Speed and Strength SS700 Go For Broke Helmet
If you are on a budget or if you a rich this is a great helmet!
Even though this helmet is for the person with a budget in mind is that bad or good?
Lots of people say "How much is your head worth?" I find that a BS remark when it comes to helmets. Sure there are really bad helmets out there that cost cheap and even some that are expensive, but this helmet is actually really good. It passes all the required safety standards that the other more expensive helmets go through as well.
So why is this so cheap?
For one its a plain helmet when it comes to style and design. I appreciate a simple all flat-black helmet so this is perfect for someone who is looking for that. (It does have one small picture on the back which adds to the look and its pretty cool too in my opinion). If you are not into that no worries its only about the size of a computer mouse. The shape and overall look of this helmet is very nice however and looks just as good as a helmet that cost 4 times as much. It only has a few vents but it is very comfortable as-is. Once again it is a very simple helmet. One issue I have with my helmet is that the top left vent latch/tab does not click in like all the rest of them due. This would be a problem for someone who wants no air onto the head area. I have yet met someone who rides with these vents closed so even for me having this vent open all the time is not an issue. My rating reflects this. Could this mean the quality control is lacking and may have different vents or small minor issues? Maybe, but factor in the price and return policy and this still would and should not be an issue for anyone. Just inspect your helmsmen before using and you'll be good. As for me I did not care that minor imperfection does not bother me one bit.
It only comes with a helmet bag and a clear lens pre-installed. I ordered a factory replacement gold lens and it looks and performs really nice with this helmet. Is it a must? No, but factor that into your budget if you want something other than the clear lens. I did not try the clear lens for too long but the gold lens for me can fog up slightly when sitting at a light for too long with the lens closed fully. In my experience this happens to me with any helmet, goggles, etc. Did I factor this into my rating? Yes, absolutely, and I would still buy and recommenced again.
Short answer it feels good. I wear a medium. It is exactly true to size. Like all helmets you want it a little on the tight side so that it is secure and so that the padding can form to you once it breaks in. Follow the sizing instructions on how to measure your head and you will have the perfect size. I thought I would have been a Large but in this helmet it is absolutely 100% true to size so do not order up or down. Buy the size as per your measurement. Simple.
I have a pretty loud bike and the exhaust sort of drones after a long ride (3+ hours straight). But this helmet allows you to hear decently but not too loud. It is by far not the quietest though. In my opinion I do not like super quiet helmets. I prefer some sound when cruising around. If you ride around 60+ than maybe the wind noise might get to you, but at least you can hear people talking and cars driving around you which is a plus for me. If noise level is a concern there are ways to make a helmet quieter. If I had to say something at all bad about this helmet it would only be the wind noise but really it isn't that bad at all because I am not thinking about it while riding. Only during this review I have just thought about it because I have NO CONS regarding this helmet haha!
When it comes to helmets or any gear for that matter you MUST feel comfortable. Sure safety ratings is a big concern, but comfort and safety go hand-in-hand.
Here's why: When gear is too loose, too tight, itchy, loud, etc. it becomes annoying. Maybe only at first, maybe only after some time. The fact is gear better be comfortable or else you will either not use it as much or it will bother you just enough where it will create a hazard by not focusing on more important things...LIKE RIDING SAFELY!!! We all know riding a motorcycle in inherently dangerous. Keep your awareness up at all times by staying focused on riding vs. your gear! This applies to the real world too.
I would trust my life with this helmet. I would recommend this to a friend and family member. The price is very affordable and gets the job done and is nothing fancy. Its not the cheapest helmet either so don't think this helmet automatically sucks due to its price.
As a military veteran you learn that YOU MUST focus on your job, not your gear. If you have to constantly think about your gear or think it will fail on you than you need different gear. Keep your mind in the game!
For example: You have the choice to carry a flashlight that will last all week or a flashlight that will last one hour. Of course you better choose the flashlight that will last all week because that means you'll be ready all day worry free on if your batteries will last you through this hike. No need to try to conserve, which keeps you motivated, on track, and worry free!!!
This helmet keeps me worry free, it looks and feels good. There is no need for me to upgrade anytime soon.
November 6, 2013
This helmet looks and feels really solid. The only complaint that i have is it has slightly less room around the ears compared to other helmets. It could also be because of my headshape.
With a tinted shield, looks really cool.
October 1, 2013
I bought this as a spare helmet for passengers. Looks great, comfortable, well made. Very pleased especially for the price!
June 19, 2013
This was my first helmet, and I absolutely love it! It's incredibly light and has a cool, simple design. The matte black with the graphics looks pretty cool. I sized it using an old motocross helmet I had at the house, and the small fit me perfectly. I also bought the gold face shield that Speed and Strength offers. It took a few minutes to install, but it was worth it! Looks pretty simple and sick! Great choice for any rider.
May 14, 2013
Watch the video review it is spot on. Great Bargain!!
I bought this helmet for my son and I am very satisfied. I cant speak to the durability or fit but the initial quality seems very good.
April 15, 2013
great helmet at a great price
Low wind noise. Good looks. Hopefully won't find out about impact protection. Lightest helmet I've ever had.
April 9, 2013
This helmet is amazing for a sub 100$ helmet. Completely removable liner, wind guard, breath guards and a very friendly system for removing the face shield. One added bonus i found and did not know about was the speaker pods built in to the helmet. Nice bonus when i installed my SMH-10 bluetooth! The vents on this are very easy to operate, even with gloves. All the vents have a metal mesh on them (great so bugs don't enter your helmet and die and make a mess). Airflow is really good at low speeds with all vents open. At 100 mph or more the helmet can get noisy, but almost everything is at that speed.
April 8, 2013
stylish yet very affordable
I bought this helmet a couple weeks ago, i also bought the tinted face shield and i love them both. I really like the easy strap, the helmet is a bit noisy but it is nothing offensive. all in all i believe it was the best 80 bucks ive ever spent.
April 8, 2013