ddavidv
ddavidv SuperDork
2/2/10 5:36 a.m.

I need to buy a new HANS compatible helmet, and it would make sense to get a Snell 2010 rated one vs a 2005. Does anyone know when the upgraded ratings come out? No ads I've looked at have referenced newer Snell ratings yet.

splitime
splitime Reader
2/2/10 6:26 a.m.

From what I have read.... mid year. Something about the ratings not being fully finalized and I have NO doubts its also to help the member companies sell more of their older helmets... the ratings/specs are driving by the manufacturer. Thus why H&N SFI for the most part = Hans... they basically wrote the spec... nice or sales eh?

fifty
fifty Reader
2/2/10 7:14 a.m.

I'm playing the waiting game also. I had heard that it was initially due to be implemented October 2009, but it had been rolled back to October 2010 due to waffling on the standard. hopefully manufacturers will get a handle on the standard and start producing helmets prior to this.

P71
P71 SuperDork
2/2/10 8:30 a.m.

They are making Snell 2010 radically different from the past helmets. I read a pretty in-depth article on it a few months ago when I was helmet shopping as well. Basically they've figured out you need the helmet to be a little "soft" on the initial hit, kinda like a crumple zone on a car.

MCarp22
MCarp22 Reader
2/2/10 8:42 a.m.

I just got my SA '05 for christmas; so i've got a good 8-9 years before I have to worry about it I guess.

/cool story bro

Keith
Keith SuperDork
2/2/10 10:29 a.m.

The SA2005 helmets didn't show up until mid-2005 either.

Duke
Duke SuperDork
2/2/10 11:24 a.m.

So, if I have the option to keep using loaners for the first few events of the season, should I hold off buying my own lid, or get a nice G-force Hybrid for $200 now?

moxnix
moxnix New Reader
2/2/10 11:30 a.m.

http://www.smf.org/standards/sa/SA2010/sak2010cover_5-18-09.htm

The time line is as follows:

SA/K2010 Introduction

· Certification Testing starts................................. Immediately · SA/K2010 Labels Available.............................. April 1, 2010 · First SA/K2010 Helmets Available for Sale...... October 1, 2010

SA/K2005 Termination (except, possibly, for helmets homologated to FIA 8860)

· Certification Testing ends.................................. June 30, 2011 · SA/K2005 Labels last available......................... June 30,2011 · SA/K2005 Production ends................................ March 31, 2012

nderwater
nderwater Reader
2/2/10 1:37 p.m.

I'm assuming then that SA2000 helmets good throughout this season?

Slyp_Dawg
Slyp_Dawg Reader
2/2/10 6:38 p.m.

now that there's a new standard, how long will SA/K2005 rated helmets still be legal? I feel like getting a helmet would be a wise investment since I do want to try autoXing soon after I get my license, but I don't really want to wait until october to get a SA/K2010 rated helmet

bludroptop
bludroptop Dork
2/2/10 7:04 p.m.

Helpful info here:

link to helmet discussion

JeepinMatt
JeepinMatt HalfDork
5/17/10 10:30 p.m.

I was down at CV Products to pick up a cheap helmet to hold me over and the salesman told me to expect the SA 2010 in October. Somewhere else I heard Spring of '11, but that seems excessively late, more so than now. Who knows. What I want to know is why hardly anyone offers a forced air helmet. Bell is the only one with many of them. I've been looking at Sparco lately, but I'll have to see what they've got in SA2010 when its out.

fiesta54
fiesta54 New Reader
5/17/10 10:52 p.m.
Slyp_Dawg wrote: now that there's a new standard, how long will SA/K2005 rated helmets still be legal? I feel like getting a helmet would be a wise investment since I do want to try autoXing soon after I get my license, but I don't really want to wait until october to get a SA/K2010 rated helmet

in my experience if it is only an autox it is very easy to borrow a helmet or rent one from the anctioning body

aeronca65t
aeronca65t HalfDork
5/18/10 5:58 a.m.

My SA2000 helmet was pretty beat up, so I bought a new Bell Sport-3 SA2005 last month.

Just FYI, it was pre-drilled for my HANS device.

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