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    Helmet Options

    Hello,

    Over this wonderfully warm weekend, on my usually evening ride I was going through a section of the trail that I am very familiar with but someone decided put a rock in the middle of the trail. (not a huge rock, but one I couldnt avoid hitting, I was going to fast and it was right behind a blind corner) So after a (im sure ridiculous looking) attempt at a save, I ended up doin some funky superman bonzai face plant...I guess im extremely lucky to have walked away without even a scratch (seriously, not one) but my head hurt!! like pounding headache, and I looked at my helmet when I returned home and it has a small crack, and several 'divits'. So anyways, im casually looking for a new lid.


    What I want:
    1. low profile (like skate profile)
    2. ventilation (still want it to look like a mtn bike helmet)
    3. i dont mind buying online, but i want to try on the same one locally before i buy
    4. not over $100

    any ideas?

    Thanks!
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    Check out the Protec Cyphon, I love it, and it's got a bit of that skate look/profile to it.

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    Fox Flux ($99.99)

    If you like Black, Price Point has it for $79.98.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berge
    Fox Flux ($99.99)
    +1...that's exactly what I was going to say. I need a new one, and have been looking at the Flux. Kind of pricey, though.
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    ive got an abnormal sized head so i would HAVE to try them on.
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    Ive got a huge dome. . . I had the, flux crashed hard, it saved my life, but Fox wouldnt help me out on a discounted return for a new one. . . so I shopped around and found the protec Cyphon. The Fox fit well, and had a nice lower reaching backside, was relatively light, but it doesnt make a difference as my neck is used to holding up the big dome anyway. The Cyphon isnt mcuh heavier, its got great venting, and the BOA fit is unmatched IMO. Both have removable visors. I lean to the protec again, because of how it fits. I initially struggled to get it to fit, but when you figure out how it sits on your head, you just turn the BOA wheel a few clicks and you barely even need the normal straps.

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    where did you get the protec? i think i want to go check it out?
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    http://search.store.yahoo.com/cgi-bi...83504286355046

    Price has dropped as well. . . Im sure you can find it on other similar sites as well.

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    Until you said not over $100, I was going to recommend the Giro Xen.
    Best half lid I've ever used.

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    yeah, i looked at the Xen the E2 and uhmmm one other, but my financial obligations can not justify me dropping more than 100 (would like to stay under 70 but...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exodus11
    yeah, i looked at the Xen the E2 and uhmmm one other, but my financial obligations can not justify me dropping more than 100 (would like to stay under 70 but...)
    Cost on the Xen is what is keeping me from replacing the one I have.

    I think Giro makes a model similar but one step below the Xen, its cheaper.

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    Nashbar/performance and many others usually have some old (06-07) helmets from Giro on clearance...sometimes a good selection, sometimes not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckee Trash
    , its got great venting, and the BOA fit is unmatched IMO. .
    call me stupid but what does BOA mean?
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    +1 Giro Xen

    Giro Xen's the best lid I've worn. I picked up new one on Ebay for $80 including S&H. Previous year's model and limited color options. Never had a regret though.

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    Here is the official website

    Quote Originally Posted by Exodus11
    call me stupid but what does BOA mean?


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    I happened to be in Sports Chalet at Metro center at lunch and they have the Flux, Cyphon and a Giro one that looks just as good and cheaper than both...
    Made with real bits of Panther, so you know it's good...

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    If you like to ride fast or aggressive I would get a well vented full face. Never know when you'll get the high speed washout and hit some rocks with your jaw or something.

    My full face goes on every type of ride
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    Why skimp on protecting your noggin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by empty_set
    Why skimp on protecting your noggin?
    because a $40 helmet works as well as a $125 helmet according to ANSI and SNELL standards.

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    Just pm'd you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetisurly
    because a $40 helmet works as well as a $125 helmet according to ANSI and SNELL standards.
    Thanks for chiming in!

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    Flux.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetisurly
    because a $40 helmet works as well as a $125 helmet according to ANSI and SNELL standards.
    A $40 skate lid won't protect as much as a $100full face . But even to you thats got to be obvious.
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    Flux did a good job on the crash I had 2 weeks ago. Took the impact and cracked through. Unfortunately I never thought it was comfortable. The retention mechanism on the back dug into my scalp and gave me a headache. It got better over time but was never perfect. For that reason I've ordered the Xen.

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    I have used Bell, Giro, Specialized and even an old Avenir helmet. The best one is the Giro Xen. It is not the smallest looking helmet, but it beats out all the others I have used on overall fit, comfort and protection.

    And yes, $40 helmets are virtually just as safe as $140 helmets. However, there are nuanced safety differences due to different shape, coverage, material, etc. Nonetheless, these differences do not exists as a result of price variations. As such, a $40 helmet could conceivably be slightly more or slightly less safe than other helmets. To that end, the Xen and some other helmets have greater coverage than most other similar helmets, and as such, are allegedly safer.
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    im really interested in the ProTec Cyphon as TT mentioned. its a great lookin lid, and is kinda low profile like i originally wanted.
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    I have the Fox Flux black camo a super nice helmet. I have two others but like the fox the best

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    You wont be disappointed with the Cyphon, however you might have to order it online and guess on the size. . . keep in mind the BOA makes it highly adjustable, it simple grabs your head. Im sure whatever company you chose to order it from would honor an exchange for the correct size.

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