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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-28-2016, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Helmet Question

this might sound like a noob question but i've never really had a straight answer...


I like AGV helmets but there seems to be a pretty big price gap.

$200-$1,500+.

what are the differences of me buying a $300-500 one to a $1500 helmet?

aside from the graphics...what would be a perk to buying a more expensive one from a cheap one?
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Re: Helmet Question

i had the same question you did when i was getting my first helmet. A friend referred me to this and I now understand it a lot better. I feel i made a better decision about which helmet i should get afterwards.
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Re: Helmet Question

In the U.S you can purchase a helmet with SNELL certification, which is much better than the DOT most cheap helmets have. DOT is also a standard, but to be DOT, a company has to declare is DOT without testing, and every once in a while, the Department of Transport will check if its really DOT. Different than SNELL, the manufacturer has to voluntarily test the helmet to receive certification. SNELL is also a higher standard than DOT in itself. Hope this helps..

P.d, avoid buying helmets online, only in perdon. Because a loose/too tight helmet will be unsafe and uncomfortable.
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Re: Helmet Question

More expensive helmets don't always mean that they're more safe than the cheaper alternatives. What i've noticed is that when i jumped from a cheaper, to a more expensive helmet is comfortability, and weight. I switched from an Exo R2000 (6lbs) to a Nexx XR2 Carbon Zero (2.7lbs) was that not only was it half the weight, it was twice as comfortable.
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Re: Helmet Question

Ive had scorpion, joe rocket, icon but nothing fits like my Shorei. Its light, so very comfy and not that expensive.
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Re: Helmet Question

My wife has and AGV K3 which costs ~$200. She also has a Corsa which costs ~$1000. They are completely different helmets. The K3 is an ok helmet, and I'm sure that it would do its job but, the fit and finish on the Corsa are FAR superior. Everything is better: the weight, the liner, the shield and latching system, the graphics, the airflow, the comfort. The K3 line may protect your head just fine but it is no where near the top of the line AGV's as far as quality.

You typically really do get what you pay for in helmets. I've had cheap Scorpions and HJC's but then I bought a Shoei. And then a few Arai's. There is not much concrete proof that the Shoei or Arai, or top of the line AGV will protect a head any better than a budget helmet. But, once you pick one up, inspect it, and most importantly, wear it, you will notice a difference and may just understand why it costs so much more. You also may appreciate all the work that has gone into creating it and understand why more professionals choose it.

As for buying a helmet online, why not?? Sure you should try some on locally to see what fits you but once you know your brand/size, you can order from anywhere. That Medium AGV at Cycle Gear is the same Medium that Rider's Discount or STG sell. It probably costs a lot less at RD or STG as well.
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the only negative thing about buying online is you will potentially get a old model. for instance I just bought a shoei RF-1200 at a local dealership. ($50 cheaper than online too). the one on the shelf I tried on was a snell 2010. the one he gave me in the box is a snell 2015. I was very happy to see this. I thought I was getting a snell 2010.
same helmet much older build date.
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the only negative thing about buying online is you will potentially get a old model. for instance I just bought a shoei RF-1200 at a local dealership. ($50 cheaper than online too). the one on the shelf I tried on was a snell 2010. the one he gave me in the box is a snell 2015. I was very happy to see this. I thought I was getting a snell 2010.
same helmet much older build date.
If you buy from a reputable online retailer, they should be able to give you a build date, or at least a date range, when you order. Just have to ask.
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Re: Helmet Question

This will help you out, the testing is pretty thorough. I remember being quite surprised seeing several very expensive helmets receive an average rating


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This will help you out, the testing is pretty thorough. I remember being quite surprised seeing several very expensive helmets receive an average rating


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Cool link. Very happy to see my shoei (nxr aka rf 1200) with very good impact results.

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