Similar Products Used: some stupid "ice" helmet that i grew out of a few years ago.
Bike Setup: upgraded kona hahanna rst 281 el fork deore rear d. stx-rc front d. rapidfire cranks specialized body geometry saddle stx-rc brakes tioga factory dh 2.1 on the front everything else stock
a Weekend Warrior
from Charny, Québec, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2000
Strengths: Looks good Good ventilation Light Cheap Spiderlock
Weaknesses: The visor is not well fixed on it, the velcros dont seems to stick on that curvy surface.
Louis Garneau make efficient, nice looking, and affordable helmets. Their made in Quebec, wich is good. And the guy is cool too. You can buy a helmet from another brand for twic the price with the same features. Thats not the only thing, I've got it for 35 canadian bucks, ~ 20$ US.
a Cross Country Rider
from St. Louis
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2000
Strengths: Looks great, light, ventilation, comfort, adjustablity. The way that it "locks" onto your head.
Weaknesses: Velcro glue. With the way the front padding is spaced, it allows a channel of sweat to run down your face from your head.
I've had peter-pan launches over the handlebars that happened to quick for my arms to react to the fall and I ended up landing on my face, side falls in which my head crashed sideways against rocks, and situations where I've hit the back of my head pretty hard. I truely believe that if I was wearing a different type of helmet, that I would've been seriously hurt in those accidents. I didn't even gain a headache from those experiences. Even though they were rough falls, the helmet is in good shape and I continue to use it. The only problem is from what I stated in the weaknesses, I've never had a helmet channel a stream of sweat from head to my face like this one has, and the velcro rips off easy. But, nothing superglue didn't take care of. Because of the level of safety this helmet has I definitely give it 5. I thank the helmet for keeping me alive so that I may crash again :)
a Weekend Warrior
from Quechee, VT
Date Reviewed: November 18, 1999
Strengths: Fully Adjustable, Great looks, French Canadian like I use to be.
Weaknesses: Glue that secure the velcro inside the helmet
The helmet looks great, it's light and when I turn that Spider lock it is stuck to my head. The visor is short and also fully adjustable, something important to me since I struggle big time with the visor on my Bell. When you pull out the visor and Spider lock, the velcro sometimes comes apart, not a big deal since you won't have to adjust it often and when I press it back on it always stays in place. Five flamming piments rouges
Strengths: Excellent fit, spyder lock rules, nothing else comes close. Looks cool. Very good value. Good ventilation.
Weaknesses: Ventilation only good.
Great helmet, kicks all the other helmets ass at this price. Very good fit and finish. Also, i crashed and there was zero hassle to get the free one year replacement warrantee thing done. Also, Louis Garneau is CANADIAN! yeah! so they rule. 4.5/5 chilis!
Similar Products Used: Bell Tsunami, forza pro, giro torrero
Bike Setup: I put it on my head. It fit.comfy. end of story.
a cross-country rider
from Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 20, 1999
My Garneau Alien is as well built and finished as more expensive competitor brands. The retension system fits and works well. The Garneau is also more comfortable for me than comparable Giro or (especially) Bell models. Prices are often discounted at the dealer, making this a good value.
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Can anyone tell me whether the Nishiki Alien (the models with the bolt on chromo rear end onto the al front end are 1" or 1 1/8" headtubes.
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I am actually mesmerized by this frame. I stopped for a break in the shade, mid-ride, and just gazed upon it.
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