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Old 09-29-2009, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Like the title entails I am looking to buy new gear this year. I have rode for years with a full face helmet, no complaints with it other than I would occasionally get fogging in the right conditions. I also ride a quad in the summer time and love open face helmets. Those of you that ride with an open face...chime in

Does your face get really cold with it?
Do you use it for trail riding or just for short "fun rides"
Any fogging issues with the goggles?
Overall do you like it compared to a full face?

Thanks for your opinions.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Like the title entails I am looking to buy new gear this year. I have rode for years with a full face helmet, no complaints with it other than I would occasionally get fogging in the right conditions. I also ride a quad in the summer time and love open face helmets. Those of you that ride with an open face...chime in

Does your face get really cold with it?
Do you use it for trail riding or just for short "fun rides"
Any fogging issues with the goggles?
Overall do you like it compared to a full face?

Thanks for your opinions.[/b]
Son got tired of looking cool with the open face and bought a bvs2 helmet this year. It:s damn cold at -20 and running 80-90 across the lake.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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full face all the way...i rode with an open face and it was nice except for the little bits of skin that get really close to frost bite and you dont know it.

I like having a visor to reduce some glare
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Dentists and oral surgeons love guys who wear open face helmets.
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was in the same boat as you. Always use a shielded helmet but felt like I wanted to try an open face for the warmer days. I compromised and just bought this helmet from GMax. It's a closed face electric that comes with a visor and quickly converts to an open face. Looks damn cool too! I've always had "commitment" issues.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Like the title entails I am looking to buy new gear this year. I have rode for years with a full face helmet, no complaints with it other than I would occasionally get fogging in the right conditions. I also ride a quad in the summer time and love open face helmets. Those of you that ride with an open face...chime in

Does your face get really cold with it?
Do you use it for trail riding or just for short "fun rides"
Any fogging issues with the goggles?
Overall do you like it compared to a full face?

Thanks for your opinions.[/b]
I've been riding since 1985 always with a full faced helmet.

Went to the Motocross style that's in my avatar around 2004, I would rather give up sledding than go back to a full faced helmet, period.

We ride 100-150 miles per day with the gals, 200-225+ with the guys, rode in minus 15*F, no problems.

The goggles will fog a little when sitting there idling, so I have the velcro quick tear offs and remove the goggles at extended stops.

I wear both a balaclava plus a thin foam/neoprene face mask that stays below eye level, kinda like a lower half balaclava. At first I used only the balaclava, that's o.k. for warmer days, however the 2nd face mask over the front of the balaclava is key!

Another bud came with us on a trip to Yellowstone in 2004, brought both types of helmets with him, went back and forth, same end result, motocross all the way!

If you wear contacts or eyeglasses (like I do) you may want to check out www.pro-vue.com they have prescription lenses installed into the goggles, sweet!! Different color tinted shields are available that snap over the goggles, I ride with the blue tints on sunny days, pop 'em off for nighttime use, they even provide you with this neat little felt envelope to safely store the shields into.

Most people that are anti-open face haven't really tried it, I.MO. Give it a chance, you already have the helmet and goggles, pick up the right face mask/balaclava combo and you're set.

What's interesting is we usually ride Northern Wisconsin and the U.P. and most riders wear the full faced stuff. Go out West to Yellowstone where we go every few years, and nearly everybody out there runs with the Motocross stuff.

Approx 5 years riding with the motocross set-up, approx 8000+ miles, No frostbite

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Because of all the hype on the internet, I bought an HJC sno-x helmet last fall...tried it while riding my atv w/ 2 balaclavas when it was about 0-10 degrees out and I got frostbite for the first time in my life. It wasn't a pleasant experience...so I never tried it on my sled. I'll be sticking with modular full-face helmets for now...there's no advantage to sno-x helmets that I can see. I still use mine during the summer and it works good. Anyway, I'm not trying to steer you away from them, because I'm sure some people have found ways to keep warm.
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I like having a visor to reduce some glare[/b]
To me the key was finding goggles that fit snugly in the eye opening and getting goggles with a nose guard are a must IMO. Once I found the right goggles and wore a balaclava I have no issues down to -20 across lakes and down long straight trails for miles without frostbite or feeling cold. Set up is key, not all goggles and helmets are the same. On one of our colder rides I was riding with a guy with a full face that was having huge fogging issues, another with an open face was freezing his nose.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:45 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Once you have a good fit, the open face is the way to go. The 509 sinister goggles work awesome. The BV's are expensive, cumbersome and heavy. Mouthpiece freezes. It works great, but I have 5 open MX style helmets with goggles and deflectors that work awesome. no going back for me.
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Been using both as of late. If i go on a trip way up north where temps never get higher than zero some days and the trails are mostly big wide open highways its a no brainer for a full face... balaclava and heated shield. Riding here more locally where trails are slower and tighter i've gotten to favor an open face....just gets too warm during the day for a full face. Just my opinion but i actually like the open face helmet better if the conditions favor it.
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