I'm doing a research project for college right now on helmets. While this question/topic opens up a can of worms (i.e. how much is your head worth thing), the price of a helmet does not mean it is going to protect it any better than an expensive one. There will be a difference in build quality (how solid it feels, seals, weight, etc.), but there are no studies to back up an expensive helmet protecting better than a cheap one.Replace every 5 years? Really? And while I'm at it, would you trust your grey matter to a $70 Scorpion EXO-400? If not, why and what other brands fit similarly formed noggins?
I replace my helmets when I feel they are worn out, or if they ever take a hit to the ground. I look at the every 5 years the same as changing your oil every 3,000 miles.......it is outdated and unnecessary information!
Facts:I'm doing a research project for college right now on helmets. ...
With regards to safety, you've got the three standard ratings: DOT, SNELL, and ECE. The DOT and ECE are generally very similar, but some argue the ECE is a bit better. SNELL has been somewhat controversial due to how they test - to pass their tests, a helmet generally has to be "stiffer" to withstand repeated hits and because of that, more G force energy is transferred to the head. They've addressed some of this with their new 2010 rating, but it's seems to be the same. SNELL is also voluntary meaning companies do not HAVE to send helmets to them whereas DOT and ECE are government requirements. SNELL will not test modular helmets.
Scorpion makes the best bang for you buck helmet no doubt "I have one of those too", but paying more for a Shoei, Arai, Shark, Schuberth "etc" has allot to do with comfort and the best optical clarity for their shields. You will also find many of the lightest helmets to be the higher end offerings, but you are for sure correct in the more expensive helmets do not make them any more safe than cheaper options.I crashed and broke my Scorpion 1000EXO. My head bone is still in one piece. It only cost me $100 on sale, so yes I would trust my head to a Scorpion helmet. It's Snell/Dot approved. And it fits as nicely as my Shoei did when they didn't cost so much.
Paying several hundred dollars for the expensive helmets doesn't buy any more protection.
It's just a chance for different graphics on the surface and bragging rights about your wallet.
Oh, I replace mine in about 3 years, but I ride a lot and wear it out. How long it lasts is dependent on use.
This is from another site and sums it up fairly well - if you want specific tests that they each do, I can pull the info:Tattoogunman - Since you are researching helmets at the moment perhaps you could share with us the difference between DOT and CE standards. Schuberth again is providing a helmet that meets both standards. Does that make it better in some way? Or not??