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  1. #1 Chinese Helmet - Good Quality Ones 
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    Can anyone recommend a decent quality full face helmet that doesn't cost a fortune?


    I'm looking for a cost effective helmet for riding that isn't just a plastic bucket. I'm talking a helmet that has a replaceable visor, and would be safe enough to save me at high speeds such as would be seen at the track. I'm sure there are decent enough helmets being produced somewhere in China that would be at least close to U.S. DOT standards?
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    There are a couple of threads in MCM about helmets, and where to buy them in Shanghai.

    I'm a fan of the HJC IS-MAX, a modular helmet that is under $100.

    Start with Flip Front Helmets You'll see these are available widely in Shanghai, with a large selection at Chemichen.
    Then there's Bike Gear in Shanghai and leather, textile, mesh --a sobering report

    Apart from the HJC's, you'll find Nolans and Cabergs and many others.

    By the way, search and advanced search in MCM are not very good. I often start with a google search that includes what I'm looking for and adds the search term mychinamoto. Give it a try. There's a ton of excellent info in MCM just waiting to be discovered.

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  3. #3 Re: Chinese Helmet - Good Quality Ones 
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    Not related to helmets but a hint for your google search: Adding "site:mychinamoto.com" (or any other domain) to your google search limits the results to this page.
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    'Tanked' helmets are OK. They aren't DOT rated, but that's probably just because they haven't been rated. Reasonably light, very available not too noisy. Just make sure you blackmail the seller for at least three spare visors, usually 20-30 yuan each. Don't buy online because of the fitment issues. I'd much rather have a cheaper helmet that fitted well than a more expensive one that didn't.

    Other than that buy something higher end, but then you have to spend lots of money on hard to find expensive visors, which won't be available unless pre-ordered. These days you can buy an exotic Arai helmet for a very reasonable price, because they know they'll gouge you on visors later. Printer and game consoles business model.
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    I have bought a couple of these LS2 helmets for about 300RMB for me and my wife that have the flip down sunglasses inside. A tad heavy, but very comfy inside. I also like how it dampens the noise of those blaring truck horns at times. There are some sellers selling them even cheaper. I think it is DOT certified?
    http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm...d55e27b&pm_id=

    Replacement visors 40RMB
    http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm...d55e27b&pm_id=

    It seems to have worked well for me, although my only real test so far has been slamming my head into the asphalt and sliding on my face at about 60km/h - not exactly racetrack speeds. If you're planning on racing then I wouldn't skimp on a helmet. Also what ZMC said about sizing is also true. You could get away with ordering and then returning a helmet you buy from Taobao until you find the right size I guess. A bit of a hassle but...
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    I think the Chinese head shape being wider more than longer, there is a real need to try before you buy. In most shops I found that all 90% of the helmets were large or XL. Pleading was needed to source small and medium sizes, with near commitment to buy. There is an advantage though as you can add your extra bonus visor order at that time. So it may be a case of trying on many helmets that are too big and then buying one on order from the shop or online the next size smaller and hoping it fits well.
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    I tried my helmet out at the shop before I bought and ended up with an XL. Bought my wife a L from the above shop and it seems to fit her well. It's just a little snug for me, but I can wear it. Her head is relatively smaller than mine too. I was thinking for sure she would be an M or S, but we using the sizing and measuring guidelines posted online and it seemed fine for her.
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    Very good to know about using good to search the forum.

    HJC seems to be the lower end of my choice but a quite decent buy. I have a half helmet/bucket DOT rated I wear now that I can give to a pillian passenger.

    Marushin helmets have a great safety rating and have alot of high quality features for around 450 to -650RMB. Higher end models go into about a 1000+ but that's still great for the helmet quality. A couple extra visors and I"m good to go. Here is the Marushin 888 I want.

    If anyone can give me a good source of well priced visors for Marushin helmets that would be awesome. I want one mirrored/polarized, a yellow one if possible and a clear one.
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    Has any one used this LS2 Helmet

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-L...340798475.html

    I found it also at this link http://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?spm...aId=&q=ls2+455

    I looks like it has adjustable air pump bags that you can use to get a custom fit?

    I never liked the idea of a peak. I thought that it would add noise and drag. Three of my mates have the Zues

    http://www.offroadexplorer.com/Produ...us_Review.html Which I can t find on the Zues website

    They all rave about them as being quiet helmets and the visor is brilliant when riding into the sun. They all use them for both road and offroad.

    The Zues reatail in Australia for close to AUD $300.
    I figured the LS2 might be worth a try?
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    I cannot speak to things like half-helmets that leave so much of your head exposed, but I can speak to full-face helmets vs modulars: Once you've used a modular you'll never want to go back to a standard helmet. The convenience of being able to keep your helmet on yet being able to talk, eat, drink and see more widely during breaks cannot be overstated. As for safety, virtually every major helmet manufacturer has embraced the concept, and many have DOT and/or SNELL ratings.

    There's been some good discussion here in MCM and elsewhere about the relative merits of paying more for a helmet, particularly those costing north of US$400. The general consensus has been that the difference between "helmet" and "no helmet" is far vaster than the difference between "cheap helmet" and "expensive helmet." Expensive usually means quieter, more comfortable, more features; whether it means greater safety is a question of some contention. Your brain is basically a big soft sloppy mush, and no shell no matter how expensive will prevent it from getting severely jostled and rammed up against the inside of your skull when your head goes from 60 to zero in an instant. But in a slide, or a glancing blow, or the kind of hit that comes when the bike comes out from under you, almost any helmet protects your head far, far better than no helmet at all. In all of my getoffs, most of them benign but a few of them rather violent, I've always been grateful to have been wearing a full-face modular.

    So this question of "good quality" in a helmet is a lot more complicated than merely a discussion of price or features.

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