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    Full Face Helmet

    I am looking for a Full Face Helmet to help me keep my teeth when going big fails and I go down hard.

    I do a mix of riding short chunky DH and a few hours of XC trails in the same ride.

    It's very hot and often I get stuck in 90-110F weather and no wind to help.

    I don't need a super heavy duty helmet but I want more than the regular bike helmet provides.

    Above all I need to be able to keep riding for a hour or more in the heat without taking it off to cool down.

    Here's a list of helmets that I am considering:

    Specialized Deviant II
    Pryme AL helmet
    O'neal Airtech
    Kali Durgana DH
    Urge Down-O-Matic
    Rockgardn Black Pearl DH/FR
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    duplicate
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    I vote Deviant II. I use it for all mountain. I can ride with that thing on in 90 Degree heat for hours. The rubberizing on the outside, however, has not held up. It actually melted on mine.

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    Reading user review of the Deviant who say it's crash protection is sub-par is making me nervous.
    Can anyone comment to that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    Reading user review of the Deviant who say it's crash protection is sub-par is making me nervous.
    Can anyone comment to that?
    I can only give you my opinion, and that is that the helmet is not a downhill/freeride helmet. The construction doesn't "feel" as heavy duty as the more popular dedicated downhill helmets. Since I only do all-mountain type riding and don't take big drops and bomb downhill, that is ok with me.

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    I guess "big drop" is a relative term. lol
    I'm not looking for a motocross helmet but I want more then just a little protection.

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    Full face helmets are hella hot. Look for a good mouthguard and go with that.

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    I have a Bell Sanction and like it. FF is not that bad... I'm kinda partial to the way my face looks and need to go to work tomorrow. I'd say I wear mine more than half the time and it's tollerable. I do some rides that are 4-5mi of straight climbing. For those I strap it to my pack and wear my normal brain bucket for the climb. On rides with varied terrain I just wear it, sometimes I'll un strap it and lift it up, but leave it on my head for steep climbs. Even just a little bit of air flow gets you the swamp cooler effect going... basically makes you ride harder to get some airflow

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnyard View Post
    Full face helmets are hella hot. Look for a good mouthguard and go with that.
    It's not just my mouth.
    I get hit in the face with branches and have all sorts of face impacts.
    I have been lucky so far, but I'm tired of the bother and risk.

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    You have to DUCK, DODGE, DIP, DIVE, DODGE those branches.
    I actually have been looking for riding glasses for the "branches" reason.





    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    It's not just my mouth.
    I get hit in the face with branches and have all sorts of face impacts.
    I have been lucky so far, but I'm tired of the bother and risk.
    What did you put in that sandwich?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMP0323 View Post
    You have to DUCK, DODGE, DIP, DIVE, DODGE those branches.
    I actually have been looking for riding glasses for the "branches" reason.
    If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a branch!
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    Well I almost lost an eye last weekend to a branch that I hit mid-flight while getting air on a downhill run.
    My Oakley shades saved me but just barely.
    It was brutal, so I'm thinking I want the FF with goggles or visor etc.
    Then a few days later I went head over heals and barely got my face off the ground but my chest and shoulder got creamed.

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    I've been thinking about getting a full face as well, but I sweat a lot as it is and heat stroke is a serious possibility for me, so the only full face helmet that interested me was Azonic/O'neal Airtech. That is, until I found out about MET Parachute Full Face Helmet. I've read about people breaking the lower portion of the helmet when crashing and getting cuts on their face from broken plastic bits though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4nbstd View Post
    I've been thinking about getting a full face as well, but I sweat a lot as it is and heat stroke is a serious possibility for me, so the only full face helmet that interested me was Azonic/O'neal Airtech. That is, until I found out about MET Parachute Full Face Helmet. I've read about people breaking the lower portion of the helmet when crashing and getting cuts on their face from broken plastic bits though.
    Think I'd go Casco Viper MX before the MET Parachute....either of which you would have to get from someplace in Europe. I think the OP wants something just a little more than this but I could be wrong.

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    skidad,

    That's a cool unit but I am looking for a step up in protection from that type of helmet.

