Motorcycle Helmet - £29.99 *Instore* @ Aldi
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Motorcycle Helmet - £29.99 *Instore* @ Aldi

£29.99
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Found 25th Feb 2011Made hot 26th Feb 2011
Approved to ECE 2205 Standard
Available in: Medium or Large
Full face helmet
Includes helmet bag
The cheek pads are removable and washable


FROM 3rd MARCH
- talkshop

63 Comments

Original Poster

http://www.aldi.co.uk/uk/media/offers/01_11_week_09/Product_detail_Wk9T16.jpg

This won't seem such a good deal in years to come when all the real motorcycle specialist shops are driven out of business because of the likes of Aldi and Tesco trying to sell everything.

spock1958

This won't seem such a good deal in years to come when all the real … This won't seem such a good deal in years to come when all the real motorcycle specialist shops are driven out of business because of the likes of Aldi and Tesco trying to sell everything.



Dont think there is too much of a worry..real bikers would not buy cheap tat like this to protect their heads...they may sell some to scooter riders but that will be it

@ spock1958:
do you still buy your clothes from a seamstress down the road? your milk from the local farm? your groceries from the corner shop? i dont think so. your as guilty as everyone else.

These aldi and lidl helmets will probably do just as good a job as protecting you as an expensive helmet. As long as they fit correctly.
The difference is though, that these cheap lids look a bit naff and you look a cheapskate for wearing them. Many bikers, especially sports bike riders, want gear that looks cool and has the right name.

spock1958

This won't seem such a good deal in years to come when all the real … This won't seem such a good deal in years to come when all the real motorcycle specialist shops are driven out of business because of the likes of Aldi and Tesco trying to sell everything.



Then the real motorbike shops should start selling it at real everyday prices as i find them very expensive. The stuff from Aldi/Lidl all meet the safety standards required, they might not look as pretty as Arai, Shoei etc, etc but then they`re not £350+! Had my Helmet from Aldi for 2 years now, paid £29.99 and it fits better than my previous lid that i paid £269 for, it still hurts when you come off but even more so when you have to shell out ten times as much to replace it all!

spock1958

This won't seem such a good deal in years to come when all the real … This won't seem such a good deal in years to come when all the real motorcycle specialist shops are driven out of business because of the likes of Aldi and Tesco trying to sell everything.



People that buy the likes of Arai or Shoei will still buy those brands - Lidl and Aldi can't offer those sort of things anyway.

As for someone elses comments about cheap tat, you pay your money and take your choice. They've all got to pass the EU standards to be road legal and some people are on a budget.

Personally, i've found you get more from your money in bike accessory places like Busters or M&P as they discount better brands quite regularly from the emails that i get. At least I've heard of the brands they sell, budget or not.

russp

Then the real motorbike shops should start selling it at real everyday … Then the real motorbike shops should start selling it at real everyday prices as i find them very expensive. The stuff from Aldi/Lidl all meet the safety standards required, they might not look as pretty as Arai, Shoei etc, etc but then they`re not £350+! Had my Helmet from Aldi for 2 years now, paid £29.99 and it fits better than my previous lid that i paid £269 for, it still hurts when you come off but even more so when you have to shell out ten times as much to replace it all!



As above..

Might as well just buy an old car instead of spend £300+ on safety gear.
Edited by: "talkshop" 25th Feb 2011

I'll still give it heat anyway, for someone on a budget, or just using their bike for commuting, its a good deal.

If there's one thing I would overspend on is my life and that's what helmets give if you come off and wouldn't buy a cheap helmet from anywhere.

heh, helmet

What standards do you need to meet for a track day? Or is this totally unsuitable?

The helmet in the pic has a look that you'd find on a more expensive one. For the money I don't think you can go wrong.

After all, if you get yourself in a situation where you need a Sharp 5 Star rated helmet, what state's the rest of your body going to be in if your head survives it???

Heat from me.

