Re: Ladies... Helmet help please!
I completely agree with everything that's been said here. Helmets are definitely the last thing that any rider should cheap out on... It's just hard to justify spending that kind of money for something that's going to be used sparingly [at best] for the next few years. That being said, I will not let her get on any bike without anything less than a reputable / reliable helmet on her head.
I knew that I should have stayed with my hunch about the Icon helmets, but I think she's just excited to get one and be able to ride with me. If anything, I'll have her look into some of the Bell helmets as well as the Shoei stuff, so I'm sure we'll be able to find a viable option through either one of those manufacturers. Again, thank you for the insight and thoughtful responses thus far! They are greatly appreciated.
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