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Old 01-06-2009, 04:46 PM
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Is there a list somewhere comparing helmet weights?

I am in the market for a closed face helmet and the only store I have been to in town that stocks SA2005's (so far that I know of) only has Simpsons. I tried on the Bandit and Voyager, both felt heavier than my cheapo Pyrotect open face. Both were comfortable by the way.

I am interested in helmets up to the Arai GP5/5W price range, and interested, if there is no list, in at least compiling one with member's here posting their helmet weights. Much appreciated.

So far:

Simpson
Voyager 3.5 lb
Bandit 3.3 lb
DevilRay 3.0 lb

Arai
GP-5W 3.0 lb

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For the price range you are talking about the helmet that will feel the lightest is probably the Arai.

Naturally your Pyrotect openface will feel lighter than the full face for a number of reasons, mainly there is a lot less material out there.

There are a number of companies out there that have a carbon fiber helmet for the same price as the Arai but they honestly don't feel lighter. I had my hands on pretty much every helmet made last month and have to say that the other helmets that felt light were the HJC helmets as well.

I've always felt that Simpson helmets were on the heavy end as well as Bell.

As for compilation of weights I've seen some partial lists but nothing new in a while I'll see if I can dig up one of them. As I remember price didn't mean light weight. Outside of indoor karting I've never had an issue with the weight of a helmet straining my neck.
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Comfort first, but IMHO, nothing comes close to a GP5 in that price range.
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Comfort is the key. I love the way my Bell fits but could not stand the Simpson. The Simpson felt like it was too tight on the forehead. I keep looking at new helmets but live in BFE thereby making trying on different helmets a PITA. I'll probably end up buying another Bell just out of convenience/laziness.
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I called Simpson to find out the weigths on the two helmets I tried and also on the other options, the Voyager weighs in at 3.5 lb and the Bandit 3.3 lb. I tried both in size Medium and the Bandit had the tighter feel. Their carbon fiber helmets weigh in at under 3 lb (Devil Ray and Sting Ray).

Surprisingly I liked the "sunglass" shape visor of the Bandit by the way.
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Originally Posted by boss351 View Post

Surprisingly I liked the "sunglass" shape visor of the Bandit by the way.
You drive a Porsche, not a Top Fuel drag racer ;-) Arai!
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You drive a Porsche, not a Top Fuel drag racer ;-) Arai!
if it works for the Stig.....
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Originally Posted by boss351 View Post
if it works for the Stig.....
he is the exception confirming the rule
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Originally Posted by John H View Post
Comfort is the key. I love the way my Bell fits but could not stand the Simpson. The Simpson felt like it was too tight on the forehead. I keep looking at new helmets but live in BFE thereby making trying on different helmets a PITA. I'll probably end up buying another Bell just out of convenience/laziness.
If a Bell is what really fits best then I would stick with a Bell. I have the same situation where Bell fits so much better than everything else. The other helmets that are close are Zamp (which use the same basic head shape) and there is a new HJC that is a similar shape as well (I'm in between there sizes unfortunately). I really like the weight distribution of the Arai and how it sat low but they just dont' fit me, same with Simpson. Impact didn't fit me too well.

OMP is another helmet that I really like but it just doesn't fit my head. I know many people who have tried on an OMP while being set on an Arai only to end up getting the OMP.

Shameless plug----> Some Bell helmets are now 20% off as they are phasing some models out. The M3, Sport III, Vortex and Mag 5 are all on the list.

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Simpson
Voyager 3.5 lb
Bandit 3.3 lb
DevilRay 3.0 lb

Arai
GP-5W 3.0 lb
The problem with posting weights like this is you aren't posting the sizes with them as well. Just an FYI
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Circuit Motorsports View Post
The problem with posting weights like this is you aren't posting the sizes with them as well. Just an FYI
Good point and when I got those weights I totally forgot to ask what sizes they were from.

Since you sell the Arai's, do you know when the GP-6's are likely to debut, and if when they do there will be any "specials" on the GP-5's? (Can always hope).

Also,if you can dig up something on the weights that would be great.
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According to the Stand21 web site, my F21 Air Force helmet weighs 1400 grams +/- 5% (3.08364 pounds). It *is* very comfortable.
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I have the HJC Si-12 and it's under 3 lbs. Lighter then their all carbon one too. I needed to replace my sparco cuz it got banged up when my race car lost a fight with a wall. Night and day difference.

I tried the Stand 21 and the Arai GP5W and liked them quite a bit but the HJC fit my head the best (and a size smaller then the others)

Think about it, you'll be wearing your lid all day
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I haven't been very successful in finding stores with auto-helmets here in Houston (pipe in please those that can help), but would trying same manufacturer bike helmets give me the same fitment impressions of the auto helmets (I know weights wont be comparible)?
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It's all personal preference.
IMHO, fitment and safety main concern.
I'm very pleased with my Stand 21 Air Force.
Very light, comfortable and great support from Stand 21.
Here is one F/S on e-bay.
Price is right.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Stand...Q5fCarQ5fParts

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Old 01-07-2009, 08:25 AM
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I also have the stand 21, great piece of equipment. You cannot beat that price on the e bay sale! If it's the right size it's a screamin' deal. I bought one of the stand 21 suits they have for sale, the seller is a porsche shop.
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