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  1. Check Your Head: Advances in Off-Road Helmet Technology By Sean Goulart For the last sixty years, helmets have been basically the same old thing; a stiff exterior "shell" with some type of collapsible material which composes the interior "liner". And this design has remained the same with very little advancement in actual functionality. Yes, today’s helmets are more comfortable, stylish, lighter and the foam used is more effective, but the bottom line is...motocross helmets are outdated. Why say this? It's because we know it to be true, and the facts lay bare the truth, we all need a better helmet. So, with that said, we went out and looked at two helmet manufacturers, Kali Protectives and 6D Helmets, that offer advanced technologies that are claimed to improve your chances of avoiding serious head injuries when riding or racing off-road motorcycles. We were refreshingly surprised at the mutual respect these two firms have for each other, both are aware of the other’s work and complimented each other’s efforts during our interviews. Before we get into some of the more technical discussion of the way these helmets work, very simply put, both helmet makers have attempted to improve the way the brain reacts to blunt impact force, like when your head strikes the ground in a crash. You want the helmet to have some “give” or cushion between your skull and the ground. Up until now, the stiff shell prevented the hard stuff from getting to your skull as well as spreading out the load, and the foam inside deformed when you hit the ground and that was that. But what these new manufacturers are doing is essentially improving that area that “gives” in order to allow your brain more time to slow down before it slams into the inside of your skull and both makers do it in separate ways. This isn’t voodoo or magic, its scientific testing, coupled with careful medical studies that all strongly suggest these products are the way forward. KALI PROTECTIVES We spoke with the team at Kali Protectives and they had a lot to say. Being the first to market with a new idea (or at least a departure from the old way of thinking) has its own unique rewards. Arriving in the market in 2009, Kali Protectives brought a talented team to the game, including Bryan Mason and also Brad Waldron, a helmet designer and carbon fiber engineer for the aerospace industry. Having this type of experience on staff made for lots of one-off prototypes, which were tested over and over until the product was ready. Kali’s main goals were to eliminate the gap between your head and the liner (reducing the time for your head to begin the deceleration process) as well as utilizing a thinner and lighter shell to reduce the pendulum effect. Kali firmly believes that lower mass is better and they produce a very light helmet, the Prana, which clocks in at around 1200 grams. Photo: The Kali Prana Carbon So what makes the Kali Protectives helmet better than a standard helmet? According to Kali, it’s the way that their proprietary shell and EPS foam liner absorbs and dissipates “progressive linear impacts” and they achieve this by incorporating the liner foam as an integral part of the shell. The foam is directly fused with the exterior shell itself (no spot glue or tape is needed). Kali claims that “without a gap or requiring a third party bonding agent, the impact energy can be transferred to the EPS foam more efficiently and smoother, allowing for a stronger materials connection.” So the foam is a key element to this new helmet type. Kali calls it their COMPOSITE FUSION Plus technology (see photo above), and incorporates separate “pyramids of different foam densities within the EPS/Shell connection”. Kali continued: “During impact, as energy is transferred from shell to foam, the unique pyramid shapes collapse first, thereby directing the energy sideways within the foam, instead of linearly down to your head. This spreads the impact load over a greater area, allowing us to use softer density foam next to your head, right where you want it.” Another area that Kali has addressed in their new design is the overly angular construction of current motocross helmets, like the chin guard and rear venting “shelves”. While these design elements may look cool, they actually become problematic in some crash scenarios such and sliding or hooking another object or your machine. These angular structures provide a way for the helmet to possibly get caught and overly rotate your head and neck causing serious injury. So to address this aspect, the Kali Prana Carbon (MSRP $349) that we tested has a more rounded structure than the other helmets on the market, except for one, the ARAI units…which are considered to be the gold standard among many riders and racers…but they don’t feature the same EPS foam technology that Kali offers. So, simply put, Kali has used a proprietary shell with a special liner bonding process, combined with