With all the talk here lately about "which half helmet should I buy" I thought I would review my new Outlaw brand DOT half helmet. I had been everywhere trying to find a half helmet that fit my head and could not find one in any of the shops so I decided to order one and "customize" it. I decided on the Outlaw brand based on price and the fact that leatherup.com allows for helmet returns without a restocking fee. Brands I had looked at include Daytona, HJC, Vega, Fulmar, skid lidz, and a few others, all of which are in the $50 and up price range.
I ordered it from leatherup.com which was an easy transaction. Not great but not bad, kind of down the middle. I did find out that if you put something in your shopping cart and let it set there for a few days they will email you a coupon to help you make your mind up. Anyway on to the helmet.
Total cost was under $40, I can't remember how much shipping was. The helmet was $29.99. My first impression when I opened the box was suprise. This is a really nice helmet and compares or surpasses in quality and size to any of the brands mentioned above. I used the size chart on the web site and it suggested a medium and this was a very good fit for me. It was a little narrow so I took a die grinder bit in my drill and took off about 1/16 of an inch from the Styrofoam and it now fits perfect. This is a DOT helmet so it does still have a little of the mushroom look, but no DOT helmet is going to look like a skull cap. A lot of people talk about the Daytona brand helmet being a very low profile helmet and I would say the Outlaw brand is very close in comparison. I do not know the weight of this helmet but it feels very light while wearing it. The only negative I have found with it is that the straps are very wide at the attachment point with the helmet. I was afraid this might cause wind noise but while riding I didn't notice any.
Riding with this helmet is a great improvement over my HD brand half helmet. It feels much more stable, is more quiet, lighter, and has less wind buffeting.
All in all I would rate it a 9 on a 1/10 scale. I am very happy with my purchase and if something happened to this one I would not hesitate to order another.
Here are a couple of pics, don't laugh its hard to take pics of yourself and not look stupid doing it.