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    • #46707
      Ambrose Buldo
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      I need to get a new SA rated Helmet for my Chump and Lemons Racing. An SA2010 helmet is OK, as I typicially replace helmet before they expire. I was using a Scorpion Motor Cycle helmet for Karting, but seems a little heavy. My neck is always challanged in a kart, every little bit helps. Anyone have any experiance in using the GForce Carbon Fiber Helmet? It seems to be the lightest helmet in the sub $400 price range. Also looking for helmet to have minimial material in the chin area, as helmets with chin spoilers tend to interfer with my Leatt Neck Brace and imact my ability to get my head down and look down track.
      http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/product/GFORCECarbonFiberHelmet/FullFaceHelmets

      Thank you in advance for your input.

    • #46724
      Chuck hurlbert
      Participant

      Interested as well…

    • #46733
      TJ Koyen
      Moderator

      What’s the actual weight of the G-Force carbon helmet Ambrose? I’ve weighed quite a few helmets that come through my shop but never have had one of those in.

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    • #46742
      Walt Gifford
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      Is that real carbon fiber for $349? Must be just one thin layer. Says it’s 48 ounces. Probably be allot lighter if you sand that thick clear coat off of it.

      Gif

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      Nicholson Speedway class champion 2001,
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      41 years karting experience

    • #46760
      Ambrose Buldo
      Participant

      According to this site http://www.racinghelmetguide.com/auto-helmet-weights.html
      it says 3.2 lbs. It lists helmet as Carbon Composite. I could care less about the Carbon Fiber look.

    • #46773
      Rob Kozakowski
      Participant

      I had a G-Force for a little while, but a different model.

      My opinion – the low prices reflect the quality – I honestly wouldn’t recommend them for kart racing, or any motorsport other than autocross or real slow drag racing.  I’d never wear one in wheel-to-wheel competition again.

      The problem I had was that the padding inside seems “too” soft – I’m guessing it’s probably a very cheap, low density foam material.  What fit well when I bought it, quickly got compressed through (minimal) use to the point that the thing was loose enough that I didn’t feel safe in the event that I might go upside down.

      If you want a better quality helmet from that website list in that lower price range, I’d look at the HJC AR-10.  I got one from Ted Hamilton (you can probably pm him – he’ll definitely help you out).  It’s still on the heavier side, compared to the mid-higher end Arai, Bell, etc., but the price is a lot lower, while still retaining good quality and fit.

    • #46774
      Rob Kozakowski
      Participant

      Oddly enough, if you read what they say on that website about the G-Force helmets, they even say they are geared toward autocross and drag racing.

      My recommendation – find something else.

    • #46879
      TJ Koyen
      Moderator

      At 3.2 pounds, the “carbon” G-Force weighs the same as the non-carbon Arai SK-6, for what it’s worth.

      The G-Force helmets are a budget helmet, which is noticeable in the padding and hardware. As Walt mentioned, a lot of these “carbon” helmets are only 1-layer of carbon with fiberglass underneath and really aren’t a lot lighter than a normal helmet.

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    • #46900
      Brian Degulis
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      I’ve used lots of diffrent helmets over the years I thought they were all OK. When I got into cars I bought a G force because it was cheap. That was the first helmet I thought was awful, Bad fit bad padding bad sound insulation bad everything. I replaced it with an Arai GP5. Much better in all respects.

       

      Brian

    • #47033
      Curtis Cooksey
      Participant

      I question the weights on the racing helmet guide. I just weighed an Arai SK-6 at 3.40 lbs. and a Bell M4 at 3.30 lbs. Helmet weights vary from helmet to helmet. The Bell M4 is a good light SA rated helmet without a chin spoiler for under 400. The quality on Arai helmets is impressive.

    • #47141
      Joshua Guiher
      Participant

      I like my M4 and don’t think it is too heavy for a sub $400 helmet.

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