If its your child who is trusting in you to keep them as safe as possible, or if its an adult who has family/friends that cares for them and their well being.........and you can't afford to buy quality safety equipment, even if its even one race a year you wear it, then probably not a good idea to even race at all.i have one that i have used since i started racing, and another that i used for years while riding sportbikes, the one i used for bikes has been thru 2 hard crashes and barely have any scratches on it. the ones people have posted about above surprised me when i read their responses, Vega helmets is all i have ever worn and they fit nice and snug for me. they are worth what you pay for them, not everyone can afford to buy a $300-500 helmet just to wear on weekends or a couple times a month, the economy is tight right now. Buy what you can afford.
If it's Snell rated, fits well and does the job, then what are you paying the extra $200 for?......and you can't afford to buy quality safety equipment, even if its even one race a year you wear it, then probably not a good idea to even race at all.
My wording probably is not the best. I like you and have respect for you, i'm just giving my opinion and not trying to insult you. If you choose to buy cheap safety devices and get hurt or killed its not fair to those who love you that you opted to go a cheaper less safe way. I know the vega helmets are snell rated and may fit some people well but they are made in china and I have yet to see anything built with quality and most importantly consistency made in china. The clone engines are testimony to that. The vega helmet was the proper size but very heavy for my son and his small head did not get the fit like his new Bell GP2 CMR. The chin strap I personally buckle before he goes out and it was buckled properly. The corner worker checked for it being buckled and stated to everyone at the crash scene that it was. It just flat out ripped off my sons head. There is a hard rubbery plastic trim piece that has a fairly sharp edge that is located along the back neck foam area that extends up about 3/8" that cut his head pretty deep requiring staples when the helmet came off the way it did. His head from The impact must have pushed the material inside the helmet and the helmet flexing allowed that plastic/rubber piece to cut him. It was a vega mach 1. If that is what you use , look at the back neck area and you will see that piece im talking about and if you take your hand and push it back into the helmet like a head would on impact and the take your other hand and rotate the helmet like its coming off forward that piece will be sharp on you hand as its rotating around. Multiple that force many times and you will probably see how the cut happened. My son had been racing very hard for 2 days straight with not much sleep and playing football all that day with the other kids and was exhausted. I did not realize that or he would not have even gone out. The track is a 1/5 mile high bite track that was also calciumed for that event and the g forces were incredible. It is disagreed on but 2 laps prior to the crash I was told and I believe I could see some contact with the kart behind him. My son also said he was getting really tired and dizzy just before the crash. He blacked out and went unconscious and was full throttle into the barrier. It is horrible to watch. The Bell helmet with 3 shields and some extra hardware was around $900. It is carbon fiber and weighs only 1300 grms. It was fit specifically for his head. Worth every penny to me as a parent especially after what we went through. His head/neck does not get as tired. He loves the fit feeling. I feel much better just in case something does happen. Zach I know you must have been offended but still what you posted after was concern for Jude my son and trying to figure out what happened. Thank you for that and I was not meaning to sound like I was being a smart guy or talking down to you.
Danny and Jude Stephen #17
If its your child who is trusting in you to keep them as safe as possible, or if its an adult who has family/friends that cares for them and their well being.........and you can't afford to buy quality safety equipment, even if its even one race a year you wear it, then probably not a good idea to even race at all.
It was a year ago, he was out growing his previous quality helmet, I too asked a bunch of people about helmets and many said they liked the vega. I bought it for him also to "save" money. Up until the accident I had no idea. I remember every day "who allowed him to race with that junk helmet". And that is my whole point from personal experience with "cheap" safety equipment. If someone had told me what im telling now, I would have never bought it.I'm sorry your son was injured, I can't imagine the horror going through your mind when you saw him crash. Hopefully he will recover soon. I hope the above statement was an after thought. Try to remember who allowed him to race that day, with that "junk" equipment.