As a thought, you should try and head to your LBS to try on the helmet first.So I've been looking at these type of helmets. I would like to be able to strap on a chin bar when I'm trying something new, or not have it during long climbs and would welcome one going down. Any one have real world experience with one?
I was wondering if that was by design. Helmets are designed to get consumed by a crash and perhaps the strength of the chinbar attachment was designed to give way before it damaged your neck or something. It would be less than great if your face was preserved but your neck was broken, right?This right here is why I won't buy one: http://forums.mtbr.com/apparel-protection/giro-switchblade-failure-1041207.html...
I don't think that's the case. Otherwise motorcycle and full DH helmets would be doing the same, and these certifications that people tote would be much different. Plus it has a greater chance of actually screwing up your face or neck when it breaks; who knows where it's going to go or what sharp pieces will be exposed to your neck or face.I was wondering if that was by design. Helmets are designed to get consumed by a crash and perhaps the strength of the chinbar attachment was designed to give way before it damaged your neck or something. It would be less than great if your face was preserved but your neck was broken, right?
Thanks, I know Bell fits me well, looking for real world experience. I'll wear a DH helmet when doing lift service trails. Just looking for the extra protection when I decided to goof off.As a thought, you should try and head to your LBS to try on the helmet first.
Each manufacture as their own interpretation of what a riders head is shaped like. If you already know your head shape and have a brand you trust go for that one.
My "internet" opinion ranks them in this order
Giro Switchblade- DH certified
Bell Super 3R
Bell Super 2R
If it means anything, I rock 2 helmets- Not at the same time
Giro Feature Mips- for riding around local XC trails and the kids
Met Parachute- for all mountain
The parachute is extremely light and very breathable especially in comparison to the switchblade. No exaggeration I barely felt warmer wearing it than a half shell in 80 degree heat.
Cer I'm in your area and even in our humidity I don't find the MET uncomfortable. I posted this a long time ago when I first got mine.Once I figured out my parachute isn't really hotter than my half lid, I wear it on every mtb ride now, my half is now my commuter helmet.
As others have said, you need to try them on if you can find them. I have a Giro shaped head and the MET fits me well.