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What is DOT and Snell?

DOT is the Federal Government’s Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT sets minimum standards that all helmets sold for motorcycling on public streets must meet. The standard is Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 (FMVSS 218) and is known commonly as the DOT standard.

The Snell Memorial Foundation is a private not-for-profit organization that sets voluntary standards for motorcycle helmets, bicycle helmets and auto racing helmets, as well as other kinds of protective headgear. Snell standards are the world’s toughest and demand quite a bit more protective capability in helmets than anybody else on the planet.

Both organizations have rigid procedures for testing:

· Impact - the shock-absorbing capacity of the helmet.

· Penetration – the helmet’s ability to withstand a blow

from a sharp object.

· Retention – the chin strap’s ability to stay fastened without breaking or stretching.

· Peripheral vision – the helmet must provide a minimum side vision of 105 degrees to each side. Most people’s usable peripheral vision is only about 90 degrees to each side.)

Are Novelty Helmets DOT /Snell approved?

No. Novelty Helmets do not meet DOT/Snell Standards. is not liable if you are injured, permanently disabled, or receive a ticket while wearing these Novelty Helmets.

How are your helmets constructed?

Our helmets are made from quality products – please click our About Us tab for details.

How do I choose the proper helmet size?

There’s more to fitting a helmet than just buying the one that matches your hat size or guessing at "small, medium or large." Most helmets from different sites use different measurements. Please see our Sizing Chart page for instructions on how to properly measure you head and choose the right size for OUR helmets.

How should I care for my helmet?

Follow the manufacturer’s directions on caring for your helmet. A helmet looks tough and sturdy, but should be handled as a fragile item.

Refer to our Helmet Care Section in the Helmet Care Page.

When should I replace my helmet?

Most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing your helmet every two to four years. If you notice any signs of damage before then, replace it sooner.

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