Biker Jeff

These aldi and lidl helmets will probably do just as good a job as … These aldi and lidl helmets will probably do just as good a job as protecting you as an expensive helmet. As long as they fit correctly.The difference is though, that these cheap lids look a bit naff and you look a cheapskate for wearing them. Many bikers, especially sports bike riders, want gear that looks cool and has the right name.



You don't think it's also a bit 'naff' that people buy new leathers and a helmet when they get a new bike so they're colour co-ordinated then..

veryinteresting

If there's one thing I would overspend on is my life and that's what … If there's one thing I would overspend on is my life and that's what helmets give if you come off and wouldn't buy a cheap helmet from anywhere.



True but this has met the same legal requirements. Whether there are further benchmarks for more expensive ones or not I'm not sure, more money will probably give a better style/fit but for something that has to be replaced at the slightest knock, it's not a bad price is it.


Edited by: "Bossworld" 26th Feb 2011

Might be ok for the chavs on scooters the think white trainers and tracky bottoms make good riding gear. I've seen the results of wearing cheap stuff. Not good.

Only ever wear an ACU approved lid. Prices from about £40

survived a big off wearing an Arai...you know th oldie, ten bob head ten bob helmet...would not be seen dead in this....literally...

Looks like it's time to retire my Arai and Shoe lids.

For a decent "Budget" helmet look at th

oliverreed

heh, helmetWhat standards do you need to meet for a track day? Or is … heh, helmetWhat standards do you need to meet for a track day? Or is this totally unsuitable?



The main thing about a track day is that you are on a purpose built racetrack, there are no lampposts or oncoming traffic to worry about.

Although they would probably let you on you should be going for something with the gold "British Motorcycle Sports" sticker on the back.

You can get a decent HJC helmet for around the £100 mark.

The main thing on the track day, or indeed any motorcycling, is to have good layered protection, an all-in-one suit or zipped together combo, multiple layers of leather is obviously best. Also put aside about £90-120 for a decent spine protector to replace the ones that come in the back of most jackets.

Best advice, pop down to your local Hein Gericke, usually the people there are old hands on the track and will advise you properly. HG leathers also come out good in price and awards for protection.

Just remember, motorcycling equipment is expensive, but how much is your life and the use of your limbs worth to you. Only buy budget if you can find some documented evidence that it is good kit. Go out and buy one of the "RIDE" magazine equipment test issues.

Yes, I've done track days here and abroad, but only had two falls on track, both on the same day in Magny Cours. First was due to my crashbung touching the track and lifting the front wheel, second was my fault as I decided to do "One last lap" when I was tiring mentally.

My advice, get tried and tested kit, take plenty of water and drink as much as possible between sessions and if you have a brilliant lap, use the next as a cooling down lap and come in. It's the extra pushing that makes you have the accidents.
Edited by: "Entilzha" 26th Feb 2011

ACU gold for track days plus one piece leathers.

http://www.whitedogbikes.com/item--NITRO-N250-VX-ACU-Gold-Motorcycle-Helmet-Orange--nitro-n250-helmet-red.html

Better option if you're on a budget.

http://www.thehelmetplace.co.uk/acatalog/info_399.html

Or this

Worth considering but my main concern would be there is no SHARPS rating to compare it with others. The price you pay does not correlate with SHARPS rating: my £80 Caberg gets 5 stars whereas some £300+ helmets only achiever 3 or 4.

Id always spend that bit extra for ACU gold, you can get decent helmets for £50 these days.
They really need to make it more like NCAP though, ACU had planned to do this and have a star rating, dunno what happened to it though.

edit : I see about a sharps rating, interesting, thats the kind of thing all these standards need to incorperate
Edited by: "Mikiex" 26th Feb 2011

If you think that your head is worth £30, then buy it.

You only get one head, protect it.

All nitor helmets ive had are ACU gold approved as far as im aware. But tbh its just a sticker paid for by the manufacturer. I dont think a nitro helmet or an aldi helmet is really any diffence in safety. Comfort, fit and steaming up are the major differences between budget and dear lids. all they are is polystyrene and plastic/fibre glass/carbon fibre anyway. And in terms of looks, the only reason this one looks cheap is because you know its cheap. If that was an arai or shoei people wouldnt have a problem. Best thing you can do is learn to ride safely.

