Hey Moe. The way I see it, the value of your head cannot be expressed in monetary terms. This is my newest helmet. I got it for $49.99 from JCWhitney, with free shipping. It is a ZIR, which is DOT approved only. I have a total of 6 helmets, 4 of which are both DOT and Snell approved. I did some research on helmet ratings, after someone on here made a post about it, including a link to a rather lengthy motorcycle magazine article about it, including a conversation with Dr. Harry Hurt himself. According to professor Hurt, DOT helmets are actually safer in the type of accidents most riders have, than Snell rated helmets. Considering his reputation, I'll take his advice over anyone elses anytime. Not only that, but DOT only helmets are a lot cheaper than Snell helmets. And this particular model did better in their tests than some $300+ helmets. As for those Chinese things, I won't even go there. Peace. Jerry.