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Who reps icon and is it worth the $$$?
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Who reps icon and is it worth the $$$? - September 20, 2008, 01:27 AM

So my question, I have been riding with an HJC helmet for the past 3 1/2 years and I am really wanting a new helmet and I found and icon that I really like but it's alot more $$$ than my HJC was, It has the custom detailing on it but what else makes this brand so dam expensive? Is it worth the cash?
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September 20, 2008, 03:01 AM

I like the Icon better than HJC. I think the fit and finish is better, and my domain lid is way quiet compared to my two HJCs.

Knowing what I know now, I will never buy another HJC. They don't hold up as well as other brands.


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shoei FTW
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i reppn ICON right now i have a shoei rf1000 and i like the ICON better ..... but im lookn into an arai but they are so much $$$$$....



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September 20, 2008, 02:24 PM

My Icon Airframe DFA was good quality and quiet. Took a big smack on the head in a high side but had no effects (that were noticeable to myself) afterward. It is now retired.
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My Icon Airframe DFA was good quality and quiet. Took a big smack on the head in a high side but had no effects (that were noticeable to myself) afterward. It is now retired.
That's 'Mainframe' DFA - maybe that blow to the head....?
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September 20, 2008, 03:38 PM

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shoei FTW
Agreed, Shoei is the way to go. Don't buy a lid for the graphics, buy it for how it fits, and how it feels on your head. A bulky heavy helmet is goin to get uncomfortable real fast especially on long rides.


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I wear an arai and it is the best brand out there IMO


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September 20, 2008, 08:12 PM

Arai, Suomy, Shoei are my top 3. I find ICONS to be a bit on the heavy side... my 2 cents



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I wear a Shark, and love it... Will definitly buy another shark when the time comes... And for any of you who know YaoMatt, he took a spill in a Shark and it held up AWESOME... Colemans actually had his helmet on display for how good it held up in an accident.. Shark FTW



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September 20, 2008, 11:49 PM

If you can find a sales person who can properly fit you for an Arai you'll spend the $$ and never wear anything else.

They have 3 distinct "head shapes" in their different models and they have replaceable custom cheek pads to taylor fit the helmet. Once you find the one that fits your head and your face you will wonder how you ever wore an HJC for so long.

Don't buy a helmet for the graphics. Do what I did to afford an Arai, eat lots of Ramen noodles.


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If you can find a sales person who can properly fit you for an Arai you'll spend the $$ and never wear anything else.

They have 3 distinct "head shapes" in their different models and they have replaceable custom cheek pads to taylor fit the helmet. Once you find the one that fits your head and your face you will wonder how you ever wore an HJC for so long.

Don't buy a helmet for the graphics. Do what I did to afford an Arai, eat lots of Ramen noodles.

+1 i dont have one yet but my sales guy PAT @ colemans in falls church knows his SHIT about arai helmets go up there he will hook u up.......im still saving for mine but happy wih my icon for now....



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September 23, 2008, 11:48 AM

Thanks for the input! I wasn't planning on buying for the graphics although a plus+, I know there is more to helmets than looks. I actually did not know that they do custom fitting for helmets. I think after payday I might be out doing some shopping. Thanks guys and gals for filling me in...
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September 23, 2008, 12:21 PM

HJC is bottom of the barrel.

Aria, Shoei, Soumy are the perennial favourites, but you're going to pay $350-500

Shark and Scorpion are newer on the market, of the same quality in most aspects as the higher end helmets, and cost about half.

As always, whatever fits best will protect best. An ill-fitting $500 DOT helmet will not do nearly as well as a well fitting $50 DOT helmet in a wreck.


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September 23, 2008, 12:29 PM

I've riden in Scorpion, Shoei, AGV, and Arai. I personally prefer the Arai and it's what I currently have. It's light weight and fits like a glove, although it is abit loud. If your looking for a step up from your HJC but not wanting drop Arai coin then look toward a Shark. They really are good helmets and are really lightweight. Ask for Pat if you go into Colemans and he'll get you set up with the right fit.
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