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Helmets!(22 posts)

Apr 19, 2002 9:00 AM
God darn it, if it was'nt for them things I would not be writing this thread. Well, I crash about 3 times a year (Well I crash alot more ...but its around 3 times a year that I tend to crack my helmet). My last one was an Giro Eclipse. Am looking for a really strong yet light mother of all helmets. But more importantly, if I am to spend over a 100, I would need to have a good crash replacement policy form the manufacturers (Giro is horrible, but I read that Limar has a $35 dollar replacement policy). Am looking into the the Limar F111. Any suggetsions would be much appreciated. Also, is it nuts to spend over a 100 bucks on a helmet ??

re: Helmets!SteveO
Apr 19, 2002 9:06 AM
"is it nuts to spend over a 100 bucks on a helmet ?? "

I certainly think so if you replace it thrice a year (assuming they provide equal protection).
re: Helmets!jarraa
Apr 19, 2002 9:35 AM
I was on the same page as you were. Thats why I am looking for a good crash replacement policy. Any help would be much appreciated.

re: Helmets!SteveO
Apr 19, 2002 9:53 AM
Apr 19, 2002 9:35 AM
3 helmets a year! Man. If I crash that many times a year, I would just quit, my love for life is greater than my love for cycling.
Well, Limar is a great choice. Light weight and 3 years replacement warrenty. However, F111 is a bad choice if you are going to buy three a year. It costs $160. $160*3=$480. Five hundred bucks a year on helmet? If you want a good, non-cheap looking helmet, why not buy F105($80) or F107($100 on sale at world cycling right now). I have(had) both 105 and 107, I think 105 is slightly better buy for the price. Not as sharp looking as 107, but better fit, better ventilation, and actually lighter than 107. Both are used by the Pros.
FYI: I am selling my 105 L/XL, navy blue, in great condition. You can have it for $50 shipped. (reason for selling: I am getting the MET Stradivarius from UK, for cool factor only.)
Apr 19, 2002 9:39 AM
Thanks for the response. Firstly, I have a 55cm head. so I guess I am a small. Secondly, I can get the F111 for 140, and with the $35 crash policy, its 140 +35*2 = 210. Now 210 dollars seems like a lot of money, but I would rather skip meals outside that my safety (as you said for life). So I guess what I am really asking is whether the f111 is more safer that the f107 or the f105 or the Giro Eclipse ...or .. . Thanks.

do you knowJekyll
Apr 19, 2002 9:49 AM
if MET has a web site? Did a search but could not find anything. Thanks
MET Stradivarius ROCKSIcefrk13
Apr 19, 2002 10:15 AM
I just orderd one from Xpedia a few weeks ago. I love the helmet. It fits well good vetilation and is the cooles of anybody I ride with. Good replacement policy but international shippg would kill you.
MET Stradivarius ROCKS + websiteQubeley
Apr 19, 2002 12:48 PM
You are a lucky man. I got mine a week ago, too small!!
Sent it back, don't know how long it will take to get it back. And even if I do get it back, I am paying the shipping three times. Hope the coolness will justify the cost. I am in tear.
The MET helmet website:, not a lot of info.
MET Stradivarius ROCKS + websiteIcefrk13
Apr 19, 2002 12:59 PM
I am lucky. I am a solid med in the giro. I can take the S/M or the M/L. Why dont you try selling it. You might be able to break even or even come out a little ahead.
Did you get the MET Stradivarius shipped to the US?Fr Ted Crilly
Apr 19, 2002 3:56 PM
I tried to buy one a couple of months ago from the The Cycle Superstore in Dublin, Ireland, and they wouldn't sell it to me. They said it wasn't certified for use in the US and MET wouldn't allow them to sell any of their helmets to US customers. I wonder why Xpedia, (based in the UK), had no such concerns?
I ended up getting a Giro Eclipse, but I wish I had looked around a bit longer and found I previously had a MET Fireball and that was a very comfortable helmet for my head.
Clarification on MET and US usageboneman
Apr 21, 2002 12:44 AM
MET have elected not to sell their helmets in the US as they are a small company and do not want to be exposed to US litigation. This is part of the blurb which comes with their helmets. In other words, they do not have a US distributor, nor do they sell to a non-US distributor for the purpose of further export on to the US.

The helmet's themselves have not been tested for compliance to US accepted industry standards such as ANSI and ASTM, but instead for compliance with European accepted industry standards. Sounds like Cycle Superstore was being ultra conservative in their position.

I have a MET Strad and love the fit. I've used Bell's since 1974 and before the Strad had a Giro which was sacrificed in an accident in 2000.
Did you get the MET Stradivarius shipped to the US?Icefrk13
Apr 21, 2002 10:04 AM
Ya it was sent here in the US, no questions asked. Also no customs fees made me a happy camper :)
If I crashed that often, I'd wear motorcycle-type body armor(nm)tz
Apr 19, 2002 9:42 AM
re: Helmets!GeekRoadie
Apr 19, 2002 9:50 AM
Wow, that's 3 more than you should be having a year! :) Seriously, though I've got a F107 that I like.. Solidly built, comfy, light and not too shabby looking. Just a note on fit since you are looking at the F111. Limar' run a bit narrow compared to Giro's and Bell's in my experience.

ride safe!
work on some handling skills!(nm)merckx56
Apr 19, 2002 9:51 AM
re: Helmets!pa rider
Apr 19, 2002 10:12 AM
try specialize helmets. I crashed four weeks ago a 20 miles per hour on a downhill landing on my head flipping onto my back. This is the fourth helmet I broke in 8 years (hit two cars and one night riding) and found the specialize took the crash the best.

My neck didn't hurt afterwards. I was sore for 10 weeks afterweards when I wore the giro's, plus they don't stop much after they crunch. I think that's why my necked hurt afterwards.

I don't spend more than $70 for the specialize helmet, but didn't bother checking into the crash replacement because it would cost me $50 and I know it will take up to 4 weeks to get the helmet.

Maybe you need to have two helmets based on how often you wreck. Sorry man, no pun.
re: Helmets!Becky
Apr 19, 2002 10:15 AM
4 weeks?!? When I crashed with my Specialized helmet, my LBS handled the whole crash replacement (20% off) right there on the spot. I never dealt directly with Specialized.
re: Helmets!pa rider
Apr 19, 2002 3:02 PM
My LBS told me deal directly with specialize. It's also on their warrenty card, or you can say in the book that came with the helmet.

It took me four weeks to get my Giro replaced in 1999. My LBS rather sale me his leftover merchandise instead. I didn't mind because I got a better helmet 2 levels up at the $70 price.

I ride 4 to 5 days a week and can't wait four weeks. I'm stuck on one helmet becuase when I MTB the second helmet never felt right. Just like wearing gloves. You can't just switch over expecting them to feel right (refering to lobster gloves in winter time riding).
Bell helmets.Sintesi
Apr 19, 2002 11:17 AM
Pretty sure they will replace cracked helmets for a nominal fee. The Ghisallo has to be the best looking lid they've put out in years. But it's also >$150.
Limar 107+?kenyee
Apr 19, 2002 11:46 AM
Limar makes a 107+ that has a bit more padding than a plain 107. No clue if it makes a real difference. The helmet comparison sites seem to think that all helmets have the same protection and you just need one w/ rounded edges so it's not ripped off during the crash. Not sure I'd agree w/ that; some have to have better padding or better crash absorption than others. One company was working on some foam that compresses more at slow speeds than high speeds; can't remember the name.
Why all the crashes ?Icefrk13
Apr 19, 2002 12:43 PM