SA 2000 Helmets Soon to Expire

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Racing

Heads up for racers – if you have an Snell SA 2000 Helmet it is soon to expire.  SA 2005’s will likely still be good for up to 5 years and you will see most retailers offering discounts on current inventory as they stopped producing SA 2005 helmets this year.  As you read this the SA 2010 helmets are being released this month in which they will likely be good for 10 years.

A little info on what Snell is from Wiki: The Snell Memorial Foundation (SMF) is a not-for-profit organization created to provide a high quality standard of safety for helmets.  Founded in 1957, SMF is named after William “Pete” Snell, a popular sports car racer who died in 1956 of head injuries he received when the racing helmet he wore failed to protect his head. A group of friends, scientists, physicians, and others joined together to create a group that would promote research and education as well as test and develop standards to improve the effectiveness of helmets.

The Snell rating is not just like an expiration date – as the foundation makes marked improvements over the years to make the helmets safer.  The changes from 2005 – 2010 include:

  • What I think is most important is the standard is now going to require a reduction in weight of the helmet.  To me this is not only important in it reduces the inertia your head will experience in a crash but also the reduction of fatigue in wearing a lighter helmet.  This testing will provide better construction of the helmet as the helmet will better protect the varying head sizes.
  • Variable head-form sizes where testing for the rating was done using varying sized crash test dummy heads in the same sized helmet (earlier versions used a standard sized heads).  As we all know not every head is the same shape even though it fits the same sized helmet.  This allows greater tolerance and understanding of protection.
  • Snell to test with head & neck restraints (HNR) systems.  Snell ratings previously did not provide these tests and they were done by the HNR manufacturer.  Snell now tests the anchor points for lateral shear strength.

Source: Bell Racing

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