Weekend (summer weekends at that) power rangers have all the gear and no idea, hence loads of them die every year on the snake pass, cat and fiddle etc. They may like to laugh at people in work boots and £30 lids but there is a good chance the lad that rides a scooter or 125 everyday, cheap gear or not, is the better rider.

There are plenty of budget bike gear shops these days, these guys sell some pretty cheap gear

http://www.ghostbikes.com/categorylist/Helmets-Motorcycle-Helmets/?page=1&SearchSortBy=PLH&searchPrice=0t40

helmets from £10!

or your best bet is to try on the helmet at a real shop like race leathers http://www.raceleathers.co.uk/content/pages/shop/clothing/Helmets.htm.htm

But all this "I wouldnt buy a cheap lid, I value my head" etc stuff is old hat. Cheap lids are fine, as long as you get the right size and fit for you.

Voted neutral - it's a good price but you can get a four-star Sharp rated helmet for sub £50 these days and there are a few ACU Golds around the same sort of price as well. If there's one thing i wouldn't consider picking up in a supermarket it's a helmet - they may as well start selling Tesco value airbag replacements.

Groovii D

http://www.thehelmetplace.co.uk/acatalog/info_399.htmlOr this



I have this helmet, actually it's my second one after coming off worst meeting a truck driver who thought it ok to overtake on a blind corner.
It saved me the first time so figure i'll get it again.
However when i first bought it, it cost 75 quid, and when i replaced it they were going for 35 quid. Same helmet and qualities so how much does the price come into it really??

Entilzha

You can get a decent HJC helmet for around the £100 mark.



My HJC cost me £50, because it was being superseded by one with a slightly different 'tribal' pattern. Unfortunately there is a great deal of 'fashionable' people in the biking world, so bike gear regularly gets replaced. However, if you're not bothered about having the latest and greatest, it's easy to pick up some really good bargains.

go to ghostbikes.com and you'll find plenty of SHARP approved helmets from 9.99

The one thing I would advise is to check the weight of this lid if your considering getting one. I had a cheap one once and it got uncomfortable and your head seemed to get thrown around more due to it being heavy. I switched to a Shoei next (bought as a bargain not £350+) and is was so much lighter and more comfortable to wear. That does look a nice enough helmet though if your on an extremely tight budget and it's past all the right approvals.

Marc

People seem to think that an expensive Arai or Shoei will give far more protection than a cheap lid that has a British standard kite-mark.
This is a common misconception..... the vast majority of brain damage or death from a head impact in a motorcycle accident occurs because the sudden impact causes your brain to slam into the inside of your skull. There isn't a helmet around that can stop this happening.
But more expensive helmets have attention to detail like better vents, pinlock visors, and can be lighter and quieter.

Also.... the fit of a helmet is the single most aspect of how safe it is.
You could buy the most expensive helmet in the world, but if it doesn't fit correctly it will be dangerous against a cheap lid that does.
Anyone that is new to biking should go to a reputable bike shop and make sure you get advice on how a helmet should fit properly.

Banned

You don't need one piece leathers but you do need a zip that goes all the way round which in effect makes them one piece I suppose. I can't fault it. i wouldn't have one myself as bikerjeff says Aria or Shoei !

Steve

This would maybe suffice for riding a moped, but I'll stick with my XLITE X-802, Fank Yu and Gdnite

oliverreed

What standards do you need to meet for a track day? Or is this totally … What standards do you need to meet for a track day? Or is this totally unsuitable?



Check with your local circuit(s), different circuits look for different standards.

My local circuit (Knockhill) don't mind. The Takashi TK-30 cheapo bike helmet I have from learning, and indeed, the lidl open face I acquired for free are both fine for tracking there. (in fact for their driving experience days, the used TK-30s too!)

You might have issues elsewhere though.

For the car, I'm happy enough, I feel fairly comfy, and have the safety of the car around me if anything does go wrong (and a lot less things to hit on a circuit!)

