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    helmet help

    i tried searching but the word "helmet" came up with 234,440,434,098 threads that had nothing to do with my question

    what is the difference in a $30 helmet and a $200 helmet?

    thanks in advance!

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    Actually most helmets are overbuilt and the more expensive a helmet is, the more it approaches the minimum safety limit, but the lighter it gets.

    A $200 helmet will most likely be weaker than an $80 helmet and less durable. But on the other hand, it will probably fit better (because it's a bit lighter), have more vents, and be more comfortable over a long ride.
    Quote taken from HERE.

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    very informative link, thanks for that!!!

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    Comparing a $30 standard XC helmet to a $200 standard XC helmet...

    1) Fit, $200 helmet is likely to come in sizes (S,M,L adult) instead of just "adult" With the adjustable retention systems this is not a huge deal, but factors into comfort at least.

    2) Ventilation. $200 helmet has more vents and better venting design.

    3) Weight. $200 helmet weighs less

    4) Aerodynamics/style. $200 helmet has attention paid to aerodynamics, etc.

    Both pass the same safety standards. Personally, I ride in a $70 helmet (Giro Hex) which is enough to get me a sized helmet that is comfortable and well vented. I literally forget it's on my head when I wear it. You don't need to spend $200 to get a nice, safe, comfortable helmet. The $200 ones just look cool, are crazy light, and maybe are a little more aerodynamic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyled
    very informative link, thanks for that!!!
    No problem, and for the record, you can read about what lids I wear in that thread as well.

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    thanks cougar, i was gonna try to stay somewhere around the middle. even more-so now after reading the above thread and your reply

    now to find one that actually fits my melon head haha

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    Funny that you say "melon head", some helmet manufacturers make oblong helmets and others make more round ones. The BMX/Skate style helmets tend to be more round.

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    haha yeah ive got a pumpkin on my shoulders

    just noticed you are in austin, im on the north side of SA

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    Go for a full-face dirt-bike style helmet. He'd be the coolest guy on the block. It will also prevent head trauma in pretty much all accident situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scralatchtica824
    Go for a full-face dirt-bike style helmet. He'd be the coolest guy on the block. It will also prevent head trauma in pretty much all accident situations.
    I use a Giro Remedy for non-commuting/trail/DH.

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