I was surprised to find, that after wearing Tipperary helmets for almost 5 or 6 years, a great deal of people I encounter have never heard of them. If they had heard of the company Tippeary at all, it was because of their highly successful safety vests. These helmets, which have what I call the "Shark" look, are reasonably priced ($69.95), well made, have great ventilation, and have a non-bulky appearance. This particular model the Sportage 8500, was released only a month or two ago. This is my third Tipperary helmet, and I love them more and more with each new design.