Full-face helmet recommendations for claustrophobic rider
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Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:31 am quote
TEX wrote:
I'm a fan of the Shark Evoline 3 helmets.

+1 My latest purchase... not too close to the lower face (mouth/ nose) so you feel you can breath, vents work well and when used as open face no drag as it clips right back.

A little noisy but then flip lids normally are, used Shark for my last 3 lids... I too get that closed in feeling with some other brands.
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Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:48 am quote
Re: Schuberth J1
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Schuberth J1 - Open-Face Helmet Helmet With Chin Bar offers the protection of a full face
http://www.schuberth.com/en/motorcycle/j1.html

I tried finding this one this summer when in Germany. Its no longer available. Went with the Nolan N40 instead, but love the concept of the J1.
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Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:25 am quote



Dainese Jet Stream Face. Goofy name for sure.
Dainese did it first and I think a bit better. This thing is FLYWEIGHT. The chin bar is removable but doesn't feel like it is there anyway. It feels like you are not wearing a helmet. I have two and might be tempted to part with the Silver one (size M). Also, unfortunately, not in production anymore.
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Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:52 am quote
Caberg HyperX Helmet
One more to the mix...



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Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:56 am quote
To the best of my knowledge I believe we have captured all open-faced helmets with a removable chin bar.

- Caberg HyperX Helmet
- Nolan N43e
- Nolan N44
- Dainese Jet Stream Face
- Schuberth J1
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Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:50 am quote
It's probably just as well that the Schuberth J1 is no longer available. On the one I examined the chin bar and it's mounting were both so flimsy and cheaply constructed as to instill a sense of uselessness. And I wanted one badly, too,
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Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:21 am quote
TEX wrote:
To the best of my knowledge I believe we have captured all open-faced helmets with a removable chin bar.

- Caberg HyperX Helmet
- Nolan N43e
- Nolan N44
- Dainese Jet Stream Face
- Schuberth J1
- Nolan N40
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Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:33 pm quote
I got the N43e on cdwise's recommendation and have been very happy with it. Nice large field of vision, and while it is a bit noisy I feel very safe.
After a year the chin guard started to separate into two pieces at the edges - maybe I was clicking it into place a little too vigorously? - but some Gorilla Glue sorted it out and it's been fine ever since.
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Fri Aug 14, 2015 6:49 pm quote
I have for some time thought I should be wearing a full face helmet but found them terribly confining and a real pain to put on then put on glasses. So today I bought the Sedici modular helmet. Took a little spin for about 1 1/2 hrs during the hottest part of the afternoon, 99F. It was very comfortable and strangely seemed to be cooler than my 3/4 helmet. It is nice to be able to open that chin bar and let the air in at long lights. The flip down sun visor was a hoot after having to mess with bifocal shades. It also took away all my issues with buffeting.



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Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:50 am quote
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I got the N43e on cdwise's recommendation and have been very happy with it. Nice large field of vision, and while it is a bit noisy I feel very safe.
After a year the chin guard started to separate into two pieces at the edges - maybe I was clicking it into place a little too vigorously? - but some Gorilla Glue sorted it out and it's been fine ever since.
You should contact Nolan for a replacement. It comes with a 5 year warranty.
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Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:28 am quote
cdwise wrote:
chickadee wrote:
I got the N43e on cdwise's recommendation and have been very happy with it. Nice large field of vision, and while it is a bit noisy I feel very safe.
After a year the chin guard started to separate into two pieces at the edges - maybe I was clicking it into place a little too vigorously? - but some Gorilla Glue sorted it out and it's been fine ever since.
You should contact Nolan for a replacement. It comes with a 5 year warranty.
I just ordered a Nolan based upon cdwise's recommendation. I've ridden with her for a number of years and she knows her stuff.
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Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:35 pm quote
I think we have focused so much on flip lids we have forgotten the main issue (claustrophobia) all flips are good with the front up ....i think the main thing is go to different stockists and try everything ...tedious but worth the effort the last thing you want on a bike is distraction
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Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:18 pm quote
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I think we have focused so much on flip lids we have forgotten the main issue (claustrophobia) all flips are good with the front up ....i think the main thing is go to different stockists and try everything ...tedious but worth the effort the last thing you want on a bike is distraction
That's why some of us mentioned the Nolan n43-n44 helmets. They are not "flips" but rather have an extra large field of view such that most people don't see the helmet or only very little parts of it while wearing it. The chin bar is removable if it gets in the way putting the helmet on or taking it off.
One benefit of the bigger field of view is that I don't have to drop my head down to read the gauges like I have to do with every other helmet with a chin bar I've ever tried.
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Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:21 pm quote
cdwise wrote:
Mr fish wrote:
I think we have focused so much on flip lids we have forgotten the main issue (claustrophobia) all flips are good with the front up ....i think the main thing is go to different stockists and try everything ...tedious but worth the effort the last thing you want on a bike is distraction
That's why some of us mentioned the Nolan n43-n44 helmets. They are not "flips" but rather have an extra large field of view such that most people don't see the helmet or only very little parts of it while wearing it. The chin bar is removable if it gets in the way putting the helmet on or taking it off.
One benefit of the bigger field of view is that I don't have to drop my head down to read the gauges like I have to do with every other helmet with a chin bar I've ever tried.
it wasn't a negative comment on anyones posts ...it was a more trial and error type of thing
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Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:46 pm quote
I've had the N43E for awhile and love it. Gonna stick with this line of helmets as long as I ride.
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Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:42 am quote
Hi Everyone, All the information regarding the various helmets was extremely interesting and helpful. Thank you. I also did research and tried on some of the various helmets mentioned in this thread. I purchased the RPHA MAX by HJC. The deciding factors: modular, extremely light, large field of vision, came with a pin lock and integrated sun shield. After purchasing the helmet, I wore the helmet on my 20 mile ride home. I found that it needs a break in period as it was tight in the jaw area. Lifting the "lid" was very helpful to ease the closed in feeling on the way home - I did this several times at stops. I seriously considered a couple of other helmets. The deciding factors for me were not cost as the others were similar to the RPHA but light weight, compact dimension and simplicity - there is nothing complicated about this helmet. It's the right helmet for me and my shape head.