different density foam pyramids and lighter weight to acting in unison to lessen the impact injury to your brain better than a “standard” helmet does. This reduces the impact to your brain and that’s a very good thing. TT Editor note: I received a Kali Prana Carbon for evaluation and even though I didn’t do 100 laps with it on, at first glance I found it to be a very high-quality lid and it doesn’t look as rounded up close as it does in some of the photos. It looks very similar to all modern helmets on the market today and features some cool features we liked a large multi-part screen intake port, wide eyeport for goggles, a very comfortable liner and best of all, incredibly light weight. I normally ride with the Fly Racing F2Carbon or the Bell Moto-9 among others, so I’m familiar with premium offerings on the market today. 6D HELMETS Next up was 6D Helmets, the other player in this field, and they’ve made a big splash coming to market. We spoke to the team at 6D and they also had a lot to say about their product, why it’s better and why riders and racers may want to take a closer look at their offering before they buy their next lid. Founded in 2012 by motocross go-to guys and ex-AMA motocross pro racers Bob Weber and Robert Reisinger, 6D Helmets also offer a different approach to the same old helmet. It may look essentially the same, but under the skin it’s a whole new animal. Photo: 6D Helmets ATR-1 Wise sponsorship and marketing decisions have pushed 6D into the limelight in the motocross helmet space…most significantly, the sponsorship of the successful Geico Honda team featuring riders like Justin Bogle and Eli Tomac, has helped provide valuable television exposure for the new brand. One dramatic example we recall is when during the 2013 Dallas Supercross wearing the new 6D helmet. It was a hard hit to the dome and it appeared Bell was actually knocked out for a few seconds as he was lay motionless on the track. Many of us commented…”Well that’s a good test of the 6D!” and many racers in the room predicted we wouldn’t see him line up again, but amazingly Bell passed the Asterisk Medical Team’s testing for concussive effect and was cleared to go.We felt this was a good example (albeit unscientific) of the new helmet’s ability to protect the head, neck and most importantly the brain. So what makes the 6D helmet better than a standard helmet? Similar to Kali, the key element of the 6D technology improvement is in the way the liner reacts when the helmet is impacted. Their top concern and mantra is to “mitigate impact energy to the brain” and even though we aren’t medical professionals, this sounds great to us. 6D accomplishes this by significantly altering the liner portion of the interior. This is a very simple way to state what they do. First off, 6D uses two liners, both are made of EPS foam, and the first liner is bonded tightly to the shell and the second layer of EPS is on the “inside” of the helmet around your head. Between these two separate liners are special isolation dampers that allow the inside liner(s) to compress/shear/rotate in a separate manner from the outside shell. Photo: 6D Helmets ODS Technology - Cutaway View The unique isolation dampers allow 6D to engineer helmet specific rates of compression into the liner, thereby decreasing the deceleration effect that can injure your brain. The anti-rotation element is specific to the 6D design, allowing the helmet to rotate without significantly rotating the head in a linear fashion, and can help with potential neck rotation injury. This rotation effect is also minimized by other design aspects of the helmet like visor screws which shear off upon impact and reductions in the angular surfaces on the helmet. So each element of the 6D helmet construction is key to the helmet performing as a whole; the EPS density, the durometric properties of the isolation elastomer array and the amount of air gap between the liners all contribute to preventing injury to the rider. Apart from the differences in construction, the 6D helmet is among the most expensive in the market today at approx. $745.00 MSRP. This may cause some budget-conscious riders to consider whether this is a wise choice for them…6D has tried to address this concern with a new credit program that basically provides a credit for customers who have a crash or otherwise damage their helmet during the first year of ownership. The program details are being finalized but from what 6D tells us, the credit is sizable and will encourage riders to replace the helmet at minimal cost if a crash occurs. In conclusion, we believe that helmet technology needs to move forward and these two products are filling that need. Why riders would spend $1200 for a carbon fiber exhaust system that they aren’t capable of even using the full potential of…but not half as much on their helmet just baffles us…isn’t your head more important? If it is, take a look at these new lids, and check your head before you ride!
