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BMW is offering its popular ENDURO helmet with a carbon and aramid shell for 2009. Doing so drops the all-in weight of a size large from 1380 to 1170 grams. We really like the futuristic style of the ENDURO --even more so with the clear-coated carbon -- but it's really the helmet's quality that makes it stand out. The lining, for instance, uses Coolmax like several other manufacturers, but it also features Alcantara (a synthetic suede) to lux things up. Like the Arai Tour X3 and Shoei Hornet DS, the ENDURO can be worn with or without it's peak or visor and, with the visor removed, with goggles too. Sadly, BMW doesn't offer its helmet range in the United States, something about WWII insane litigation liability.

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