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    New Helmet Time...

    My Giro Encinal Helmet has served me well over the past year.

    Do I need to replace it? No.
    Do I want to get a new helmet? Yes.

    My next helmet choice is the Giro Hex. I love it's aggresive styling and it's gotten great reviews
    (much like Giro's Flagship, the Xen, just more geared towards AM riding).
    I can't find the Matte Olive they made up until '08 anywhere.

    "If" I were to go with a Giro again, it'd be the Hex Olive Camo.
    But I'd have to see it in person. I might actually like it.
    Like the '09 HiFi, it might look better in actuality.

    I can't stand their newer helmets' graphics. Just too busy, too much going on. And yes, looks do matter to me.

    Came across these MET helmets across the pond in England.



    Does anybody have any experience with them?
    I love their styling, but all the style in the world isn't going to do me any good if their not well made and can't be custom fitted.

    I'm also going to look at Bell and LAS as well.

    Any other suggestions?

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    i just ordered the Bell Variant myself. I chose it mostly because of the liner. I sweat like a pig no matter what the temps outside and the variant has a great liner. it was quite comfy and lite.
    http://www.bellbikehelmets.com/produ...l.asp?prodID=4
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    Quote Originally Posted by CougarTrek
    Amazon has the Giro Hex on sale right now between 30 & 90 bucks (depends on what color). They have the olive and orange in small, and also quite a few other less flashy patterns like matte black, matte silver, and cammo (I have the Sepia cammo and can vouch for the pattern being very subtle at least in those colors).
    The Sephia is also my consideration too (it's like a matte brown).

    I'm going to try to see some in person.

    Again, sometimes they look better when you see them.

    I'm trying to stick with Giro as I've had good experiences with them,
    but there really is no need for the flashy graphics.

    At least they should be applied with stickers so that we could have the option of removing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLD
    i just ordered the Bell Variant myself. I chose it mostly because of the liner. I sweat like a pig no matter what the temps outside and the variant has a great liner. it was quite comfy and lite.
    https://www.bellbikehelmets.com/prod...l.asp?prodID=4
    Bell is #2 on my list because their easy to get around here
    (LAS is from Italy I believe and MET from England I think).

    I sweat up a storm too so I've already ordered a HALO Protex doo-rag.


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    i have halos and headsweats out the wazoo. i'm hoping the bell will keep me from having to wear them for quick after work rides. halo's seem to like to get lost in the wash, with my socks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLD
    i have halos and headsweats out the wazoo. i'm hoping the bell will keep me from having to wear them for quick after work rides. halo's seem to like to get lost in the wash, with my socks.
    I have a generic doo-rag that I figured out how to use.

    When I tie it on, I tie it just a little firm and put the knot under the helmet.
    My sweat travels back and drips off of the end of the know.
    When I used to wear it tight and under the helmet,
    it kept all the sweat in.

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    Amazon has the Giro Hex on sale right now between 30 & 90 bucks (depends on what color). They have the olive and orange in small, and also quite a few other less flashy patterns like matte black, matte silver, and cammo (I have the Sepia cammo and can vouch for the pattern being very subtle at least in those colors).

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    My brother has the Giro Xen and has been happy with it. I was between the Hex and the Fox Flux when I bought a new one last summer. Went with the Fox Flux and couldn't be happier. It's a good looking helmet with great coverage. It has more back and side coverage than the Hex and it just felt better and safer on my head. I would definitely consider the Flux in your decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen
    My next helmet choice is the Giro Hex. I love it's aggresive styling and it's gotten great reviews
    (much like Giro's Flagship, the Xen, just more geared towards AM riding).
    I can't find the Matte Olive they made up until '08 anywhere.
    I finally found an '08 Olive Matte Giro Hex Helmet after an exhaustive search that had me hitting
    up online bike shops in Puerto Rico, England, Ireland and even Australia & New Zealand.

    I came so close to getting one of the current Hex offerings (not too thrilled with the graphics).
    Definitely would've gone with a Xen (much better options color wise).

    But, I found what I wanted.

    (Now, next on the agenda...get ride of the orange graphics! )


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    Try a Spuik -- Nexion or Input-- These are sweet helmets with excellent fit and ventilation. For me hat size of 7 3/8 I never feel right in a Giro medium and a Large is swimming on me-- the Spuik size is m/l and puts my average size head right in the sweet spot of adjustment -- also well ventilated..

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    I had a Giro Hex in the Acid Green color. i loved it but cracked it in an OTB crash. I replaced it with the Camo Giro Hex. Same great fit and style. The camo is kinda wierd. It is made up of a bunch of "45 record adapters". I would have preferred a real camo pattern, but it isn't bad.


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    Well I just went to a bell variant from my giro atmos or something like that (2004, pretty high up the line back then, whatever the name was). I like it so far. It dosent seem to cool as well as my old giro but its very comfortable (more so than the giro it seems) and lighter too. It looks really fly as well. Ive yet to compare the helmets side by side to test ventilation though, I may be wrong. Right now Im split between giro and bell as my go to brand. They are both great. Have had 1 specialised (crap) 2 giros, and a bell, and both the giros were great. The bell is great too. Check it out, with the camo it looks really fly.

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