FYI kllongbrake i didn't read your original post so I don't know what names you called me.
Also, I never said x gear is better than Y gear, ONLY because it cost more. You assumed and inferred that from the limited context of my statement. That is largely my fault for not taking the time to explain myself. The bottom line is there are better brands and there are worse brands, especially when talking Helmets. I happen to be in the camp, as I would argue, most people who have been around motorcycles long enough are, Icon is a brand who invests in looks over performance. Sort of the ricer of the motorcycle industry (all show and no go). Does that mean icon is crap, not necessarily.
But comparing their top of the line helmet to an AGV Corsa or Shoei X14, is the same as comparing a Hyosung 650 twin to a Kawasaki 650 (found in the ninja 650, z650, and Versys). Both are probably fun, reliable, well built motors, and will get the job done 99% of the time. But there is an undeniable level of objectivity that surrounds those two comparisons that dictate one is simply better than the other. Just as there is a vast difference between those two motors, there is a vast difference between the former helmet comparison. You argue that it is me being subjectively swayed for an arbitrary difference. But alas, that is not the case. I started out wearing Icon helmets back in the day because of the cool graphics. In fact I still have my first icon helmet on the shelf to remind me of all the fun I had when I first started riding. However, years later I came to learn about the quality of helmets, as I just assumed all were the same more or less. A helmet is a helmet. However, I know now, that is not the case. You see we were trying to do the same thing. That is, share our knowledge about motorcycle gear with the hope it may help someone, sometime. I should have explained myself more fully, and I am sorry I didn't.
And yes, there exsist a big difference between DOT and Snell ratings. Just as One example, several racing organizations require Snell and will not let you race in a DOT helmet. Although some do.
I'm sorry if I offended you, it was not my intention. I guess we can agree to disagree about this issue, unless I misunderstood your position on the subject.
2016 Kawasaki ZX10R KRT ABS
2016 Suzuki GSX-S 1000 ABS
Last edited by obijack; 03-18-2017 at 05:07 PM.