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  • #35602

    Bob Spedding
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    I am looking for a new helmet for my son. Do you guys have any preferences as to brands?

    Bell, HJC, etc….

  • #35621

    Morgan Schuler
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    I’ve had Bell, Arai, and now a HJC. I liked all of them but they do all fit different. If you can, try them on before buying. Most online places, like Safe Racer, let you order a few and send back the ones you don’t like or fit.

    If you want an unbiased opinion on quality, call any of the helmet painters. They take apart helmets every day.

  • #35629

    TJ Koyen
    Moderator

    I always recommend Arai first because the fit and finish is second-to-none. Bell, Sparco, Stilo, HJC are all good alternatives.

    Fit is the most important quality of the helmet and every helmet fits everyone a little differently. Arais and Bells are different shapes and most people either fit one or the other.

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  • #35648

    Bob Spedding
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    Thanks guys.  What about pricing ?  I know it’s your head but are you spending $600(Arai) or are you spending more like $300?  I’m not trying to skimp, but I am starting from scratch so having to buy a kart, engine, safety equipment, fuel and everything else to get going , I am trying to keep any expenses as low as possible. But I do understand about not going cheap when it comes to safety.   But what is your budget for a helmet? And does paying big bucks really make a huge difference in quality?

  • #35650

    Craig Drabik
    Participant

    If you’re looking in the $300 range, I like my Impact.

  • #35651

    TJ Koyen
    Moderator

    If you’re just starting, you can save a bit of money and go with something on the lower end of your budget and be fine. They are all approved and safe, you’re mostly paying for quality of assembly, padding, fitment, weight (or lack of) and fit and finish.

    Bell is a quality brand that offers helmets in a wide price range. I always recommend something from Bell if you aren’t willing to drop all that coin on Arai.

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  • #35716

    Chuck hurlbert
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    I have no opinion on brands but i do on price. I bought an hjc 4 years ago for $100. Good helmet but i am looking to replace it already for a couple reasons. Its falling apart, im not saying im rough with it but debris in the face does add up. Second and a big deal to me now is weight. I run a shifter and the g’s to go with it. After a 10 minute race my shoulder/neck are exhausted. Much of this is physical condition but a lighter helmet would help alot.

     

  • #35765

    Daniel Justice
    Participant

    I also need some helmet buying advice. In 2015 I may be running a laydown enduro so I don’t think my HJC AR-10 will do the job, aero wise. It hasn’t done me any favors in my laydown sprint kart. Would a motorcycle be any better or worse? I’m looking at the Bell Revolver Evo right now. The price is really good also. My only concern would be the chin area as your head is forced down in an enduro kart.

  • #35790

    Ted Hamilton
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    Daniel — I’m a HJC dealer and have the add-on aero spoiler that would fix your aero issue, I think.  Drop me a PM if you’re interested.  Are you having issues with front end lift or buffeting?  The way the spoiler is constructed, it should fit several brands and models…

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  • #35935

    Daniel Justice
    Participant

    Hey Ted,

    Yes, front end lift is the problem I’m having. I found out a major issue with it lifting was obviously from my go pro being mounted on top. I took that off but there is still some lifting. I’d be very interested in any aero addons you have, any more information on them?

  • #35938

    Ted Hamilton
    Participant

    Here’s the rear spoiler….I have a chin spoiler available too, but most blend them into the helmet pre-paint.  I don’t know if it would work to glue on finished helmet or not…  Rear can be added anytime.

     

     

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  • #35949

    Daniel Justice
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    I’m definitely interested, anything to keep my helmet and head pointed down towards the guys in front. Last resort would be to run a pull down strap but let’s try to avoid that. How much does the rear spoiler retail? I don’t know if I want a wing on the chin as not to impair my ability to look down in a laydown.

  • #35955

    AJ Reuter
    Participant

    Daniel,

     

    bell GP2 with the bell rear spoiler wing, it has a small lip spoiler ans gives very little lift. ive had it on at daytona in controlled, and my dad has worn his in BSTOCK. OG has them

  • #35977

    Daniel Justice
    Participant

    Hey AJ, I’ve been interested in getting a Bell helmet at some point, but right now I can’t take the $600 hit. Not when I want to run Reedjet next year haha. I’ll try to make the HJC work though. Speaking of the Reedjet, I wanted to talk to you about the engine. Looking to run 100 Controlled next year, but I might stick with the KT100. I’ll message you about it.

  • #36071

    Dan Schlosser
    Participant

    How old is your son Bob? That would drastically affect my answer on helmets.

  • #36324

    AJ Reuter
    Participant

    Also, having worked for a safety shop, the best answer to this question is the one that fits your head, everybody has a slight different shape. I fit in a bell really well, and my brother cant wear one comfortable. go to a place you can try them on and try on several.

    AJ

  • #36427

    Bob Spedding
    Participant

    Thanks. he is 14 to soon be 15.

  • #36428

    Bob Spedding
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    One of our local stores carry HJC and Arai. But at the moment I can’t afford the Arai. And the HJC for about $150(forgot the model number) seems like it isn’t as good as the more expensive models just because of pricing. :(

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