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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.
 

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My instructor swears by the Caberg Trip.
His one didn't come with an ACU sticker, so he had it researched and approved specially for his track day, because he felt safer in that than the £50 Nitro they would have given him for the day.
 

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My instructor swears by the Caberg Trip.
His one didn't come with an ACU sticker, so he had it researched and approved specially for his track day, because he felt safer in that than the £50 Nitro they would have given him for the day.
Not the Nitro Akido by any chance?
As that has also got a 5 star rating!
 

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i have used a flip up in the past, was airoh brand if i remember correctly, quite functional but i never felt entirely safe in it, was always worried about ending like the dude in the above picture, im currently using a hjc that was lying around at home while im waiting for my new nitro to arrive, also i work in lidl and have heard many stories of our brand flip helmets, even hearing one yesterday of a chap crashing and the helmet being completely ripped off his head, this was at low speed :/ basically as far as im concerned some of the branded ones come with the quality stamp as the fullface helmets, so in theory should be just as safe, but its something i would want to be certain of, i would not wear one again as my views have changed of them, i would reccomend possibly trying a short journey with one on to see how safe you feel using it. cheers
 

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Suppose it takes getting used to...

When I first started wearing Kevlar jeans I did not feel particuarly safe in them, but now they are my main summer wear until I can afford some summer leathers...

**PLEASE, if you wish to discuss kevlar jeans, start a new thread ;) **
 

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what put me off with these helmets is the wind noise is rather loud at higher speeds, i like my hearing the way it is haha
 

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what put me off with these helmets is the wind noise is rather loud at higher speeds, i like my hearing the way it is haha
Oh really? Never thought of that :S

My helmet as it is is terrible!
I need to start wearing ear plugs again :S
 

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iv tryed a few flip up helemts on...and i thought they felt really insclosed whith the flap down! i felt like my nose was up against the visor. also it felt abit top havy...and also as everyone says i dont like the idea of it bein able to flip up,if i ever crashed on me face!
 

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Thats a nice helmet! I might have to 'copy' you ;) il be getting red
when i was ordering it i went to my local bike shop, tried on a few makes and models, had decided i wanted something with a red scheme in it, any model i liked had no red scheme, so i ended up ordering this one as its a pretty mean lookin helmet :)
 

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My cheap backup helmet which I am using at the moment is red:

Syko Serpent.
 

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**PLEASE, if you wish to discuss kevlar jeans, start a new thread ;) **
What jeans are they? (I'm kidding!) haha

But back to the flip-helmets, when I did my CBT my instructor said never to bother as if you hit the deck on the front then the hinge will snap and just push it upwards..
 

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Police here use Shoei Multitecs, probably an ideal choice in their line of work.

Not keen myself, when you look at the sharp test ratings on the sharp website, they list the percentage of times they stayed closed in an impact, that makes scary reading. You would hope they were all 100% but it's not the case.
 

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Benji said:
Police here use Shoei Multitecs, probably an ideal choice in their line of work.

Not keen myself, when you look at the sharp test ratings on the sharp website, they list the percentage of times they stayed closed in an impact, that makes scary reading. You would hope they were all 100% but it's not the case.
This is why I wouldn't use one, my luck I'd be the percentage that flips up when crashed.

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