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    Snell helmet recommendations

    I'll need to get a Snell-approved helmet before I go to track school. A drop-down sun visor is a must and it has to come in green! I wear a medium in Nolan, Speed and Strength, and HJC, so that's the size and shape of my head. Any recommendations?

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    I could not think of any internal-visored, Snell approved, helmets, so I asked Google and found this: "Helmets with built in, flip down sun visors, have not been submitted by manufacturers to be tested."

    That is simlar to the situation with flip-up helmets. I frequently hear all sorts of reasons why Snell "won't approve" flip-ups, but every time I attend a national safety conference, Snell's representatives state that they've never failed a flip-up as none have ever been submitted.

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    I have heard the same thing. It would seem to me that manufacturers know the tests, have done them themselves and they know what will pass and what will not and will not submit for testing something they know will fail.

    It make sense to me that the space created by the internal visor would compromise the ability of that portion of the helmet to absorb impact.

    My kids both have internal visors on their helmets. I wear sunglasses under mine. I also have a photo sensitive visor, but it does not do much. I still need to wear sunglasses.

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    All of the helmet companies do their own DOT compliance testing, largely through Head Protection Research Lab. in California, so I'd agree that they know if their product would pass Snell's tests.

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    I would suspect the biggest issue with Snell is the double-strike requirement, when applied to the areas without padding to make room for the inside visor mechanism. While these areas can meet the single-strike standard DOT uses, hit it twice and bad things might happen.
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    OK, if I have to give up the sunshade, what recommendations do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC-Lori View Post
    OK, if I have to give up the sunshade, what recommendations do you have?
    Both Shoei and Arai (at least in the very recent past) have Ninja green color schemes. Arai has done a pretty good job, of recent, making helmets that cover every head shape usually defined by the particular models. Shoei has always maintained a more neutral head shape and unless it's an extreme case fits most head shapes safely and comfortably. Most helmets in both lines are ECE, Snell and DOT.

    I dunno if the Shoei RF1200 has a Ninja color scheme but if so that'd be my recommendation. The RF1200 remains my singular and all time favorite helmet as it covers all bases so darn well. My Arai Defiant a close second. The only real difference between the two, the Arai vents better and for whatever reason feels lighter (it's not) but feels that way. I like the Arai face shield mechanism better than the Shoei but the Shoei face shield is much easier to put on and take off. The Shoei quieter and is overall a bit more comfortable fit, that is once I get my big ears un-pinned.

    Like I mentioned....Shoei RF1200 for the win by the slightest of margins

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    Minus the drop down sunshade, HJC, Shoei and Arai have some Snell rated full face in ninja green colors. https://www.revzilla.com/full-face-m...cets%5B%5D=232
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    My Arai:



    It has *external* sunshade, which I guess helped with the rating.
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    I like my Shoei SP 1200 too, but it is the only helmet I have owned recently so I do not have a basis for comparison. My only complaint was that there was a pressure point on my forehead when I first got it. As the internal padding has broken in, that pressure point has gone away, but I think the shape is a neutral shape as Joseph Hanna said. I think my head is more of an oblong shape. Therefore, I am going to look for a helmet that fits that shape better for my next one. But if I cannot find one, another SP 1200 would be good enough.

    I have wondered if a helmet that fit me a little better would afford better protection or if it is just a comfort issue.

    I am also considering a visor on my next helmet. Although, I wonder if the visor would interfere with the venting.

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