I got mine in the mail recently as well, and i am pretty stoked... a good brainbucket is crucial. my shredready helmet was alright, i survived the summer w/ no dain bramage
but it felt about as strong as a little league batting helmet if even that. more like the miniature helmets they used to serve ice cream in at ball games. granted, i did mailorder the cheaper one by mistake (the superscrappy) so maybe the more expensive ones were better, but a big portion of the helmets usefulness is providing shock absorbancy, and my brain got rattled every time i hit my head, which at even @ half dozen times was more than i would have liked. i guess it's all part of learning,though. (learning where not to flip!)
i have a question about vents vs. no vents. i did get them on my helmet, but i am wondering what some of the other peoples reasoning was for not wanting them (previous post this summer about bulk helmet orders). i assume not having vents would keep your head warmer, and maybe you could get a neck injury from a pointy rock catching on the vent hole.... pretty random, but there's potential. (there is lots of sharp basalt down here in NM.)
Anyone have a thought on this?