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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2002, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Helmet life span?

How long can you use the same helmet before it's a good idea to replace it? I've had mine for almost 10 years, never been dropped etc. Wondering, is it time to replace it?

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Re: Helmet life span?

It's not how long you've had it as much as how long you've worn it. The longer you wear it the more the padding starts to pack down. I just replaced mine after only 4 years but it was beat after 98,000 miles of riding.


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Re: Helmet life span?

It's still comfortable, just wondering about the longevity of the shell itself. Am I protected if I (knock on wood that I don't) crash?

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Re: Helmet life span?

The recommened schedule is about every 3 years I've heard (from helmet manufacturers no less). I'll wear mine until the padding is visibly shot or....



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Re: Helmet life span?

Ah! Duc beat me to the post (I lost my log in)
The shell is good until it takes a hard shot, the padding will be the first to go so if it's still comfortable.....ride on.


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Re: Helmet life span?

I have put 23,000 miles on fairly cheap Nolan ($180) and seems pretty shot. It fits fairly loose now.

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Re: Helmet life span?

Serp, my login has been getting punted quite frequently, if that's what you are referring to.

My friend had some old helmets with the liner falling out. I didn't realize that until I took it off and had black foam crap all in my hair. LOL [img]/images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]



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Re: Helmet life span?

From what I've seen from some manufacturers, 5 years.
After that, the inner shell will loose its shock absorbing capabilities.


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Re: Helmet life span?

Thanks very much for the info. Criminy, I hate to think of all the miles that helmet has seen, easily 30,000.

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Re: Helmet life span?

Time does matter. How much you used it matters too, but just sitting on the shelf it will eventually need to be replaced. The hard foam liner (styrofoam like stuff between the outer shell and the pads) which provides the bulk of your protection, will eventually break down and loose it's impact absorbing capabilities. Manufacturers say anywhere from 3 to 5 years. I'd guess that is very, very conservative, but ten years is probably past time to replace it.


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