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There are myriad issues with the way DOT rated helmets are tested for minimum safety standards, not least of which is the fact that the standard (FMVSS 218) was written in 1974. A DOT rated helmet does not have to be tested for visor impact, rollover, or even the strength of the chin bar. Not only that, but helmets are self-tested and self-approved by helmet manufacturers, which means some manufacturers selectively test, and some will outright lie about their product passing. Motorcyclists could be riding around right now with a helmet that won’t properly protect their melon.

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Wasn't aware the standard for helmets were sketchy at best and it's up to the individual manufacturers to exceed the very bare minimum. Which brands can we trust to not cut corners and design around impact geometry?
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Which brands can we trust to not cut corners and design around impact geometry?
Just about anything Snell rated. Those helmets ARE tested by the Snell Foundation.

That being said, Shoei, Arai & Schuberth are among the best.

Check out what the racers are wearing. Yeah - contingency money/sponsorship does play a part, but not all that big a part.
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In Belgium (for those who live in Northern America, Newfoundland)they have tested a motorcycle helmet and a woolen hat.
They threw both from a 12 story high building and the helmet ..... broke.
The woolen hat was still in one piece.
So, what is more safe ?

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There are also people who question the Snell testing methods. See thew article link below.

An Effort to Sort Out Differences in Helmet Safety Standards - The New York Times
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