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    Wearing a full face and goggles for trail riding in 90-100+ degree heat with no breeze sounds really unpleasant.

    DH helmets are designed to vent at speed. Without air flow, they really hold the heat in. Plus, the chin bar keeps your breath in front of you to some degree, and also makes it more difficult to drink from your hydration bladder on the fly. I have one (POC Cortex Flow) but I only wear it on rides that have very discrete uphill and downhill legs so that I can strap it to my bag for the climbs. I tried it on a trail ride once for giggles, when I first got it. Never again.

    I keep goggles in my bag, and I frequently wear them with my half-shell helmet for a DH run or when the weather or light makes them a better choice than my sunglasses. Mine are bike-specific (Smith Intake Sweat-X) but they're still warm, much warmer than glasses.

    For what you describe, the Specialized is the obvious choice. It's the only one that's vented like a trail helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    skidad,

    That's a cool unit but I am looking for a step up in protection from that type of helmet.
    Well, there is this Cratoni Shakedown. 4 more vents on the back you can't see in this pic and 2 more under the visor also. The mouth guard is somewhat flexible vs rigid and designed to absorb and deflect on impact. Those front cheek pads remove also for a more XC helmet feel. Not a full on down hill helmet but a kinda in between.

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    Yea I was looking at that one, as mentioned in my 2nd post.
    I was looking for one with no flex to the front.
    I wonder how much flex to the front the Specialized Deviant II has.

    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post
    Well, there is this Cratoni Shakedown. 4 more vents on the back you can't see in this pic and 2 more under the visor also. The mouth guard is somewhat flexible vs rigid and designed to absorb and deflect on impact. Those front cheek pads remove also for a more XC helmet feel. Not a full on down hill helmet but a kinda in between.

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    Hey Dr. Phil. I'm using the Met Parachute. It's a great helmet.

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    I third (or fourth) the Parachute. I crashed in it pretty hard and no mouth guard shatter so far. It's quite nice actually.

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    I'm just about convinced to try the Specialized Deviant II.
    Does anyone know where to guy one online?
    Most places are out of stock.

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    i been wanting a deviant II for ages but they dont sell them in Aust no sticker.., if u find a site thats sells online for a good price share it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holf View Post
    i been wanting a deviant II for ages but they dont sell them in Aust no sticker.., if u find a site thats sells online for a good price share it
    Google shows me one place only, so I an going to start calling my local stores to ask if they can get me one.

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    cool stores in aust wont stock them not aust standard sticker so order online is my only option and hope it fits

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    Urge Archi Enduro
    It's light, fits perfectly, camel back friendly and you can spit as much as you want.

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    Well i pulled the trigger and had my local bike store order me the Deviant II.

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    nice let me know how it goes, then mail me one to Australia haha :P

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    Great information I will be getting one soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    Well i pulled the trigger and had my local bike store order me the Deviant II.

    My local ike shop said they would sell and ship to another state in the us, maybe they could do the same for you in OZ!!

    I will PM you their contact info.


    Have you tried a bike shop in OZ?

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    not selling in OZ for some reason at all, trying at NZ store atm and hope to get one will cost a bit more thou about 170ish for me.

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    My helmet came in today!
    I'll pick it up on the way home.
    I am so exited!

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    Full face with shades should be enough. You don't need goggles until you need to keep the dust or mud out. I have a first gen. deviant that i've been very happy with, but it really is a "single crash" helmet. I ordered my first full face helmet the same day I went to the dentist to have moss stains buffed off my teeth ( I bumped into these rocks, you see)

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    hi sorry to post this but i need to post five things before i can ask a question sorry

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    I was considering goggles because I often ride when the sun is low and shades make it hard to see.

    However, my Oakley glasses do have removable lenses and I could get the cheap clear ones, to insert when its dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    I ordered my first full face helmet the same day I went to the dentist to have moss stains buffed off my teeth ( I bumped into these rocks, you see)
    So did I. Two root canals as a result. I still don't like wearing my full-face for anything less than pure descending. It took a while to stop imagining smacking my face on every rock I passed, but I'm over it now. I do wear my goggles a lot more often than the big helmet. Goggles are great when you're up to speed. But our rides are generally sustained climbs followed by sustained descents.

