Helmets? CKX TRANZ vs GMAX 54s Throttle - HCS Snowmobile Forums

General Snowmobile Forum This is a serious discussion forum and a 100% NO BASHING ZONE. This area is here for members who are looking for serious answers for serious questions or discussion and are not looking for comments of a sarcastic or "bashing" nature. Please be aware that if you violate this policy you are in danger of losing your posting privileges on this website Without Warning.The calling out or posting of another members user name in the title of a thread a members personal information IE phone number or address is prohibited. Sharing of private messages from site staff is against site rules and will be subject to banning from site temporarily or permanently.

Sponsored by: Woody's Traction

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-25-2010, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
msmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 342
Current Sled(s): 2013 LXR F800
Previous Sled(s): 2008 LXR F800
Location: Dartmouth
Favorite Riding Area: Sutherlands Lake
Age: 46
Riding Since: 1988
Default Helmets? CKX TRANZ vs GMAX 54s Throttle

Which would you buy?
msmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-25-2010, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
RIPSASS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,468
Current Sled(s): 2012 Assault 155",2010 IQR-800 136"
Previous Sled(s): IQR-700,CF8SP, F7, Mach-Z
Location: AK-907
Favorite Riding Area: Turnagain Pass
Age: 32
Riding Since: Born
Default

None.

If you can afford a sled you can most likely afford a more decent helmet.
You don't have to go all out on anything, but at lease get something with an ANSI or DOT rating which I don't think any of those carry.

Fly has some great "middle of the road" helmets in the $149-$189 range. So do quite a few others out there.

Don't take this like I'm all stuck up and whatnot. I'm still rocking a HJC-POS $89.00 special.
With thousands into my sled(s) and gear yet still running this POS helmet, with no excuse besides that I was cheap.

For about $60 more than my initial investment I could be wearing a decent helmet right now.
__________________
PAH... Get some!
RIPSASS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2010, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
xltguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 2,017
Current Sled(s): 06 fuse 600
Previous Sled(s): 99 xc 7 91 indy 488 yami
Location: tayolr mich
Favorite Riding Area: Wetmore in the U P
Age: 36
Riding Since: 97
Default

UMM my ckx is dot and snell approved !!! I have the ckx modular helmet and I like it a lot as well as my open face is ckx and is dot and snell as well . my modular helmet was 185 + the heated shield . They are not cheap at all .
__________________
Workin 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin". Must of been a pretty productive day for the company with you typin away on the keyboard all day! Hmmmmm. And tell me oh wise one, whats wrong with the work force now-a days?
xltguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-25-2010, 08:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
Snow-Balls's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 218
Location: S.W. Ontario
Default

The Tranz helmets that I looked at last year were garbage. Half of them had broken parts right in the box. Very cheaply built. Not familiar with the GMax 54s but the GMax helmets we've used weren't great either. The GMax Dirk I have only gets used on the quad now because it won't keep the snow dust out. Total crap.
Spend a little more or spend again next year....sorry.
__________________

Snow-Balls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2010, 06:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
MaineSled's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 942
Current Sled(s): 2014 Freeride/Gade800/ ZRT800
Previous Sled(s): Too many to list
Location: Franklin County,Maine.
Age: 50
Riding Since: 1973
Default

I bought a Kimpex CKX Tranz-which is DOT approved 2 full riding seasons ago and its seen all kinds of riding conditions and I have no complaints, its warm, the flat black has held up without peeling, the sun visor that slides down still works and is a nice feature, all the vents actually work and it does not fog up, about the only thing I wish was different was the breath deflector...it works admirably but in a perfect world it would be like the ones in a $400+ skidoo helmet. Bottom line is would I ever buy another one?...in a heartbeat, especially for the money(under $200.)
__________________

2014 Freeride....let it snow now!
MaineSled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2010, 08:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
legend700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 6,080
Current Sled(s): Freeride 137
Location: NH
Default

honestly neither and my buds a dealer fror the tranz. I only by full face helmets where spare parts and shields will be easy to find in case i break one when traveling. I'd buy a HJC IS-MAx if you want a mod.
legend700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2010, 05:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 905
Current Sled(s): 00 Xcr 800-m10, 01 800LE-M10/144
Previous Sled(s): 98Xc600, Indy 400-500, XLT,XCR800, Edge, Trail, Rush, Rx1
Location: Shell Lake WI
Favorite Riding Area: NW WI
13-14 Mileage: 1000
12-13 Mileage: 750
11-12 Mileage: 300
10-11 Mileage: 1100
Age: 36
Riding Since: 1984
Blog Entries: 1
Default

I have the Gmax 44 Modular with electric shield. One of the best $150 I've ever spent. Modular system works great. Sunshield works pretty good too. I see no quality issues or safety concerns.

I really like how everyone thinks since it's cheaper than all the 'big' brands, your head is not safe. If someone has some DOT/Snell tests regarding all the helmets, then I'll review and go from there.
dman400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2010, 07:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 296
Default

i have the ckx trans....i can say this, they run 1 size smaller than normal, and the sheild holds up well to scratching when you wipe snow from it. all of out hjc helmets need sheild because of simple scratching while wiping dust from them. i own 4 helmets and love my ckx. vents work great and its totally warm.
xscash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2010, 08:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
T Rex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 288
Current Sled(s): 2012 XF800 SP & 2010 Z1Turbo LXR
Previous Sled(s): 01ZR8LE,99ZR7,87ELTIGER,80JDSPTFR,63SKID
Location: Ennismore, Ont
Favorite Riding Area: Harcourt, Wilberforce, Whitney
13-14 Mileage: 4000 M
12-13 Mileage: 2500 M
11-12 Mileage: 1200 M
10-11 Mileage: 2000 M
Age: 49
Riding Since: 1968
Default

I have the original GMax 44S that did not come with the sun visor and light beacon at time of sale. I have had very good luck with it but because it didn't have the sun visor I bought the GMax 54S. The visor is on the inside and so the wind can't get at it compared to the new 44S. Quality wise it looks very good (fit and finish) and fits my Mellon great.

My 2 cents
__________________
May peace be with you when my snow dust is in your face!
T Rex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2010, 08:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
Super Advanced Member
 
jimmyv13's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 379
Current Sled(s): 02 MXZ 700 Renegade
Location: West Bloomfield, MI
Favorite Riding Area: Drummond Island
10-11 Mileage: 300
Age: 36
Riding Since: 2003
Default

I tried both CKX tranz and the Gmax 54s on at out local snow show and I went with the matte CKX for $89. The snorkel seem to fit me better compared to the 54s.
__________________
02 MXZ 700 Renegade
98 MXZ 440
jimmyv13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:22 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0