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anyone have an inexpensive helmet that they like?(14 posts)

anyone have an inexpensive helmet that they like?Frith
Apr 20, 2003 10:49 AM
I seem to be drawn to all the really expensive ones. I realize that helmet choice is a pretty personal thing but I'm just looking for a starting point.
I like my Bell X-Ray (nm)5ive
Apr 20, 2003 11:13 AM
re: anyone have an inexpensive helmet that they like?mainframe
Apr 20, 2003 11:19 AM
Just like frames, its probably more about fit. I have a three year old (great fitting)Specialized Sub-Zero I just painted a completely different color, looks like a brand new unit. IMHO, with many of the expensive helmets, one is paying for features that don't amount to a hill of beans if your head is hitting the pavement. Fit and "built to do the job" is the ticket.
Have your cake and eat it too...KEN2
Apr 20, 2003 12:05 PM
Bell Ghisallo, top of the line for $64 (single color, L only) at Jenson USA; same helmet, several colors S & M only, Performance @ $69.95. Best helmet I've ever used, easily adjustable headband can be adjusted on the fly.
That's what I do.KG 361
Apr 20, 2003 2:37 PM
Get last year's models at a discount price. Picked up a Briko Tornado @ Sierra Trading post for $37 SHIPPED last month.It was normally a $100 helmet.I personally have never had a Bell, but my daughter has one. Nice helmet. I'd see if I could pick up one of the Ghisallos on sale.
Have your cake and eat it too...PMC
Apr 20, 2003 4:37 PM
A second vote for the Bell Ghisallo. I picked up a 2002 Ghisallo in blue from Sierra Trading Post for around 55 dollars shipped prior to this season and love it. If I could find another great deal on one in white, I'd snap it up.
Got the Jenson deal a couple of months ago.djg
Apr 21, 2003 8:49 AM
Nice helmet. In fact, some Bell helmets haven't fit me that great in the past, but this is good, and very easily adjutable over a pretty good range. Obviously, your head may vary.

In general, the last year's (or year's before) model strategy can yield really good deals, whether you like Bell, Giro, Limar, or others. If you know what marks fit your mellon more-or-less well, 10 minutes of surfin' can usually turn up something for half its former price.
I happen to like...Mel Erickson
Apr 20, 2003 4:55 PM
The Bells with GPS, Ghisallo, Phi Pro, X-Ray and a couple others I can't remember the names of off the top of my head. The reason is they fit me better than any others, and I tried MANY helmets. I have the X-Ray because it seemed to have a slightly deeper bucket than the Ghisallo and Phi, maybe because it's aimed at the MTB market. Just take off the visor and, voila, a road helmet. Just like a frame, fit, fit, fit. Get what fits your noggin the best. All these helmets can be had for $45 to $75.
BellDanoK
Apr 20, 2003 8:39 PM
I love the Bell helmets I've owned over the last several years. Currently have the Alcera which I bought from Performance for $60. I challenge anyone to show me one single difference in performance, quality, comfort, adjustability, or looks between this helment and top-of-the-line Giro helmets. I think Bell helmets are great buys, especially if you get last year's model on sale.
ChallengeFez
Apr 21, 2003 5:21 AM
I have had a variety of helmets - some cheap, some expensive. What looks good and fits good for some folks does not for others.

If you can get a great fit and look with a cheap helmet, great. For me, some Bells work some don't. Same for Giro.

I'm now on the Giro Pneumo. Although I'm not happy about the price, it fits my head better than the others. The only actual difference I can see with this helmet and one that is $100 cheaper is that the Pneumo is vented more.
Is it vented more than the Ghisallo? (nm)jtferraro
Apr 22, 2003 7:13 AM
Is it vented more than the Ghisallo? (nm)Fez
Apr 22, 2003 12:30 PM
probably...

the biggest diffence b/w Pneumo and my prior Giros are the vents.

I don't count the number of vents. It just feels more vented than all others (including Ghisallo) and it appears more see thru - I can see all my hair because of all the venting.
louis garneau globetarwheel
Apr 21, 2003 4:29 AM
If you can find a Louis Garneau Globe, it is a great helmet for the money. They retail for $50 and Performance used to have them on sale all the time for $40. Fits great with an adjustable dial in the back. It also was the top-rated helmet by Consumer Reports, from a safety standpoint.
Yup...koala
Apr 21, 2003 6:48 AM
I have a Garneau which retais for more than the Globe and got it on close out for 50 bucks. Great lid. It fits my average sized bean better than my Giro(crashed and retired).