What Helmet Brand are you using?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by Ron328, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Ron328

    Ron328 Formula 3
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    Mar 10, 2003
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    I plan on participating next year at the FCA-St. Louis track event
    so I'm in the market for an SA2000 helmet. Am just wondering
    what you guys are using. Thanks.


    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

    Nov 1, 2003
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    I like trojan lubricated in the silver box, extra large :)
  3. bobafett

    bobafett F1 Veteran

    Sep 28, 2002

    Bieffe F1 Aerowhatever. Pedro Diniz color scheme (I like blue!)



    Aug 20, 2001
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    Jon K.

    I have used Bieffe, Bell and Simpson over the last few years. Didn't like the Simpson at all (seemed cheaply made). My last two helmets have been Bieffe F1 Replicas, but to be honest the Bell helmets have the best fit.

    Bieffe comes in three or four different sizes (s,m,l,xl) while Bell comes in 20+ different sizes. Bell sizes their helmets in 1/4 inch increments and this leads to much more precise fitments.

    The best Bell for the money is the M3 (if they still make it).

    Make sure you try them all on and don't order one over the internet unless you have tried the same model on somewhere else.


    Jon P. Kofod
    1995 F355 Challenge #23
  5. Dom

    Dom F1 Veteran
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    Nov 5, 2002
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    If you want cheap-

    G-Force makes a closed SA2000 helmet ~$230 from places like racer wholesale.

  6. bumboola

    bumboola Formula Junior

    Mar 7, 2003

    It's the only helmet that fits comfortably on my big head.
  7. WJHMH

    WJHMH Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Sep 5, 2001
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    Bieffe Predator
  8. ART360

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    The Arai kevlar painted in Red Bull colors.

  9. jeffdavison

    jeffdavison Formula 3
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    Jul 29, 2002
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    Jeffrey Davison

    Just got me a Bell SR-Pro Full face with large open viewport, small duckbill with an eyeshade. SA2000. Lightweight, great fit and finish.

    Price was very reasonable. THey can be found for $250 around the net.

    Can't help but re-iterate a slogan Bell had (more than) a few years ago:

    "You have a $10 dollar head? Then wear a $10 dollar helmet".

    Jeff Davison
  10. tifosi12

    tifosi12 Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Oct 3, 2002
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    My Irvine replica helmet is a Bieffe. My MS replica a Schuberth, however it is a motor cycle helmet. So technically I can't really wear it on the track in the car. So I switch back and forth depending on the the event.
  11. Gary(SF)

    Gary(SF) F1 Rookie

    Oct 13, 2003
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    Gary B.
    I've got a Bieffe Predator, Alesi replica, but really the best advice is to find a local shop that carries the major brands and try them on, chances are your head shape will fit one of them better than the others, and that would be the one to buy.
  12. ART360

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    My helmet isn't a replica. I can't say how I got it, but they sell them, to the team for about 4000 each.

  13. italcarguy

    italcarguy Formula Junior

    Nov 3, 2003
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    Anthony Rimicci
    Bell Sport II. It's gonna expire in 2005. I'll probably get a Sparco one when it's time since my buddy works there and he can hopefully get me a good deal.

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

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    My helmet is real, My head is actually a replica :)
  15. Mike C

    Mike C F1 Veteran
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    Aug 3, 2002
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    Mike Charness
    I use a Bell M3 Kevlar for my full-face helmet, and a G-Force for my open-face helmet (definitely more comfortable, but of course not as much protection as a full-face helmet).
  16. TCM

    TCM Formula Junior

    Nov 10, 2003
    Tyngsborough, MA
    I also use the Bieffe Predator. Happy with it so far as it allows for removal of padding. BTW, does anyone know why the F1 drivers switched from Bieffe to Aria over the past year? When I was searching for a helmet, Aria was not well known as a car helmet, more of a motorcyle brand.
  17. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 F1 Rookie

    Oct 16, 2001
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    e sempre incinta
    Bieffe Predator, I love it!
  18. WCH

    WCH F1 Veteran
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    Mar 16, 2003
    Bell "Dominator," primarily for open cockpit stuff.
  19. Ontogenetik

    Ontogenetik Karting

    Nov 2, 2003
    fashion matters - momo design naturlich
  20. cmparrenzo

    cmparrenzo F1 Rookie
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    Chris Parr

    Not cheap, over $1,000, but as mentioned earlier, not an item you price shop!
  21. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    There seams to be about 5 or 6 head shapes. Some brand tend to fit some shapes better than others. Myself, I have a head shape that fits in Bieffe, and AGV but not in Bell, Arai, and Shoie.
  22. Ron328

    Ron328 Formula 3
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    "Make sure you try them all on and don't order one over the internet unless you have tried the same model on somewhere else."

    Jon P. Kofod
    1995 F355 Challenge #23[/QUOTE]


    THANK YOU ALL. It looks like I may go with either Bell or Bieffe although the price of G-force and Pyrotect makes them attractive.

    I almost bought on-line today but I guess I'll heed Jon's advice.

    Again, thank you. Anymore ideas are welcomed.

  23. bobafett

    bobafett F1 Veteran

    Sep 28, 2002
    Good call - DEFINETLY try them out. I ordered online, but only having tried them out. Had I not, I would've ordered the wrong size.

  24. thecarreaper

    thecarreaper F1 World Champ
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    bieffe......... will buy another one when the time comes
  25. Ferrari_co_uk

    Ferrari_co_uk Karting

    Apr 16, 2003
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    Mark Langfield
    I would personally only ever use an Arai or a Shoei lid, the others in my opinion just don't cut it in terms of safety and quality. They might all meet the SA2000 rating but it's how far past that that matters. Fit is also extremely important, some brands just wont suit your head (I know that Arai produce three different types of padding for each model to take into account different head shapes: European, Asian and Americas)

    I think that Bell are some of the worst helmets around. Put your hands either side of the opening for your head and press inwards and they flex way to much. The visors are only 1.25mm thick as well compared to 3mm for Arai's


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