<---- Old geezer. Understand that the helmet is there to protect you in the unlikely situation where your head hits the ground or another object.
DOT specs are very low; always try to go with a SNELL rated skid-lid.
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I would get this if I was in need of a helmet and if it wasn't black.
Snell testing is great if you're planning on taking your ride on the track, or like someone else said, doing lots of high-speed freeway traveling. But it doesn't make other helmets inferior in regards to protection.
Replace helmets with cars. Can a new $15K Kia get you from point A to point B and protect you in the event of an accident? It sure can, because it's required to adhere to the same DOT/FMVSS standards that all cars do (just like all motorcycle helmets do). However, if you have the money for, and drive daily, a Ferrari, it will also get you from A to B and protect you in the event of a normal accident. But a Ferrari will have also been designed/tested to keep you relatively safe in a high-speed/racing accident (within reason) because the car is designed for racing, not for commuting.
That is essentially the difference between Snell rated and non-Snell rated helmets. If you go to the track at all, you probably want track rated leathers and a Snell rated helmet. But if you just putter around and essentially use your bike to commute, then buying a $500 Snell rated helmet is overkill.
Of course, disregard everything I said if you ride a chopper/cruiser/or classic. You probably don't wear a helmet anyways, but if you do, it doesn't matter because you're not going fast enough to emulate track speeds.
Just because the sale price is $50 doesn't mean the build quality is donkey penis. This is probably last year's model or something like that. It's over $100 elsewhere, and its DOT approved, so I'd put it at the same level as a base HJC etc. I don't think anyone is expecting an Arai at this price
My gf bought me one of these for my birthday, they're junk. Glad to see what she values my life at
.... But if you just putter around and essentially use your bike to commute, then buying a $500 Snell rated helmet is overkill.
I disagree, anything you can do to protect your brain bucket while riding your bike is not overkill. Maybe you don't need a $500 helmut, but a $150 Snell rated helmut wouldn't be overkill. It would suck to have the regret that you didn't buy enough helmet after the crash. Remember, you are still a target for other vehicles, even if you are "just commuting".
Snell helmets are very strong and very inflexible. DOT helmets have a certain amount of flex that will actually protect you better than an inflexible. If something small and hard hits your helmet, you want Snell since it won't penetrate...if you just bang along the ground, DOT is just fine. I do tend to buy helmets from reputable manufacturers tho.
Safety gear should not be considered as an expense, but an investment.
DOT standards are very low, sometimes almost non existant. The government actually doesn't do any testing on helmets to issue DOT approval. It is solely up to the manufacture to at least meet DOT standards, then they apply the DOT stickers themselves.
However, I don't agree SNELL helmets are always necessary. A quality DOT helmet from a well known manufacture is a must. The difference is that a big helmet manufacture is not going to produce crap helmet because they have much more to lose than a small company. There are tests showing that DOT helmets from major brand faired as well and sometimes even better than SNELL helmets. A lot of cost savings of these quality DOT helmets are in the bell and whistles such as venting, liner material, weight and aerodynamics. They're safe but I still wouldn't want to wear because I ride 10k miles a year and comfort is important to me. If I owned a scooter and just putt around town for quick errands then something without all the extras would do.
Regarding this Fuel helmet, I wouldn't use it. First, its not from a big manufacture. So quality is unknown. That point plus it's only DOT approved is a big no no for me. Secondly, modular helmets are proven to be less protective in an event of crash. Thats why SNELL has never issued an approval for any modular helmets.
Those 2 reasons alone should steer anyone away from this helmet, especially you can get a known safe quality helmet for like $150 or less on closeout.
And to those people saying I don't go fast enough for an SNELL helmet etc: You be surprised how much damage a curb or stop sign post can do when your helmet with your head hits it at 30mph. You don't need to be going 50mph+ get get seriously hurt.
Again, quality gear is an investment, not an expense.
Last edited by SwiftTone; 10-30-2012 at 07:51 AM..
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