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Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:05 am quote
Good choice ...don't worry about the cheek pads they will bed in ...better slightly tight than slightly loose
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Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:02 am quote
Hooray and congrats!
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Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:03 pm quote
Congratulations on finding a helmet that fits and you are happy with.

I did discover another helmet with removable chin bar like the Nolan n43/n44 for those interested in a convertible helmet at a lower price point. It is the Vega Phantom. It caught my eye with the butterfly graphic but also comes in solid colors. http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/58186/i/vega-phantom-convertible-helmet
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Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:12 pm quote
Hi there,

Long term lurker here. Do any of you know if any of the removable chin bar helmets would fit into a GTV pet carrier (unlikely I know) once the chin bar has been removed?

Many thanks,

BM
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Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:07 pm quote
I bought a Nolan 44. I took off the face shield and put on the sun visor for hot weather use. These parts come off very easily. You have a very wide range of view and good ventilation. Noise reduction is not bad and I don't perceive any whistling sounds. The helmet fits me very well. I'm 100% satisfied. Thanks cd.
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Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:36 pm quote
cdwise wrote:
That's why some of us mentioned the Nolan n43-n44 helmets. They are not "flips" but rather have an extra large field of view such that most people don't see the helmet or only very little parts of it while wearing it.
Exactly. Wearing a modular with the front flipped up to maintain visibility and air circulation pretty much defeats the purpose of having a helmet with face protection.
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Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:57 am quote
Update - Hi folks, Thought I would update everyone regarding the saga of my helmet selection. I really thought the RPHA helmet would workout for me but well unfortunately, it did not. I wore it on several short rides and I even wore it around my home trying to make it work for me. I felt rather trapped and closed in to the point of keeping the lid up on rides - this defeated my purpose of wanting a full-face helmet for the colder months of riding in the Northeast. I reread your posts which provided wonderful research on possible helmets for me to try. Some of the helmets were no longer being distributed but of course EBay can sometimes help with that problem. I became very interested in Nolan's n43 and n44 helmets. I ended up purchasing a new leftover n43 on EBay. I read some threads about the life-span of helmets being 5 years. If that is true, I have until the middle of 2017 to get myself another helmet or just keep wearing an outdated helmet. So, I have been wearing the n43 for a month with the chin guard on and the shield down with minimal "claustrophobic issues." Amen to that! The n43 provides a very open feeling and is fairly light just a little heavier than the 3/4 helmets I have always worn in the past. Perhaps in 2017 I will graduate to Nolan's n44 or maybe something else will come along. Thanks again, I have really appreciated your help.
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Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:14 am quote
I hope you can adapt to it, Irene.

When I took SCUBA lessons everyone said, "How can you SCUBA dive with your claustrophobia?" It was not a problem. In fact the only time I experienced it was waiting for the open water lesson. I was in full gear, balaclava and all, sitting on the shore, up to my waist in water waiting for my turn to go in. I was overcome with the 'usual feeling'. It totally went away once I got under water.

Maybe the same will happen for you.
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Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:12 am quote
THE NOLAN N104 EVO

Flip up & when down offers a realy wide field of view.
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Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:24 am quote
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I hope you can adapt to it, Irene.

