175 down from 400 :0 :0Check websites for closeout deals on last year's models, you can find some great deals. I got an AGV back in 05, retail was $400, paid $175. I just bought an HJC CL-16 Shock for $135 on Amazon. Snell approved and it has a removable liner. It's a little on the heavy side, but feels like a solid helmet.
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100% agreeI have never researched this.. What does a $300+ helmet get you vs a $150 helmet?? Not talking sale or clearance deals, talking MSRP..
When I was at cycle gear, the guy told me not to waste my money on a expensive helmet unless I was racing, and when a sales guy says dont buy the expensive one I usually listen haha.. So I bought the $150 one and he said for daily use its no different then the $300+ one..
I found the fit/finish of the Alliance to be better than a lot of comparably priced helmets. The liner was more plush and shaped to my head better than a double-the-price AGV AX-8 Dual, and the Alliance blew the comparable helmets from HJC, Scorpion, and Nolan out of the water. The only thing I saw is that the chin strap on the Alliance is a traditional D-ring buckle vs some of the cam systems or other quick-close chin straps on other helmets. I still think the Icon is a superior product. Note: I don't work for Icon or any of their affiliates. Just a very quality-focused buyer on a tight budget!I almost bought an Alliance instead of springing for my Shark Speed-R. I was also looking pretty intently at the Icon Airmada, but they didn't have anything I liked other than the flat black "rubatone" finish. Both helmets were extremely comfortable for me, but I think I've got a rather long head.
I know I'm flogging He|| for Leather on here, but the link below will take you to all the posts on their site regarding helmets. They tend to have good taste in gear at a variety of price points. You'll learn a lot from reading their reviews and thoughts-- not your typical motorcycle journalists, that's for sure.ONE MORE THING
What are respectable helmet brands?
That's the " Big 4" for sure. HJC finally stepped up a few years back with Ben Spies and the RPS-10. Those are on closeout under $300 as HJC has the newer RPHA-10. Every once in a while we can snag an Arai or Shoei sub $300, but gotta be quick.HJC helmets are usually not very expensive.
Arai, Shoei, Bell are three I put up there