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    Helmets?

    Just wondering, as some of the forum users seem to be regular trackdrivers, what kinds of helmets are you wearing on the track (openface/jet, closed) and what brands? Any recommendations?

    greets taz

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    I'm using a full-face helmet from Stand21. I've been wearing full-face helmets for many years during my skydiving career (see pic), and I like the additional safety.

    Greetings,
    --Pierre

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    I'm not expert on car helmets but FWIW I have heard of the brand Pierre recommends, Stand21, to be superb, very light and excellent construction and stand out among car helmets. And if Pierre recommends it, it gets my vote

    Personnally I'm a carbon-fiber series Shoei head but bike helmets are very different

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    Carlos, I'm not recommending it, I'm just using it... But given its price, it has to be good!

    I think bike helmets aren't fireproof, right?

    Greetings,
    --Pierre

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    Pierre, as you are also from switzerland, where did you try on and eventually buy your helmet?

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    Quote:
    pierre said:
    I think bike helmets aren't fireproof, right?



    I'm not sure, but maybe not since that isn't an issue on bikes like aerodinamics are for example.

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    Taz, I bought mine in Spa-Francorchamps last year. We had a Porsche Cup race there in September, and Stand21 was there too, selling their stuff.
    Greetings,
    --Pierre

    Re: Helmets?

    probably hard to get in switzerland... well, let's see. do you know the price, pierre? I heard they're quite expensive...

    Re: Helmets?

    No idea where you can get these products here in CH, but maybe you could try contacting Stand21 directly to ask them.

    I think I paid roughly EUR 1'000 for the helmet.

    Greetings,
    --Pierre

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    tazmaniac said:
    ... what kinds of helmets are you wearing on the track (openface/jet, closed) and what brands?



    Hi,

    I'm quite happy with my OMP see http://www.ompracing.it/prodotti.html?categorycode=GCASCHI&changelanguage=en .
    I personally would never ever use a jet helmet. It's no fun if your jaw is crushed ...

    Cheers
    Thomas

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    I would not recommend using a bike helmet in a car. Bike helmets aren't fireproof, but more importantly the foam and the shell is designed to crack and collapse (like a crumple zone in a car) and not have any "bounce" back into shape. They are designed for "one big hit" as your head hits the road.

    Car helmets are designed with a harder exterior and slightly more "springy" interior, so they can take several hits in one spot (such as if you bang your head several times in the same place against the roll cage).

    I have an Arai RX7-RR bike helmet (along with Shoei, the only brands I'd use as they are hand made and fit better) and for my race car I have an Arai GP5 Full Face (Bell and Simpson are also both great).

    Go for the full face helmet that most closely fits your head. The better fit, the safer you are. Most helmet brands tend to suit a different head shape (Arai seems to suit "narrow" heads and Bell suits "round" heads). Find one that works for you.

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    Matt (Sydney) said: Most helmet brands tend to suit a different head shape (Arai seems to suit "narrow" heads and Bell suits "round" heads). Find one that works for you.



    Thats very true too, Arai is my other favorite bike helmet brand along with Shoei but never fitted me as well as Shoei, so I have been using Shoei since my John Kocinski replica at 16 years of age, and every time I tried Arai it just didn't fit the same, last time the RX7 to be precise as I heard good things about it but ended up going with the Shoei X-ceed II.

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    I have a Bell M3 and I love it. It's a light and comfortable full face helmet. It might be cooler to get an open face, but if you want safety, get the full face, it's worth it. The full face is still pretty cool and flows air well, especially when the visor is pitched up slightly.

     
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