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Old 08-24-2005, 12:28 PM   #1
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Recommend a helmet?

I'm in the market for an auto helmet. What helmets does everyone use/recommend?

I'm currently debating between Bell and Pyrotect.

Bell ($299):


Pyrotect ($248.45/$239.95):


All input welcome. Thanks
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:07 PM   #2
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I hope you don't go out onto the racetrack without wearing a helmet.
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:43 PM   #3
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Anyone?

I hope you don't go out onto the racetrack without wearing a helmet.
LoL! No, we use duct tape and two pillows.

I have the Bell and I like it. Most important thing is fit. If you can try both and choose the one you like.
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Old 08-24-2005, 07:04 PM   #4
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LoL! No, we use duct tape and two pillows.

I have the Bell and I like it. Most important thing is fit. If you can try both and choose the one you like.
Hah, I heard a watermelon shell works just as well.

Paddleshift, where were you able to try on a helmet? I'm in the LA area and I tried Del Amo Motorsports with no luck. They only carry bike gear. By the way, I think you know one of my buddies (yafool).
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:22 PM   #5
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Hah, I heard a watermelon shell works just as well.

Paddleshift, where were you able to try on a helmet? I'm in the LA area and I tried Del Amo Motorsports with no luck. They only carry bike gear. By the way, I think you know one of my buddies (yafool).
You might have to look hard, but definitely try on a helmet before you buy! Fit is very important, not just for comfort, but safety too. I suggest doing an internet search for dealers in your area, or call Bell to find a local dealer. Also, many racing shops are familiar with local racing and can make sure you get the right helmet for your current and future needs. Make sure you know about the Snell ratings.
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Old 08-24-2005, 09:48 PM   #6
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ALWAYS try on a helmet before you buy.
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:00 PM   #7
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Ok, guilty as charged. I didn't try a few before I bought mine. I bought mine from a friend. It wasn't his size and suprisingly fitted well on my head.

Try Werks II in Burbank.

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Also, there's one place in Huntington Beach, which at the moment I can't recall the name.

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Hah, I heard a watermelon shell works just as well.

Paddleshift, where were you able to try on a helmet? I'm in the LA area and I tried Del Amo Motorsports with no luck. They only carry bike gear. By the way, I think you know one of my buddies (yafool).
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:41 PM   #8
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Could it be this place?

http://www.subesports.com/home/

I just googled "huntington beach auto helmets" and it popped up.
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Ive never heard of RTi Kore coilovers, link?
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Old 08-25-2005, 12:32 AM   #10
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Yout might also consider G-force. I like mine.
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I'll recommend Simpson helmets. Mine's super comfortable.

Just like everyone else said though; Bottom line is that there are as many helmets to recommend as there are heads to fill them. You've just got to try a bunch on, and go with what fits your head and your budget.

Good Luck.
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Old 08-25-2005, 05:50 PM   #12
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This may sound like I'm being sarcastic, but I'm not. Simply buy the one that that fits the best in your price range. The primary thing that goes into the cost of a helmet is its weight. Lighter helmets cost more due to lighter materials e.g. carbon fiber. The reality is that all helmets that meet SNELL, etc. are going to be good. People will argue that more expensive helmets protect better, etc, but what you're really paying for is light weight and more features with a more expensive helmet. If you can afford they $500.00 dollar helmet and it fits the best buy it. Converstly, if you can afford the $500.00 helmet but the $200.00 helmet fits better, buy the $200.00 helmet.
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you also need to check the sticker on the inside of the helmet before you buy.. A "95" sticker is old stock and some tracks will not accept this for DE or that type of events. Motorcycle vs. Auto helmet are not the same so if you are in a auto get a auto helmet. www.ogracing.com
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I will definitely try on helmets before buying. All your comments have been helpful. Thanks for the tips.

I just figure it's time to invest in my own helmet. I go to events and end up borrowing people's, but I'd rather have one that I chose on my own.
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Just a thought, but an open face helmet is a lot cooler than closed. Unless of course you like wearing a sweaty helmet. Or did it get a lot cooler in L.A.
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Just a thought, but an open face helmet is a lot cooler than closed. Unless of course you like wearing a sweaty helmet. Or did it get a lot cooler in L.A.
Point taken.

It's currently blazing in LA...
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I just went through this process for my first DE event in October. In the Philadelphia area there is no-one who stocks SA helmets that I could find. So, I tried on a whole bunch of motorcycle helmets at some local stores and found my size. I ordered a Pyrotech (the white version of the one on the origional post) from Saferacer.com and it fits better than any other one I tried. Tighter to get on than any of the M helmets my size, but after a few minutes it feels comfortable with no pressure points. I guess I got lucky, but they would have taken the helmet back for exchange/refund if it did not fit.

On another note, I also bought the neck collar at the recomendation of the head instructor my local BMWCCA chapter.

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On another note, I also bought the neck collar at the recomendation of the head instructor my local BMWCCA chapter.
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But of course the neck collar (or brace). I use one as well. Strongly recommended. Might take a while to get used to, but worth it.
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Just a thought, but an open face helmet is a lot cooler than closed. Unless of course you like wearing a sweaty helmet. Or did it get a lot cooler in L.A.
Get a full face unless you like rearranging your face on the steering wheel.
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