Helmet Safety Ratings
So I'm thinking about purchasing a 2012 Giro Xar MTB Helmet. I tried to look it up to find the Snell safety ratings, but it wasn't on there. if anyone has used this helmet or knows how it is safety wise let me know.
You're kind of new to Bike Forums I see. Legitimate questions like this are usually sidetracked pretty quickly or absorbed into the never ending morass known as the "Helmet Thread".
You could try this site: http://www.bhsi.org/helmet12.htm, which has fairly extensive helmet reviews and info. The Giro helmets manufactured for use in the US meet the CPSC Standards and I would imagine the newer models would be no different from previous years and continue to meet the US standards- whether or not they meet the Snell standard, I"m not sure- check the BHSI for that info. Your BF name "Swedish Hippie" could mean you're in Europe and helmets sold in Europe, even by the same manufacturer and under the same model name may not meet the higher standards- so double check. Most helmet manufacturers are working to improve helmet efficacy so usually, though not always, the helmets are an improvement over previous models.
If you like the look of it, the fit and feel of it and would be inclined to wear it, it may be a good choice.
SwedishHippie, I agree with 'buzzman'. European helmet standards are different from the U.S.. He did mention a good website to look at. While I did go with there recommendation on the helmet best suited for adults, the helmet you want is not rated on the website. I did Google reviews for the helmet you are looking for. This: http://www.giro.com/xarhelmet/; One thing though....the helmet is around $130 in the U.S.
Originally Posted by buzzman
Giro doesn't test their helmets to Snell standards. They test to the much weaker CPSC standard.
It seems the best helmets for cyclists are made by non-cycling companies. Without question, football has better and stronger helmets and you can include motorcross.
Originally Posted by SwedishHippie
Footballers don't wear helmets! It would certainly interfere with heading the ball...oh wait, you mean American football...in which case no, their helmets do not adequately absorb sharp impacts against hard surfaces the way bicycle helmets are designed to do. Bicycle helmets are made of the same stuff that's inside motorcycle helmets for the same reason. It absorbs the energy of the impact as it crushes, deforms or breaks. Motorcycle helmets have a hard outer shell to spread the impacts from hitting edges or sharp objects. Motorcycle helmets unquestionably do a better job of mitigating the effects of impacts, but they're heavy and hot and as such, most consider them unsuitable for cycling.
Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve