I just picked up a DP '95 for $40, which sounded like a good price. I've always heard that is is "better" then the newer ones. It's it just a better shape? How different is it from the newer DP helmets?
that's exactly it, the shape was all around better, especially the rounded dome (which became strangely flat by the '97). It seems the first year Don Post didn't cut as many corners. The 95 is still smaller than the real screen used prop, but at $40 you got a great deal.
I'll have to compare it to my 97, which has been silver for over a year with the visor cut out, so it's even more warped than usual. I saw the price and figured I shouldn't pass it up. Brand new in the original box even.
1995 was the first year that DP made these helmets. The first run (as with many projects) was the best. By the time 1997 rolled around, DP knew they were not getting their LFL license renewed and their quality went downhill, thus the thinner vinyl 97's hit the market.