Toby Henderson Enterprises (THE) offers their comfortable DH-405 full-face helmet (aka The One) in a variety of styling paintjobs for 2009.
Toby Henderson has been making bike protective gear for several years and the quality has always been a cut above. For 2009, THE offers the DH-405 full face helmet in sizes XS-XL and in both composite and carbon fiber shells. Each material offers 4 individual color schemes, for a total of 8 available paint jobs.On top of style points in the details, THE
has thought of nearly everything else to make the One helmet as comfortable as possible. 15 vents lead in and out of 4 air channels within the helmet to force air through it and keep the wearer cool. The interior printed liner is removable and washable to keep the funk at bay. The helmet even comes with 2 visors so you don't look like 'that guy' when you show up to the ride with duct tape on your bill after your last crash & burn left your visor in pieces.
For a little more money a carbon fiber helmet is lighter than it's composite counterpart. The weave of the carbon is also stronger and more impact resistant. It doesn't hurt that carbon looks good by itself.
THE helmet in the Empire colorway
THE in the "Ink" colorway
This is one of the more comfortable full-face helmets I've worn. In the Medium size, the helmet stays put on my head and doesn't move at all. Fit was initially snug on the jaw bone but after 3-4 sweat baths it has packed out nicely. Peripheral vision is good. About the only thing I don't like about the helmet is the dual d-ring buckle closure. Although d-rings may be the most secure mechanism, they require considerably more time than a plastic snap buckle, which really matters when I'm out shooting photos on a ride. D-rings are metal though so they won't break.
A size medium helmet fit on my noggin
These days it seems like riders are picking helmets for the paintjob. Before you go and order a helmet that may cost multiple hundreds of dollars, try on the exact brand, model, and size you need, whether you have to borrow a friend's greasy lid or just go to a bike shop and buy one. Fit is key; everything else aside. Each manufacturer's molds will fit differently, so don't be totally set on one brand until you've tried some others. Spend some time picking out your lid and it will either last you for several years or potentially save your life.
Composite pricing: $299 CAD/$199 USD MSRP
Carbon pricing: $459 CAD/$299 USD MSRPTHE
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