Originally Posted by jchunterjumper
Well, I can tell you that every helmet must undergo the same certification to become a certified helmet. This means that no helmet is safer than another. So pretty much the GPA's and Charles Owens are a fashion statement (that I admit, I am sucked into). I can tell you that I LOVE my charles owens, and believe that they are the most comfortable and classic looking helmet. The GPA's are nice too, but I don't like the sporting look (its good for jumpers). Anyway, I believe that these helmets are expensive because they can be, and people will buy them.
Exactly. Those helmets are brand names and just like with everything else, the price is attached to the brand. There shouldn't really be any differences in safety as they are all tested the same way, tho anyone is more than welcome to correct me if I'm wrong.
I also got sucked into the GR8. I LOVE that helmet, the best fitting and most comfortable helmet I have ever owned. The velvet helmets are classics and will never run out of style. As long as you make sure your helmet is certified, you will be just fine. The ones who own the more expensive ones, are not any better than you are
(cough and I own one