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post #1 of 22
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Friends, after my trusty old Scott helmet saved my marbles last week, I am going to retire it. I am looking at the Leedom Heckler and Prophet helmets. Anyone out there have heads-on experience? Other helmet suggestions welcomed. Thanks. David.
post #2 of 22
I have the Leedom Scream, and it's been a great helmet. I think all of their helmets are pretty high quality.
post #3 of 22
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Skier219 thanks for the feedback. Read that you may have made some use of that helmet in your recent spill. Glad to hear that you were not hurt. You know I was going to pull the trigger on a pair of Watea 84's after reading everything you said about them, and then got stars in my eyes for a pair of Blizzard Chronus Titans - a bit wider, a bit shorter and stiffer. They get excellent reviews for hard and ice - and that is what I ususally encounter. And I got a pair on Backcountry for $479 with integrated binding/delivered.Do appreciate your feedback on the Wateas and wish you well. David
post #4 of 22
I have a Leedom helmet but I forget the model name. Overall the helmet is great except for one major design flaw. The earcovers are connected by snaps instead of velcro. While this sounds ideal the snaps quickly loose their ability to hold the earcovers in place causing them to come off every time you put the helmet on. I ended up gluing the flaps in place. Avoid any Leedom model that uses snaps.
post #5 of 22
David, I'll be curious to know how you like the Chronus. I have not skied on Blizzards since the late 1980s, but my wife has a pair (low end women's model) and likes them a lot. What length did you end up getting?
post #6 of 22
Got a Leedom XXL (forget the model) for my giant head. It's ugly but it works. Well tested also which goes further than looks in my book.
post #7 of 22
I bought a Prophet from LevelNine for around $60. I love it. Stumbled across some iPod headphones for it on closeout at a little ski shop in Poncha Springs that work really nice also. All in all, a good combo for not much money.
post #8 of 22
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David, I'll be curious to know how you like the Chronus. I have not skied on Blizzards since the late 1980s, but my wife has a pair (low end women's model) and likes them a lot. What length did you end up getting?
Got them in 173cm. I am just under 5'9 and weigh in at 165. I am on a 164 Elan Ripstick and 168 Elan M666. I figured the 173cm in the Blizzard would be best for what I ususally face in Maine and for my tendency to ski recycled snow on the edges. Shorter=quicker. And from what I have read, they are stiffer than the Wateas. Once I get my knee ship-shape I will post a review. Which ones does your wife have? By the way my last pair of Blizzards were the red ones I skied when I was ten years old - just over four decades ago. What a long strange trip...Cheers, David.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Roadrash View Post
I bought a Prophet from LevelNine for around $60. I love it. Stumbled across some iPod headphones for it on closeout at a little ski shop in Poncha Springs that work really nice also. All in all, a good combo for not much money.
That Prophet looks like a good one. Problem is find one in my size that is not pink.
post #10 of 22
My wife's Blizzards are a couple years old, I think the model is the X-spirit.

173cm sounds like a good length.

Last time I skied Blizzards, the "Thermal V20" was the rage. I still have the matching ski bag that I use once and a while.
post #11 of 22
Bring your goggles with you when trying them on. I got a Leedom Heckler and the face area doesn't accommodate my favorite goggle (i think smiths?) very well. They are pushed down on my nose a bit. This helmet is a size medium for my little noggin. Maybe this is not an issue with larger sizes of that model, and of course with different goggles. For this reason I prefer an old used Boeri I got for $10.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
I have a Leedom helmet but I forget the model name. Overall the helmet is great except for one major design flaw. The earcovers are connected by snaps instead of velcro. While this sounds ideal the snaps quickly loose their ability to hold the earcovers in place causing them to come off every time you put the helmet on. I ended up gluing the flaps in place. Avoid any Leedom model that uses snaps.
Rio and Jamesj thanks for that. Not something I would ever have considered.
post #13 of 22
I used a Leedom for several years and liked it, except for a different earflap issue. I was never able to get them to snap back into the same place, which left a gap between helmet and flap. Mine also weren't as well ventilated as my current helmets (Bern G and R.E.D Tantrum), but that may be a function of recent improvements in ventilation generally.
post #14 of 22
Got the Prophet and like it a lot, it's comparable to the Giro Fuse but way cheaper. Ventilation works well and helped me ridding the fogging on my goggles.
post #15 of 22
You might want to find an older Leedom helmet called the Scream, it was one of the very few ski helmets that was actually Snell certified. I would think you could get it fairly cheap.
post #16 of 22
I have both the Prophet and the Scream. I believe the Scream comes in 2 versions. One with soft ear flaps and the other a full shell covering the ears. I like them both.

Lately I've been using the Prophet more, because of the improved venting. Most of the vents can be opened and closed with a sliding switch. Sometimes my ears get a little cold with the soft ear togs of the Prophet. I usually carry a helmet liner in my pocket (for helmet hair in the lodge) and this eliminates the cold ear problem.

The Scream is more solid, higher density plastic. I believe it is certified for racing. It doesn't have screw holes for a slalom chin guard though. It is warmer, less venting. It also has a slide switch for opening and closing the vents. It was nice at Jackson last year at -40F. The weakness of the Scream is it has a plastic slot intergrated into the helmet, as a goggle retention device. It can be a bit of a maneuver to get a wide goggle strap through the slot.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks, buds. Have been surfing my usual ski retailers for a Scream or Prophet but have not found much selection in my head size (56cm). Appreciate the feedback. David
post #18 of 22
yes I concur on the Snell rating. They have others that are ASTM rated as well. Worth more than a nice paint job IMO. Besides, I put stickers on em anyway
post #19 of 22
I have a few Screams at home - some with hard earflaps, some soft. The soft earflaps didn;t work too well, and I had to finagle a ear covering underneath as the earcovers wouldn't stay tight enough to keep my ears warm.

The hard ear cover version was fine, but I found my hearing was somewhat compromised.

The Scream was the most successful helmet I've ever had in terms of ventilation, as it would vent almost all the heat while staying waterproof. Most of the helmets you mention have huge holes in the top which are fine, but if it's snowing or raining and you open them, you get a wet cold head in no time.

The scream was never the most comfortable helmet ever made either, with a rather rudimentary cushioning system inside.

I now have a Giro Omen, and think it's a far step up from the Leedom's, which were great for their time (the Scream's about 6-7 years old).
post #20 of 22
Right here for $64. They also have it in the size larger

http://www.levelninesports.com/leedo...et-p-2012.html
post #21 of 22
wow - great site and they've got a lot of deals on helmets right now ... trying to resist
post #22 of 22
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wow - great site and they've got a lot of deals on helmets right now ... trying to resist
Shipping is $10 regardless of order size, so if you place an order, don't forget to pick up a pair of Goode poles....
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