I'm looking to get a new full face helmet for the riding season. the one I have is a modular and has a annoying whistle at 50 + MPH... So many choices. let's hear from you riders what you think have been the best.. Visibility and Ventilation
Xspeed XCF 3000. This is a carbon fiber full face helmet that weighs a touch over 3 pounds and can be found on line for mid to high $300s. Fleabay is listing them at $257.39. List is around $450 but I would not pay that much. I have tried it on and it will be my next helmet. HJC owns Xspeed. I have an older HJC carbon fiber lid and love it for it's lightness, good fit, easily washed liner and quietness. The XCF 3000 is every bit as nice.
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I've been racing and riding for over 25 years. The best advice I can give you is to go to retail shops and try them ALL on. Just because a helmet fits someone else, that does not mean it will fit you. HJC fits me more comfortably than any other helmet and they go the extra distance in testing to get a Snell rating (higher than DOT) as well. Icon fits my wife's head better. It is worth paying a little more to have a proper and comfortable fit. Good luck!
Schuberth -- I have a C3 and it is by far the best fitting and quietest helmet that I have ever owned. But it will set you back $$$. I paid $700 for mine, but expect it to last for many years. Worth every penny.
Me and my wife both have a Icon Alliance helmet. It was a little hot this summer (riding in 103 degree temps), but it is very quiet. I would go to a local shop and try some on, but I bought my on eBay.
Absolute best helmet: Anything by Arai. Fit, finish, ventilation, low noise, lightweight, strength. All are hand-laid. Some models are expensive, though, and not by "Bell" standards where they top out at $400 street.
I can attest to the Arai first hand, wear one every day on the street and use same style, but different actual helmet, on the race track. My testimonial:
Crashed on the infield (between 70 and 90 mph) during a race at Daytona International Speedway back in October. Apparently, I was out cold for several-to-five minutes (don't remember). My Arai Corsair V ($654 street/$900 retail) was beat to shit (destroyed) - but saved my life. I didn't have a bump or bruise on my head - and not even a headache!
By comparison, I was wearing a Shoei RF1100 when I crashed during a 2011 race - at much slower speed. Both were high-sides. I survived that crash - and was saved by my helmet. But I had a HUGE knot on my forehead that lasted about 14 weeks.
Without a doubt, check out Arai. If it fits (and not all brands fit the same), my money says you shouldn't wear anything else.
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Last and best advice: Pay the extra for Snell certification. All US race organizations use it as a safety standard - and not because the Snell Foundation gives us money. If you have a $200 head, get a $200 helmet. Sometimes you do get what you pay for.
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Depends what you are looking for. I never wore a full face til last year. Been riding since 2000. I didnt want to spend a lot of dough so I went with the scorpion exo700. I love it. Got white with chamelion. $100
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