While the wife was spending money at Wal-Mart, I bellied up to the magazine rack. One of the major monthly rags (Motorcyclist I think) had an article on helmets. It was a very detailed article. It examined the Snell and the DOT Standard. In some ways the hardness of the Snell helmets works against them. Their bottom line is that the $79 HJC protects as well as the high dollar Shoei and Arai's. I was in a hurry, so I only skimmed it. If ya'll get a chance you ought to look at it.