Alpinestars and Shoei ? What works and fits?
Posted October 07, 2002 - 04:24 PM
What about helmets? Is Shoei or Arai or something else the way to go? How do their sizes run?
Anything else I should know when looking for these things? I am probably going to buy used unless there is some reason not to...
Thanks in advance!!
Posted October 07, 2002 - 04:39 PM
Posted October 07, 2002 - 05:16 PM
As for the Shoei helmet, I think for a snug fit, you may want 1 size smaller that other helmets... in other words, if your take a large, then you will get a medium in Shoei...
I would buy a new helmet, boots could be secondhand.. but you don't know the history of a used helmet, and it only gets one chance to do it's job properly... You can get some good deals on Shoei skid lids... BTOmotorsports, and other places... look in the Gear and clothing section, you may have to go and set two weeks worth of posts to view, but there was some info in there about places for a good buy on a Shoei lid...
Posted October 07, 2002 - 07:09 PM
I went ahead and shelled out big bucks for a Shoei, I found it new on EBay for about $380 if I remember correctly, it was an '01 paint scheme and the '02s were coming out. Even that is a bit much to pay IMO, I wouldn't pay full retail. Why? Because there are so many equally protective (Snell rated) helmets that are light, comfy and look good.
My last helmet was an MSR made by KBC. I just read a review of the new O'Neal helmet, made by KBC, and I think it was actually one ounce lighter than a Shoei, and only around $200. M2R also makes good Snell-rated helmets that are light (albeit a bit retro looking in shape) and very comfortable, as does HJC.
Save your money for the boots if this is an issue. I've tried Tech 8s, Tech 6s, Fox Formas, and Gaerne SG-1. The Foxes fell apart, although I'm sure they've changed a bunch since the pair I bought, but you can't go wrong with Alpinestars (6 or 8), and I love my SG-1s too.
I did not notice any change in protection/support from the Tech 6 to the Tech 8. The buckles and booty are the only difference I can see.
Likewise with the SG-1 Gaernes. Just as comfortable and sturdy as Alpinestars, the sole lasts much longer, but I think the Alpinestar sole gripped better, which makes sense. You can replace the sole, which I've done once on my 'Stars, but I was surprised by how quickly it disappeared.
Anyway, I wear an 11 in dress shoes, a 10 D in boots (feet are a bit wide), and an 11 fit me great in all cases.
BTW I DO really like my Shoei, but as far as I'm concerned my two year old, $250 retail priced MSR by KBC is every bit as good of a helmet, but after a few good blows, including a short and rather spontaneous nap, I decided to retire it. Point being, would you want to buy my used MSR helmet? Hope not.
Boots are another matter, a used Tech 8 is safer than a pair of new Hi Points (comfy but have "ankle sprain" written all over 'em) or any lower-end boot.
My two cents.