  2. Unlike your head, helmets are not made to last forever. When your lid takes a hard hit, the styrofoam layer between the comfort padding and outer shell crushes, as it absorbs the impact. However, this material does not bounce back, leaving a void area in the helmet that can no longer absorb impacts, leaving your cabbage vulnerable to injury. In some cases, this happens with very little if any visible damage to the outer shell, so the helmet still looks perfectly fine. Now, tossing an expensive helmet that looks fine can be a bitter pill to swallow, but sometimes the helmet sacraficed itself for you and this is exactly what you should do. However, if you're not sure, there are a couple of things that you can do: 1. Before you buy a helmet, check with the manufacturer or dealer to see if they have a safety inspection process that you can live with. Many of the top manufacturers will gladly inspect your lid for safety. This usually takes a few weeks, but it might be worth the wait if you have more time than money and it is definately the wise thing to do if you're not sure if your helmet's ability to protect has been compromised. 2. Install a Shock Spot-R. It's a stick-on device that has a sensor that turns red when your lid has taken a hit that is big enough to warrant at least an inspection, if not replacement. Remember, it costs time/money to ship back your helmet for inspection, so something like this can pay for itself quickly, by avoiding sending your helmet in for inspection when it has not be compromised. Also, make sure you read the manufacturers care instructions carefully. Some chemicals can weaken a helmet's shell, depending upon the material. Also, just about everything seems to break down over time due to UV exposure, so extend the life of your helmet by storing it in a cool, dry place inside a helmet bag. Additional info concerning helmet safety, testing and standards, refer to: http://www.smf.org/articles/dot.html
  3. 3 reviews

    KLIM’s F3 Off-Road helmet is a most-valuable riding partner. Composite shell construction means the F3 can be strong and lightweight in a modern, sleek design. Structure Mapped Composite construction, a new complete comfort liner system, intelligent ventilation and KLIM legendary quality combine in the new F3. Maximize the Minimum – The F3 is engineered to minimize neck fatigue and maximize impact protection. Built Strong – KLIM's all-new F3 starts a light and strong revolution in off-road style helmets. Constructed with KLIM's Structure Mapped Composite base material lay up, the F3 optimizes strength in all the right areas while reducing overall weight. Refined Fit – KLIM took old helmet technology and tossed it. With the new F3, riders enjoy up to 10% smaller external dimensions and a sleeker, more comfortable fit from three shell sizes. Let Off Some Steam – KLIM is the industry leader in body comfort. And developing an effective intelligent ventilation system for the F3 was key. Thirteen intake vents combine with six exhaust ports to provide optimal heat dispersion even while stationary. Wide Open Spaces – The KLIM F3 Helmet features the widest, unobstructed field of view in its class, ensuring you'll never miss the epic views it takes you to. All-Day Comfort – The KLIM F3 features the latest Custom EPS and internal liner systems to secure the rider's head completely. EPS, 3D Ergonomic cheek pads and liner foam are optimized for a great fit. Systems Check – KLIM engineered the new F3 to work in conjunction with market leading neck brace technology, not against it. Expectations – Thanks to innovative construction techniques and premium materials, The KLIM F3 meets or exceeds the most demanding ECE and DOT standards for motorcycle helmets at reduced weight KLIM Custom Fit – Klimatek™ Fabric liner systems utilize adaptive smart foam technology and anti-microbial/bacterial fast-wicking textiles.
  4. 1 review

    DESCRIPTION Arai XD-4 Face Shield With Brow Vents - Light Smoke A must have addition to the Arai XD-4 helmet. Tinted just dark enough to help with the daytime sun but also allows evening and nighttime riding when needed.
  5. 1 review

    DETAILS realized in high quality thermoplastic resin massive and multiple air vents system inner linings totally removable and washable Extra thick double D-ring fastener J.1.E.R emergency cheek pad removal system Neck brace ready pro_le High grade metal vent screens ECE 22.05 Homologated / DOT Homologated
  6. 5 reviews

    The scala rider G9x unit allows Bluetooth intercom communication between 9 riders at a remarkable distance of 1 mile/1.6 km. Connectivity to mobile phones, GPS, MP3 and built-in FM radio. Cardo SmartSet App for unit customization on-the-go. The scala rider G9x is your social network in motion allowing you to connect via voice command to 8 additional riders within a range of 1 mile/1.6 Km*. Riding as a small group? Have a 4-way full-duplex intercom conferencing call. With the G9x, pairing is fast and easy: simply ‘bump two G9x units together and you’re ready to hit the road. The G9x you can always stay connected: pair your G9x via Bluetooth with up to two mobile phones simultaneously and talk hands-free. Want to listen to music? Stream it via A2DP from your smartphone or MP3 and listen together with a passenger to the same tunes using the Music-Sharing™ feature. You can also connect to your GPS and enjoy the built in FM radio. Keep your G9x in forefront of technology via Cardo Community® social web platform. When on-the-go, customize settings using the Cardo SmartSet app, available free for Android and iOS mobile devices. Enjoy the ride! *Results may vary according to terrain
  7. 2 reviews

