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Posted - 09/24/2006 :  13:00:30  Show Profile  Visit The management's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The SNELL foundation is the universally recognized body that does testing and certification of Motorsports helmets. They test impact resistance, crushing tolerance, and fire protection, among other things. They provide certifications in 2 categories: "M" (motorcycle) and "SA" (special application).

Chin Motorsports events are all non-competition. So, both SA and M standard helmets are accepted. For full-on competition, only SA is accepted. But that does not occur at Chin events. So, the M is also suitable. Both standards have comparable impact and crushing characteristics. The primary difference is fire protection. SA has fire protection, M does not have fire protection.

The life of the certification is 10 years, and the standard is upgraded every 5 years. So, it works like this: if you have a helmet with a SNELL 95 rating, it was manufactured between 1995 and 1999. It's 'certification' was valid until 2005. SNELL 95 helmets ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. In 2000, the next standard was issued, SNELL 00. These helmets were manufactured from 2000 to 2004, and have a 10 year life, from 2000 to 2009. SNELL 00 helmets ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. In 2005, the SNELL 05 standard was released. A helmet with an 05 certification has a 10 year life, until 2015. In 2010, the SNELL 10 was released and is the latest available certification.

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