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I need to get a new helmet to match my sled and was wondering which style you guys preferr. Open faced or Closed face? I noticed that all of the pro riders use open face with the goggles. Doesn't that get cold? I have always had closed face and the one thing I hate is the shield fogging and iceing. What are your experiences and the pro and cons of each? Also which brands do you preferr, I have a HJC right now and it is nice other than the shield fogging.

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I personally wouldn't run anything but fullface.I ride with the shield open alot, but when it's really cold & blowing it's nice to have a shield to pull down.It seems like your nose would freeze off in the snowcross type helmet.The guys that race only have to run a few laps, but when you're out riding all day, you want the coverage of a full face.Mine doesn't seem to fog if I leave it open just a teensie crack.

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I have to agree with Steve always wore full faced helmet. I bought a bombardier modular last year and i love it. The only problem is its quite spendy. You wont fog up with it. just my $.02.

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I too, use a modular helmet(not ski-doo) Much cheaper. ZX-2 Liftech for $ 180 cdn. You can also get a heated sheild for it too but it's extra. I would never go back to a regular full face again. So much easier to talk or to cool down without removing it completely.

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Edited by - bman on November 19 2001 4:54:31 PM
 

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i have a HJC full face and i like it, the sheild does fog somewhat if u are really warm inside, and cool outside. i dont really go visor down that much tho, if im gonna bust through some snow i will or if im goin down a trail at high speeds ill flip it down. goin fast w/ some airflow through it keeps it from foggin up to bad.

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I use 2 helmets. One is a full face HJC Sno-Tech helmet, which I use for 95% of my riding, the other is a KBC something or other (1 year old) moto-X helmet with Spy goggles which I use if the temperature is around 25 degrees (-5 ish) or warmer. The open face with goggles is far more comfortable than the closed face if you are doing racer-type riding. Closed face gets too hot.

Not saying closed face is uncomfortable, but open with goggles seems better for little trips or goofing around.



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I just moved up from an Open face helmet to a closed face and would NEVER go back. Of course the open face im talking about is totally open, nothing infront of the mouth at all. It was alot like Dale Earnhardt Jr's helmet if you follow NASCAR. but any ways i have an el-cheapo helmet from CTS, the "Snow" model, and i have never had problems with it fogging. It has a breath deflector and adjustable venting and it seems to do the trick. Also keeps me much warmer than the open faced helmet did. If i get too warm, i just have to open up the vents. Let us know what you decide to go with.

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I use a closed face helmet from A/C. If i'm moving, i have the shield closed. Its much warmer that way and its never once fogged up on me. I've used it from -40F all the way to 40 above and its always worked great.

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With your sled IA, I would go for as much face protection as possible. LOL! I would go with an open face with goggles, but you will need a face protection for your nose and mouth. Most likely an anti-fog mask.
 

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i would say go with the full face. Unless you wanna freeze your a** off. lol Id say go with bieffe, they are awsome helmets, cheap, warm, and light. I just bought a new one this year and it rocks. Im thinking about buying the electric shield to get rid of the fogging. the shield is about 50-70 bucks but its well worth it. Better hurry my forcast says snows comming pretty damn soon.
 

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Thanks for all of the replys everyone!! Alright I will stick with a closed face helmet after reading your suggestions. I am going to go with the arcitc cat TXI ZR NOIR helmet. Now my next question is has anyone found a place to buy arctic cat stuff for less than retail online? Retail is 259.95 for it. Thanks!

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I'm not aware of any place that sells OEM through a cheaper distibution. Why would they? Go non mfg, it'll save you some buck for belts, plugs, oil etc.

Hey what the he!! does OEM stand for anyway?

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I wear my motocross helmet / goggles exclusively. I've never had a problem with cold or fogging. Actually I normally am too hot but it rarely gets too far below 20 degrees where I ride. Closer to 30 actually. I do have a breath deflector that snaps in place. It actually stops the air from coming in the mouth/nose area also. I tried the full face an didn't like it. It feels really bulky and heavy. Besides MX lids look a lot cooler!!!

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Not sure but I think OEM means original equipment manufacturer.

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Thanks Sn35 that sounds about right. It's been agonizing me for years!


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<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>Originally posted by Bman:

I'm not aware of any place that sells OEM through a cheaper distibution. Why would they? Go non mfg, it'll save you some buck for belts, plugs, oil etc.

Hey what the he!! does OEM stand for anyway?

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I have to agree with Bman.Black helmets match everything and you can get a pretty darn nice one for $100-150.Thats more $$ you can sink into other sledgoodies.

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Edited by - steve on 20 Nov 2001 15:56:07
 

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I have used both and prefer the Moto X style helmet from HJC has a good breath deflector and if your gogles fit good should provide comfortable fog free performance down to around 0 or 10 below. If it gets colder than that put duct tape on your face where the goggles fit to avoid frost bite.
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