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Took a Head Hit: Replace the Helmet?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
The other day I was skiing and I somehow took a pretty bad fall. I ended up falling backwards directly onto my head and shoulders from about 3 feet in the air. My head took a pretty good hit. I didn't get knocked out or anything though (did have whiplash for a few days though). My helmet is in its 7th season of use right now. It has taken some hits before, but this one was pretty direct.

So, should I go through replacing it? It seems unlikely that a hit that wasn't enough to knock me out or at least give me a concussion was enough to dammage the helmet... but I don't know how rugged the internals of these things are... I have considered doing it anyway, so I won't lose sleep over buying a new one, but it is a hassle.

Later

GREG
post #2 of 23
Depends on the type of helmet. "Giro" (foambody/thinshell outer)
or old style motorcycle heavy hard shell.
If it is the first, considering the age, go new
post #3 of 23
Replace it. Once the foam gets crushed it can't do you any more good.
post #4 of 23
Yup, replace it. They are designed for a single 'use'.
post #5 of 23
Depends on the helmet, although one that old is likely not multi-impact. A number of the new ones (including my Marker M3) are.

BTW, in your case, I'd replace the head, first...
post #6 of 23
Replace it. It is not worth the risk, of an unseen crack.
post #7 of 23
7 years old - replace it, OR don't land on that spot again!

The new helmets are nicer so now you have an excuse.
post #8 of 23
Greg: Did you get checked out by the medics? A concussion is pretty hard to detect (by the reciepient) !

A few years ago, I was took a very minor bump on a padded steering wheel in an extremely light rear ender ..... a very minor incident.

My "partner" at the time was a real a_s hole and "disability w_ore ... always looking for a few days off. When she made a big issue my CYA boss made us go to the doctor. The result ... nothing wrong with her (she was pissed), but I had a concussion.

The Doc asked me who my supervisor was 15 years ago ... no problem
" " 10 " ... no problem
Who's your supervisor now .... I went blank and struggled with the answer!

Besides now you'll have a back up helmet to toss in the trunk!
post #9 of 23
Buy a new one...

...and give the old one to a snowboarder.
post #10 of 23
snowsport helmets make decent winter MTB riding helmets... retire it to that purpose.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Nah, I didn't see a doctor. I only go to them if it is a real emergency (not the hypocondriac type). I skied after the crash and didn't even have too bad of a headache. By the time I got home my head ache was gone... my thumb hurts like hell though. I could actually have it on video, but my dad put the camera away for the day just before I crashed. I guess I will start thinking about getting a new one... and try not to fall in the mean time.
Later
GREG
post #12 of 23
What they said! Replace it!
There are very few helmets designed to take two impacts!
I posed this question in an earlier thread because my ski helmet didn't have that information with it, but my bicycle helmet did. Since then I took the time to look into it deeper and all signs point to .......Replace it! Your head is worth it!
post #13 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick
What they said! Replace it!
Your head is worth it!
...You haven't seen Greg's head
post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
...You haven't seen Greg's head
The real question is.......Do I want to?:
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Probably not...

Okay, so the consensus is that I need a new helmet. Any suggestions? Right now I use a Boeri, but I am thinking I will make the jump to a Carrera, Marker, Briko (already have a Rapid Gate for SL), or Giro... I tried on a Giro today, but I wasn't thrilled with how the chin strap fit. anyone have experience with Marker and Carrera? Any others that you would recommend for GS racing? (I want it to look like a race helmet)

Later

GREG
post #16 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuki

Besides now you'll have a back up helmet to toss in the trunk!
Hold on - if the helmet is no longer protective why would it be used as a backup helmet??? :
post #17 of 23
Because some helmet is better than no helmet if someone swipes yours or if one of your friends (or self) forgot their helmet.

I don't go nuts on loading the trunk with "spares", but on more than one occasion I have saved a pal or racer with my "extras".

Your options at that point ...

Ski without any helmet ..

Fork out mountain price$ for a "compromise" helmet ..

Don't ski that day ...

Or, put on your back up and maybee back it down a notch.
post #18 of 23
Greg,
I've found that helmets are somewhat like boots. You need to find one that fits the shape of your head. Keep trying them on, one of them will feel just right.
post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Probably not...

Any suggestions?

Later

GREG
Okay...In case you haven't noticed by now....I have a sense of humor. But....you said you wanted the "race look" so I am including a picture of my husband, who uses a Motocross helmet when he skis. His reason.....He got a good "close out" deal on them so he bought 3, and kept one clean for skiing.(please ignore the Mike Skinner jacket. He got that for $10 after skinner was fired from RCR)I'm beginning to think my husband is a cheapo!



Funny thing is....we picked on him for his KC Chiefs jacket and Yamaha pom pom hat so he switched to this!:
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
You really need to talk to him about that...
post #21 of 23
Greg, I love my Marker M3. In fact, I just got a new one and will hand the older one down to Terry. Mated with the Infinity goggle, I think it doesn't get much better.
post #22 of 23
trekchick, I guess it must be shame now that you're consistently beating the snot out of him on snow...

...one way to keep the family small...
post #23 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
You really need to talk to him about that...
The coolest thing about him is that he doesn't care that he's not "in".

AND....he has the most protected head on the hill!:
(besides that, he is a really good man)


SSH,
Saddly, he's beating me down the hill but it's only because he's on his 724 pros and doesn't need to turn much. I, on the other hand, am constantly carving. Straight line and body mass will always beat a carving lightweight
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