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post #1 of 5 Old 07-21-2019, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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MIPS Helmets

There aren't many choices when it comes to a MIPS rated helmet. Proper fit is critical for a helmet to perform correctly so I'm not too keen on buying something I haven't worn. The Bell MX-9 and Star are the only ones I have access to try on.
Does anyone have experience with the Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS helmet? I'm already a few concussions over the limit (the limit is zero in my experience) and I need maximum protection.
The Bell Star MIPS is my only other choice. I had a Bell Star years ago which was a great helmet. The Star is also Snell 2015 certified. Anyone know how the 2 compare safety wise?
Cost isn't really an issue even though the Star MIPS is double the price. My head is arguably worth more.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-23-2019, 09:59 AM
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I just bought two Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS for my son and I and we tested them at the HUMM event this past weekend and were very pleased with the helmets. Light, fit well, comfortable, etc. ....hopefully we'll never need to test the MIPS system


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Thanks Dave. I was already 99% certain but wanted some feedback from someone who already has one (or two).
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Recently I decided to replace my beloved Shoei 8 Ball helmet and stated looking at some alternatives. I took a hard look at the Bell MIPS helmet and found that Bell and I have a disagreement on where human ears are located on the head. I also looked the Shoei Hornet X2 dual sport helmet but I ended up buying a Shoei RF-SR because I got a great deal on it and couldn't be happier. I'm also ordering the Transitions photo-chromatic shield for it since I had some money left over. I've always had Shoei helmets but looking around now and then just reaffirms their very high quality and comfort to me. For your safety concerns it has their MULTI-PLY MATRIX AIM+ SHELL, DUAL-LAYER /MULTI-DENSITY EPS LINER and their EMERGENCY QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM (E.Q.R.S.) that allows emergency medical personnel to easily and safely remove the cheek pads from an injured rider's helmet and remove the helmet without inflicting further injury. I don't think you'll find a safer helmet on the market.
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Recently I decided to replace my beloved Shoei 8 Ball helmet and stated looking at some alternatives. I took a hard look at the Bell MIPS helmet and found that Bell and I have a disagreement on where human ears are located on the head. I also looked the Shoei Hornet X2 dual sport helmet but I ended up buying a Shoei RF-SR because I got a great deal on it and couldn't be happier. I'm also ordering the Transitions photo-chromatic shield for it since I had some money left over. I've always had Shoei helmets but looking around now and then just reaffirms their very high quality and comfort to me. For your safety concerns it has their MULTI-PLY MATRIX AIM+ SHELL, DUAL-LAYER /MULTI-DENSITY EPS LINER and their EMERGENCY QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM (E.Q.R.S.) that allows emergency medical personnel to easily and safely remove the cheek pads from an injured rider's helmet and remove the helmet without inflicting further injury. I don't think you'll find a safer helmet on the market.

I just got an RF-SR as well to replace my old RF1000. I've been pretty pleased with it, especially since the guy at Cycle Gear basically threw in an extra visor and pinlock (amazing what happens when you start dithering on the sale and pointing out little blemishes on the shiny surface ).

The reason I went with the SR was because I ran across a thread here that described the RF1200 as being noisy when used in an upright position. Looking at that helmet, the neck line is different and I think that would explain it. The SR is designed for upright use, so I went with it.

Compared to my old RF1000, the SR is NOT quieter, but it produces different sound (different frequencies of hissing/humming). Sound-wise it's also more sensitive about angle when I turn my head with the vents open, the noise changes much more than it did on my old 1000. But, it's quite a bit lighter, which is nice. The single biggest thing I appreciate though, is the much improved and strengthened shield. The new sheild has a thick ridge across the bottom and snaps down against the seal much more completely. The mechanism for making that "last click" into place is also improved. Beyond this, the pinlock is obviously a great improvement in terms of anti-fogging. In the rain it still fogs, but it resists much more than the old one did.
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