Tell me about helmets!
I don't mean for this to be the "what oil or tires should I use?" type of post...I'm mostly looking for some reviews from other people that have used different brands and models of helmets. I'm in need of a new one since mine is getting old and beat up, and since I need it for racing it has to be newer than 5 years (which mine isn't anymore).
I'm obviously trying to do this on a budget, but when I say that I mean I won't buy some shitty Icon or Fulmer helmet or some junk brands, but I also won't be getting a $1000+ carbon fiber helmet. Ideally I would like to not go over $400. The brands I'm looking at are Arai (currently have an Arai Quantum 2 that has been awesome), Shoei, Bell, and AGV (but in that case I'd probably only want a Rossi replica which means lots more $$$).
So for you track day junkies and racers that have experience with any of the above, what are some pros/cons to them? What do you like and don't like? I feel like the reviews that I usually watch from STG are informative, but biased towards positiveness...in other words, EVERYTHING they review ends up being classified as awesome! Which I can't blame them for, they're trying to sell their stuff. But it's harder to tell what's more awesome and less awesome, hence I want to hear it from people that are unbiased.
Also, what about safety certifications? My understanding is Snell 2015 came out last year so new helmets have started being certified to that. Is there much of a difference from 2010 to 2015 standards or not? I've been really looking at some of the Bell Star helmets because STG still has some on clearance, and I could get them for a discounted price, but those are the previous generation. The new Bell Star helmets are about $500, but they're certified to Snell 2015. Aside from that I'm not sure if they're better than the previous ones and if so, in what way.
Another thing is sizing. Anyone buy helmets online? Are the sizing charts pretty accurate or not? Since I can't try them on, all I can go by is the circumference of my head. Is that good enough, or is buying a helmet online without trying it on first a big "no-no"? The 2 helmets I've had previously were bought in stores, but my options are very limited here. I can drive an hour and try on some Arai's, but that's the best I got.
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