Just as an aside . . . the author (Dexter Ford) of the Motorcyclist article disclosing that fact (a low-cost DOT-only helmet provided the greatest protection of the helmets tested) was subsequently FIRED.When Motorcyclist published those comparitive tests, the "softest landing" for the brain was in a Z1R helmet, among the least expensive in the comparison. That was a DOT helmet compared to 2005 SNELL.
Until very recently, SNELL didn't test any modular helmets at all. Modular = disqualified. BSI, ECE, DOT, performed tests that modular helmets could pass (or fail). SNELL simply refused to test them.I wonder why is there only two modular helmets approved....
M2010 LS2 FF394 Modular L, XL, XXL
M2010 Zeus 3000 Modular
+1000to the o.p. And all,
my take on helmets is, buy the best fitting, sharpest looking, highest featured helmet you can afford to throw away.
When ever you land on your head, the crushable styrofoam absorbs the impact. But the outer shell 'may not show it'.
That is the primary reason 'higher end' helmets use laminated shells, it shows the damage.
If you received a slight headache, it saved you from a major headache.
If you received a major headache, it saved you from a 'mild concussion'.
If you received a 'mild concussion', (is there such a thing as mild brain injury?), it saved you from a major concussion.
The next steps, i don't even want to think of!
A safety helmet needs to be disposable safety equipment. Like an air bag!
I wish more motor vehicle insurance companies understood this fact.
I wear a nolan n102, flip face. About old enough to replace.