For the longest time whenever I purchased a helmet it just had to be SNELL certfied. But after reading the article “Blowing The Lid Off” in Motorcyclist I was made to take a new look at things. Apparently the reasearch done in making the article came up with some interesting conclusions. It is the consensus in the scientific community and a conclusion in the article that a helmet “…should be built to absorb as much energy as possible in a crash, AND TRANSFER AS LITTLE OF THAT ENERGY TO THE HEAD AS POSSIBLE.” In the test that Motorcyclist did on 32 helmets, the least number of Gs was on an ECE 22.05 rated helmet as compared to a SNELL rated helmet.

To make this easier to understand. Imagine your head as an egg. Imagine one egg wrapped in styrofoam and one egg wrapped in sponge, when both of them are dropped from a certain height, the egg wrapped in sponge has a better chance of not breaking because of the absorptive properties of the sponge.  Of course at a certain height both eggs can and will break but a lot argue about how often do these incidents occur. A review of accidents show that accidents that will involve the energy or G forces that SNELL rated helmets are certified for are insignificant. So having a SNELL certified helmet is basically a case of having something just incase you might need it even if you probably never will.

The bottom line will be up to you. Here in the country the colonial mentality abounds. Most Filipinos will shout to the high heavens of U.S. certification whether it is for their biking or motorcycle helmets. They still believe in the saying “the price of your helmet should be based on how much you value your head”, they still believe that you cannot be protected by a lower priced helmet. There still are Filipinos who believe that helmets are expensive. I have been criticized for choosing the ECE 22.05 rating for my motorcycle helmet and CE for my bicycle helmet. Of course using any certification is better than no certification at all, but please read about the other certifying bodies.