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Old 08-29-2009, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Helmet Certifications: where to find?

Hey all,

I'm looking into getting a new helmet, and have been looking at something that is properly certified as a helmet. The only company that seems to post this kind of info is Burton (their RED line). BEsides that.... I've been unlucky.
Any ideas?
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don't bother with the certifications

if you want to get really anal with them, you'd only be looking for Snell B95 helmets like POC
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Old 08-30-2009, 01:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's not really a matter of anal. it's just that if I buy a helmet, I want it to be certified as such, not a hard hat.

and what's POC?
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Hi romesaz - the most common snow helmet certification is the ASTM F2040. Most/nearly all snow helmets sold meet this certification, so look for in the description and/or on a sticker on the inside of the helmet. There is also the European standard CE EN1077. You'll find a lot of helmets that meet the CE EN standard, but not the ASTM standard (ASTM is a U.S. based standard). That's ok, and you can still be confident the helmet has achieved a protective standard. Yes, you can try to find a helmet that meets the SNELL snow standard, but fewer and fewer manufacturers pursue that certification these days.

If you want a helmet that meets a safety standard for snow use, look for the ASTM F2040 or CE EN1077 cert. The snow standards differ from bike, skateboard, and others in some technical details, but mostly in test conditions like colder temperature ranges and amount of moisture present.
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As far as i know the only real snowboarding helmets that dont meet the standard are some of the Bern helmets..
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The Sandbox helmets don't have any certification either. But they look cool so whatev.

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Why certifications are garbage:

Exhibit A: Football helmets

the previous generation met the safety certification standards, but it wasn't until football-specific testing procedures were tried that new helmet designs were created with the purpose of reducing concussions
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Capix Wake Caps also look raw.
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