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Post  prime on Mon Aug 04 2014, 12:18

On amazon at the moment there are bell helmets reduced in price. Bought a bell m3x in red and white for 63 quid. Limited in sizes and stock though. Xs and xxl only, the xxl is more of a xl as its a snug fit, but im happy with it. Not used it yet as bike is still at the garage. Paint job and decals are quality, im very pleased to get it for 63 quid.
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Post  Wooster on Mon Aug 04 2014, 13:40

I was looking at some of those for my brother in law and noticed someone had said the M5X wasn't rated for use in the UK.

It's a rubbish claim, but I did notice this government testing site mentioned in the comments.
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It doesn't give a glowing review of your S2 Stevecat [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] which is surprising for a £400+ lid.  Shocked
Some of the expensive Arai's don't fare much better though.

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Post  prime on Mon Aug 04 2014, 15:41

People had said the m3 wasnt road legal either, but it is. Happy with the sharp rating, greens front back and top and yellows for the sides, just hope I never have to test it myself.
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Post  Wooster on Mon Aug 04 2014, 16:55

Definitely not.  Very Happy 

I suppose it's worth bearing in mind that the SHARP tests don't take comfort, wind noise etc into consideration.

I note that AGV(6), Bell(7), Caberg(7) and Shark(7) top the list of 5 Star ratings, and Caberg are kings of the Flip-Fronts.  Very Happy
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Post  Snowcat on Wed Aug 06 2014, 13:36

So does the sharp rating therefore upset the theory of "you get what you pay for"? According to the Sharp results most "cheaper" helmets fair better than the expensive name brands and some brands marque models haven't been tested but are the results a little squeued?

I heard one story that to get certain cheaper helmets through the sharp test they are intentionally strengthened at designated impact points but in the real world these fall to bits.

I also saw a video on youtube of a guy who decided to conduct his own test involving a chair and a hammer, again the cheap 5* helmet rated helmet actually shattered into tiny pieces while the more expensive yet lesser sharp rated helmet behaved as intended.

There are many ways to interpret these results but for me you only get one head, put whatever price you want on it, my take is to pay as much as you can afford to get the best you can afford and rely on real world testing and recommendations from people unfortunate enough to have had to rely on their helmet on the road/pavement/car/lampost etc following an off. Their review is more important to me than any feedback a machine can give.
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Post  SteveCat on Wed Aug 06 2014, 14:08

Wooster wrote:It doesn't give a glowing review of your S2 Stevecat

Yes I've seen that some time ago, was a bit miffed at the time due to the price of the thing. The 'weakness' is on the side, the only place I've tested it, can't say if it was concussion or shock, but did feel a bit funny - till the shoulder got sore and then all head issues vanished!
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Post  Wooster on Wed Aug 06 2014, 18:35

Snowcat wrote:So does the sharp rating therefore upset the theory of "you get what you pay for"? According to the Sharp results most "cheaper" helmets fair better than the expensive name brands and some brands marque models haven't been tested but are the results a little squeued?

I heard one story that to get certain cheaper helmets through the sharp test they are intentionally strengthened at designated impact points but in the real world these fall to bits.

I also saw a video on youtube of a guy who decided to conduct his own test involving a chair and a hammer, again the cheap 5* helmet rated helmet actually shattered into tiny pieces while the more expensive yet lesser sharp rated helmet behaved as intended.

There are many ways to interpret these results but for me you only get one head, put whatever price you want on it, my take is to pay as much as you can afford to get the best you can afford and rely on real world testing and recommendations from people unfortunate enough to have had to rely on their helmet on the road/pavement/car/lampost etc following an off. Their review is more important to me than any feedback a machine can give.

Looking at the testing regime and seeing what people commented on online, they don't appear to test the chin, strap or visor.
I do note that they do use real world injury data for the helmets tested though.
Given the minimum is ECE-22.05, it can't hurt to take the SHARP rating into consideration also

Funny you should mention that hammer test Snowcat.
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The SHARP 5* rated (Marushin...never heard of them tbh) helmet is actually the one that survives the test and it's the cheap RZO that fails abysmally. Wink
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Post  alleycat on Wed Aug 06 2014, 21:58

someone needs to take a hammer to that kid in the background  whistle 
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Post  prime on Fri Aug 08 2014, 17:32

Lol^^^
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Post  greencat on Fri Aug 08 2014, 23:22

alleycat wrote:someone needs to take a hammer to that kid in the background  whistle 
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Not planning to have kids then?

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Post  alleycat on Sat Aug 09 2014, 15:40

Yeah ... well behaved ones  green smile 
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Post  prime on Sun Aug 10 2014, 14:54

No such thing mate, well behaved children are just a myth.
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