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andybond
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Happy Christmas all!

How can you determine what is a decent helmet and what isnt?

I spy 4000 different brands. Some I recognise like Aria or Bell. Others I dont.
I would hate to discount something because I hadnt heard of it and it was the best ever just no one knew.

What should I be looking for?
seriouslylotus
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Start with one that fits properly and is comfortable!
I find bell so uncomfortable!
I have an Aria shaped head...
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Comfort is a high priority, admittedly!

I guess its a case of go into a shop and ask to try on lots of lids?

I specifically want one with hans posts.
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Yep, the only way to get it right is forget specific brands, go to a reputable shop and try on as many as it takes to find the right one.

A good shop will understand and help guide you through the regs and ensure you get the best helmet for your needs.
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Try them with closed eyes and no mirror, with the shop assistant helping you put them on blind and judge by fit feeling.

Im strongly Arai biased and if I dont do this I invariably know Im not judging fairly.

It’s all about head shape.
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Good advice on comfort, you have said HANS which I think is wise. It will get sweaty inside so look at how easily it comes apart to be disinfected. I use silver spray to keep the bacteria down. Though I have never tested it, get one with approvals. Snell 2015. FIA approval is also an option but may be over the top, though, just because it’s a track day you can still hit your head.

If you wear glasses, see if you can put them on with the helmet on your head, it is tricky!

Get a storage bag for it (and your HANS) and don’t let it get biffed in storage or in the boot of your car, I had to destroy one that got cracked in transit.

I have used Bell and Arai with no bother, I struggle getting cycle helmets to fit.
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dris
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If you're using harnesses HANS is a must.

I tried loads on but found I was between sizes with a few makes until I tried Bell.

Demon Tweeks usually have a good selection if you're in the area.
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I was booked to go to the NEC for the Autosport show later in Jan for this very reason. Good opportunity to try lots on, usually.

Alas, it's been Covid-Postponed. Road trip to Demon Tweeks?!
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Fonzey wrote: Mon Dec 27, 2021 3:25 pm I was booked to go to the NEC for the Autosport show later in Jan for this very reason. Good opportunity to try lots on, usually.

Alas, it's been Covid-Postponed. Road trip to Demon Tweeks?!
That could work. Wrexham though isn’t it?
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I never said it was a short road trip!

There's surely a closer alternative...
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