ARF Presents: Certified vs Non-Certified Bicycle Helmet Impact Test 23

ARF Presents: Certified vs Non-Certified Bicycle Helmet Impact Test.. Come along with pro riders Mike Clark, Brandon Dosch and Chad Kerley. This video shows without a doubt the tremendous difference in protection between certified and non certified helmets. We tried to simplify the physics as much as possible but the results are undeniable. Make sure if you are riding BMX you are wearing the proper protection. It could mean the difference between riding again or not.

Credit: Athlete Recovery Fund
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23 comments
  • pillsbery98

    12/22/2012 2:32 PM

    The sport is dangerous having a certified helmet or a non certified helmet will not avoid you getting brain/spinal cord injury if you were to be in a crash of that sort. The only thing the certified helmet does is that your skull MAY not fracture. Fractured skulls are not what cause death, paralysis, or any other life threatening conditions. As a matter of fact your skull is not one solid piece it is several plates that are intricately "wedged" together, If you were to crash and become concuss (have a concussion) and your brain swells from the injury, doctors/surgeons are going to remove a piece(s) of your skull so your brain can swell up and not be under any cranial pressures or drill a hole in your skull so if you have internal bleeding it can drain out and that way decrease the pressure in your skull. Objects in motion follow the path they are on till gravity slows them down/stops them. In this case it usually is fast sudden stop. Your brain for a lack of a better description is suspended in your skull with tiny like spider webs that take up small impacts and will stretch or give for this reason. Once you exceed the limits of those fibers your brain slams onto the inside part of your skull causing brain injury (concussions, paralysis, death). A helmet cannot stop this from happening your brain is still traveling at the same speed you were going when you come to a sudden stop/impact and will hit the inside of your skull with a little less speed than you were going. It all comes down to money and being able to push your product and how you can make the public eat up your product. How you make the masses believe your product is on the cutting edge and how it is better. That's why the pros get free helmets and fat checks from the companies they wear. "We" see them wear a brand "we" want that brand it's human nature.

  • BPTBMX

    12/17/2012 8:31 PM

    All that certification does not mean a thing when you slam your face,my nukka!

  • Lanky Nathan

    12/18/2012 5:46 PM

    So get a full face

  • Ábner Santana

    12/17/2012 9:01 AM

    simply, who knows which brands and models are certified and which are not?

  • dave lawrence

    12/16/2012 3:07 PM

    New helmet time. I wasn't aware they could sell helmets designed to be "safe" that did not pass standards. I guess they are better than nothing, but not by a whole lot. Hennessy, that is not a great attitude towards it, and maybe that was the case for you, but I would be willing to bet the one you had didn't fit correctly or you hit harder than you think with it. You can go ahead and rock the non-certified helmet, but when you end up with a head injury that could have been lessened, you will wish you had a better one. And go ahead and say I don't know what I am talking about, I only have the non-certified one myself and have fallen 6 feet to asphalt on my head with a certified helmet before, I am certain the non-certified one would have had me in the hospital getting MRIs. I will agree the non-certified helmets are more comfortable for longer sessions, but the risk of a huge injury is not worth it to me.

    I am curious what kind of weight they used on the testing device (aimed at average rider weight or?), or if it was just dropped with basically the weight of the helmet? Another thing to consider is that most riders would have their hands or feet out to aid in softening the impact, this represents being sent straight to your head.

  • hennessy

    12/16/2012 10:28 PM

    i slightly whiplashed my head onto the top of the box from a 540 tire tap, i looped out and slightly hit my head and i had a headache for 30 minutes, fuck that EVA foam crap.

  • bradridesbikes

    12/18/2012 8:37 AM

    You probably smashed your head harder than you think. That's a lot of centripetal acceleration.

  • hennessy

    12/16/2012 11:25 AM

    I used to ride a certified helmet and when you actually take a hit its worse than actually just hitting your damn head, instant headache afterwards. i've been riding one of the bucky helmets for about 8 months now and for everyday skatepark users its perfectly safe... plus it feels so much better than having that certified crap on your head... heres a tip..make a helmet that feels better and is certified and maybe people will buy it instead of the comfortable non-certified helmet?

  • kylecarlson

    12/16/2012 12:57 PM

    Brett Banasiewicz, who I consider a close personal friend, is in a rehab facility four months after a life-changing crash to his head. He's not learning how to do cash rolls again, he's learning how to walk and talk and use both hands while typing text messages - standard everyday tasks. He wasn't wearing a certified helmet when he crashed. I'm willing to bet you've never experience anything like his situation and I sincerely hope you (or any other BMX rider, for that matter) never have to. Keep his situation in mind when you're claiming your non-certified helmet is "safe."

  • hennessy

    12/16/2012 10:27 PM

    i know Brett's condition although i'm not doing 720s down a HUGE stepdown, i'm not going 10 feet above coping doing flairs, i'm not saying its safe for a professional rider, i'm saying its safe for the typical bmx rider at a skate park that isn't going balls out hard.

  • LindCody

    12/16/2012 11:07 AM

    i did not think that there was that big of a gap between certified an non certified helmets.
    glad i watched this.

  • BMXLANEZ

    12/16/2012 10:34 AM

    wow man i use too think that all helmet were the same if it was street or park it was good to go thank i'll pay a little more for my life = certified

  • jimonbike

    12/16/2012 7:34 AM

    im getting new helmets for me and both my sons for Christmas ,i have used the skate style non certified helmets my whole life and have been lucky not to have anything more than a few minor concussions ,but that was just luck.

  • minka

    12/16/2012 3:55 AM

    hust got a new protec bucky lasek helmet..its not certified but the funny thing about it is Bucky rides VERT in that shit

  • kylecarlson

    12/16/2012 12:47 PM

    Not to bash on vert skaters (I'm a big fan, actually), but how many times have you seen a vert skater take a nasty crash to their head? 98% of their "crashes" involve sliding down the transition on their knees (hence the baggy shorts and big knee pads that all of them wear). Compare that to BMX vert crashes and it's a whole different ballgame. There's a reason fullface helmets are required in BMX vert contests but not in skate vert contests...

  • EllisB_BMX

    12/16/2012 1:27 AM

    Just got my new protec helmet and was going to throw my tsg away but on second thoughts....

  • CaptainBrainstorm

    12/15/2012 11:00 PM

    "your chances of life threatening death..."

    Science!

  • Effting

    12/15/2012 9:54 PM

    just bought that exact uncertified helmet, kinda mad

  • kylecarlson

    12/15/2012 10:29 PM

    Better to be mad and intormed than stuck in the hospital.

  • ONE

    12/15/2012 8:10 PM

    just got my certified tsg helmet. Rather be safe than look cool riding.

  • brianoob

    12/15/2012 6:23 PM

    Scary. Scarier that most of the skate series of Protec helmets aren't Certified and that's what most riders use.

  • Skooter

    12/15/2012 6:20 PM

    Wow... That's incredible.

  • NateBerkheimer

    12/15/2012 5:20 PM

    Chad you gotta start strappin a helmet on homie! Kids will follow you, make that shit cool. You never raced with no helmet. Be safe on the bike either way, I wanna see you shredding for a long time.