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Small dimple in my helmet

post #1 of 7
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I shipped my equipment out to Vail prior to arriving for a few days of skiing.  When I opened my ski bag I noticed that I think I put my helmet under the zipper of the bag and probably something heavy was stacked on top of it.  Looks like the zipper put pressure on the helmet and there is a small dimple on the top (kinda like someone shot a bb at it).  Not scratched just indented in that tiny spot.  Otherwise it seems fine, integrity is ok, etc.  What is the rule of thumb on replacing a helmet when there is damage or it has been stressed?

 

Thanks - David

post #2 of 7

Your question depends on a lot things:

 

Strictly speaking, once you had an impact you should replace the helmet, as its ability for protection is diminished.  

 

 

However since most people wear helmets due to peer pressure or clever marketing, probably not worth worrying about....as statistcally if you are genuinally worried about safety, it would be far more effective to wear you helmet in the car driving to and from the hill then wearing it skiing.

post #3 of 7

snarky dude^^^^, that's cool, whatever... but onward:

 

That "dimple" is not going to affect the structural integrity, unless it got seriously crushed somehow and you are unaware of that.If you travel a lot, the new helmets with a hard shell construction will make it through rough handling far better. 

 

 

 

 

post #4 of 7

Check the inside of the helmet as best as you can to see if the foam has been compromised.  I know that some helmet's outer "shell" is nothing more than a thin plastic film done primarily for aesthetics. 

post #5 of 7

I wouldn't worry about it. 


 

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

Check the inside of the helmet as best as you can to see if the foam has been compromised.  I know that some helmet's outer "shell" is nothing more than a thin plastic film done primarily for aesthetics. 



Thanks all for the input.....now that I look at it I think I agree that the shell is some protection but more aesthetics.  The foam material is thick and hard and looks just fine. (not sure if that came out right)...ha ha 

 

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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

snarky dude^^^^, that's cool, whatever... but onward:

 

That "dimple" is not going to affect the structural integrity, unless it got seriously crushed somehow and you are unaware of that.If you travel a lot, the new helmets with a hard shell construction will make it through rough handling far better. 

 

 

 

^^^^ This. An in-mould shell is pretty flexy, the pressure from the bag probably dented it. Doubt any structural issues. 

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