekbones for an air gap above the lips
- close off the goggle vents (fogging)
- have a different forehead curve than the goggles, making for a bad (read: overlapping at temples) fit
- trap a balaclava or other liner to under the top goggle foam, channeling schwitz (read: fogging)
- goggle strap may require extension

etc. and then there are minor aesthetic issues such as routing of the goggle and helmet straps...

as bumpf said, most helmets in most sizes should work with a number of goggles for a lot of head sizes, forehead shapes and face shapes, but at the hill is not the time to find that yours are the exception.
post #8 of 11
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I was just talking to some Bears the other day about how helmets are great hats (warm, dry, comfortable) .
Great pillows too. No joke. Put a helmet on, lean'gainst anything for a road trip snooze.
post #9 of 11
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Great pillows too. No joke. Put a helmet on, lean'gainst anything for a road trip snooze.
Nice As long as it's not too stanky.

Do pretty much all helmets nowadays have removable liners? My first one didn't and I ended up replacing it prematurely because it pretty much reeked.
post #10 of 11
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Do pretty much all helmets nowadays have removable liners? My first one didn't and I ended up replacing it prematurely because it pretty much reeked.
That's why I wear a (Izumi Microsensor) bike helmet liner underneath even if I'm skiing in a Tshirt.
post #11 of 11
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That's why I wear a (Izumi Microsensor) bike helmet liner underneath even if I'm skiing in a Tshirt.
Cool. It has to be well above freezing before I skip the balaclava, but that's just because I'm a cold dude. Definitely helps with the headfunk too
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