can anyone please tell me where i can buy a proper motorbike helmet (2 actual, 1 for me and 1 for her)? the only brand i know is Bell helmets which are popular in Australia - but happy to look at other well designed and well made brands - full face helmets.
I looked in the "search hanoi" but surprizingly couldn't find any references.
I found a decent full-faced helmet towards the south end of Pho Hue, near Dai Co Viet street. If you're looking for the expensive ($100+) brands found back home, I'm not sure where to go. I'm guessing that the Vespa shops or other places selling new motorbikes can help you.
The full-faced helmet I bought took quite a knock when my ex-gf crashed our bike. I smacked my head on the pavement pretty hard but bounced right up like nothing had happened. It cracked the helmet, but it did its job. Not bad for 200,000 dong.
I just bought a new helmet at Yamaha Town near the Vincom Towers.
They have full faced helmets, but I went with one that was not full faced. I'm not ready to make that move yet. The one I did by covers the cheeks and back of the neck. I've had it for a few weeks and I love it. There is space and cushion of the ears. It also has a face shield that will be great for the cold winter that is sure to come as well as in the rainy season.
The cost was 800,000 vnd. A lot more then just around the corner on Pho Hue, but I like knowing I have the real thing.
The helmets are made in Thailand.
Good luck and drive safe!
An 800,000VND helmet can not be much, when I certified helmet starts at $200 for the most basic model.
I am able to source helmets from Singapore. There are a variety of sizes, colours and styles.
The prices range from $200SGD to over $1000 SGD.
They can be viewed online, then a few measurements and the corect size can be ordered.
These helmets are SNELL and DOT certified.
Shipping to Vietnam will cost about $35USD, and takes about 2 or 3 days.
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To up date this rather outdated thread, Yamaha Town near Vincom DOES NOT have a good selection of helmets. They had a total of one kind, pretty much the skullcaps that you get everywhere else. They said they no longer stock helmets as they used to. I had a bit more luck at Honda, a couple of streets away, but nothing full faced and no range of sizes.
I suppose it depends what one means by "proper" helmet. But this might be helpfull for anyone catching this thread in search of a not-completely-useless helmet like the ones that to be found everywhere...
Again, I'm copy-pasting this from another thread, just to try to be as helpful as possible, but maybe that's the wrong way to go... I don't know, is it?
Anyho, here goes : )
Upon advice from a friend, we went to hunt a little shop where we got ours this morning.
It is located on the corner of Hàng Bông and Hàng Da, next to a fancy pastry/ice cream place (pale green) and opposite a very colourful "fashionable" shop that has a wide selection of helmets that are definitely designed for looks rather than safety.
This little place I'm talking about however has a small but good selection of helmets that feel right in terms of safety (thick layer of styrofoam and a sort of foamy fabric, and the outside seems a good metal layer with thick plastic coating). Apart from the various usual shapes that can be found everywhere else, they also have shapes with more coverage (which we couldn't find in any other shop). The brand is Andes. Some models are hidden in boxes, so ask for different colours etc... The lady is very nice and seems to speak just enough English for business. I paid 500.000VND for my mine (full head coverage) and my partner 250.000VND (top half of the head covered). No point haggling, the nice lady didn't buge. They are good helmets and we couldn't find that brand anywhere else.