What I'm really curious about, is this. Has anyone ordered a helmet online, rather than purchasing it from a brick & mortar store?
I'm a little leery about it, as all the "special handling" that occurs in getting the product from the store, to my home. Would hate to need a replacement, or it not hold up in case I needed it, due to those "handling" issues.
Right now I have an HJC Modular, kind of bought online from a someone who bought it and didn't like it. No problems with it.
I looking to move to the Gmax G54 - I like modular helmets and this one gets great reviews for the venting. The light in the back of the helmet is a plus. I plan to buy from Amazon, I'm a prime member and they have the best prices.
I wouldn't hesitate to order a helmet online, as long as it's a brand I'm familiar with. I'm a long time Shoei user, so I can confidently order a size large and know that it will fit well. As it happens, my RF-1000 is getting old, so I should consider replacing it.
Question for you guys with off-road style helmets... Having that bill that sticks out like a baseball cap, does it do a good job of keeping a low sun out of your eyes? Living up north here in British Columbia the sun spends a lot more time low in the sky and it would be nice to be able to block it. Most of my riding is on secondary roads, as opposed to highways, so speeds are not too high. Maybe that helmet style would be best.
What are the other advantages or disadvantages of that kind of helmet?
I used to have the GMax GM68S, full face helmet. It was really an amazing helmet, especially considering it was <$150.
VERY nice venting. Rode through parts of Texas, middle of summer, and my head stayed nice and cool.
Rainy days, the visor had a first détente that basically "cracked". Not much air allowed in, but it helped to keep the visor from fogging. Also had a chin curtain, which helped keep the rain off your face. No breath guard though.
Very light. Wore it on 500+ days, with no fatigue.
I had considered a GMax, for a modular, but at the time they didn't have one that was DOT certified. Good to see the GM54S certified.
One of the first reviews I read about the GMax was from a guy who went down after a week of having his. He said his hit the side of his head on the pavement pretty good, but he was okay. The Doctor was even impressed. Pretty good review.
I wore an Arai for several years, probably too long since the lining was starting to deteriorate. I replaced it last Saturday with a Shoei GT Air. So far it has been great. Temps around 40 degees when commuting to work and practically no fogging issues with the visor completely closed. The pinlock lens really does work!
I'm a poor man...I usually replace with GMaxx helmets. They always fit well and the sizes for the different styles are usually consistent. Online, any style I want for under $100. I did buy a Chinese modular helmet off ebay for 13.05 on one occasion. Hey it lasted a couple of years until it rolled off my bike and the hinge broke lol. By the grace of God I have never had to crash test a lid.
Kinda hard to tell what it would be like to switch to a dual-sport style helmet, so I think I'll go try some on. Also, a Pinlock visor would be a big bonus. And they don't seem to come in my preferred helmet color - yellow. I'll go see what I can find.