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post #16 of 23 Old 06-22-2016, 12:13 PM
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I always like the advertisement some companies use when they say "This [product] is so-and-so's choice" and they list a few pro racers who use said product. No...that's not their choice. That's called sponsorship . Pro racers don't go out trying every helmet, suit, gloves, etc. and pick what they like. They get sponsorship from a manufacturer and they have to use their products. They usually go with the best that manufacturer has to offer, but they don't have much of a choice. Why do you think Lorenzo got stuck wearing shitty HJC's for so long, until last year? lol
I've been using Suomy since back in mid 2000. Prior to that, I was an Arai user. IMO, Suomy is a much better and much more comfortable helmet than Arai. And to point out, I've always had/have the top tier helmets for both company. I've used OGK, Shoei and Shark but I've always gone back to Suomy because of comfort and weight. If you've never worn a Suomy, you should try it out. even just to pick it up compared to the comparable helmets. I didn't buy the helmet because who they sponsored but I bought it because it felt great and how light it was/is.
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post #17 of 23 Old 06-22-2016, 12:48 PM
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If you are a rounder head shape the new Bell Star may not be a great fit for you. I have an intermediate oval shape and I get a ton of pressure on my temples in the new Star. The new liner system is exciting stuff, but I noticed what I would say is a ridge near the temple where they place the visor side plates that digs in on me. My normal helmet is a Shoei RF-1100 and I fit well in the 1200 and X-14 as well and the Star just doesn't work for me.

If you are currently in a Quantum 2 the RX-Q would be a good option to consider. HJC RPHA 10 is slightly round of intermediate oval, but not as round s the Quantum 2. For a budget the Scorpion EXO-R710 is a touch on the round side and will be Snell 2015.
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I've been using Suomy since back in mid 2000. Prior to that, I was an Arai user. IMO, Suomy is a much better and much more comfortable helmet than Arai. And to point out, I've always had/have the top tier helmets for both company. I've used OGK, Shoei and Shark but I've always gone back to Suomy because of comfort and weight. If you've never worn a Suomy, you should try it out. even just to pick it up compared to the comparable helmets. I didn't buy the helmet because who they sponsored but I bought it because it felt great and how light it was/is.
Yeah I've always heard Suomy are among some of the lightest helmets. My local dealer actually has some Suomys, so I could always try some out.

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If you are a rounder head shape the new Bell Star may not be a great fit for you. I have an intermediate oval shape and I get a ton of pressure on my temples in the new Star. The new liner system is exciting stuff, but I noticed what I would say is a ridge near the temple where they place the visor side plates that digs in on me. My normal helmet is a Shoei RF-1100 and I fit well in the 1200 and X-14 as well and the Star just doesn't work for me.

If you are currently in a Quantum 2 the RX-Q would be a good option to consider. HJC RPHA 10 is slightly round of intermediate oval, but not as round s the Quantum 2. For a budget the Scorpion EXO-R710 is a touch on the round side and will be Snell 2015.
Interesting points. Thanks for the info!

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Took a leap of faith and bought a Bell Star without trying one on. Hope it fits well!
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I currently own 2 helmets. Both are Nexx; both made of carbon fiber. I have been using the XT1, but I also have the XR1R. I started with the XR1R due to its very light weight. Its a really basic helmet and its key features are the light weight (lightest at the time and I'm not sure if anything lighter exists yet; 2lb 11oz in a Large) and the large viewport. the big downsides for me were wind noise and the cumbersome visor replacement procedure. The latter was a big problem sometimes on my ride home from work as I would sometimes get caught between light and dark. Switching back and forth sucked. The visor detents also wore down rather quickly.

I bought the XT1 for my commutes, primarily for the built-in visor. Its still a pretty light weight helmet but heavier than the XR1R. The viewport isn't as big either. But, it allows me to run the tinted shade whenever I want so I wouldn't have to determine which shield to use for the ride home. A really nice feature of this helmet is the chin strap. Rather than the typical Double D-Rings most helmets use, it uses a zip tie like mechanism. I can operate the chin strap with my gloves on. It also has a provision for a Nexx specific Sena Bluetooth module which sits quite flush if you get it.

I will be considering one of the Bell Star (pro, race) helmets later this year. Specifically the version(s) that integrates the 360Fly camera. Still not sure when exactly they will release it though. And I would opt for the auto-tinting visor as well.
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Scorpion rf 2000 good price good track day helmet. would recommend
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Essentially it comes down to what fits your head the best within your budget. Especially if you are doing track days. Comfort is the most important thing.


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