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      04-29-2009, 12:55 PM   #1
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I'm gonna take my car on the track for the first time next month in Sebring and need to buy a Snell 2000/2005 certified helmet. Do any of you have a recommendation for a good entry level helmet in the $200 range?

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      04-29-2009, 01:06 PM   #2
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Well, I paid only $89 for a HJC open face Snell aproved helmet. I would not spend $200 on it but for that you could get a really nice one.

http://www.leatherup.com/c/Snell-App..._40/1/171.html
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hehe, well I don't mind paying less then $200 either :P
Is there any particular difference between motorcycle and car helmets?

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      04-29-2009, 04:53 PM   #4
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hehe, well I don't mind paying less then $200 either :P
Is there any particular difference between motorcycle and car helmets?

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you can buy a helmet for $50 and also for $800. question is: is your head worth $50 or $800?

yes, there is a difference between motorcycle and car helmets. Car helmets are designed for a single impact whereas motorcycle helmets are designed for multiple impacts.

Get a descent helmet, you won't regret it if things go bad.
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hehe, well I don't mind paying less then $200 either :P
Is there any particular difference between motorcycle and car helmets?

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The clubs I track with will not acceot "M" rated helmets.
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Get a car helmet.

I have an "arai head." You should be trying them on if possible, each brand fits differently.

You're going to spend $300 for a decent one IMO. My Arai was $650 or so.

If you think you'll get more into it, get one with neck restraint (HANS) latching points, or at least pre-drilling for it.
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The clubs I track with will not acceot "M" rated helmets.
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you are absolutely right. i don't think any of them do.
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Most tracks ask for Snell rated (coming for car racing specs) helmet.
Being a doctor in a major trauma center (lots of bike accidents) I doubt that there is significant diference between two similar, let's say full face helmets, in terms of pure protection in a wide price range. Fit and finish, comfort and other parameters maybe different. If you need all the small differences in helmet quality to save you in a car crash on track, you may not want to live the life you will have after.
I went for an open face light Snell aproved helmet for comfort.
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thanks for your input guys, I ended up ordering the G-Force Eliminator, which is a Snell 2005 rated helmet: http://www.saferacer.com/g-force-eli...productid=1843
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Hi,

I'm gonna take my car on the track for the first time next month in Sebring and need to buy a Snell 2000/2005 certified helmet. Do any of you have a recommendation for a good entry level helmet in the $200 range?

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If you're going out with an in car instructor you might have to tuck a mike into the helmet. I'm not sure how hard that is with a full helmet (I have an open face). Sometimes the wind noise is a little louder in the microphone with an open face helmet. I'd guess an open face helmet is a little cooler. This might matter...
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