    I've seen a Deviant in the flesh just once, at Rim Cyclery in Moab. It looked interesting, but I decided to go for the full on helmet for when I want one, bases on the trails I described above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    My local ike shop said they would sell and ship to another state in the us, maybe they could do the same for you in OZ!!

    I will PM you their contact info.


    Have you tried a bike shop in OZ?
    Could you PM me the info as well and price paid possibly?

    How is the sizing on the Deviant? I now use a S/M Fox Flux which fits perfectly and just a shade over 57cm.

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    I am very pleased with the Deviant II that just came in.
    I have not done a trail ride yet, but wearing it for 20 minutes in the hot and mostly stagnant air of my back proved comfortable.
    It has excellent ventilation! (especially with wind)
    Many more vents than any of the competitors.
    The primary difference between the competitors is the number of ventilation ports.

    Close interior inspection (with all pads and liners removed) shows it's constructed almost identically to the competitors, TLD, Urge, Giro, Bell, THE, SixSixOne.
    They each and all are made with the same standard format of construction:
    Using a standard bike helmet Styrofoam cask on the interior with a hardened outer shell bonded around it.
    They all use a conventional pad on the interior top and large cheek pads to the side and large pad on the back of the head.

    I read that some of the helmets are more round and some are more oval, so choose wisely.
    I have a slightly oval head, and it fits the Deviant II perfectly.
    I ordered a medium since that's the hat size I wear, and my other helmets are mediums.
    The Deviant II medium covers the range from 54cm to 60cm size heads.

    The Deviant II face mask section of the outer shell is not removable and is very strong and never bends.
    The Deviant II has ample room under in front to fit a fist between my lips and the mesh-mouth-guard at the front.
    I can drink from a long neck bottle or a tube with great ease on the fly, but with the bottle I have to lean my head way back and look up at the sky, to get the right angle.
    When standing still this is easy to drinking from a bottle, but I will need to use a tube to drink while riding, which is a non-issue really.

    I have read some say that this helmet wonít last multiple crashes compared to the competitors I listed above.
    But I would be surprised if that is a reality after seeing that the interior construction of them all is the same.
    Some may have a thicker exterior coating of gloss and paint which resists visible imperfections,.
    But the underlying safety Styrofoam materials and interior padding are the same thickness between all the competitors I saw.
    I could easily see this helmet lasing for years of use, but with any helmet, if you fall hard enough to crack the Styrofoam it then get a new helmet.

    Happily, the chin strap is very easy to use by feel and is intuitive.
    The strap sits in just the right place to keep the helmet perfectly aligned in the center,
    and even when whipping head around or using pressure on one side to try and make it tilt/twist off center.

    Only One minor complaint:
    The chin strap (which is really a neck strap) is made to fit in the corner above your Adamís Apple and jawline.
    The strap is smooth nylon webbing which slightly chafes my sensitive neck skin.
    Even my shirts do that sometimes, I am more sensitive than most people.
    I will simply wrap a felt or silk sock around the strap to cure this issue, like wrapping a lizard skin around a chain-stay.


    Additional Note:
    Putting on and removing the helmet while wearing glasses does not work well, the glasses fall off.
    This has been true for me with motor cycle helmets also; itís the nature of the shape.
    However, removing the Cheek pads gives more ventilation and lets my glasses stay put during insertion or removal.
    However, there is a huge reduction in protection without the cheek pads; you could still break your jaw or loose teeth on a serious impact.
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    cratoni shake down helmet

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    skidad,

    That's a cool unit but I am looking for a step up in protection from that type of helmet.
    I'd think again about this helmet. I ride XC in one of these and they are great. I live in northern England where the weather isnt always great and in the winter i have to wear a road cycling cap under the helmet to keep my head warm because its so well vented. The chin guard comes off (if you should ever need it to) and it comes in some really nice colours.

    Just a thought..

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintersolstice View Post
    If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a branch!
    Ha! I love that movie.

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