I guess it's time for me to step up and spend a bigger piece of money. I tried to go for a ride today but the weatherman got it so wrong. A huge storm just materialized and didn't let up for about 5 hours. It was the kind of rain that Forest Gump best described as "big fat rain". My body stayed reasonably dry with my Aerostich. Gotta seal a few spots though. My issue is my helmet.
I have several helmets at my disposal. Throughout the years I've managed to collect quite a few (3) HJC's, 1 Vega, 1 Scorpion EXO700 (Neon). I actually sent the Scorpion back to the manufacturer because the seal of the gasket and visor was very poor. It literally poured water in from above when I rode in the rain. Today, I took it out in the rain to test it out. Not only did it leak just like before but the so called Everclear, no fog shield fogged up like a bad day in London. So, this helmet is now officially shelved only to be used for teaching (MSF) classes or when all my other helmets have exploded.
I tried my other primary helmet, an HJC IS-16, but it has the same problem. Believe it or not, this was the first ride in the rain for the HJC. This is the one I have my Sena SMH10 installed in. Now I'm going to have to remove it cause this one's headed for the shelf too. I have done all the shield adjusting that can be done.
My point to this rant is simple; how hard could it be to make a reasonably priced helmet that has a solid seal with the gasket and visor? I can solve the fogging problem with treatments/concoctions, foam shaving cream, and or a pinlock system.
I guess I'll have to spend the money and get either an Arai or a Shoei. From what I've read, they are about the only helmets on the market that have consistent quality control and a good seal. I've narrowed my search to a Shoei RF1100 or an Arai Vector 2.
I guess the moral of the story is; don't go cheap on helmets...
Speaking of, is anyone interested in putting together a group buy on either of the helmets I just mentioned?
Any thought or comments?