    All new One+8 intercom allows you to toggle between 9 different G9 users Pairing devices is easier than ever with new flash pairing...just bump 2 G9 units together and they pair in a matter of seconds Cardo community web application allows you to invite friends to ride, personalize your G9 settings and upgrade software Interchangeable boom and corded microphone options included Voice recognition technology for easy intuitive use Group Buzz allows you to send audio signals to up to 8 other G9 users in group simultaneously Emergency call number can be programmed and defined for use in any country or region Multi device connects with options. Headset is compatible with the following types of devices: - A Bluetooth enabled mobile phone (for hands-free communication) - A stereo Bluetooth enabled MP3 player/iPod device, adapter or mobile phone (for wireless music) - A non-Bluetooth enabled MP3 player (accepts MP3 cord - A Bluetooth enabled GPS unit (for in-helmet voice instructions) GPS must support headset connectivity - A Scala Rider Q2 headset (for hands-free communication up to 500m/1,640ft) - Scala Rider Solo/FM/TeamSet Pro headset (for hands-free rider to passenger communication) VOX Activation: intercom calls, answer, voice dial, redial and call reject functions Includes an embedded FM radio with scan and seek features and 6 station channel memory Individual audio sources- each G9 headset can conduct mobile phone calls or listen to the FM radio or MP3 audio independently Full Duplex- allows simultaneous talking and listening when using intercom connections Talk time up to 10 hours, standby time up to 10 days AGC Technology- headset automatically adjusts its own volume based on ambient noise and driving speed Noise canceling microphone Weather resistant design NOTE: Results may vary according to terrain.
  8. 1 review

    Smaller, lighter, safer. If we had to choose three words to summarize the technology behind our revolutionary new Shiva™ full face, we’d be hard pressed to find three better adjectives. Weighing in at a mere 1050g, the Shiva™ is between 400-600g lighter than our competitors highest end offerings. In addition to being one of the lightest DOT helmets on the market, it’s also 30% smaller than your average motocross helmet. These features aren’t just great talking points, they also offer considerable safety advantages. Recent research has shown that smaller & lighter helmets are crucial for reducing the risk of brain trauma during an impact. This reduction in weight and size is possible due to our COMPOSTE FUSION THREE™ technology, which consists of a multiple density EPS liner that is in molded to the carbon fiber shell. This new third generation version utilizes tri shaped pyramids to distribute forces laterally, which allows us to use a lighter density foam throughout, and reduces the thickness of the shell. Sizes XS, S, M, L Size chart Features > Carbon Shell > COMPOSITE FUSION™ THREE > Included mounts cover GoPro™, Light and Motion™, Night Rider™, Maglite™, and other systems > Includes premium travel bag > Integrated Airflow System > Integrated Camera/Light Mount for perfect filming or night riding (Cam version)Low density EPS foam for greater impact absorption > Safety compliance: DOT, ASTM F1952, ASTM F2032, ASTM F2040, CPSC > Washable, adjustable, anti-microbial fit pads > Breakaway visor Color Carbon, Black/Red, Black
  9. 2 reviews

    The F2 Carbon sets itself apart with a unique style and identity all its own. Utilizing state-of-the-art, aircraft grade carbon fiber and Kevlar® composite construction, the F2 Carbon represents lightweight race-inspired helmet technology for the masses. > SNELL M2010, DOT Approved For USA - other standards include: ECE and AS (Australian). Meets or exceeds the toughest safety standards on the market > Composite Construction Shell – outer shell is constructed using state-of-the-art, aircraft grade woven carbon fiber and Kevlar® composite materials, which creates superior strength while remaining extremely light > Dual Density EPS Liner – two layers of EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), one softer one slightly harder, combine to provide more progressive impact absorption for different levels of impact > Multi-Port Air Induction Cooling System – eleven (11) intake and four (4) exhaust vents create massive airflow to keep your head cool > Tri-vent Goggle Anti-Fog Vents – three (3) air intake vents above goggle eye port draw air from goggle to help clear away fog > Flow Through EPS And Comfort Liner Air System - EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) and comfort liner align to maximize airflow > Quick Release Washable Comfort Liner and Cheek Pads – plush liner absorbs sweat, provides plenty of ventilation, and is easy to remove and clean with out quick-snap system > Custom Molded Rubber Trim With Nose Guard - with its smooth lines the integrated nose guard helps keep pesky rocks away from your nose > Lightweight Aluminum Hardware – helmet is constructed using super-strong, lightweight machined aluminum screws, rivets, and D-rings for superior strength and years of worry free use > Optional Carbon Fiber Intake Vent Wing – can be added to the helmet for increased direction of airflow on the front vents
  10. 2 reviews

    The Arai XD4 Explore Graphic Helmet replaces the category leading Arai XD-3 Dual Sport Helmet. Notable improvements for the XD4 are improved ventilation with redesigned face vents and a venturi vent at the brow, adjustable cheek pads, a new visor system for improved visibility, and a new locking shield for aerodynamics. > New comfort headliner, with micro fitting 5mm peel away temple pads > Fully removable/replaceable/washable Interior: Comfort head liner, Cheek pads, Chinstrap covers > Dry-Cool technology keeps you dry and cool for greater comfort > Patent pending, New FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design, also with a 5mm peel away micro fit feature > New shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at higher street speeds > New exhaust ports added to the top diffuser vents > New chin vent with more intake ports > Larger sculpted side cowl vents improve ventilation > Snell M2010 approved > 3.74lbs. There are three helmet graphics in the XD4 line: XD4, XD4 Diamante, and XD4 Explore.
