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    Helmet Recommendations?

    I'm looking to pick up a helmet for use in Autocross events.

    Can anyone recommend a good helmet, and/or a place to go to get one?

    How much will I be looking to spend here? I would prefer a full face helmet, but I'm open to suggestions.
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    Generally the place to go is OG Racing in Sterling.
    A Bell MR2 is probably around $280.00
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    I like the Bieffe Predator. You can find them for about the same price as the Bell M2's but they are lighter and have removable liners.

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    Removable liner is a good thing.
    Especially after you have been wearing it for a few years. I didn't think a SA helmet could have a removable liner. Seems to me to be a liability issue.
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    Another vote here for the Bieffe Predator. Pete and I got them from the OG Racing in Summit Point. Very light helmet (lighter than the Bell M2) and comfortable. A big factor for me was that I can wear my eyeglasses using that helmet.

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    If you are only going to do autox, find a comfortable motorcycle helmet for around $100 and save your money for something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doby
    If you are only going to do autox, find a comfortable motorcycle helmet for around $100 and save your money for something else.
    Sometimes, you don't plan on doing a DE and find yourself having spent more that if your originally went with an SA rated helmet.

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    True, but for some (me) that's a waste of tire money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doby
    If you are only going to do autox, find a comfortable motorcycle helmet for around $100 and save your money for something else.
    ditto. The cheapest open face helmet is the best I regret I got the more expensive Bell M3, but I needed a closed face one for HPDEs. I will most likely get a open face one just for autox.

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    If you want cheap, good helmets, browse dk-trader (or dktrader) on eBay. Dennis Kirk sells all their scratch and dent stuff there. You can get some GREAT deals on a new helmet. My silver AGV was a $240+ helmet that I got for $80 shipped.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FT
    Quote Originally Posted by Doby
    If you are only going to do autox, find a comfortable motorcycle helmet for around $100 and save your money for something else.
    ditto. The cheapest open face helmet is the best I regret I got the more expensive Bell M3, but I needed a closed face one for HPDEs. I will most likely get a open face one just for autox.
    I was acutally thinking of getting a full open face for autox.

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    Yeah, I have a G-Force closed face, but I got it down at NOPI last year for a really good price, otherwise I would HIGHLY recommend open-faced if that's all you'll be using it for

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    Personally, I believe that you should actually go out and try on a couple of different models from at least two of the manufacturers.

    Me, I run a Bell M3 -- I found that it fits better and more comfortably on my head than the M2 or any Simpson or G-Force I've tried.

    O.G. is definitely the best place to go try a few out, with the widest local selection and great sales staff.

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    Any Baltimore Helmet Shop?

    OG Racing sounds good but that's too far for me. Any similar helmet dealers near Baltimore?
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    I agree, try them on first. For autocross only, a motorcyle helmet is fine. If you think you may do some DEs later, then get an SA helmet. Although you might want to wait a little over a year to get Snell 05 rated helmet, that will be could for a longer time.

    For the sweat factor, get a balaclava. Just a head sock to wear under your helmet to soak up the sweat. For autoX it doesn't have to be Nomex, just cotton is fine.
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