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when to replace a ski helmet?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I bashed my head pretty good the past weekend, luckily I had a helmet on. there is no visible damage, but should I replace it? Its also about 5-7 years old. Thoughts?

post #2 of 9

99% of people here will say definitely replace it.  It did its job and there could be "in" visible damage.  However, I would say it depends on what kind of helmet it is.  If it's a super expensive one I'd probably say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Keep using it.   It has proven to work well for the intended purpose.

post #3 of 9

Most helmets have a styrofoam liner that crushes to absorb impact.  Inspect the styrofoam liner.  If it's crushed, replace it.

 

If you cannot inspect the liner, just imagine what a styrofoam cooler would look like if it got between your head and whatever your head hit.

post #4 of 9

Many manufacturers have an impact replacement program that will get you a replacement at reasonable cost in the case of a helmet serving its proper function.

post #5 of 9

REPLACE IT. Your brain is worth more than a benjamin+dinner, I assume? The foam begins to measurably degrade after 3 years. Ever played with old styrofoam, noticed how it goes from stiff to crumbly with a bit of pressure? Five years out, you've probably lost a significant amount of function even before impact. The typical in-mould shells flex rather than crack at impact, so often no visible damage on outside. And as (some) others have said, a real impact will produce microfractures in the foam that you can't see, but that will reduce ability to absorb future shocks. If you don't believe me, go do a Google for studies, sites. Or search here for some tedious but informative arguments. 

post #6 of 9
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I was thining about getting a full face helmet, since I bashed my face on this last fall. Even before this crash I always thought it would be a good idea to wear one. Anyone have any experience with these?

 

Any suggestions on helmets in general would be appreciated

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I was thining about getting a full face helmet, since I bashed my face on this last fall. Even before this crash I always thought it would be a good idea to wear one. Anyone have any experience with these?

 

Any suggestions on helmets in general would be appreciated



 Well, it would protect your face, yes.  But on the otherhand, if you think about the design of the face protector, I could easily see it catching (or at least engaging and then releasing) the snow or an object after you have fallen and are sliding.  The result could possibly be a wrenched neck, or worse.  Add the fact that it increases the overall weight of the helmet, and the "swing weight" of the helmet (if your head is snapped, the face protector is essentially the outer part of a "fulcrum" mechanism).

 

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Originally Posted by TFull View Post

I was thining about getting a full face helmet, since I bashed my face on this last fall. Even before this crash I always thought it would be a good idea to wear one. Anyone have any experience with these?

 

Any suggestions on helmets in general would be appreciated



 Well, it would protect your face, yes.  But on the otherhand, if you think about the design of the face protector, I could easily see it catching (or at least engaging and then releasing) the snow or an object after you have fallen and are sliding.  The result could possibly be a wrenched neck, or worse.  Add the fact that it increases the overall weight of the helmet, and the "swing weight" of the helmet (if your head is snapped, the face protector is essentially the outer part of a "fulcrum" mechanism).

 

This is basically why FIS doesn't allow face protectors for GS and up. In a tumbling fall, you can either catch the protector, or it might bounce your skull backward, not a good thing for brain cells or neck bones...plus the fulcrum explanation above, which is dead on. 
 

post #9 of 9

POC makes a great helmet, including full face versions

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