  11. I've seen a lot of people asking where to get an Airoh helmet in the US. I did hours of research and found a company called Burn Out Italy (http://www.burnoutitaly.com) they have really good prices and FAST international shipping to the states. I got a 2017 Model helmet for a very good price and got it shipped from Italy to Hawaii in less than a week! Attached are some pics of the helmet. But again great overall experience with them. They actually are making US orders a priority because of the demand. You can read an article about it here (http://borntoride.com/2016/06/burn-out-italy-is-making-serious-in-roads-in-conquering-the-u-s-market/).
  12. I spent a good portion of last night in a trauma center where one of my good riding buddies passed away. He sustained a head injury while test riding his new to him 450 after tweaking some settings. He was probably less than 100 yards from his house and was just doing a quick out and back. The bike wheelied, he went down and bumped his head on the pavement, losing consciousness. He had a skull fracture and a brain bleed. The doctors were not able to stabilize him. He went in to cardiac arrest once and they were able to get him back. About an hour later his heart stopped again and they were not able to restart it. I was there at the hospital waiting with his family and friends, praying for his recovery. It was absolutely heartbreaking to listen to his wife's anguished cries when she heard that he had passed. He never woke up. He was in his late thirties, healthy, and a decent rider. He leaves behind his wife and two young kids. I am generally ATGATT when out riding, but I know I have warmed the chain / bike or messed around in the yard at slow speeds without a helmet before. I'm sure that a lot of you are the same. Please think about what would happen to your family in that one quick instance if the bike does something you aren't expecting and you can't recover from. If my friend had been wearing his helmet, he would have walked away with some scrapes and bruises and a messed up bike. I am not looking for sympathy, but I sincerely hope that none of you have to experience what I did last night. If this convinces even just one person to put on a helmet when they normally wouldn't have, I'll be happy.
  13. Yesterday I raced in a 2 hour hare scramble. I only race hare scrambles and race almost every other weekend so I am used to the length and used to getting hot, but yesterday I got extremely over heated causing me to see spots and get dizzy. I had to pull off in the pits, then I ditched the gear, dumped cold water on myself, and still fainted in the truck with the A/C on. I was running top 5 out of 30-40 in my class when it happened so it really was disappointing to not finish, and honestly it's been over a year since the last time I haven't finished a race. My head was getting super hot so I ditched the goggles which still didn't do much. I HAD somewhat long hair, (3 inches long roughly) which I believe helped hold the heat in too. Today I said screw it, and buzzed it so hopefully it won't hold the heat in as bad or be one of the reasons for ending my race. However I've had problems with the heat before I had the long hair, I have a history of not doing so well in the heat in general since my elementary school days. I'm almost 18 now, weigh 145 and am 6'0 tall and I consider myself to be in shape, so I don't think it's a fitness issue. I was already in the market for a new helmet (Currently use a Fox V1), but after yesterday, I turned my attention to a helmet that's both safe and very well ventilated and to heck with the color or looks. After a little reading, It seems the Klim F4 is one of the best helmets as far as ventilation to keep you cool. Does anyone race with the Klim F4 Helmet? I can't find too many recent reviews on it, or many at all. I was looking to buy it just because on a forum from July of 2014 multiple people said it was very good for ventilation to keep you cool, but the helmet apparently has since been redesigned...I was wondering with all the vents how it is in the rain for water getting in, and how it does it do in colder weather when you don't want the air flow? The main rear vents look like they would take in water pretty easily. How's it do when you aren't moving too quickly, going through tight trails etc.? http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MzEwWDMxOA==/z/o0MAAOSwBahU5gtj/$_12.JPG?rt=nc Any other good helmets out there that are 400 or less? (Sort of on a budget since I am trying to pay for all the racing expenses without help from my parents now that I graduated HS.) Thank you...any feedback will be appreciated!!
