I use a modular helmet. Cheapest I've ever seen. Face and chin protection makes it better in my book than any helmet not providing that protection. Modular makes it nice to cool off or scratch an itch.
My problem with lesser known brands isn't so much the initial reviews, it's the reviews after someone's crashed in one, or a scientific analysis of the forces applied before failure and the kinetic energy absorbed, etc. I'm sure this and any other dot approved helmet would be fine for scooter types and other low speed riders, or possibly even for weekend warriors doing scenic trips and so forth, but if you're a daily freeway rider like me, I wouldn't trust your noggin to any brand that hasn't saved numerous lives in actual crashes (scorpion, shoei, arai, et al).
A $50 helmet is going to protect your head like.. a $50 helmet. I would suggest buying something that has build quality not equal to that of a donkey's penis.
Just because the sale price is $50 doesn't mean the build quality is donkey penis. This is probably last year's model or something like that. It's over $100 elsewhere, and its DOT approved, so I'd put it at the same level as a base HJC etc. I don't think anyone is expecting an Arai at this price
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