Which Helmet

Warwickshire Whizzer
edited November 2010 in Road buying advice
Afternoon folks,

Mrs. Whizzer has foolishy told me she does'mt mind what I spend on a shiney new helmet, as cost compared to my bonce's safety is irrelevant. So, should I accept that as carte blanche to get any helmet I want, or, is any one helmet safer than another?

I think what I'm getting at, is say a £55 Giro Monza less safe than a £140 Ionos? Or, as I suspect, you're really only paying for weight savings and stylings after a certain point.

Feel free to add which helmet I should go for, though I note there was a which helmet thread running last week which i don't want to trample over...

Cheers

Comments

  • izza
    izza Posts: 1,561
    Having gone through the process myself last week. There seems to be four basic variables:

    - weight
    - cooling
    - comfort
    - brand/style

    The latter two qualities are completely dependent on you, your head, your vanity, etc. Only way would be to look around at others and then go and try some on. As for the first two qualities the first is easily quantifiable. The second, I had to go from internet feedback. For instance, the Giro pro-light is much lighter than its stable mate the Atmos but it appears the pro's stuck to the latter due to better cooling.

    Personally I wear a buff under my helmet and find that this aids sweat wicking/cooling process enough I went for the lightest helmet I could find.
  • derosa
    derosa Posts: 2,819
    Try on a range of helmets and buy the one that fits the best - simples!

    Big H

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  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    +1 for fit.

    Obviously you want one that you like the look of, but I dont really feel the need to pay megabucks for a helmet.
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    apologies for the thread kinda-hijack, but I've been trying new lids in the shops where I can but most seem to be Giro or specialized ones, anyone know where there are stockists of Bell and/or Met helmets in the manchester area??
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
    --Jens Voight
  • Halfords sell Bell / Met i think, I am a CATLIKE whisper man myself
  • cal_stewart
    cal_stewart Posts: 1,840
    i've got a monza, good helmet would say you don't need much more. Looking for a new one only on style.
    eating parmos since 1981

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  • Thanks guys,

    Seems the addiotnal expense of some helmets is done to cooling and weight as opposed enhanced safety features if I was to topple off.

    I shall try a number of lids and pick the most comfortable, best fitting helmet, that happens to tick my eye for style. And damn the cost, because the one i choose, will be the safest when Mrs Whizzer checks the figures.

    PS not a fan of the catlike Whisper, I prefer my lids to be full of swooshing lines and to appear like overlays of ribbon, than a piece of swiss cheese.
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Thanks guys,

    Seems the addiotnal expense of some helmets is done to cooling and weight as opposed enhanced safety features if I was to topple off.

    I shall try a number of lids and pick the most comfortable, best fitting helmet, that happens to tick my eye for style. And damn the cost, because the one i choose, will be the safest when Mrs Whizzer checks the figures.

    PS not a fan of the catlike Whisper, I prefer my lids to be full of swooshing lines and to appear like overlays of ribbon, than a piece of swiss cheese.

    Specialized helmets usually fit and look the best.

    I have a Giro
  • ShutUpLegs wrote:

    Specialized helmets usually fit and look the best.

    I have a Giro


    Yeah, can't make my mind up on the spesh lids. Something about the front doesn't quite do it for me. Kask anyone?
  • ChrisSA
    ChrisSA Posts: 455
    Bell Furio from Decathlon. Cost me about £14. Spend the rest on bling.
  • vorsprung
    vorsprung Posts: 1,953
    I've had a couple of Giro and a couple of Bell helmets

    Currently I have Lidl's finest helmet which cost me £7. It is EN1078 certified and weighs 280g

    Can't see that it is any different to the Giro helmets that cost me £70

    I do long distance riding and some people say that a lighter helmet prevents Shermer's neck. Whatever helmet I wear it doesn't seem to make any difference.

    So if you want an expensive helmet because it looks nice, feel free. It's good to look good. But don't think it will offer any performance benefits
  • magoo289
    magoo289 Posts: 223
    +1 for fit.

    After trying on my brands and models, finally got one that fitted me and I liked.