I was reminded of the difference in helmet quality the other day when I wore my older Scorpion EXO-700. I usually wear a Bell RS-1. The RS-1 is a considerably more expensive helmet. While they both appear similar in appearance and feel, the Bell just fits so much more accurately and vents so much better. It is also slightly quieter and does not buffet at high speeds like the Scorpion. These are hard qualities to judge in the store but make a huge difference on the bike. The Bell and Aria helmets I've owned have spoiled me for cheaper budget helmets. I'm not sure if it is real or perceived but I am assuming there is an increase in safety with a better quality helmet too.
Another must have for me in any future helmet purchases is PinLock compatibility as without one you will suffer fogging issues in colder and wet weather. That and a separate dark, tinted visor as sun glasses are a pain to wear under a helmet.
Finally a factor several reviews allude to... Some helmets are meant to vent optimally in an upright riding position like the Versys while most racing helmets, while they vent OK, do it optimally in a tuck position. The vent positions and bottom of the helmet are tuned to expected rider position on the bike. I found my Aria Profile for instance doubled the amount of air flow if I tilted my head forward, as if in a tuck. With my Bell however, which is also racing helmet, head tilt angle, makes little difference in air flow through the helmet. Bell claims to use wind tunnel testing in the design of their helmets.
Last edited by twowheels; 05-08-2017 at 08:18 PM.