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Is the SA2015 Simpson Bandit a decent helmet?

Considering doing a few non-competetive driving events this year and would prefer to have my own helmet. I definitely want a full-face helmet. Is the Simpson Bandit a decent option?
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Brand doesn't matter much. Neither, frankly, does price*. What is most important in protecting your noggin is fit. Find a decent race shop. Try a bunch of them on. Buy the one with a Snell SA2015 certification that fits the best.

*One could make an argument that more $$ buys less weight and potentially better ventilation. But, again, those features aren't of much value if the helmet either flops around or gives you headaches from pressure points.
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Agree that fit is important, but less weight is actually very important for safety. Having less weight on your head means it will have less momentum during impact in a crash.

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I recently purchased a sa2015 venator since my sa2005 is now timed out. So far so good, fits great, nice quality and it came with a nice bag. I paid around 400 on amazon. The bandit would probably be of similar quality.
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Good to know, thanks!
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So I had a very nice HJC for years. My 2005 expired so it was time for a new helmet. Guess what? HJC has no sa2015 helmets available and they wont be out till next year.... 2017! Thats ridiculous.
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SA2015 HJC Racing Helmets reference this link for the release date info
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Snell tests all the helmets to the same standard, so theoretically anything Snell rated is equally safe, and more $ only buys you light weight and bling. There are a couple of issues with this IMO:

1) Snell does not monitor quality control. Quality control is expensive, and it is possible that in the lower end helmets your personal one might not compare favorably to the one that Snell tested. No way to tell for sure, but IMO it is worth sticking with a reputable company for this reason.

2) Lighter weight is really a pretty big benefit. It keeps your neck from getting sore after a long day. Also unless you plan to wear a HANS device, a heavier helmet increases the danger to your neck in a crash.

A cheap helmet is still way better than nothing, and I have used quite a few of them comfortably in the past, but IMO safety is one area that the peace of mind of a higher quality item is worth a little extra money.

PS: as far as the original question, the Simpson is a fine helmet

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Great stuff, thanks! So, a Simpson helmet would be considered a "higher quality item"?
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You should try some on. One brand might fit better than the other.
You want it to be tight enough that it can't spin around your face when you twist it, but not so tight that it's painful.
Also, the helmet will loosen up over time so you want it to be fairly tight new.

And, see if it'll accommodate a HANS device if you decide to add that on later. Some come pre-drilled for the mounting posts.

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SA2015 standars it appears that all helmets now need to come predrilled to accoomodate Hans posts
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@forkmeupscotty , good call. I've ridden street bikes for years, so very familiar with the proper fitment of a helmet. My first helmet was too big, but I didn't know any better. I eventually got into a Shoei RF1000 which I initially believed was too snug but ended up fitting perfectly. I did tens of thousands of miles in that helmet, so I have a good idea of my proper size.
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