Spyder helmets

I have been looking around for a second lid since I got my Zeus helmet; obviously, I could not back-ride anyone if one of us were to be left helmet-less. My quest for the best deal at the lowest possible price led my to a familiar, but personally unexplored brand – Spyder. Their stalls are situated in very-high traffic locations among the popular 5-minutes-away malls from my place. Spyder – that sunglasses store who recently carried helmets and other headgear.

I was looking for something completely different from my full-faced and solid-colored Zeus ZS-805. I ditched the idea of going modular for safety reasons. So, what I have here is another full-faced helmet, but this time with fancy graphics. This is their “Sphinx” model, a 2008 release which costs Php 2,900. The pads are removable. Not bad.

Honestly, I don’t know if the certifications listed on this lid are real. Spyder is not that popular abroad like Zeus, so there are no real reviews on them. I do know however, that in MCP (motorcyclephilippines.com), there is a story of a guy who crashed wearing a Spyder helmet. Yes, he’s very much alive and well.

Final thoughts? For a first helmet I’d buy a Zeus – their popular and tested worldwide, and they’re basically the same price but Zeus helmets are much lighter. Vision is better on my Zeus as well. I do however, like the aesthetics’s of Spyder better. They look like expensive helmets and the designs are sick. Here is a non-updated website of Spyder.

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2 thoughts on “Spyder helmets”

  1. I received copies of the Sphinx certification for ECE 22.05. That said, I do have reason to doubt the authenticity:

    I received digital copies of what appears to be an ECE 22.05 certification that has been sent via fax, (the actual header imprint at the top was omitted), clearly it was then scanned, and run through Photoshop.

    Analysis of the images:

    EXIF fields show beyond any doubt that the images have been modified with Photoshop. Image content leads me to believe that key elements of the text were added after the document was scanned. This is readily apparent simply because the majority of the document is somewhat blurry and shows typical artifacts that result from faxing and scanning – the key fields that spell out certification of the helmet itself are very crisp and clear, anti-aliased. In short, it just looks fake.

    That’s mark 1 eyeball analysis.

    Looking at the fake text itself with various software tools, one can note that there is absolutely no change at all from edge to edge in the text, it has uniform color – the remainder of the pages show typical gradients associated with the illumination of the paper as it is scanned, meaning that the text absolutely added after scanning.

    On the whole, the actual certification documents have so many responses missing from key fields (such as names, addresses, times, locations, and so on and so forth) that it is very probable that someone simply acquired a copy of a blank certification letter and then falsified it very poorly, or that the ECE 22.05 group is just a rubber stamp outfit. (I very much doubt the latter)

    All of this said, the helmets themselves are pretty solid and I think probably actually would pass the certification for real. I wouldn’t trust my life to one on a GSX1100 (or similar) but I would use one for zapping around town on the old 110cc underbone.

    If you want original bit for bit copies of these documents, drop me an email.

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