"He made a comment about the AGV S4 that he had show up not being properly certified as promised when he got them, and sent his whole shippment back to the distributor as he wasn't happy with the product enough to sell it. So I think AGV has some problems beyond what you experienced."
It seems to me that this is just a marketing issue, I received this email from AGV:
In the U.S., the K3 helmet is not ECE rated. It is DOT, which is required
for sale in the U.S.
First Name: Elizabeth
Issue: Product Questions
Comment: Hello, I am interested in your K3 helmet, but I can not find an
authoritative statement as to which world standards it is certified to. I
am looking for a helmet that meets ECE 22.05, I have been told your helmet
does, but your website doesn\'t say so. Any information you could provide
me with would be greatly appreciated.
) and SHARP (http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/testsratings/agv-k-3
) list the AGV helmet I was interested in as being ECE, but it seems AGV isn't using that information in it's sales efforts in the US, although the S-4 which I ordered does have the British Standards Institute label. I think it's just the confusion of having so many standards to comply with. A world wide standard would be nice, but after having read through some of the UN's ECE 22.05 requirements(http://live.unece.org/trans/main/wp2...regs21-40.html
, regulation number 22) and testing it seems to be much more in depth than DOT, SNELL or even the SHARP(which is a useful secondary rating, not a legal requirement)
I just feel lucky that I didn't have to contend with comparing the Japanese and Australian standards as well....
As soon as my helmet arrives I will be happy to add my review.