Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Salt lake, UT
Bikes: This list got too long: several ‘bents, an urban utility e-bike, and a dahon D7 that my daughter has absconded with.
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Looking at the article, it looks like the hard shell "urban" helmets are just not performing as well as the big blocks o' foam. Several years ago motorcyclist did a study of motorcycle helmets and had a similar result. The soft bulky helmets do perform better in single "hit" tests.
However, unlike motorcycle helmets, bicycle helmets are, generally, not mandated. So, it becomes harder to make a real comment on the overall effectiveness. If a rider is willing to wear their Nutcase (picked because it was named in the article) on 99% of their rides, versus a block 'o foam for, say, 20% of their riding, are they better off with a Nutcase or a block o' foam?
You are probably best off with a full face motorcycles helmet; however, you probably wouldn't wear one. I remember a question being asked about motorcycle gear, "if you knew you were going to be in a crash on a particular day, what gear would you wear? To me to obvious answer was, "I'd stay home that day."
It is all about compromise; however, that does not say that these testes are unimportant, or should be discounted. To make compromises it is best to be as informed as possible. Myself, I think a person is better protected by wearing their Bern (also named in the article) on 99.9% of their rides instead of only wearing their block o' foam on their weekend group rides.