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      09-06-2016, 01:32 AM   #1
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Black Armour Helmets... Anyone try them?

It's time for a new Helmet and these seem to pretty decent and carbon fiber. I'm happy with my Bell, but this is has my interest.
Just wondering if anyone has one or has checked them out?
How's the quality of the foam/padding. How does it run in sizing?

https://blackarmorhelmets.com/

Thanks for any input.
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A couple of us from San Diego BMWCCA went to visit Winding Road up in the L.A. area last weekend. Based on what was on their website, I wanted to check out the Black Armor helmet. The carbon fiber helmet is cheaper than most of its competitors, so you know its going to be slightly lower end than some others. Long story short, I ended up buying the carbon fiber model after trying on that helmet and a couple others.

The most comfortable helmet I tried on was a Simpson Devil Ray helmet. But it was at least 50% more expensive than than the BA. I didn't feel like paying that extra premium. The guy at Winding Road said that they asked BA to make the non-CF version of their helmet. The non-CF version uses less expensive materials both inside and out. So if you're going to get BA, you should probably go for the CF version.

BA also offers different colored visors and WR carries them. The helmet came with a clear visor, I also bought the 'iridium' color which I plan to keep on there.

My head size is between 'L' and 'XL'. In the Simpson and other helmets, the 'L' felt about right. In the BA helmet, 'XL' was the best fit for me. So you might want to go a size up if you're trying the helmet without testing it.

I haven't used the helmet 'for real' yet. I'll be doing autocross in a couple weekends and then a weekend at Buttonwillow at the end of October, 2016. Will find out there what other issues there are with the helmet.

My previous helmet was an open-faced model. This will be my first closed-face helmet. I tried it for 30 minutes driving around my neighborhood with the helmet on. Didn't have any other issues other than the normal reduction in visibility. I wonder if anyone noticed I was driving around the streets with a helmet? lol
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I wonder if anyone noticed I was driving around the streets with a helmet? lol
Lol I did the same thing when I got my helmet, HANS, and harness. I didn't even get to drive 100 yards before someone stopped me and asked why I was wearing a helmet.
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A couple of us from San Diego BMWCCA went to visit Winding Road up in the L.A. area last weekend. Based on what was on their website, I wanted to check out the Black Armor helmet. The carbon fiber helmet is cheaper than most of its competitors, so you know its going to be slightly lower end than some others. Long story short, I ended up buying the carbon fiber model after trying on that helmet and a couple others.

The most comfortable helmet I tried on was a Simpson Devil Ray helmet. But it was at least 50% more expensive than than the BA. I didn't feel like paying that extra premium. The guy at Winding Road said that they asked BA to make the non-CF version of their helmet. The non-CF version uses less expensive materials both inside and out. So if you're going to get BA, you should probably go for the CF version.

BA also offers different colored visors and WR carries them. The helmet came with a clear visor, I also bought the 'iridium' color which I plan to keep on there. I really wanted to try on all the helmets they have.

My head size is between 'L' and 'XL'. In the Simpson and other helmets, the 'L' felt about right. In the BA helmet, 'XL' was the best fit for me. So you might want to go a size up if you're trying the helmet without testing it.

I haven't used the helmet 'for real' yet. I'll be doing autocross in a couple weekends and then a weekend at Buttonwillow at the end of October, 2016. Will find out there what other issues there are with the helmet.

My previous helmet was an open-faced model. This will be my first closed-face helmet. I tried it for 30 minutes driving around my neighborhood with the helmet on. Didn't have any other issues other than the normal reduction in visibility. I wonder if anyone noticed I was driving around the streets with a helmet? lol
Thanks for the feedback. I was trying to make it to that event, but was working. Did they give a discount that day?
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