I can't believe I'm admitting this, but my new go-to helmet is the Vemar Jiano Bluetooth ($500; www.motonation.com ). I learned to love the flip-front lid during a weeklong Edelweiss Tour of Norway. That country's countless toll booths and ferry docks made me appreciate the ability to conveniently converse sans chinbar. And once I tried the built-in wireless communication system, there was no turning back. With my wife in a matching helmet, we could comment on the gorgeous Nordic scenery in real time. Bluetooth-enabled, the Jiano can pair with nav systems, MP3 players and, of course, cell phones-another previously unimaginable intrusion that I now can't live without, especially when I don't want the boss to know I'm AWOL. Having all the communications circuitry imbedded inside the helmet is a huge advantage, proven when another couple's externally mounted devices succumbed to Norway's near-constant summer rain. An integrated, retractable sun shade and the stupid-easy, glove-friendly micro-buckle closure just make the Jiano more indispensible.