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What's with the "helmet" the Lampre guys are wearing?(10 posts)

What's with the "helmet" the Lampre guys are wearing?JBurton
Jul 7, 2002 6:26 PM
I looked it up on the Rudy Project International website. It is called the Stratosphere and is made of "E.V.A., a lightweight material with excellent resistance to impact and abrasion..." Looks like a glorified cap to me. Anyone know anything about this head gear?
re: What's with the "helmet" the Lampre guys are wearing?pina
Jul 7, 2002 7:55 PM
Has been around several years and is probably better than an old fashioned hair net. They also wear a Rudy like the standard helmet most people expect. Today's stage winner was in fact wearing a hard Rudy.
inspired from a "fat albert" character i say . . . NmSpirito
Jul 7, 2002 11:45 PM
I have one,TJeanloz
Jul 8, 2002 4:24 AM
It's really comfortable, and according to sources at RP who remain unnamed because of liability, will perform as well as a hardshell helmet in a crash. Because of the nature of the tests, it cannot pass the US ANSI/Snell tests, though it does carry a CE (euro standards) sticker. It also has a pretty neat reversible visor.

I almost never wear it, but I don't wear a helmet that often anyways (flame away- but it's my decision, knowing the risks involved, and yes, a helmet has saved my life in the past). When I do wear a helmet, it's probably 50/50 with a Giro Pnuemo.
how safe is it in a crash if it didnt pass those tests?ishmael
Jul 8, 2002 6:37 AM
How squishy is it? Is it race legal in the US? I already have a helmet and amn't(?) looking for another one, but I thought about buying it long ago. Why would you ever want two helmets, especially if you only wear one half the time, you need half a helmet.
how safe is it in a crash if it didnt pass those tests?DougSloan
Jul 8, 2002 6:42 AM
USCF race legal helmets must be Consumer Product Safety Commission certified. ANSI is no longer a standard.

At least the "soft" helmet is better than no helmet at all.

I have 5 helmets.

Pretty safe,TJeanloz
Jul 8, 2002 6:44 AM
As explained to me, one of the test involved is dropping a weighted ball from a height of a few feet, and the helmet (without anything inside it) can't deform more than X amount (i.e. needs to hold its shape). This effectively eliminates any soft-shell helmet. I don't plan to have weighted balls fall on my head, so I think I'm o.k...

It's pretty squishy, about one inch thick unsqueezed, you can squeeze it between your fingers to about 3/8 of an inch thick.

Why have multiple helmets? Because I'm vain; I wear the stratosphere with yellow or red jerseys and shorts. My blue Pnuemo goes with my blue jersey and shorts (or contrasts nicely with a white jersey), and my white Pnuemo goes with mostly everything else. I have different colored shoes too. You asked.
you and doug remind me of my girlfriendishmael
Jul 8, 2002 6:52 AM
unless Doug has a better reason for 5 helmets? The most manly reason would be becase 4 are cracked.
more, actuallyDougSloan
Jul 8, 2002 7:34 AM
*White Giro Boreas - daytime helmet

*Yellow/orange Giro Boreas - night time (reflective stuff on it)

*Cheap helmet with tape over the vents - hard rain helmet

*Limar helmet in celeste - don't like the fit

*Louis Garneau time trial helmet (actually have 2, as I bought an extra by mistake)

*Bell mountain bike helmet with visor (no use for it any more)

Plus a few other old ones I keep in case anyone needs one and forgets theirs.

I have one,divve
Jul 8, 2002 12:49 PM
CE is the biggest Euro "quality mark" farce yet. It's only a declaration of intention to comply to EU directives stipulating its use. No third party independent testing is required to authorize use. If you believe a product to be dangerous you have to file a complaint and convince the enforcing member state that the product is unsafe. Only then appropriate action will be taken...I wonder if the EU also does after the fact food and drug testing?