Who makes safest Freeride helmet?

964Chris

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nope, DOT is not the main factor. DOT on top of being super light and compact = win. Never seen a Bell helmet that is DOT approved that is light and compact enough to wear on the water.
 
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just ordered the new giro cipher mtb helmet, my old giro fell apart after 2 years of use. not too bad for a 50$ craigslist purchase. the brackets that the chin straps mount to are made of steel and they fully rusted out so my helmet flew off when i got rolled over on a barrel ride.
 
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nope, DOT is not the main factor. DOT on top of being super light and compact = win. Never seen a Bell helmet that is DOT approved that is light and compact enough to wear on the water.
SNELL ratings mean a lot more than DOT. Any serious motor sports organization that checks helmets is looking for a current SNELL rating and could care less about what the DOT thinks.
I've been using an old Thor MX helmet I got off ebay 5 years ago for like $50 or less. All the pads come out so I can clean them. My only issue was the steel rivets for the chin straps rusted out, so I replaced them with stainless screws and nuts. Yes it's heavy, but fits my face tightly and I've not had any head injuries wearing it, though there are a few times I hit my head so hard on the ski while wearing the helmet that I may not be here anymore if I wasn't wearing it...
 

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SNELL ratings mean a lot more than DOT. Any serious motor sports organization that checks helmets is looking for a current SNELL rating and could care less about what the DOT thinks.
I've been using an old Thor MX helmet I got off ebay 5 years ago for like $50 or less. All the pads come out so I can clean them. My only issue was the steel rivets for the chin straps rusted out, so I replaced them with stainless screws and nuts. Yes it's heavy, but fits my face tightly and I've not had any head injuries wearing it, though there are a few times I hit my head so hard on the ski while wearing the helmet that I may not be here anymore if I wasn't wearing it...
Well they both meet DOT and ECE standards which is a lot more stringent than just wearing a helmet made for Kayaks and Bicycles. Same with the Thor MX helmets I have reviewed (not snell approved, but DOT and ECE).

ECE ratings see below:


If you’re not comfortable with a helmet that only meets the US Government DOT standard, what do you look for? Historically, American riders have looked for a Snell label but the world is getting smaller and we now have other viable alternatives. The ECE 22.05 standard is used in over 50 European countries, including Germany, a country known for taking a hard line on personal protection.

Helmets certified to the ECE 22.05 standard are approved for competition events by AMA, CCS, FIM, Formula-USA and WERA and are chosen by nearly every professional motorcycle racers competing in world championship road racing, motocross and off road events, including the ultimate sport of Moto GP. Helmets that are certified to both DOT and ECE 22.05 offer the highest level of realistic protection with the added benefit of light weight for day-long comfort and rider performance.
 
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Well they both meet DOT and ECE standards which is a lot more stringent than just wearing a helmet made for Kayaks and Bicycles. Same with the Thor MX helmets I have reviewed (not snell approved, but DOT and ECE).

ECE ratings see below:


If you’re not comfortable with a helmet that only meets the US Government DOT standard, what do you look for? Historically, American riders have looked for a Snell label but the world is getting smaller and we now have other viable alternatives. The ECE 22.05 standard is used in over 50 European countries, including Germany, a country known for taking a hard line on personal protection.

Helmets certified to the ECE 22.05 standard are approved for competition events by AMA, CCS, FIM, Formula-USA and WERA and are chosen by nearly every professional motorcycle racers competing in world championship road racing, motocross and off road events, including the ultimate sport of Moto GP. Helmets that are certified to both DOT and ECE 22.05 offer the highest level of realistic protection with the added benefit of light weight for day-long comfort and rider performance.
Good info, Chris!
 

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what is the ASTM F1952 safety standard (Giro)? You guys are starting to make me regret buying the cipher....lol
It's a standard for mountain bike helmets. Many have been perfectly fine with using MTB helmets......but, maybe that helmet designed around a heavier machine and higher speed accidents might be better insurance and money well spent, who knows. I hate paying for auto insurance, until I get an accident......then I'm glad I have it. All in what ever you are comfortable with.
 
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So I ordered the Giro and what came instead is a countour roam HD video camera.... how in the hell did they mix those up? So annoyed right now.
 
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the company overnighted my helmet and i got it today. Super impressed. One question for those of you who ride in the winter. So this came with a cloth face shield, obviously to keep the dirt and dust out of mountain bikers faces. However, it looks like it could be used to keep your face slightly warmer in freezing conditions like we do with bandanas when we go snowboarding. Anyone try this?
 
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Jettribe if you can find one. I ended up finding one in Russia. JT hooked me up with dealer. He flys in for events and was kind enough to bring. Only helmet actually made for water that I know of. I love it!
 
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I am about to quit wearing one if I can't find something low profile that doesn't jerk my head back on big failed rolls.

I can go in upside down from 15' with out a helmet on and no worries.....but God forbid I am not tucked perfectly with my 661 on.....BAM...stinger! (Arm and hand go numb for a minute) A few of those a season add up!

We need some old leather football low pro helmets!
 
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I am about to quit wearing one if I can't find something low profile that doesn't jerk my head back on big failed rolls.

I can go in upside down from 15' with out a helmet on and now worries.....but God forbid I am not tucked perfectly with my 661 on.....BAM...stinger! (Arm and hand go numb for a minute) A few of those a season add up!

We need some old leather football low pro helmets!
Are you riding with the visor? I've experienced the same but usually 1 or 2 tears the visor off and then it doesn't happen.
 
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Ha no that lasted less than a day.

I am just talking about how a helmet adds 50% size and a lip to a already pretty well designed head!

I really can't stand helmets anymore....
 
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