Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: San Antonio, TX & Moosehead Lake, ME
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
As Capn Kirk says, helmets are a very personal choice. I've had more than a dozen over the years and, thus far, none has been perfect though some have come close. Comfort is a prime criteria for me as well - weight, wind noise, ventilation, and helmet shape are important to me. My all time favorite was the old Simpson "Darth Vader" full coverage; unfortunately, I had to retire it some 25 years ago. Ah well.
My helmet type of choice is full coverage, and I have both standard and flip up models. Waaay back in the day, full coverage were more and more commonly being required for club road racing events so that's when I made the change.
I wouldn't revert to open face again. Maybe that comes from being hit in the cheek by a three pound June bug while wearing an open face helmet a long time ago while in college. That particular bug was a prototype apparently - composed of depleted uranium. Must have been from looking at the scar just to the left of my nose - and it's still there some 45 years later. Also, as I recall the CDC once published an article indicating about one third of all motorcycle accidents involved chin injury, Though my chin isn't particularly handsome, I rather like it the way it is - undamaged.
Between my wife and I we have Bell, Z1R, HJC, AGV, Scorpion, and Zeus. The Z1R fits the shape of my head best, the Bell is the quietest, the AGV is my favorite flip-up, and the Zeus is the most comfortable (but they're hard to find). My wife's favorite is her Scorpion. Gives you the impression the isn't a single "best."
The best bet is to try on whatever you're considering, and wear it for more than a few minutes if possible. It's surprising how long it takes for hot spots to show up in some helmets. You think it feels fine and then on the first long ride it begins to press somewhere on your head and you wonder why you ever bought the thing in the first place.
There's my two cents for what it's worth.
"Plan? Plan! There ain't no plan."
Pig Killer, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome