What is the Snell Rating
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What is the Snell Rating?
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The Snell Memorial Foundation (SMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research, education, testing, and development of helmet safety standards.

Each segment of racing vehicles has its own Snell Standard Rating. On our website, the standards you will encounter are related to automotive (SA2005), kart (K2005), and motorcycle racing (M2005).

Ratings are determined by a battery of tests conducted in SMF's state-of-the-art testing facility. Included are test for Impact, Positional Stability, Dynamic Retention, Faceshield Penetration, Flame Resistance, etc.

What does this mean to you, the consumer? It means that you have a way to differentiate between quality-assured products and untested products. A driver helmet that is certified to meet Snell standards has been laboratory tested and has passed the requirements of the tests. Those manufacturers who certify their products as Snell approved demonstrate their commitment to providing the highest levels of safety for their customers.

REF: http://www.smf.org/

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