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View Poll Results: Which one do you recommend?
HJC AR 10, $269.99, Made in Korea 0 0%
BELL Sport 3, $279.99~349.99, Made in USA 4 80.00%
BELL M4, ~$370, Made in USA 1 20.00%
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:38 AM   #1
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I am planning to do some track race from now on, so I plan to have a full face SA 2005 helmet. I am planning to spend $300~400.

I did some research. I went to a couple place to try out some of the helmets. Here are three helmets that fits my head pretty well and comfortable. But couldn't decided which one to go, what do you guys think?
HJC AR 10


BELL Sport 3


BELL M4


I also tried other helmets:
Sparco Spy 05 (To me, not that comfort, I heard most of the ppl doesn't fit that well)~that's why they are pretty cheap ($399 only)
Arai GP5W (really nice one, I like the quality, you got what you pay for i guess) ($650)
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:50 AM   #2
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Personally I would go with a helmet with as much ventilation as possible, to keep the helmet comfortable, and the visor clean instead of steamed up.
Fitment is also very important.

A helmet should feel a little to tight the first time you put it on.
If it is loose then it will become even more loose as you wear it for a couple of times more.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:01 AM   #3
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I have the HJC AR10. Fogging is not an issue if you leave the visor open a crack. Overall it is a comfortable, well fitting helmet for those on a budget. I'm sure the more expensive ones will be lighter, more comfortable, last longer etc, but I think the AR10 is one of the best in its price range.
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:45 AM   #4
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If they all fit comfortably, I'd get the lightest one.

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Old 01-20-2009, 07:53 AM   #5
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Are you sure all of those helmets fit you well.

The Bell helmets you have and the HJC helmet have a different head shape.

Also you have a picture of an M4Pro but have listed it as the M4. The M4 is sized S,M,L, while hte M4Pro is sized numerically, like 7 1/2. Do you know which you tried on?
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:32 PM   #6
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yeah, the BELL i wear is a 7.
but the HJC is a XSM, but they do fit my head pretty good, haha
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:32 PM   #7
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Personally, I prefer an open-faced helmet for auto racing. Unless you are open-wheel racing, the greater field of view that an open face offers is way better. Plus, they are lighter and more comfortable (cooler) to wear. And don't forget cheaper....

Any reason you are looking at full face?
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:22 PM   #8
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This is a bit more expensive but very nice helmet. Check it out.

http://www.zamp-racing.net/
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:41 PM   #9
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Personally, I prefer an open-faced helmet for auto racing.
Sorry for the minor hijack, but what if I have no airbag?
I've been wanting to try on the hjc ar10 myself
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:49 PM   #10
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Your selection needs to be based on comfort at this point, now that you've figured out your budget. I've got an Arai GP-5W, but was fortunate enough to work for a motorsports shop and get a nice deal.

Just make sure you wear the helmet of choice around the house or on one of your commutes (30 minutes, at least) to make sure it fits super snug without giving you a headache, no/light "hot-spots", and cups the back of your head.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:50 PM   #11
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Drop all of those, get a Zamp RZ3. Thank me later.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:59 PM   #12
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Drop all of those, get a Zamp RZ3. Thank me later.
oooh, on the closeout page for $339, are the zamps that nice?
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:03 AM   #13
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Personally, I prefer an open-faced helmet for auto racing. Unless you are open-wheel racing, the greater field of view that an open face offers is way better. Plus, they are lighter and more comfortable (cooler) to wear. And don't forget cheaper....

Any reason you are looking at full face?
I like a full face better.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:09 AM   #14
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Your selection needs to be based on comfort at this point, now that you've figured out your budget. I've got an Arai GP-5W, but was fortunate enough to work for a motorsports shop and get a nice deal.

Just make sure you wear the helmet of choice around the house or on one of your commutes (30 minutes, at least) to make sure it fits super snug without giving you a headache, no/light "hot-spots", and cups the back of your head.
I agree and that's what I did in Werks II (thank you for their patient and customer services, i might ends up go back there and buy from them).

The above helmets give me the right even pressure on my head, i don't feel dizzy, i don't feel any hot spots.
But some other helmets give me hot spots and pressure points even with Arai GP 5W, i guess i have weird head shape.
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oooh, on the closeout page for $339, are the zamps that nice?
Made by Bell of Europe and the Ultra is used by many FIA GT drivers AFAIK.
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The Zamp are great helmets. I'll be getting the RZ-31 Sport in a nice graphics.
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here's another question related to helmets:
I have been using my street bike helmet for track days. its an 07 shoei with 05 DOT and SA. will I be able to use this to race scca club if its intended for motorcycle use?
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:20 AM   #18
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do you guys get Stilo helmets in the US?

http://www.nickygrist.com/sp2-turismo-64-p.asp

they get my vote!
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Depends on the rating. To my knowledge, MC and SA are mutually exclusive. DOT can include both. MC helmets are rated for a different type of crash than auto helmets. Most tracks do not allow MC helmets, and I would want a MC helmet for bike riding (personally).

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here's another question related to helmets:
I have been using my street bike helmet for track days. its an 07 shoei with 05 DOT and SA. will I be able to use this to race scca club if its intended for motorcycle use?
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