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    Quote Originally Posted by nodrog View Post
    the price isnt directly related to the "smackyourheadabilty" of a helmet, for instance, a 5 star rated helmet that weighed 8 kilos, was uncomfortable, and had poor visilbility, would be a bad choice over a nice weighted, comfortable 3 star helmet with excellent visibility.
    Agreed. I think fit is vital. A three star helmet that fits correctly will offer you far better protection than a five star helmet that wobbles around on your head. Protection comes from staying on your head when you "use" the helmet, not from withstanding the dropping of a cannon ball onto it from a great height.....

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    Thanks for pointing this site out. Glad to see my Ti Tech rated 4 stars. Pity it wasn't 5, but I love it anyway!

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    Pah!
    My ZPF isn't even on there.
    Nor the KBC, THH, Oxford, Zeus or other KBC.

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    Fuck Sharp!

    I'll rely on the Ferris "Beat the fuck out of the helmet with the axe" test. Not that I'm likely to come in contact with an axe if I take a spill on my bike.

    Here's what I think of ya 3 stars.

    No sour grapes or anything.

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    New Sharp helmet tests mind-blowing

    The following is an extract from the latest helmet tests by Sharp and show the cheapest 60 Pound Lazer Helmet is 5 Star and the ShoeX spirit can only manage 4 stars at 400 pound.Bugger
    5 Star rated;
    Hjc HQ 1
    Bell M 1
    Arai GPS5x
    AGV S 4
    Lazer L Z 6
    Shark RSR2

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    So does mine ,the actual site is a United kingdom Govt.one.
    http://www.direct.govt.uk/sharp.
    One wonders how much blurb the makers put out is not just advertising.my lid supposed to be the best in the world.3 stars only geeez

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    My suomy isn't even on there!
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    Cool. After having seeds of doubt sown in my mind about the suitability of Carbon Fibre as a helmet material, I find my HJC HQ-1 is a 5 star helmet in the SHARP ratings.

    Suck on that doubters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Deuce View Post
    After having seeds of doubt sown in my mind about the suitability of Carbon Fibre as a helmet material...
    Why is that Jim? Carbon is immensely stronger than steel and eminently suitable.
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    Too hard & brittle, therefore decelerating the helmet contents at higher G-Forces than fibreglass or polycarbonate helmets. Apparently not. The deceleration forces are what caused Shoei and Arai to get all bent out of shape with Motorcyclist magazine and their in depth helmet analysis. It is very good that a largely independent Government sponsored research body are getting similar results.

    Plenty of KBers have expressed doubt at the suitability of CF for helmets. I reckon they are just jealous.

    My main reason for buying it was fit, comfort, and weight. I have a dodgy neck from breaking it. The top end Shoei and Arai helmets are comparatively heavy. If Nolan did a CF N102 I'd be in like a shot.
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    Just remember that the Sharp test is just one institution and their opinions and test results should be taken in context and added to any research you do on the particular brand of helmet that you own or intend to buy. There is huge debate within the industry concerning the whole helmet testing/standards area at present, read this for more interesting info:
    http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ge...iew/index.html
    Besides static tests there are factors like helmet/head size, rider weight, velocity, surface impacted and a host of other factors that determine the ultimate safety of a helmet. At the end of the day I think the golden rule of getting the best safety gear you can afford will always apply, remember the old Bell ad - $10 head, $10 helmet?
    Not saying that there aren't moderately priced helmets out there that are safe, but personally I would prefer to get the best equipment I can afford to protect my extremities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Deuce View Post
    CF...
    If Shoei or Arai did a CF helmet, I'd be in like a shot, but to be perfectly honest, I'm far too snooty to wear anything with 'HJC' on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cs363 View Post
    Just remember that the Sharp test is just one institution and their opinions and test results should be taken in context and added to any research you do on the particular brand of helmet that you own or intend to buy. There is huge debate within the industry concerning the whole helmet testing/standards area at present, read this for more interesting info:
    http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ge...iew/index.html
    Besides static tests there are factors like helmet/head size, rider weight, velocity, surface impacted and a host of other factors that determine the ultimate safety of a helmet. At the end of the day I think the golden rule of getting the best safety gear you can afford will always apply, remember the old Bell ad - $10 head, $10 helmet?
    Not saying that there aren't moderately priced helmets out there that are safe, but personally I would prefer to get the best equipment I can afford to protect my extremities.
    You didn't read that link you posted, did you?

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