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What is the most important part of a helmet to you?

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Motorcyclist Magazine helmet article

6171 Views 22 Replies 18 Participants Last post by  gnarly sprockets
Anyone see this? It sort of bashes Snell. A Pep Boys helmet did better than Scorpion? WTF? Your thoughts?

What's the most important factor in a helmet purchase?
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When I buy a helmet, my main decision factor is comfort. Having said that, I only pick from well known brands. As far as safety rating goes I go with the German TUV or British Gold ACU approval. Usually helmets with the aforementioned safety stamps are also approved by main racing organizations. Snell is overkill, DOT is a joke ( HD brainbuckets! ), plus I don't think their testing is proper ( ie. modelising real events ).
In my opinion comfort is THE most important factor, because if the helmet is uncomfortable ( even if slightly ) it'll draw the rider's attention from actual riding, which is very dangerous. Also, uncomfortable helmet makes the rider tired very quickly.
I've tried many brands ( Arai, Shoei, AGV, Suomy, Marushin, UVEX, Schubert, Roof etc. ) but finally I settled with the Force Ten from FM. That is the most comfortable helmet for my amorphous head :D . Once I've ridden 25 hours straight in it without taking it off and I had no problems whatsoever. The finish is not on the same level like Arai's or Shoei's, but that's the price I have to pay for comfort.
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apa said:
I think it's useless...even the diagram is incorrect. Upon impact the shock dissipates evenly on the inner and outer shell. If the impact leaves a mark like on the drawing, you're most likely dead (with a nice hole/dent on your head) or crippled. the only sure way to be safe is replace the damaged helmet. It's still cheaper than the hospital bill...and it's definitely easier than not be able to wipe your own ass with your own hand... or something.
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