I agree with pretty much all the posts that say a helmet purchase is a personal purchase. I'll give you my 2 cents worth on helmet priorities which includes 2 hard crashes in 50+ years of riding, one of which resulted in a ride in an ambulance and the other on the track that I was able to walk away from, albeit black and blue in places I'd never bruised like that before.
1. Quality - before anything else, the helmet must be a high quality item. I'm not talking about pretty finish. I'm talking about strength and protection.
2. Fit - the helmet must fit and fit well. Comfort is key to a good helmet. We all ride for enjoyment and a poorly fitting helmet is like going to a great movie and having an idiot behind you that won't shut up.
3. Weight - Always buy the lightest possible helmet that meets requirements 1 and 2. Many head and neck injuries are due to the weight of the helmet.
4. Durability - Straps, snaps, visor mechanism, interior linings, foam etc., needs to hold up for the life of the helmet.
4. Style - Although a full-face is always my first recommendation to anyone who asks, they are not for everybody. My friend ripped his entire lower lip off down to the end of his chin such that after he got out of the hospital, he looked like a ventriloquist dummy. He had a 3/4 quality helmet on. His injuries were not life threatening. He was doing about 15 mph at the time. Blacktop always wins out over flesh. If ripping your face off, losing all your teeth or similar is a risk you are willing to take, pick the style you prefer. But your face, your choice. Nobody else should make that choice for you.
As a general rule, anything that joins two features into one package and offers it at a reasonable price is giving you a cheap product on both fronts. This pretty much applies to everything out there, printers, coffee pots and helmets.
When someone tells me good helmets are too expensive, I always ask how much they value their head? I'm not saying that you have to spend $600 on a Arai. I crashed hard and hit my head on the track twice and ripped the face shield off one side in the track crash. I was wearing the top HJC helmet at the time. I think that helmet was in the $250 range back in 2007.
If all you can afford is $150, buy him a gift card that he can use in a shop or on line and in the card tell him it is for a helmet. The sentiment will be the same. You love him and want him to be safe.
I'll give you my last 2 cents on any system that connects the rider to his phone. I think it's a bad idea. Any distraction on a bike is a bad idea. I know the youth have grown up with phones and think they can do about anything and be on their phone. I think the statistics have proven that to be a erroneous assumption. Hell, people cannot adjust the radio and stay on the road in their cars.
Good luck on whichever path you decide to take.
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40 Pilots, 122 Mains
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