  14. Check this thing out. Pretty cool tech. Once again, left wing people alert: The following article is from The Blaze, do NOT click on the link. May cause head to explode and blood pressure to rise, a little spittle may fly out of your mouth as well. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/08/22/the-awesome-motorcycle-helmet-thats-straight-out-of-the-future/
  15. Hey guys, I was wondering what types of helmets everyone's using when riding their Z. I have a Bilt (CycleGear brand) that I bought when I first got the bike just so that I could start riding immediately. Im not very comfortable with the fit of the helmet and the price I got it for scares me as well! Now I have some funds saved up to buy a new helmet and was wondering if their are any helmet types or brands that you guys would recommend because of price or quality. Thanks!
  16. I mean really! The older I get the more gear I find necessary to save myself from permanent or severe injury. I've never timed how long it takes, but it takes so long to suit up with all the gear that sometimes I find myself not riding as planned just because its a pain to suit up! 🤦 I'm planning on going riding after work, but we'll see. 🙄 In no particular order: Polypropylene socks Boot socks Knee guards Boots Elbow protection Jockstrap Body armor Neck brace Riding pants Riding jersey Gloves Helmet Goggles Hydration pack or fanny pack Sheesh!🤣
  17. I have never worn riding gear except for a good helmet....most of my past riding is local and street. Untill recently I would not wear a visor, let alone a shield on my bike. (I had a windshield on my truck and snow machine) Anyways that being said... its time for a little gear. I am most concerned about my knees and shins. What do you suggest for leg protection without compremising freedom of movement.... (baby steps)
  18. Curious what motorcycle gear others are wearing for different riding on the LRP. I'm in need of some summer gear and want a DS helmet too. I just started to look around, for now here is what I use... Spring/Fall Icon 1000 Chapter jacket in grey. Very high quality piece, love this jacket. Couple different pair of gloves depending on temps. Winter Firstgear Kilimanjaro Jacket, nice and warm. Tourmaster Synergy 2.0 heated gear: Jacket liner, pant liner and leather gloves. Firstgear Overpants, I only wear these on the longer rides. A few pair of fleece lined jeans and cargo pants. Summer I want to pick up a new textile/mesh jacket for those hot days. Since I ride 90% street anyway maybe just a mesh street jacket? I'm down to two helmets, an old Shoei RF800 and a new Bell Star Rally Red with monochromatic shield. Unless I'm going to leave my helmet on the bike then I will take the Bell, the auto tinting shield works perfectly, WAY better than some cheaper glasses that I have had that do that. Now am looking to add a DS helmet, maybe the Arai XD-4? Funny thing is I have been riding street for 22 years and had the same leather jacket until 2 years ago when I started to get better gear. I always got a new helmet every 5-6 years but that was it really. I have to say having nice gear really makes the ride for me, never really noticed it until recently though. Anyway, please share what you have or plan to get, and any advice on DS helmets would be good too. Thanks! 👍
  19. so i just bought a new full face helmet with a visor but since im not wearing goggles the wind is blowing in my eyes still. Im used to wearing goggles and my mx helmet. if i cover up the space between the helmet and my chin with my hand then the wind goes away. i know they make helmet skirts but do they work? what else is there?
