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Hey boys and girls. I'm a newbie to dirt bikes. 

 

What's the lightest helmet out there? I've been looking into the Shoei VFX-W but ouch, $500+!  But if it's the lightest with highly rated protection, I'll buy it. 

 

And neck braces too?

 

Anyone?

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Kali. Light, safe, low cost.

If you are annoyed by having too many minor concussions, during impacts where helmet standards are useless, then Kali is second best safety to 6d, in my opinion.

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After some research, I'm narrowing it down to the Kali Prana carbon 2lbs 8oz (med) and the Airoh Aviator 2.1 2lbs 10oz.  Both are pretty nice but I like the engineering in the Kail and the lower price.  

 

I looked into the 6D also but it's over 3lbs.  It does have a very advanced impact design though, but its also over $600.  With the 6D my neck may get more fatigued over a long ride causing pain even wo a crash. 

 

Cool. Kali has released the claimed lightest DOT cert helmet around. Claimed weight about 1000g. One site weighed it at 1040, still light. A full 7oz lighter than Kail's own Prana.  But now the price jumped up to $500, same as the Airoh and (not so light) Shoei VFX-W.

 

http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/First-Look-2014-Kali-Shiva-Worlds-Lightest-DOT-Certified-Full-Face-Helmet,7426/Slideshow,0/bturman,109

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Hey boys and girls. I'm a newbie to dirt bikes.

What's the lightest helmet out there? I've been looking into the Shoei VFX-W but ouch, $500+! But if it's the lightest with highly rated protection, I'll buy it.

And neck braces too?

Anyone?

I'm going with monk and it will take a thrashing I've put it to the test Suomy.

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IIRC when I weighted my friends size large VFX-W, it came in at around 1500-1550 grams. Personally, I think helmets in the price range of the Shoei should also be boosting weight as a feature not just comfort and protection.

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IIRC when I weighted my friends size large VFX-W, it came in at around 1500-1550 grams. Personally, I think helmets in the price range of the Shoei should also be boosting weight as a feature not just comfort and protection.

weigh the suomy it's probably lighter. Edited by cas747

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Suomy Mr Jump (they call it MX Jump here in US)....as light as Airoh and can be had for much cheaper.  I combined mine with a 10% off coupon when I got it.  The plain colors are cheaper.  I buy only white helmets because they are cooler.

 

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/40377/i/suomy-mx-jump-solid-helmet?WT.ac=SLIsearch

 

 

http://www.suomy.com/en/products/mrjump.html

 

http://themotoauthority.com/suomy-mr-jump-helmet/

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Occasionally when mountain biking I see some downhillers sporting MX helmets. It's rare though. More and more I'm seeing MX guys wearing downhill helmets. At first I thought that was insane. Get a real helmet for riding an MX bike. Sure, DH helmets are lighter but....

 

The argument behind it is interesting, revolving around high speed impact and shell penetration;

 

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/DH-Helmets-vs-Motocross-Helmets-Which-Is-Safer.html 

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Oh, man that's funny. Only problem with the turban is it's too hot. 

 

I'm liking the Kali Shiva design. It's got a 3rd generation of foam with little pyramids to provide progressive compression in a crash. And it's the lightest DOT helmet, claimed at least of about 2lbs even. On a helmet, 7oz (Compared to their Prana carbon) is a lot of weight.  Even at $150 more than other helmest weighing about 2 1/2ish lbs I'd still buy it. 

 

The Shiva isn't out yet but I have a feeling shops will sell out soon of those with those promises of lightweight and excellent protection. We'll have to see what the final production weight is. But it's supposed to come out this summer...

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Suomy Mr Jump (they call it MX Jump here in US)....as light as Airoh and can be had for much cheaper.  I combined mine with a 10% off coupon when I got it.  The plain colors are cheaper.  I buy only white helmets because they are cooler.

 

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/40377/i/suomy-mx-jump-solid-helmet?WT.ac=SLIsearch

 

 

http://www.suomy.com/en/products/mrjump.html

 

http://themotoauthority.com/suomy-mr-jump-helmet/

 

This last article says its just over 1000grams. If so then perhaps the Shiva won't be the lightest DOT helmet.

 

Can you weigh yours? I always like to get real world weights, not just claimed weights.

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Kali. Light, safe, low cost.

If you are annoyed by having too many minor concussions, during impacts where helmet standards are useless, then Kali is second best safety to 6d, in my opinion.

Yeah, that moveable damper cushion of the 6D is awesome. But it's a heavy helmet. 

 

I guess its a tough call: Best Impact protection vs lightweight. 

 

I think the Kali Shiva will be a good compromise of both, favoring the lightweight side

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I need to upgrade to a better helmet no doubt about it. Currently using one that I paid $10.00 new...from a dealership no less.

 

Friend/co-worker suggested to buy the lightest helmet I could find (new boots he suggested too) but darned if I have a few hundred to spend!

 

Hope I can find something in the $200.00 range..? 

Yes/No...?

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Suomy. Buy and be done.

What kind of technology do they use to reduce concussions in typical dirt bike crashes?

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