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Old 01-03-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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New Helmet - What is the Better...

Hello everybody.

I need help.
I'm looking to buy a new helmet.

I have two options:

AGV GRID

ICON VARIANT CONTRUCT
OR
ICON VARIANT SOLID GLOSS

Which is better?
Can anyone give me any tips? Or another model in the same price range?
300-350 dollars.

Thanks.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:47 AM   #2
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The most important thing about those, or any, helmets is how well they fit YOU. If at all possible try each model on for as long as possible. Just a minute or two isn't long enough. Different brands and models have different shapes. Only when you find those that fit your head can you start making comparisons. It is all about fit, fit, fit!!!

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Old 01-03-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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The most important thing about those, or any, helmets is how well they fit YOU. If at all possible try each model on for as long as possible. Just a minute or two isn't long enough. Different brands and models have different shapes. Only when you find those that fit your head can you start making comparisons. It is all about fit, fit, fit!!!
Yep.
I don’t know if Cycle Gear still does it, they did have a week trial period for a new helmet. If the helmet wasn’t working for you, you could exchange it for another

I don’t think there are any “Better” helmets. You want a helmet that fits well, is comfortable for long periods, and works well for you.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:02 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips.

I'll go to a store to try.

I'm still researching other models.

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:41 PM   #5
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Bell Vortex or RS-1.

I have one of each. The Vortex sells for <$200. These are the first helmets in over 20 years that I've found to be as comfortable as the Arais I was wearing during all that time.

And the Transitions shields work great.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:23 AM   #6
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+1 on fitting.
You can compare options between them (air vents, sun vizors, sound level, ..) to decide which one may be better, but in the end what only matters that it fits your head well.
Some helmets are made for a more round shaped head, are closer to your chin, ..

I recently got a new helmet and tried a dozen and was amazed by the differences. Even the size changed between brands, sometimes a medium fit me best, but in another brand made for a smaller (less round head) then I needed a large. I was looking for a system helmet as I wear glasses, so how wide it was in the front (so I could keep my glasses on) was also important. Some brands looked great quality/price but were too small for me to keep my glasses on when putting them on, and a size larger didn't fit my head well, .. Other brands just fit perfect and didn't bother my glasses at all.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:47 AM   #7
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Also check out Revzilla. They have videos of most of what they carry which may give you an idea of what you may or may not like about the helmets.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:53 AM   #8
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Thanks guys.

This afternoon I will go to a store.

To experience the AGV, BELL and ICON.

Let's see which looks best.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:26 AM   #9
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I'd be more concerned about how it fit and feels instead of how it looks.
What kind of riding do you do and how much do you want to spend ?
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:38 AM   #10
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I experienced the AGV, and was super comfortable.

I hope to spend up to $400.
AGV GRID = 349.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:50 AM   #11
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I second Bell Vortex, and would add Shoei Qwest to the list.

As noted already fit is key.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:59 AM   #12
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I just went through the process of buying a dual sport helmet. The Icon Variant was my second choice for looks, but I found the peak was mounted too high to do any good keeping the sun out of my eyes. You can hardly even see it while wearing the helmet. You may just be adding wind buffeting for no reason.

I waited until I saw a used Arai XD4 on advrider.com, and snatched it up for $450. It really hurt to pay that much for a helmet (my last one was $80, and I kept it for 10 years), but I really can't say enough good things about the XD line of helmets. About once a week there is a used one for sale that someone used twice and changed their mind. Mine still smells new.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:07 AM   #13
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Icon Alliance

My Alliance has an amazing sweat wicking lining that is far superior to my old HJC.
I also wear a sweat wicking ultra thin liner because it so simple to wash out and thus keep my helmet liner clean. So I suggest getting a liner ( or as my friends call it a head condom) to wear while trying on helmets for size.I do prefer tight fitting helmets and the liner also makes it easier to put on.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:11 AM   #14
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My Alliance has an amazing sweat wicking lining that is far superior to my old HJC.
I also wear a sweat wicking ultra thin liner because it so simple to wash out and thus keep my helmet liner clean. So I suggest getting a liner ( or as my friends call it a head condom) to wear while trying on helmets for size.I do prefer tight fitting helmets and the liner also makes it easier to put on.
Good Tip.

I will do this.



Up to now.

The AGV is the winner.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:58 AM   #15
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I just went through the process of buying a dual sport helmet. The Icon Variant was my second choice for looks, but I found the peak was mounted too high to do any good keeping the sun out of my eyes. You can hardly even see it while wearing the helmet. You may just be adding wind buffeting for no reason.
Oh, we are talking Dual Sports helmets? finado needs to try one of those on the road. Many many people have trouble with them
My Arai XD is my helmet of choice. It reduces glare and blocks the sun and allows me to see the road surface much clearer then I can with a traditional road riding helmet. I have no issues with the helmet at speeds below 100 mph.

The Arai XD has a usable visor/peak most of the dual sport helmets sold in the US do not. BigDog says the Fly Racing Helmet does too. It is a much less expensive helmet. But remember proper fit is of primary importance.
Here is a link to BigDog’s thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=805459
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