  20. I did a gear review on the Arai XD4. Check it out. http://www.spiritstrike.com/gear/2013/10/31/arai-xd4-dual-sport-helmet
  21. This might be a dumb question, just want to make sure? ( can you take them on an air plain)
  22. Shopping for a new helmet since my Shoei is 6 years old & I figure the foam has got be deteriorating by now, plus I like shiny new shit. I have a nice Troylee helmet but I have no faith in it, so light, I fell in corner once & hardly bumped my head & still felt like I rung my bell, but I digress. What got me thinking is Dirt Rider did a test a few years back & said the cheap helmets all out performed the more expensive helmets, however they wouldn't name names. Chickenshit if you ask me. They all have to pass DOT or SNELL testing & with the Leatt thread in full swing I thought lets fight about helmets. I was gonna buy a 6d but $700, not sure if the theory is solid on the design, but seems to make sense to me. Bell Moto 9 is a great helmet, Shoei of course, Arai, but my mind always goes back to that Dirt Rider article, what if those damn HJC are superior & we just shelled out several hundo more than needed? I can afford whatever I want, but I like to save money too. But for the guy that can't has to settle, he could maybe very well buying the better helmet only cause that is what he can afford while suckers like me will shell out five bills for what may be not so great? Damn Dirt Rider! There there is also the little known fact that HJC & KBC make all the other helmets, except Shoei, Arai, 6d, & I am sure I am missing one or two? But all the fox, fly, possibly Bell are all made by one of those two so you are just paying for branding. Thoughts?
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    Leatt Moto 9.5 Carbon V21.1 Helmet The Leatt Moto 9.5 Carbon Helmet is a super lightweight carbon off-road helmet that features Leatt's ground-breaking head and brain protection. This race-ready, super ventilated helmet is equipped with brain injury reduction that takes head protection to a whole new level. DOT+NEW 2021 standard ECE 22.06 Velocity 6.5 Iriz African Tiger Goggle Included Carbon matrix shell in three sizes Brain injury reduction technology Reduces forces associated with concussion Pro-Fit elastic comfort liner that shapes to your head Large ventilation channels to keep your head cool even at lower speeds 4 densities of Impact foam for reduction of forces to head and brain Visor has breakaway function to reduce forces to head and neck in a crash Clip-on Visor extension X-Static® Inner liner is washable, breathable and has moisture wicking anti-odor fabric Designed to offer great neck brace mobility Emergency cheek pad removal | Hydration side port (with optional hands-free kit) 360° Turbine Technology Reduced peak brain acceleration by up to 30% at impact speeds associated with concussion Reduces peak brain rotational acceleration by up to 40% Weight: DOT+ECE : 1.195 ± 50g (2.63lbs) Sizing: #XS (53-54cm – 20 ¾ - 21 ¼”) #S (55-56cm – 21 5⁄8 - 22”) #M (57-58cm – 22 ½ - 22 ¾”) #L (59-60cm – 23 ¼ - 23 5⁄8”) #XL (61-62cm – 24 – 24 ½”) #XXL (63-64cm – 24 ¾ - 25 1⁄5”)
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    The all new ATR-2Y youth off-road competition helmet. Simply put, it’s the next level in brain protection for the today’s youngest moto athletes. The 6D ATR-2Y follows directly in its parent’s footsteps. It is the most advanced helmet available for off-road motorcycle (or cycling) competition or recreational riding. Infused with the same advanced ODS technology as the adult ATR-2, the youth model was specifically designed for the needs of the growing child and their still-developing brain. Softer foam liners combined with a more aggressive and freer uncoupling carrier system, provide truly next level protection. ATR-2Y YOUTH MX/OFF-ROAD HELMET Rebuildable ODS System: -Patented Omni-Directional Suspension® (ODS®) -Improved ODS design mitigates Angular and Linear Accelerations -Replaceable Inner EPS Liner -Multi-impact EPP Outer Liner incorporates Isolation Damping Towers -Rotational Energy Management Disks reduce Angular Acceleration -Superior low, mid, and high velocity impact mitigation -Air-Gap Ventilation System with 17 Transfer Ports Features: -Removable, washable comfort liner features Genuine Dri-Lex® anti-bacterial fabric -Emergency Quick-Release Cheek Pads -PU-over molded EPP lined chin bar includes Sternum Pad -Goggle band integrated shell recess at the eyeport area improves goggle fit and seal -Shear-Away Visor Screws designed to reduce angular acceleration potential -Nose guard provides improved roost protection -Titanium D-Rings -Light weight with improved center of gravity (+/- 1250 grams Size M) -Exceeds DOT, ECE, ACU and ASTM Standards -3-Year Limited Warranty Shell: -Optimized compliant light weight Tri-Composite Shell provides superior energy absorption -Rear lower shell incorporates compliant zone at the cervical spine location -Brow Rib increases shell integrity above the eyeport -Clavicle Cut-Away provides increased clearance -9 Intake Ports and 6 Exhaust Ports work in unison with the Air Gap Ventilation System World Wide Patents: United States US 8,955,169 B2 Europe EP 2 672 853 B1 China ZL 201280017579.1 Patents Pending
