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Big shot to my helmet: replace it?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

In some low light Sunday, I misjudged the pop of a jump on the side of a trail, had my speed amplifier set to 11 as I hit it, and hit it way too hard, and paid the price with a nasty shot to the back of my head when I didn't land it.  I wear a Smith Vantage helmet.  Miraculously (or kudos to Smith Vantage helmets) I don't seem to be showing any symptoms of concussion.  But, man, that was a hit.

 

I know with motocross helmets (polycarbonate shell or whatever), the rule is to replace a helmet that takes a big hit.  But with ski helmets, with what seems like dense foam, I'm not sure if the same rule applies?  There's nothing about it on the Smith website.

 

Aaron


Edited by kitchener - 1/7/14 at 7:00am
post #2 of 16

It's the compressible foam that absorbs the impact.

My tendency would be to replace unless I completely stripped the liner and could see that the EPS foam was not crushed at all.

post #3 of 16

Most ski helmets are like motocross helmets in that regard. they are a single impact product. Once you take a hard hit, the helmet should be replaced. At the very least, it should be sent back to Smith to be checked out. Even if there isn't visible damage, the helmet's EPS foam may not be intact internally.

 

There are a few helmets on the market that are multi impact (POC the most notable). However, the Smith Variant isn't one of them. If you had a multi impact helmet, you'd know it through the marketing involved and the price you paid.

post #4 of 16
Replace.
post #5 of 16

This is like most big questions in life...

 

If you feel the need to ask the question, the answer is already obvious to you and you're just looking for someone else to confirm it.

 

Replace.

post #6 of 16

http://www.smithoptics.com/faq.html/

What is the warranty on Smith's Helmets? 
Smith has a lifetime warranty and a crash replacement program on their helmets. We know what makes a great product and are proud to back it up. If you experience a problem that is a defect in materials or workmanship Smith Optics warrants your helmet for the lifetime of the product. We will repair or replace your helmet at no charge. Smith Optics has the sole discretion to determine manufacturer's defects. Consumers who damage their helmets in an accident within 3 years of purchase are eligible for a crash replacement of a new Smith helmet. See your local retailer or sales representative for details.
 

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by raytseng View Post
 

http://www.smithoptics.com/faq.html/

What is the warranty on Smith's Helmets? 
. Consumers who damage their helmets in an accident within 3 years of purchase are eligible for a crash replacement of a new Smith helmet. See your local retailer or sales representative for details.
 

 

Heh -- I've looked at it -- you'd never tell it took a shot.  Even on the inside.  Nice helmet. 

 

Sounds like I'd better not mess around and just buck up.

post #8 of 16

The helmet did what it was supposed to do.  Now it is time to say goodbye to it and get a new one.

post #9 of 16
When I bought my Smith helmet a few years ago I read the manual. I'm a geek like that and always like to read manuals. It was explicit that the helmet should always be replaced if impacted. If memory serves, I believe it even said if it was dropped from 4 feet to a hard service that it should be replaced. If your not 100% sure of its condition, then what's the point.
post #10 of 16

Time to go helmet shopping don't mess around

post #11 of 16

Yep and I just bought a sweet new (to me) ride. The air bags only inflate half way, I should be cool right? 

post #12 of 16

well,


I guess my point with the replacement program was if they give you an offer of something like,

"we will give you a replacement for just $40"

 

then that changes the whole deal as compared to paying the shelf price of $150+ for a new helmet, especially for the peace of mind

post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitchener View Post
 

 I don't seem to be showing any symptoms of concussion.  But, man, that was a hit.

 

 

You must be delirious. Everyone knows helmets are useless in preventing or reducing head injuries. :) Replace it with a headband.

post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 

Looks like they've got some cool new colors in the series -- I'll put a headband around the helmet (with an 8-ball on it).

post #15 of 16

If it has an EPS liner to absorb impact and it has absorbed impact, it will not absorb impact again.   Replace it..

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

As a postscript for future searches, Smith provides a 30% discount on a replacement helmet if I send mine in to them. 

 

With an imminent family trip to the islands, it won't be until February that I'm back on the slopes, so perfect timing.  It's in the mail.

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