Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Re: helmet testing site & useful helmet info
They use their own methods to crash test helmets, all of which pass UK standards. Based upon their testing methods they rate helmets on a 1-5 scale for ability to protect the front, rear, sides and top of a head in a crash.
I ran across them while searching for information to buy a full face helmet to use during cool wx instead of my flip, reasoning that a full face offers more or better protection.
When I searched for only 5 start rated helmets I was surprised to find my flip as part of the 5 star helmets!! 5 star helmets ranged in price from abt 80 pounds and up.
They also give a percentage for the flip portion staying shut, locked in place during testing, As fat as I can tell, that is the disadvantage to flip vrs full face. Percentages ranged from around 93% to as low as below 50%.
I also discovered that Nolan is only one of three Nolan companies making helmets. AND, Bell isn't a USA company. for some reason I thought Bell was an OT, old time American manufacturer?
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