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    Tell me of helmets

    I've always wondered if the $70 helmet offers only 1/3 of the protection of the $200 helmet.... or is it all about 'style'?? Am I twice as protected wearing a high-end Kask vs. a cheapo Garneau?
    Any thoughts? I can get a seemingly nice Bell for much less than the average Giro. I assume they all have to meet the same safety standards. So aside from vanity, why spend more?
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    Read the stickers in the helment, they have to meet the same minimum standards. More $'s usually mean better ventilation, lighter, fancier.
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    ^This^

    But...if helmet A fits your head better than helmet B it could offer a little more protection. All helmets have to meet the same impact absorption requirements.
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    So far I've been lucky that none of the "high zoot" $200 helmets fit my head worth a damn, so my good, generic $50 helmet is enough for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Read the stickers in the helment, they have to meet the same minimum standards. More $'s usually mean better ventilation, lighter, fancier.
    That's my take too and in my case, the best fitting and most comfortable I've ever worn, which I suspect has little to do with the price. ($200.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    ^This^

    But...if helmet A fits your head better than helmet B it could offer a little more protection. All helmets have to meet the same impact absorption requirements.
    Well....Nyo....well...Ynes.

    Off retail shelves in the USA, all helmets must meet CPSC crash testing requirements. But in this era of e-commerce, you can get helmets online that meet EN cert requirements but not CPSC (The EU EN cert is a lower impact protection degree than CPSC). Note of course, that many USA races/organized-rides stipulate you must use a CPSC certified helmet.
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    Aerodynamics and safety. I'm in no way affiliated with Bontrager or Trek but I have and use two Bontrager Ballista Helmets (MIPS).

    https://road.cc/content/tech-news/24...mips-comes-out

    The study is here (lower number is better):
    https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicyc...t-ratings.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpstop View Post
    I've always wondered if the $70 helmet offers only 1/3 of the protection of the $200 helmet.... or is it all about 'style'??
    No the order of magnitude of protection would't vary that much. But there could be a bit of difference from the basic minimum cert helmet and a higher end MIPS helmet.

    Yes price is a little about style. But it's also fit, comfort, weight, aerodynamics, & air flow.

    You could get a $12 helmet from Walmart. It'll probably offer the same protection as a $70 helmet. But it'll be heavy. Have poor airflow making you sweat. And it only has straps, no retention system, making it uncomfortable.

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    A $200 helmet will look more "Pro"...(if that is important to you).A $35 helmet has to meet the same standards as a $250 one.
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    some of the sub-$100 helmets look more pro than the $200 ones imho.
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    buy the cheaper helmet and use the savings for padded gloves, elbow pads, neck brace, and a mouth guard. you are will be infinitely more protected.
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    Watch out that the current homologation procedure for bike helmets (ECE, Snell, JIS) imply only a direct vertical impact with zero lateral speed.

    Basically they are testing only the top of the helmet, and they leave the sides to vendor common sense. Therefore high cost helmets might be under par on the sides, which are areas more likely to hit the ground in a normal crash.

    Beginning next year motor bikes will pioneer side impact homologation

    http://www.fim-publicaffairs.com/en/news/fim-becomes-a-major-player-in-motorcycle-helmet-test-development/

    http://www.fim-live.com/en/library/d...58/no_cache/1/

    I predict push bikes will add oblique impact homologation within 2 to 100 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe(-) View Post
    Watch out that the current homologation procedure for bike helmets (ECE, Snell, JIS) imply only a direct vertical impact with zero lateral speed.

    Basically they are testing only the top of the helmet, and they leave the sides to vendor common sense. Therefore high cost helmets might be under par on the sides, which are areas more likely to hit the ground in a normal crash.

    Beginning next year motor bikes will pioneer side impact homologation

    http://www.fim-publicaffairs.com/en/news/fim-becomes-a-major-player-in-motorcycle-helmet-test-development/

    http://www.fim-live.com/en/library/d...58/no_cache/1/

    I predict push bikes will add oblique impact homologation within 2 to 100 years.
    That's quite the prediction window.
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