When I took SCUBA lessons everyone said, "How can you SCUBA dive with your claustrophobia?" It was not a problem. In fact the only time I experienced it was waiting for the open water lesson. I was in full gear, balaclava and all, sitting on the shore, up to my waist in water waiting for my turn to go in. I was overcome with the 'usual feeling'. It totally went away once I got under water.

Maybe the same will happen for you.
Let's hope not! Scooters aren't supposed to go underwater!
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Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:46 pm quote
Re: Full-face helmet recommendations for claustrophobic ride
Irene wrote:
I plan to ride my scooter into the colder months here in the northeast. I have always worn a 3/4 helmet because full-face helmets make me feel too closed in. I'm thinking a full-face would help with the cold. Are there any full- face helmets with enough visibility to help reduce that closed in feeling? Also, since cost is a factor, any new helmet would need stay within a few hundred dollars.
Hey, fellow New Hampshirite! I almost got one of these http://www.vegahelmet.com/phantom.html
but then I got a Biltwell Gringo, which I love. The Gringo is a retro helmet, very claustrophobic, I would not recommend it to you. The phantom has a long screen and can be converted to a half-helmet.
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Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:58 am quote
Virtuahead, Thank you for the Vega reference. Can't beat the price! There are not too many convertible helmets on the market. On another subject, There are not too many New Hampshirites riding Vespas. What's with that! I guess they don't know what their missing!
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Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:38 am quote
Irene wrote:
Virtuahead, Thank you for the Vega reference. Can't beat the price! There are not too many convertible helmets on the market. On another subject, There are not too many New Hampshirites riding Vespas. What's with that! I guess they don't know what their missing!
Saw this one when I was in Portsmouth in June.

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Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:31 am quote
Re: Full-face helmet recommendations for claustrophobic ride
Irene wrote:
I plan to ride my scooter into the colder months here in the northeast. I have always worn a 3/4 helmet because full-face helmets make me feel too closed in. I'm thinking a full-face would help with the cold. Are there any full- face helmets with enough visibility to help reduce that closed in feeling? Also, since cost is a factor, any new helmet would need stay within a few hundred dollars.
I agree that a modular "flip-up" would be your best option. However, I've recently tried every helmet brand available within 40 miles and even ordered a couple others by mail and had to send them back. The only one that fit is a G-Max. I was shocked, even the HJC's I've worn in the past now cut me across the throat (strap). In short, definitely "try before you buy".

Ride safe, ride happy,

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P.S. I love the G-Max - superb fit, excellent seal, and quiet.
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Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:34 am quote
Irene wrote:
Virtuahead, Thank you for the Vega reference. Can't beat the price! There are not too many convertible helmets on the market. On another subject, There are not too many New Hampshirites riding Vespas. What's with that! I guess they don't know what their missing!
I think you are right! You see some on the seacoast, but in the deep woods, it's all Harley's not waving at us......

Are you in the NH Seacoast Scooter Club? If not, you may want to join up. Nice people and some fun rides.
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Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:37 am quote
I have a DJC modular helmet and I love it. It flips open really easy if you need to vent some heat & moisture at a light. It also makes it much easier for me to get my glasses since when it's flipped open it isn't as snug.
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Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:12 pm quote
alfazhossain wrote:
At this point, safeguarding riders from claustrophobia demands distinctive helmets. Truly, those helmets have comprised specific and related features to provide safety and tranquil feelings.

You may both consider open face and ful face helmets for claustrophobia.

However, this article will help you to choose the right helmet for you.
I sincerely doubt that Irene hasn't bought the helmet she need it six years ago...

Your link is just an articulated Amazon retailer ads.. There are tons of it on Internet...

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Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:24 am quote
I wear a Bell Bullit with a bubble shield. It's got a large opening and lots of space inside and looks great with a Vespa.

It's a bit retro, not sealed as well as some modern helmets and makes a bit of wind noise... But I'm not travelling at 150knph, so none of that matters.

It' has all the modern features like speaker pockets etc... And is super comfortable for my head shape.

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Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:15 am quote
alfazhossain wrote:
At this point, safeguarding riders from claustrophobia demands distinctive helmets. Truly, those helmets have comprised specific and related features to provide safety and tranquil feelings.

You may both consider open face and ful face helmets for claustrophobia.

However, this article will help you to choose the right helmet for you.

https://helmetsgeek.com/best-motorcycle-helmet-for-claustrophobia/
and just like that, you're a spammer.

byyyyeeee

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Is it worth removing the link from the quoted posts, to disincentivize future spam?
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Is it worth removing the link from the quoted posts, to disincentivize future spam?
I removed it from my quote...
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Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:21 am quote
If you want a great full face helmet and feel claustrophobic, I recommend the ARAI XD4. It has great visibility with a large wrap around face shield, is fairly quiet, relatively light weight, has great ventilation and is Snell rated.
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