  25. Motorcycle, Mountain Bike and Snow Helmets to Feature 360-degree 4K Video, Mobile Editing and Sharing, and Intuitive Digital Capabilities LAS VEGAS, NV – January 6, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Action-sports helmet-industry leaders, BRG (Bell, Ridell, Giro) Sports, and 360-degree camera innovators, 360fly, announced a full line of “smart” helmets, integrated with 360fly’s proprietary 360-degree 4K video, at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 360fly BRG Motorcycle Helmet The innovative product line encompasses several of BRG Sports' core sport categories and brands, comprising the following products: Bell Star with 360fly – Driven by the essential needs of the modern racer, and completely new for 2016, the Bell Star is the most advanced full-face street motorcycle helmet on the market today Bell Moto 9 Flex with 360fly – Bell's most comprehensive off road motorcycle helmet, featuring its proprietary "progressive layering" energy-management system Bell Super 2R with 360fly – Bell's most versatile and award-winning all-mountain helmet, with an innovative detachable chin bar feature for maximum performance and adaptability Giro Edit with 360fly – Giro's lightest full-featured snow helmet "The benefits of integrating digital video and intuitive digital technology into action sports helmets is a ground-breaking advancement for our sports," said Terry Lee, Executive Chairman & CEO, BRG Sports. "This "smart helmet" collaboration with 360fly is yet another landmark milestone within our 60-year history of helmet innovation and industry leadership." "From day one, our focus has extended beyond the baseline benefits of immersive 360-degree VR content, and into the expansive universe of intuitive "smart" technologies that our single-lens technology enables," said Peter Adderton, 360fly CEO. "These helmets are merely the first of many unique applications for these technologies enabled by our proprietary 360fly 4K platform." All four helmets feature an integrated 360fly 360-degree 4K camera, capable of also shooting conventional 16x9 video. The video capabilities are driven by 360fly's proprietary mobile app, featuring a simple user interface that allows users to instantly edit and share content to popular platforms such as Facebook or YouTube. Shooting at 2880 x 2880 at up to 30 FPS, the integrated camera also includes a built-in GPS sensor to tag locations, a barometer/altimeter and accelerometer all powered by an advanced Qualcomm® Snapdragon 800 processor. Like the original 360fly camera, the integrated camera comes standard with Bluetooth, built-in Wi-Fi and has up to two hours of battery life. For significantly added value, the integrated 360fly camera is detachable, allowing it to be utilized independent of the helmet by the user in the widest variety of lifestyle applications. In addition to the existing mobile app functionality featured in the integrated helmets, 360fly's CES exhibit showcased live demonstrations of several new technologies that are a result of the company's new 360fly 4K platform and are currently planned for inclusion across the advanced BRG Sports helmet line including: AutoPilot action tracking – Allows users to track and follow the main subjects in their videos, making it easy to create dynamic edits with the rider at the center of it all. Collision Avoidance Alert – Senses and automatically notifies the rider of potential oncoming dangers that are outside the rider's natural field of vision Live Streaming – For professional, commercial or advanced users looking to live stream 360-degree video, the integrated camera pairs with its Micro-HDMI accessory base (sold separately) and is able to output a real-time full 360-degree HD video stream These features will undergo a rigorous series of trials and tests over the coming months in preparation for the helmets' debut at retail later in the year. Another new feature planned for the camera-integrated helmet line is "Highlight Reel" – an auto-editing function that compiles a 1-2-minute highlight reel based on the specific sections of video that feature the most action The majority of VR devices on the market today are purely focused on consumption of VR content and not creation. From day one, 360fly's mission has been to put the power to create immersive personal VR content into the hands of consumers. There simply is no other comparable option for creating and consuming 360-degree immersive video and personal VR content on the market today. About BRG SPORTS BRG Sports is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories. The company markets and licenses products under such well-known brands as Bell, Riddell, Giro, Blackburn, Raskullz, and Krash! Its products incorporate leading technology and designs and are used by professional athletes and enthusiasts alike. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, the company has facilities worldwide. More information is available at: www.brgsports.com. About 360fly 360fly creates unique, 360-degree digital products that inspire users to capture, share and experience life's greatest moments in 360 degrees. Our passion has led us to redefine video capture, because we believe life is too rich to capture just part of it.
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