Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: San Antonio, TX & Moosehead Lake, ME
In my opinion the helmet brand you select should depend on three criteria - 1) how well it fits your skull, 2) how much you value your skull (what quality helmet are you willing to buy) and 3) whether you want to be visible rather than stealth. Stealth is great for military aircraft but not so great for motorcyclists.
My bottom line is: before you buy a helmet from anyone, try it on and, if possible, for more than a few moments. A minor "hot spot" can turn into a blistering head ache in pretty short order.
I've had a pile of helmets over the years and, for the most part, all were brightly colored. They included (and include now) Bell, HJC, Shoei, Arai, Simpson, Z1R, AGV, and probably some others I can't recall. And the older I become the more I value my head, so I don't feel going cheap is a very good path to follow.
Good luck with whatever you choose.
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Pig Killer, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome