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  1. Jen24

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    I am looking to replace my RED Reya helmet that I have had since I started riding. I haven't hated this helmet by any means, but I have a major issue with ear soreness with it. It's usually not so bad at first, but by the end of the day, it is so painful and uncomfortable that I just can't stand it anymore.

    I need something that will fit well with my Smith I/OS goggles, and I need something with audio, because I can't stand wearing earbuds while I am riding, but I love to listen to music while I ride. I would also prefer something fairly low profile, because my current helmet kind of reminds me of a Storm Trooper, haha.

    Any and all suggestions would be appreciated, because I really don't know much about the different helmets that are out there since the only ones they carry around here are the RED helmets, and I would like to try something different to try and avoid the pressure on my ears.

  2. Joka17Wild

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     smith holt.
    i think there's an audio version. it's really light and low-profile.

  3. tester

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     Look at the Smith maze as well, I used to have a RED mutiny and it hurt my ears. Nomore ear pain with the maze with audio.Helmet is so light I don't notice it.

  4. Stealth

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     +1 for the maze

  5. Jen24

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    I will definitely be keeping those in mind. I like the look of them and the price is pretty reasonable. I hate that I don't have the option to try helmets on before I buy :(

  6. Ado

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    I swear by Giro. Give 'em a look.

  7. gerry.

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    bern fo' lyfe, girl.

  8. Jen24

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    Do Giro and Bern have audio helmets? I checked out their sites, but I didn't see anything about helmets with audio?

  9. gerry.

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    berns have audio, and i'm pretty sure giro does, too.

  10. Jen24

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    Okay, I see it on the Bern site now. It just wasn't really displayed well on the womens helmets.

  11. Jen24

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    After a little more research, it appears that Giro helmets are audio compatible as well, but you have to buy the audio system seperately, which is another $30.

  12. Jen24

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    Okay, I think I have it narrowed down to 4 helmets that I might like. Have any of you ladies tried these, or do any of you guys know ladies that have and how they felt about them?

    - Giro Prima
    - Bern Berkely
    - Smith Allure
    - Smith Intrigue

    I just want all of the feedback that I can get since I don't have the option of trying them on before I purchase.

  13. Serraph

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     Ok. I have had the same ear pain problem with every single helmet I have ever owned and I have tried Smiths, Reds, Giros, Protecs, Berns and something else I can't remember. The painful realization I came to was that any and all ear pads are going to create pressure and eventually cause too much pain to wear the helmet. Personally I recommend getting whichever helmet fits your noggin best and removing the ear pads.

  14. contra

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    my wife has the berkely. it's light and she seems to have no problem with it. i thought it was so nice that i got the men's equivalent, the brentwood

    i take the earpads/lining out of my helmet and wear a beanie under it. i've found that the ear pads don't sit right and my ears get cold easy. but i don't know if that affects the helmet's impact protection

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     bern has some pretty cool looking helmets but they are not helmets. they are hard hats and from reading the description it doesnt sound like it offers the same protection as a full on helmet. I think Sandbox? might be the same way.

    Also, i 've been digging k2's helmets for the last couple seasons. maybe check them out too.

    imo, any helmet with audio in the earpads are not as comfortable when compared to the same model without the audio.

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    Bern’s exclusive Zipmold® foam is a liquid foam injection process that provides a better weight to strength ratio so Bern can provide customers with a lighter, lower profile helmet. Zipmold® hard foam meets ASTM F 2040, CPSC and EN 1078 standards for bike and skate.

    Available as a Hard Hat with a burly ABS shell with multiple-impact soft Brock® foam or as a helmet with ABS shell and EPS hard foam. EPS hard foam meets ASTM F 2040 and EN 1077B standards for snow and ski, CPSC and EN 1078 standards for bike and skate. Hard Hats with Brock soft foam do not meet the standards for action sport head protection.

  17. Ado

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    I should have also mentioned that I have a Bern Macon for biking and it's my favorite bike helmet I've had yet, out of half a dozen or more. I don't know anyone with experience in any of the specific helmets you're looking at, but I've been super happy with both Giro and Bern products. You should really go try them all on before you choose, it sucks wearing a helmet that doesn't fit your head well.

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    serraph said:  Ok. I have had the same ear pain problem with every single helmet I have ever owned and I have tried Smiths, Reds, Giros, Protecs, Berns and something else I can't remember. The painful realization I came to was that any and all ear pads are going to create pressure and eventually cause too much pain to wear the helmet. Personally I recommend getting whichever helmet fits your noggin best and removing the ear pads.

     

    I wish this were an option for me, but since I prefer to listen to music while I ride, I can't really do that. Earbuds do not fit my ears well and they constantly fall out (I've tried tons of different ones and I have this problem with them all), so that is not an option either.

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    ado said: I should have also mentioned that I have a Bern Macon for biking and it's my favorite bike helmet I've had yet, out of half a dozen or more. I don't know anyone with experience in any of the specific helmets you're looking at, but I've been super happy with both Giro and Bern products. You should really go try them all on before you choose, it sucks wearing a helmet that doesn't fit your head well.

     

    I already explained that I do not have this luxury. I live in Indiana, and the ONLY place anywhere near me that sells snowboarding gear is the pro shop at my local hill and they only carry RED helmets, and I do not want another RED helmet.

    The only choice I have is to do as much research as I can and try to make an informed decision and hope that it works out for me. It sucks, but what else can I do?

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    stealth said:  +1 for the maze

     +2

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    serraph said:  Ok. I have had the same ear pain problem with every single helmet I have ever owned and I have tried Smiths, Reds, Giros, Protecs, Berns and something else I can't remember. The painful realization I came to was that any and all ear pads are going to create pressure and eventually cause too much pain to wear the helmet. Personally I recommend getting whichever helmet fits your noggin best and removing the ear pads.

     +1

  22. Ado

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    jen24 said:

    ado said: I should have also mentioned that I have a Bern Macon for biking and it's my favorite bike helmet I've had yet, out of half a dozen or more. I don't know anyone with experience in any of the specific helmets you're looking at, but I've been super happy with both Giro and Bern products. You should really go try them all on before you choose, it sucks wearing a helmet that doesn't fit your head well.

     
    I already explained that I do not have this luxury. I live in Indiana, and the ONLY place anywhere near me that sells snowboarding gear is the pro shop at my local hill and they only carry RED helmets, and I do not want another RED helmet.
    The only choice I have is to do as much research as I can and try to make an informed decision and hope that it works out for me. It sucks, but what else can I do?

     
    My reading comprehension FTL... something else to consider, then, would be getting one with an adjustable retention system like the ones found on mtb/road bike helmets. My G10 has this and it makes it way easier to make the helmet fit your head perfectly. If any of the helmets you're looking at have this feature, I'd quit considering the ones that don't if I were in your shoes.

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