Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
"Now that I've owned my first flip-up full-face helmet, I will never go back to a non-flip helmet. I'll be buying a new Nolan next spring."
I've never seen any studies regarding the relative safety of a flip-up full face helmet versus a full face helmet. Since the whole purpose of wearing a helmet is to protect your head I think your comments are based soley on convenience factors versus safety. For me that's a very weak reason to purchase a helmet - no matter what the brand.
All I can say is that based on my gut instinct (and the fact that I have landed on my face on pavement and survived while wearing a full face helmet) I would think that the protection afforded by a flip-up full face helmet is somewhere between a 3/4 and full face. More parts/hinges/components almost ALWAYS lead to more potential failure points and a less protective structure.
It is evident that the "leading" helmet manufacturers have been building helmets that are way too hard - allowing your head to bounce off pavement like a golf ball. Paradoxically, the off brand junk from China and Korea - by virtue of their inexpensive and technologically inferior parts and materials - allow more absorbtion of G forces since they are softer. They are indeed BETTER at doing the number one job: keeping your brain from violently slamming into your skull.
The whole idea of helmets is to reduce G forces, period. Buying a helmet for looks, graphics, convenience features, ventilation and yes - even fit (since it is relatively easy to modify the liners of most helmets produced during the last several years to get a comfortable fit) is secondary.
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Last edited by RonKMiller; Aug 6th, 2006 at 9:21 pm.