|The most important||Budapest: 2019-01-13 19:01|
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Praha: 2019-01-13 19:01
Treading the same beginner path of the gear comes the helmet. Some of the most common possible types already have had a few words; saying currently no more I'm still remaining with the full face or modular|flip-up helmets.
The beginner equipment also voted for this type - honestly not even a farthest thought arose whether I wanted to have any of the other types.They are not motorbiker helmets.
Thus I started the A1/B125 in such, namely in a HJC TR-1 (2017) helmet. Guess, what's the colour code? METAL!!! \m/
Alas, this helmet completely disappeared from the HJC website, so I cannot put any link here. I favour companies by name only in specific cases, and basically not at all the used market: personally I would never buy a used helmet. One: a little waxing here and there - and you could figure out only in a laboratory whether it already had an impact - even if only a drop. Two: regardless to how much you clean it, after any longer use it picks up the owner's characteristics indelibly. Mainly the sweat and its inherencies ... but let's just stay with the shape of the head. Three: those padding foams already picked up the shape of the previous owner's head - so it's hardly possible that they'll protect you at the right places, as much as they should.Topical correction to the Likewise entry:the helmet really should be thrown out after one impact.
I don't want to use misunderstandable grammar, when safety is at stake. The correct sentence isA helmet _must be_ thrown out after one impact.
All the rest and the technical explanation is in your helmet's manual.
Back to the helmet.
- easy visor changing
- pinlock supportNot an unerring technology, but currently the best to avoid indoor fogging.
- price/performance ratio, if I remember correctly it cost 50 000HUF; as a beginner it's overkill to spend hundreds of dollars on a helmet, yet the price range 10 000 and 20 000HUF just simply didn't find a tiniest trust in me.
- lame visor opening system: the lowest level, where you just wanted to let in some air doesn't exist. The lowest level opens too high, right puts the lower part of the visor right into your vision, the focus of the eyes
- useless, not-really-working breath deflector
- weight (compared to Marushin), 1.5 kg
- embedded sunglasses. Good idea, but I've used it probably 2 times and now I'm exaggerating. The main reason, what's this sunglasses is made of I don't know, but the seemingly brown colour in fact paints everything to disturbing green tint - starting from morning sunshine, through noon sparkling up to the sunset vision.
Marushin 999RS II (2017)
Alas, I again don't have a link anymore to the product's page. One may ask, why would someone need two helmets? Marushin's weight was appealing, has a D-lock mechanism, also not to be forgotten, the original 100 000HUF had a 50% discount. The result is indeed worthy.
- altogether only about 1 kg weight
- design and visibility fluorescent colourI'd like to recommend the manufacturers to read the few paragraphs below before they would start to design the Collection of 2020.
Back then I was browsing the offer of many manufacturers, and found many instant love seeing all the details - but in the last rounds all of them failed miserably in respect of visibility and design. See: 100% fluorescent paint.
What's wrong with this?
The fact, a completely fluorescent, hi-viz helmet in bright sunlight is just as invisible as a black helmet in the night.
Photography-related overtone: human eyes are the strongest in recognizing contrasts. This is why Marushin's design is really good, because it has the 90% high-visibility fluorine base colour (which is the most important), but with various artist designs they also added black colours: thus making the helmet be perfectly visible both in sparkling sunshine until the sunset.
I don't want to name names, fact manufacturers, but even the biggest brands fall into these errors:
Please use a fluorescent base, and just sprinkle some dark wave, line or lightning design as well.
- they paint the helmet with a fluorescent colour completely
- the ratio of the fluor and the dark colours isn't in harmony (too much dark <> too few bright)
- the visor height can be perfectly adjusted, so there's just a little space for fresh air at the lowest position
- there is no pinlock (!!!)
- useless, not-really-working breath deflector (+++!!!)
- cumbersome replacement of the visor (compared to HJC), second step of adding the iridium visor, is always to clean the fingerprints
- against all regular (and complicated) cleaning, the wind vents stuck so much, that you have to pry them open with a screwdriver. Personally myself I've been just simply keep them closed and open the visor a bit to let fresh air in.
- the chin vent is neither cleanable because everything is glued. One can use a toothbrush for the task, but still - the stuff still remains inside (yes, tried compressed air too)
50-50%: I wouldn't recommend any of them specifically, but indeed any of them anytime. HJC wins with the pinlock, furthermore its good price/performance ratio made it a decent helmet. Marushin won with the design and the weight, on the other hand the maintenance and cleaning on the long run won't get any plus points.
Ultimately, the weight difference is quite relative and subjective. So far I've always wore the hi-viz Marushin on all my longer touring rides to enhance my survival chances, so I honestly cannot tell whether my neck would get tired because of that 500 gram.
Likely it's better to get used to it, since most of the modular|flip-up helmets weigh around 1.5 kg anyway.