Originally Posted by kevin_stevens
I did have an ECU-rated helmet (Shark) fail tech at a local drag strip where they specifically required SNELL, but it hasn't been an issue for trackdays.
Why did it fail tech? Just because it was ECE 22.05 and not Snell and they don't know enough about the other ratings to make a good judgement or something?
I bought a Shark RSi. They are not snell rated, but they are DOT and ece 22.05, and in terms or protection they are right up there with the Shoei's IMHO.
To the OP: I have had some people tell me "well DOT is DOT is DOT, so any DOT rated helmet will protect the same" - I disagree (at least in theory). DOT is a *minimum* requirement. If 2 helmets passed it, 1 may have passed barely and the other may have passed with flying colors and then some. But they both get DOT rated.
I believe that one of the Scorpions was the least expensive DOT/Snell 2010 helmet out there. But you HAVE to try them on.
Go to a store. I thought I would be a round oval, like most people. I was VERY surprised to find out that I was a long oval/narrow. Some run small, some run large. For example I first tried on the Scorpions. Not only were they too round for me, but they also run small. The helmet I have is a Large. I had to put on an XL in scorpion to even have it come down completely over my chin! I was also a regular old Large in the Arais and Icons as well. My Shark fits me great. I believe that there is a sticky in the gear forums here about buying a helmet and it has advice on how to fit one.
Odds are (depending on your state I guess) al helmets will be DOT minimum. So figure out what shape you are. Then figure out what helmets are in the shape (in my example, all of the Scorpions were too round for me. The Arai's were either perfect or too round. The Shoei Qwest was too round, but the RF1100 fit (IIRC). Funny thing is before I got my Shark I heard some say they ran small (not true) and that they were a round oval (also not true, at least not the RSi).
Find the bunch of helmets that are the right fit. Then figure out what feature you like/want. Then between them figure out what is in your budget and buy the best that is in your budget.
EDIT: NM. You got one already. Congrats on the Arai. Awesome helmets.