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    TLD D3 Composite vs Carbon

    Looking to get my first downhill helmet.
    I will only be using it 1 or 2 a year.
    I know there is a small weight difference, but I really don't care about that. I want what will protect my nog the best.
    I had read where another biker had a carbon, he had a small bump, something that has happened in the past, nothing huge, that his old composites handled, but the carbon cracked immediately.

    Basically it comes down to protection and of course color. The one I have picked out is carbon, but I want to make sure it can handle small bumps, as it should, but protect me all the way when I have that big one.

    Since the Carbon is so stiff, will it crack more easily?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lardo5150 View Post
    Looking to get my first downhill helmet.
    I will only be using it 1 or 2 a year.
    I know there is a small weight difference, but I really don't care about that. I want what will protect my nog the best.
    I had read where another biker had a carbon, he had a small bump, something that has happened in the past, nothing huge, that his old composites handled, but the carbon cracked immediately.

    Basically it comes down to protection and of course color. The one I have picked out is carbon, but I want to make sure it can handle small bumps, as it should, but protect me all the way when I have that big one.

    Since the Carbon is so stiff, will it crack more easily?

    Are either of those in-molded?

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    Don't know what that is

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    It's when the foam and shell and bonded together. Not taped or glued.

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    In my experience carbon helmets are slightly lighter but no where near as resiliant. I no longer buy carbon helmets as one drop or knock and its replacement time - what would be a scuff mark on a composite helmet is a replacement in Carbon. For the big hits I think both are equally protective and of course after a significant hit both have done their job and will need replacement.

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    Have a D3 Carbon and took a spill at the bike park. Shoulder took the brunt of it but hit my head as well. Hard enough for me to get a headache right away but (assuming) no concussion. Absolutely no damage to the helmet, just a little scratch on the surface.

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