As already said, fit is most important.
Shoei RF1100 fits me well, and I picked up my solid color one for <$400 delivered a year ago. I am fund limited so I pick quality helmet over cool paint job. If I could, I'd get both.
Originally Posted by A.King.
I don't think its even worth it buying a helmet over $400 since helmets only have a 5 year life span until the "integrity" of the helmet gets compromised. Should just get like HJC RPS-10 every 5 years for 15 years and that will be the price of buying these expensive as hell helmets that last only 5 years in my opinion.
This is true, and why I insist on a quality helmet that is not too expensive (so I forgo cool graphics).
But one thing that is being ignored is the helmet collection. After their useful life span, most of our old helmets sit on top of my book cases. The ones we spent more on getting cool graphics ..., look much cooler sitting up there. Laugh if you want, but to many the "display-ability" or cool associated with a helmet keeps paying back for many, many years after the helmets useful life.