Helmet FIA vs Snell expiry and where buy?

Helmet FIA vs Snell expiry and where buy?

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Duke Caboom

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1,770 posts

163 months

Tuesday 30th March
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Hi,

I am planning on returning to sprinting and hillclimbing after a break and need a new helmet. I'm only going to be in the road classes, probably standard class. Blue book says:

ALL MOTORSPORT UK NATIONAL EVENTS
FIA 8860-2004 (Not valid after 31.12.21)
FIA 8860-2010
FIA 8859-2015
SNELL SA2010 (Not valid after 31.12.23)
SNELL SA2015 (Not valid after 31.12.26)
SNELL SAH2010 (Not valid after 31.12.23)
SNELL SA2020

So I thought I'd go for a SNELL 2020. However, FIA 2015 are considerably cheaper. Some helmets with FIA 2015 are only SNELL 2015.

Question 1) If the helmet is valid via FIA is it usually still OK to use if its SNELL is not valid? ie could I use a FIA 2015 in 2027.

Question 2) where do you get your discount helmet - my local shop has closed down.

Thanks



Trev450

6,036 posts

136 months

Wednesday 31st March
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So long as the helmet adheres to one of the valid specifications listed, you will be fine.

I usually get my helmets from Demon Tweeks. They are not the cheapest but have an excellent returns policy if it doesn't fit or isn't comfortable.

Duke Caboom

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1,770 posts

163 months

Wednesday 31st March
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Thanks Trev

Dan BSCS

1,005 posts

200 months

Wednesday 31st March
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Personally I would go for FIA 2015 as if you ever decide to race in Europe (however unlikely this may seem) a SNELL approved lid may not be acceptable.

Plus it has no current expiry date so it’ll be good for 7-8 years at least.


df76

3,031 posts

242 months

Wednesday 31st March
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I’ve always been impressed by OMP products, and good value here: https://www.ybracing.com/omp-sc785e-new1-sc785e-om...

You might get more money off our first order as well.

Zamp helmets also worth a look and decent discounts at the moment.

Duke Caboom

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1,770 posts

163 months

Wednesday 7th April
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df76 said:
I’ve always been impressed by OMP products, and good value here: https://www.ybracing.com/omp-sc785e-new1-sc785e-om...

You might get more money off our first order as well.

Zamp helmets also worth a look and decent discounts at the moment.
Thanks - I went with this link. Unfortunately it was already discounted so didn't get my 10% but still seems good value to me.

Duke Caboom

Original Poster:

1,770 posts

163 months

Yesterday (08:42)
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All arrived, noticeably lighter than my old one.

Where is the FIA sticker? Can't find it and panicking!

df76

3,031 posts

242 months

Yesterday (08:46)
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Duke Caboom said:
All arrived, noticeably lighter than my old one.

Where is the FIA sticker? Can't find it and panicking!
Have a look beneath the lining on the inside of the helmet shell.

Duke Caboom

Original Poster:

1,770 posts

163 months

Yesterday (09:47)
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df76 said:
Duke Caboom said:
All arrived, noticeably lighter than my old one.

Where is the FIA sticker? Can't find it and panicking!
Have a look beneath the lining on the inside of the helmet shell.
What am I looking for? I've got E1 sown to the strap, ECER22-05 on a sticker at the back but can't find any under the liner!

Duke Caboom

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1,770 posts

163 months

Yesterday (09:58)
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Scratch that - they've sent eh wrong one!

df76

3,031 posts

242 months

Yesterday (20:54)
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Duke Caboom said:
Scratch that - they've sent eh wrong one!
That would explain it..