Agree. I bought an HJC 3/4 helmet last year for riding in very hot weather. It did get me through the Bloomsburg inferno, but never fit exactly right. Just bought an Arai XC RAM Helmet and while the cost was several times as much, the fit, ventilation, comfort, and quality of the materials is significantly higher, so I'm happy.
Originally Posted by bobzeliff
These are two of the foundations of my opinion on buying an Arai, Shoei, or Suomy (and that opinion is worth exactly what you're paying for it) and I personally own all three brands.
Originally Posted by rd400racer
Yes a Snell rating is a Snell rating and lots of companies can design and produce a helmet to pass that test. Arai, Shoei, Suomy design helmets TO BE crashed in, not pass a lab test, big difference in design criteria IMHO.
RDs brothers sentiments are a call back to the '60's era Bell helmet ad copy of "If you have a $10 head, wear a $10 dollar helmet." Made sense to me then, makes sense now.