Helmet Recommendation

KimB

New Member
Region
USA
Most of my riding will be on the beach and nearby parks. I'd like a helmet that is good quality, has turn indicator lights and bluetooth so I can communicate with another rider. Getting a Boomerang Platinum on Monday so hoping I can have a nice helmet lined up. Also, I've not been to this dealer as I was referred by my local dealer but to dealers usually sell mirrors and storage (baskets and back of seat storage or am I better buying after market. I definitely want to get a phone holder.

Thanks for any information.
 

Stefan Mikes

Well-Known Member
Region
Europe
City
Brwinów (PL)
Just me but I’d worry more about the protection aspect than the technology. I’d look at wave cell or MIPS for sure then if it has the technology you want all the better.
There's more to it.

Kim, the helmet you are asking for would be just heavy. You don't want it, as wearing a helmet equipped with all gadgets would become a torture soon. A good helmet is safe (as dodgeman said), lightweight, and with good ventilation if you plan riding during warm weather.
 

Nomad

Active Member
Just me but I’d worry more about the protection aspect than the technology. I’d look at wave cell or MIPS for sure then if it has the technology you want all the better.
NO you mean the technology of the protection! when they combine them all properly that will be sweet
 

Merle Nelson

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
The Sena R1 has the MIPS rating. It also has Bluetooth and a flashing light on the back of the helmet. I bought one with the accidental push of a button on Amazon. (The R1 can be more finicky to link up with another rider.)

What I wanted was the M1 which uses their "Mesh" technology and links up far more easily to another rider. I ended up getting my wife and I a set of those. It does not have the MIPS level protection.

Oops, just double checked your original post. You got your bike today. Congratulations.

Edit: Neither models light is a turn indicator. Might need to get a Prius for that. :)
 

mschwett

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
I find heavy helmets not worth the trouble - the sena r1, which is light for a smart helmet, is about 50% heavier than my road helmet.

i have a smart helmet with front light, rear light, and turn signals, but it’s so much heavier and less ventilated that I rarely wear it. For me, a radar tail light and hand signals is a better way to make sure anyone behind you knows you’re there…
 

Bicyclista

Active Member
Being able to communicate with your fellow rider(s) is definitively a safety feature. For the past two years my girlfriend and I have been using Sena helmets when we ride together. We can talk throughout our ride, which makes the whole experience more pleasurable and sociable, and we don't have to ride side-by-side to talk. Riding single file is safer than side-by-side. You don't piss off cars or other riders by blocking the road, for one thing.

Since I am the more experienced rider, I usually ride in front. My girlfriend appreciates my ability to warn her in advance of a potential danger, such as a parked car that may be about to pull out or back out of a driveway. At a blind intersection, I inch slowly forward, and I call out "all clear" when I can see, and she likes that. There are many other examples.

And they work even when separated by hundreds of yards. When I lose sight of her in my rear-view mirror, I can ask, "How are you doing?" Her being able to respond is always reassuring.

For us, the Sena helmets do not weigh so much that they are a headache. On days when I ride alone I wear a Bontrager wave cell helmet (mostly because it has a magnetic rear light). I really don't notice the weight difference.

Although our Sena R1's don't have rear lights, my understanding is that the current Sena R2's do. Although the two lights are shaped like arrows pointing left and right, it's unclear to me if they can function as turn signals. The Sena site shows both lights blinking simultaneously. Nevertheless, I highly recommend a communication helmet, both for safety and for a more social ride.
 

mschwett

Well-Known Member
Region
USA
It’s the not so smart brain that goes without.

Too many gadgets for 7th decade riders, as I am, can be more distracting than helpful. Protect it not tax it?

totally agree. people ride around with so much crap on their bars, gadgets, lights, mirrors, computers, phones, turn signals for their smart helmet, music, bluetooth helmets with buttons… less is more at some point!
 

KimB

New Member
Region
USA
Thank you all for your valued opinions and experiences. For now, I just bought a very safe MIPS helmet. When I get more time I'll go to a bike shop that has a large inventory and see about one with more features and test the weight.