Which Model of Helmet Do You Wear and Why? How Frequently Do You Replace It?

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AJS914
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by AJS914

I stick with Giro because I generally like the styling and they have always fit me well.

My current is an Atmos II. The Atmos II was a $100 helmet. I'm over buying the $200 helmets. They just aren't worth the extra coin IMO.

bilwit
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by bilwit

Synthe! Subtle, lightweight, plenty of ventilation. Used it for a couple years before I scratched it up pretty bad in a crash and then just bought the same one for cheap on ebay. Always liked the look of the Mojito or Protone though but haven't been tempted enough to get one yet

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AJS914
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by AJS914

Beware of cheap ebay helmets. I bought a Giro Aeon that was fake. It was a really damn good fake and looked 99% the part.

1415chris
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by 1415chris

Giro are made cheap (Synthe), retention system, padding, straps are quite poor. General quality of inners is not impressive at all.
Compared to Kask I own, it is very obvious.

eaglejackson
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by eaglejackson

Make sure it fits well. I've mostly worn Giro over the years and replace my helmet every 2-3 years or so. Giro fits my head well. I like the Kask Protone, but it didn't fit comfortably. Bell and Specialized road helmets don't fit me as well as Giro, either. I wore a Catlike Mixino helmet for a couple of years. It's very light - noticeable when I wear it. And great ventilation. The looks are polarizing. I kind of liked them but my wife (also a rider) continued to give me non stop crap about the looks so I switched. It's easier to switch helmets than wives :) I'm on a Giro Synthe now. It fits great and looks good. I didn't go with MIPS. The plastic MIPS liner wasn't very comfortable on my head, plus I'm not convinced of any efficacy.

rlanger
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by rlanger

I wear the Kask Mojito, primarily because it fits, looks good, and I didn't want to shell out the extra cash for the Protone, although that helmet really is light and comfortable.

The Mojito is great, but you have to be careful about which sunglasses you choose to pair it with. Not all sunglasses will be able to pass through the adjustable head strap. Not sure, but I assume the same goes for the Protone.

Looking forward to checking out the new Valegro from Kask. Looks like a nice helmet and really, really light.

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wheelbuilder
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by wheelbuilder

Kask Vertigo. Pure luxury and super high quality craftmanship. Most helmets look so cheap when closely examined. The Vertigo is far and away better made and finished than any helmet I have ever owned. Super comfortable, made in Italy, leatherette chin strap. It does in fact not work well with some glasses. The new Kask Koo glasses are the perfect match, and the best sunglasses I have used so far too! Carl Zeiss lenses are really high quality. Kask gets most things right imo.

ico
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by ico

After two models of Specialized Prevail S-Works, two top-end Giro helmet I've bought POC Octal. I sweat a lot and always fighting with excesive sweat in my eyes. POC Octal is the firts helmet that stopped it. I can't say if it is due their retention system or venting..but it works.

Stueys
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by Stueys

ico wrote:After two models of Specialized Prevail S-Works, two top-end Giro helmet I've bought POC Octal. I sweat a lot and always fighting with excesive sweat in my eyes. POC Octal is the firts helmet that stopped it. I can't say if it is due their retention system or venting..but it works.


Try a smear of Vaseline above your eyes

MiddMan
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by MiddMan

Giro Atmos for many years (original one, early 2000s style). I loved it, great ventilation but pads got worn out, straps got old and stiff, etc. Still have it around somewhere.

Rudy Project Windmax is my current cap. I generally like it but it's not perfect. It fits me well, which is important, though I find it doesn't vent as well as my previous helmet. Straps are flat webbing as opposed to tubular, which is not quite as nice. Overall it's a solid lid and I got a great deal on it. Overall I would recommend it.

I wanted the Kask Vertigo as I heard it was very high quality, but the numerous complaints about it not working with sunglasses put me off. (Also: no local place to try it.)

I would say fit/coverage and ventilation are the most important factors, along with safety/quality of course.

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stockae92
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by stockae92

I am using Giro Aeon for road. Its noticeable lighter than the other Giro MTB helmet that I have. Its more comfortable with the lighter weight. I try to stick to Giro because the sizing fits me a little better. than others.

For helmet, I highly recommend going to LBS because fitment for different models within the same brand sometimes makes a difference too.

ico
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by ico

Stueys wrote:
ico wrote:After two models of Specialized Prevail S-Works, two top-end Giro helmet I've bought POC Octal. I sweat a lot and always fighting with excesive sweat in my eyes. POC Octal is the firts helmet that stopped it. I can't say if it is due their retention system or venting..but it works.


Try a smear of Vaseline above your eyes


Thanks, will try.

topflightpro
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by topflightpro

I have a Giro Synthe. I thought it felt great until I tried on some Kasks. Man, those have some nice padding, though the straps can be a bit funky.

My current Synthe is a bit more than a year old, and the pads are starting to come out - I need to get replacements. My previous Synthe had MIPS, but I totalled it in a crash. I did not like MIPS. The connection system was not comfortable. It's hard to explain, but I just didn't like it.

Going forward, I'll likely be looking at the Kask Mojito, Vertigo or Protone.

As for replacing, I usually end up replacing helmet every 2-3 years. Some were replaced after crashes, others due to age. I'm not sure how much truth there is to the foam degrading. I've seen videos of sneakers that people collected that fell apart after 20 years. Still, I'm willing to spend a couple hundred bucks every few years and know my helmet is up to current safety requirements.

KarlC
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by KarlC

Ive been using a Giro Air Attack Shield for a couple of years now, I was ready for a change so after looking at other helmets I was interested in the Specialized S-Works Evade, hard to beat for $55 and it matches my BMC TMR01 ....

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/clear ... eam/106907

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reknop
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by reknop

I switched from a Giro Aeon (non-mips) to the Giro Synthe MIPS. We had a couple of crashes during rides in our cycling club while the a couple of accidents with professionals (Michele Scarponi) in my age made me switch to some extra safety.

So I went for the Giro Synthe MIPS, and I'm very pleased so far. No issues of difference in fit between the two helmets and I'm happy to carry a few grams of extra weight for increased safety.

https://www.remo-knops.com/6307/giro-sy ... et-review/

I'm not sure what would have happened to Richie Porte when I didn't have his helmet on ...
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https://www.remo-knops.com/cycling/

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