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post #1 of 7 Old 12-24-2017, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Helmet time

I've been compromising in the helmet department for adventure riding. Just wondering what everyone else is using and why.

Presently I'm using my Nolan N44E. Nice helmet, but I can't use the sun visor and the shield at the same time, also with the chin guard in place I fog up easily and have no room for the mic.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-24-2017, 01:02 PM
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Use what you prefer.

I like ARAI "long oval" shells; don't know if that configuration is available in pure motocross helmets or not (it is available in some "adventure" models).

Also, I like the PINLOCK system on ARAI face shields, basically eliminating fog-up.

And . . . the sun shield remains always available and deployable.

What's not to like? For KLRistas, the PRICE!

That said, high price does not correspond to high protection, necessarily; a credible test performed by a motorcycle magazine a few years ago found the CHEAPEST helmet hat the GREATEST protection from G-shock impact . . .
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Attended the Toronto International Motorcycle show and had the opportunity to try on many brands of ADV helmets, pricing ranging from $150.00 to $700.00 Cdn.

What I was looking for in a helmet was
  • light weight
  • drop down sun shield
  • modular----nice to have but not high priority
  • fit
  • venting

I have a moderate to long oval style head, many of the helmets I tried just didn't have a good fit.

The Scorpion EXO950 was my top pick as it hit most of the marks, but comfort wasn't there and they have a reputation of loosening visor screws that fall out.

The Klim Krious was nice, but you can't close the chin vent which would be a problem in cold weather up here. Also I found it gave me a pressure point at the front of the head. Otherwise a very nice, light helmet.

Shoei X2 Hornet, my Shoei Platinum RJ is a size medium and fits light a glove, but I had to go up to a XL in the Hornet, don't understand that one. Nice helmet, but there was something about it that I couldn't put my finger on that made me walk away from it.

Bell, LS2, Gmax and a few others I can't remember just didn't feel comfortable

Voss D2, wow, very impressed, my buddy bought one, inexpensive, $150.00 taxes in, with 2 visors and drop down sunshield. Voss even through in a 2 piece rain suit for $50.00 and a free backpack along with stickers......who doesn't like stickers. I didn't buy one as it was very difficult to insert the arms of my eyeglasses. I could see me breaking my eyeglasses using the little patience I have for such things. And it had no room for headset speakers.

Ended up with the Arai XD4. It along with the Shoei offered the most comfortable fit. I'm a little disappointed in not having a drop down sunshield as I had been riding the KLR with my Nolan N44E, it's a handy feature. I have a bit of a gap at both my temples, otherwise the fit feels good. The Arai rep was there and had fitting me in a large after measure my head and trying the medium first.

Never thought to ask if there is padding that could be added, as the Arai's have 5.0mm layered padding that can be removed to improve fit I'm also aware you can purchase thicker cheek pads and liner to improve the fit, but I feel good everywhere except the looseness at the temples, which neither of these items address.
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You have a quality helmet (Arai), congratulations!

The Arai Signet series come in long oval profile with built-in sunshade; PinLock anti-fogging system also available. The more, "Moto-Cross" style helmet models may not have those features available. You may have left the company of the Arai representative too soon; extra padding may be available for where you want it, besides the cheek pieces and liner.

Regardless: You have a helmet with the most valuable characteristic: PROTECTION. Arai tests its helmets from many aspects with a POINTED striker; DOT and Snell Foundation test at only one point with a rounded striker.

Again, congratulations!

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You have a quality helmet (Arai), congratulations!

The Arai Signet series come in long oval profile with built-in sunshade; PinLock anti-fogging system also available. The more, "Moto-Cross" style helmet models may not have those features available. !
Thank you.
Your advise was part of my decision to buy the Arai. I wasn't aware Arai made a helmet with a built in sunshade, but I was also after a ADV style helmet.

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-08-2018, 09:36 AM
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I got the HJC CL-X7 because of three things:
1.) It fit my large narrow head very nicely,
2.) It was low priced (So that would be, roughly what my head is valued at),
3.) It is both SNELL and DOT approved! (Not having both SNELL and DOT, eliminates any and all helmets from my shopping list.)
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-09-2018, 04:55 PM
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Ahhh a helmet thread. A couple thoughts;

- 1) as Damocles mentioned, do not equate cost with protection as they are exclusive of one another. .....that said a higher priced helmet will usually be lighter, more comfortable and offer more features.
- 2) Spend a few days reading DOT vs. Snell vs. ECE, etc. if you really want to confuse/educate yourself ;-)
- 3) My next helmet will have MIPS (or equivalent) technology. Check it out https://www.bellhelmets.com/en_ca/powersports/mips/

I have a half dozen helmets to pick from when I ride, some are getting older but don't worry, the "5 year rule" is largely BS and the EPS liner doesn't degrade under normal use. I have found that I don't use the modular as much as I thought so I'd avoid another one of those. The Bell MX-9 is the one on my list now.


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