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Old 05-05-2007, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Helmet recommendations

I'd like to get some open track days in this year, and the track I'm planning on going to (Beaver Run) requires the use of a helmet.

What should I look for when choosing a good helmet? I know it has to be Snell compliant according to track regulations, but other than that I'm not sure what to look for.

I stopped today at a motorcycle shop and they had some HJC helmets that were also Snell compliant. I can get a full face model, in solid white and with the addition of a smoked visor, for around $175 with tax. Is this a good brand to look at, or are they primarily for motorcycle riders?

Here's a link to the one I was looking at: HJC helmet

I'm not looking to spend bundles of cash, as I'm probably only going to be using this half a dozen or so times a year, but by the same token I don't want to skimp out when it comes to protecting my noggin!

Any help would be appreciated!
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Ya, those are primarily for motorcycle riders. They can be used at the drag strip I go to, have the impact rating, but the difference is in fire safety. The SNELL ratings with the SA prefix are for auto racing and have fire protection.

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Thanks for the info - guess I'll have to keep looking then.

I don't mind ordering online, but from what I've read you really need to try a helmet on first to make sure everything fits the way it should, and that even the sizes aren't standardized.

This makes it tough because I don't know of really any places around me that carry this kind of equipment. Need to look around some more to see what I can find for a store near me that would carry these things.

Thanks again!
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