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DOT helmet rating ain't worth diddly-squat.

 
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JettaKnight
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:11 pm    Post subject: DOT helmet rating ain't worth diddly-squat. Reply with quote

Almost half of the DOT rated helmets don't actually meet the rating.

https://www.webbikeworld.com/dot-helmet-failure-rate-is-now-43-percent/
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thing is, how many of those are actually DOT rated, vs having a sticker by the "god knows who" manufacturer? In the same way that anyone can buy a vest for their angry AF dog and call it a service animal, seems like any manufacturer can slap a DOT sticker on their helmet, mirrors, lights, and who's to say they're lying?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's why I always buy well known name brand helmets and never the cheapest one. Amazes me that some people complain about paying $50-100 for a helmet. I don't think I've ever spent less than $275 for one.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, manufacturers "self certify" for the DOT rating. The honor system is probably not the best approach for safety gear. I'm with babblefish - let manufacturers earn their reputation. Or trust the European ECE certification which involves actual testing.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SNELL.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pay attention to Sgt Schultz. "Snell, snell!"
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arai all day...but if you can't open your mouth and almost bite your cheeks it doesn't fit right
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