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Volume 28, #1, January 6, 2010

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Helmets for 2010

We have just posted our lengthy review of Helmets for 2010.

Some highlights:

  • There is new technology this year, in the form of two slip-plane helmets with internal shells to rotate on impact and reduce rotational force to the brain. We just don't know yet how much it helps. A round, smooth helmet skids anyway, and your sweaty skin slips inside the helmet.

  • There are more round and smooth helmets, and more of the compact models replacing the elongated styles with points on the back that we never liked.

  • No other manufacturer has yet caught up to Bell's True Fit system for easy fitting, but they are working on it.

  • MSRP's have not changed much. Street prices are probably going to be softer, particularly at the high end.

  • There is still no radical safety improvement this year that would compel you to replace your current helmet.
Please see our long page for more detail.

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