So there is a lot of debate discussing if these are a good idea.
On paper, they are a BRILLIANT idea.
You supposedly get all the advantages of a full face helmet, wind protection, looks good, and safety, combined with the advantages of an open face helmet...
Being able to eat and drink (or smoke if you are so inclined) whilst riding.
It makes talking to people easier...
People can see your face, without taking the helmet off which helps when you go in to shops / petrol stations.
If you use radio gear (instructors, etc.), you can fit it in easier with these helmets...
You can get a better field of view (in some areas), which makes scenery admiring better perhaps...
The advantages are endless.
These days, the new helmets are indeed supposed to be JUST as safe as regular full face helmets, in all directions but ONE. The only time they supposedly fail now, is if you are sliding on your front... feet first.
In which case, you are going to look like this:
A very quick google search, shows the Caberg Sintesi helmet being one of the safest. Getting a Sharp rating of 4 out of 5, which is on par, if not higher than many proper full face helmets, and it only costs roughly £150.
The Duchinni D619 helmet, which has the highest flip helmet safety rating, at 4 star, and the best latch rating, only costs £50.
To put that in perspective, the Arai RX-GP7 which is mentioned on this site alot, costing roughly £500, also got a 4 start rating.
Do you have on?
Have any experiences?
What are your thoughts?
Update: The Caberg trip helmet is one of the safest helmets around. It has a 5 star sharp rating, and the latch held the front closed in 90% of all tested impacts. It has high reviews for comfort and features also. It only costs £90.