SA2015 Auto Racing Helmets Transition and SA2010 Lifespan

Apex Performance outlines Snell Rating lifespans for auto racing helmets. They also explain when to expect SA2015 helmets to hit the market.

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SA2010, SA2015 Auto Racing Helmets

Representative SA2010 Auto Racing Helmet Decal

The Foundation recommends that if you suspect your helmet may be compromised, then replace it. If the helmet has been involved in an impact while in use, replace it.

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The Snell Foundation updates their testing specifications every 5 years so the next round of specs will be 2015. When will SA2015 helmets be available? The transition to the Snell SA2015 standard will take place on October 1, 2015.

Changes for the Snell SA2015 standard require helmets must be ready for the addition of frontal restraint tether hardware such as used in HANS® and other systems as well as pass "low lateral" and "low impact" velocity testing.

In past experience, most manufacturers fall behind and do not have their new helmets in production by this time frame. If you have an SA2005 or SA2010 helmet, check with your sanctioning body to confirm their rules. In past years, most organizations relaxed their helmet spec rules by approximately 6 months in order for the manufacturers to catch up. So, it is possible your SA2005 helmet will be good through June or so of 2016. Time will tell.

If you can't wait until October 2015 or later for a new helmet, an SA2010 helmet will be good through 2020. The Snell foundation recommends replacing your helmet every five years so if you use your helmet a lot or don't take good care of it, it might be time to bite the bullet and get a replacement. You will still get plenty of use out of it. The Foundation recommends that if you suspect your helmet may be compromised, then replace it. If the helmet has been involved in an impact while in use, replace it.

Apex Performance offers a variety of auto racing helmets to fit every budget and need and is highly experienced in helmet fitment guidance. They have created a fitment guide outlining various size charts, measuring instructions and fitment tests. They may also be contacted direct for personalized service to determine your head shape and what will work best for you.