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While we were refueling on Sunday's ride, we started comparing helmets. I was wondering what are the Homers going to be sporting for spring/summer 06 in the chapeau department.

I'm now rocking the Giro XEN in matt black, and it's the best fitting helmet I've ever had, plus I think it looks about as good as a bike helmet can.

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I've been riding a MET parachute for a few weeks now. It's about the best fitting helmet I've owned, very nicely built, great pad system. Sometimes I feel a little goofy wearing a FF on XC rides, but then it's also nice to have since we've been hitting some gap jumps during night rides. The FF comes off in seconds but I'm leaving it on since it's not uncomfortable at all to wear- no warmer or heavier than a regular XC lid.

 

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I love the matt black Xen helmet but right now I own a Giro E2 (you can't shake off the racer in you that easily.... ;) ) But it's not as neat as I expected: the sweat keeps pouring in my eyes..quite a disappointment.

and for extremely cold conditions (which means hardly ever) I even use my light ski helmet. Soon to be replaced by a Fuse:
 

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the Met Parachute.
It has all the advantages of an XC helmet with a little extra protection of a FF. It's ventilated like an XC lid, and is as comfortable on XC rides.
 

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PizzaMan said:
the Met Parachute.
It has all the advantages of an XC helmet with a little extra protection of a FF. It's ventilated like an XC lid, and is as comfortable on XC rides.
Hey Pizza, where did you get the helmet? I ride with a Giro Xen, but the Met seems like a good idea... You never know when you're going down!
 

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I too use a MET Parachute (orange) when the ride is going to be technical. Its light, has excelent ventilation and offers that extra bit of protection.

But this helmet is no substitute to a proper full face helmet. It just offers exta protection to the chin area.
 

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Hey Pizza, where did you get the helmet? I ride with a Giro Xen, but the Met seems like a good idea... You never know when you're going down!
I don't think it's available in USA. Maybe you could mail order it from europe.
I think chainreactioncycles.uk has them.
 

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PizzaMan said:
I don't think it's available in USA. Maybe you could mail order it from europe.
I think chainreactioncycles.uk has them.
PizzaMan is right - MET does not export to North America - they have such a statement in their site.
 

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Another E2 user...

I have two and love them both. If you look around you can find them for a good deal, nice and light and very airy. Very comfortable to me. Do agree with Accident, always have sweat in my eyes but did with any other helmet as well. Doo rag or sweatband takes care of that though! ;)
 

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I was using the Xen orange/grey camo unitl I knocked the crap out of my head a couple of weeks back. So my black camo comes in today 30% off as a crash replacement.
 

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I was eyeing a Xen myself. But I have a rather large melon and even the XL doesn't seem to fit. (Whereas my Giro switchblade is the best fitting helmet I've owned?)

Anyone else have a big cranium that's tough to fit?
 

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SSINGA said:
2006 Xen in matte camo black - of course:D
That would go nicely with my Military M.U.L.E.

When I bought mine, they only had the orange camo. And black was on sale.
 

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Bell Helmets for me

Unfortunately the Zen & E2 Giros don't fit my huge melon, but both the Bell Ghisallo and X-Ray work great. I use a Giro Mad Max 2 for freeride/dh.
 

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Unfortunately the Zen & E2 Giros don't fit my huge melon, but both the Bell Ghisallo and X-Ray work great. I use a Giro Mad Max 2 for freeride/dh.
I'd been riding a Giro Gila for far too long (and 1 too many times having the frame land on my head!). I thought that fit really well, then I tried the XEN, huge difference. I suppose helmets are like shoes, if they don't fit, they don't fit.

My wife used to have dreadlocks, it was hell trying to find a skid-lid to fit her then. She ended up getting a cheapo Specialized one that came in XXL or something.

Seem to remember Bell doing one especially for Massive Heeds.
 

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tigerdog said:
That would go nicely with my Military M.U.L.E.

When I bought mine, they only had the orange camo. And black was on sale.
I wanted the orange camo, for obvious reasons, but I couldn't find one in the states so I settled for the black.
 

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I wanted the orange camo, for obvious reasons, but I couldn't find one in the states so I settled for the black.
They had one at the Supergo/Performance store where I bought my Burner a couple of weeks ago.

Honestly, I think the one you got looks better.
 

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They had one at the Supergo/Performance store where I bought my Burner a couple of weeks ago.

Honestly, I think the one you got looks better.
I really liked the white camo too but the wife said it would look like I was riding with a marshmellow on my head:eek: so back to the default black.

 

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Alpenglow said:
Unfortunately the Zen & E2 Giros don't fit my huge melon, but both the Bell Ghisallo and X-Ray work great. I use a Giro Mad Max 2 for freeride/dh.
We must have the same shape of mellon. I use the same helmets as you!
 

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I wear an E-2 for road rides, a Xen for dirt, and a Vigor Vamoose for hucking.
 
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