Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
Originally posted by Dad
HJC AC-11 is a fiberglass/Kevlar composite shell which means it's fairly lightweight, removeable washable liner, nose guard, and helmet bag, DOT and Snell 2000, solid colors for about $145 to your door. Graphics are more. That's on-line at Helmet Harbor or Helmet Shop. In the last few years, helmets of that quality with on-line pricing were in the $250+ range.
The AC-14's are plastic shell and are slightly less. They are still DOT and Snell and the main difference is they weigh slightly more. I've sometimes felt that a high speed crash that included grinding or sliding on the helmet might cause a plastic one to melt and grind through but I have no particular facts or anecdotes for that, just a feeling from messing with plastic and fiberglass. Hope that helps.
I'm with Dad. HJC gives you the most bang for your buck, IMO. I like the Shoei graphics better and the Shoei helmets actually fit me just a little better, but I will probably go with HJC from here on out. I'm more and more looking at utility over aesthetics.
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