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post #1 of 5 Old Oct 20th, 2013, 11:33 pm Thread Starter
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helmet testing site & useful helmet info

like how to check that the helmet fits

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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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Re: helmet testing site & useful helmet info

Bell was once what you said but no longer. Simpson was once owned by Simpson, no longer. Time moves on.
The UK site you note is useful for impact test info- but doesn't cover features and convenience as well as webbikeworld, for example. Just one more good info source for the mix and sooner or later you need to try on what you think you might want- a test ride is best.
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Re: helmet testing site & useful helmet info

Out of all of the info I've been able to dig up I value the impact tests the most, after all, I believe that is why I ware a helmet. For me, everything else must fall into place after that.

I was VERY surprised to see that my flip, with the exception of the flip popping open during the impact test, offered as much protection as the best full face?

the second part of the puzzle is finding the cut off for low speed crash vrs high speed crash, around town helmet vrs cruzin helmet?

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Re: helmet testing site & useful helmet info

I still occasionally read up on flat screen TV ratings and run into streams of who, where the screen was made. Following that is discussion of implementation, how the screen is used by different brand named TVs.

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