Protecting my $100 brain.

I've been eyeing some of the less expensive "adventure" or "dual sport" style helmets lately. I've seen the ones from Shoei, Arai and AGV but they're all outta my price range. Thankfully companies like Fulmer, AFX and others have caught onto the adv craze and started producing their own style.

The first dual sport helmet I saw was the Simpson GS3-MX and it got terrible reviews. So, I burned that style into my brain and waited. Now, the market has sub $300 dual sport helmets and it's time for me to retire my M2R lid.

I don't know much about Bilt products but some of their stuff is pretty lame. However, I do like their "Adventure" helmet. I have a thing for white helmets, maybe because they're like a blank canvas and I can sticker them up. Maybe it's some weird residual Star Wars speederbike lust.

Anywho, for a $100 I think it's a good risk and I'll probably order one soon. The reviews on ADVrider have been pretty good. After all, you can't expect German engineering at India pricing. Plus, the Bilt has a retractable tinted shield and ever since my Caberg, I've wanted that feature again. The Mrs also needs a new lid and I think we're going to go for AFX Hi-Viz modular.


I finally pulled the trigger on the Bilt Explorer helmet but it we never really hit it off.

Check out the post here: http://7plus8.blogspot.com/2013/05/bilt-adventure-explorer-review-return.html


Steve Mauch said...

What happened to the Variant helmet with adjusted shell sizes and the dot fmvss 218 (US), ECE 22-05 (Europe), SAI AS1698 (Australia) and SG (Japan) safety and testing standards.

red said...

The Variant is still on my want list! But at $370, I'll hold off until they drop in price.

Good thing about wearing a XS/S, they tend to be available at clearance prices!

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NotClauswitz said...

I had a SUOMY that I liked, it was nice and light - can't stand heavy lids, but they are another layer of insurance. I wonder if you can "do" them as a medical write-off?

red said...

I don't like heavy lids either and RedQueen's neck won't tolerate them at all. My big issue is shell size. I wear a small and unless the helmet comes in multiple shell sizes, I'm slinging some extra weight on my noggin.