I love how much great feedback we receive from this group. Those POC
helmets are really nice. I saw someone had one on the train and it was a
great design. I also liked the Bell Zepher and Giro Aspect helmets, too.
Almost pulled the trigger on one of those but, alas, going from free to
$150-300 was a little hard for me to grasp this time around (and, I
probably would have needed to wear it when letting my wife know how much it
cost). Bell's designs are very nice but looked huge on me. Giro, as
usual, were a nice comfortable fit. As Will said, they often go on sale.
One of my favorite helmets in the past was a Giro Hex. Tried them this
time and ended up going with a Giro Xar in hi-vis yellow/green. Typical
basic zoomy-looking helmet but it was very comfortable and under $50 on
sale. Guess I'll have another 5-10 years to work up to a POC or Zepher. I
also like supporting Bell and Giro since several of my past students design
for them (Specialized, too).
Also, I tried washing that grungy Specialized in the dishwasher. Still
pretty grungy but I think the dirt and grime is now sanitized. Keeping it
around as a loaner and back up.
Thanks for all the feedback everyone.
On Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 9:06:41 PM UTC-7, Surlyprof wrote:
> I've been using a helmet that the designers at Specialized gave me several
> years ago. It's a nice helmet but it's getting pretty grungy and probably
> needs to be replaced. Having only spent about $50 or $60 on helmets in the
> past 20 years, I figured it's time to pony up for a new helmet. As I
> started to search I was amazed at (1) the range of helmets I'd never seen;
> (2) some of the new innovations that are coming out and; (3) some of the
> prices that helmets are hitting these days. I may just try to ping on
> friends in the industry for another freebie but I use it so often, I may
> actually get picky and open the wallet for this one. I'm not looking to
> start a pro-helmet/anti-helmet debate, just looking for insights from those
> who use 'em. What are people liking out there and why? I'd love to hear
> everyone's latest thoughts on helmets.
> BTW... I did go down the "folding helmet rabbit hole" when I was
> searching. Some crazy new things coming out.
> ...and my wife found this one: http://www.ecohelmet.com/
> John “Not wearing a paper helmet anytime soon”
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