I was happy enough to learn with a cheap helmet, but if I ever move onto a bigger bike, i'll be looking for some new gear.

Good price though.

Chris

I have the XLITE X-601 myself and have had it for a fair few years, the cheek padding is still as firm as it was when I bought it and it's been through some nasty weather.

The padding in some of the cheaper helmets can give quite a bit, relatively quickly.

I have to have an XL size which can be quite heavy in other manufacturers.

Great helmets.

My earlier post about Aldi selling these is not about whether they are good or bad, cool or uncool, safe or unsafe. It is about a shop that should be selling food and a few other low price items, selling stuff that is eventually going to ruin specialist dealers. No doubt serious motorcyclists would not give this a second glance, but specialist shops need to sell decent quantities of budget stuff to kids on mopeds as well as the more expensive gear to be viable. For example, we are now seeing bookshops closing in their droves because Tesco is selling the 100 best selling paperbacks (or something like that), and depriving real bookshops of their bread and butter turnover, but will never sell a specialist £50 book that may sell once a month. When the bookshops all close, there will not be any physical shops left to sell such books. The same story is being repeated everywhere, and motorcycle gear just may well end up being one of them.

Hopp Rider Training run some excellent "Better Riding Days" at Cadwell Park, you are split into three main skill groups and then into sub-groups of around 5 or 6 riders.

Each sub-group has an experienced riding instructor and you are taken on sessions throughout the day to develop and improve your skills.

They are a very nice introduction motorcycle to track days.

I highly recommend it to anyone at any skill level, it's also a great way to blow the cobwebs out of the system if you've had the bike laid away over winter.

Groovii D is bang on. If you want a cheap lid with piece of mind, you want a Nitro or similar. I bought one for my pillion for 60 quid and was surprised at the build quality. Bit heavy mind you. And you will never see me buy a helmet that doesn't have Shoei in the title preferably followed by the letters X and R. They have done me proud on 2 offs.

Comfort and fit are essential when choosing a helmet, brand and price should be way down the list!

Arai, Shoeii and others are expensive because they are worn by racers! Racers wear them because they are better at protecting the brain from impact (although the intelligence of the majority of bike racers is questionable!) that is why they wear them. The technology put in place to protect the brain is mostly unseen but it is definitely there in the expensive helmets.

However, for most riders on the road the most important thing is comfort! Things to ask is how heavy is the helmet; a couple of hours in the saddle with a heavy helmet will sap energy. Wind noise is very very important, a poor designed helmet with bad ventilation design can generate noise levels in excess of 90dB and once again after several hours in the saddle you will be hacked off! The ventilation is important, in summer you want plenty of ventilation to keep cool, but in winter you don't want the cooling air but you need it to prevent the visor fogging.
The interior is important, is it removable and washable? After several months the interior will be a bit smelly, if you can remove it and wash it it is so much better.
SHARP ratings are flawed, they rely on testing on specific impact points. It is very easy to design a helmet to pass these specific tests without actually being a safe helmet, remember if you do come off you can guarantee the point of impact will not be where the SHARP test says it should!

I'm not voting either way because I don't know enough about this specific helmet, however I would ask all prospective purchasers not to be guided by price only when purchasing a helmet.

For the record I wear an AGV X-Vent, it does what I need in terms of comfort, ventilation and style(!!). But fortunately I haven't need to test it in terms of protection. My previous helmet was a Shark RS-2 and when I was knocked off that did its job very well.

As has been said, all helmets have to pass the ECE test; and a £30 helmet that fits right will be better then a loose £300 helmet. What i find with more expensive helmets is that the quality of the liner, vents, sound proofing etc is better. This is not always the case but generally so, and also many top end helmets come in 3 or 4 shell sizes, whereas cheaper helmets use 1 shell size and create the smaller sizes with really thick cheek pads. Good for a few months but they get compressed and the helmets get baggy.

I currently have a schuberth R1 helmet, and i think there is a quality to it that justifies the cost. Same with the Shoei and Arai helmets, it's just my opinion but i found the quality of the lining, fit and peripheral contruction (vents etc) is clearly better than cheap helmets.
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