How old is your helmet?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by DangerDirtyD, Sep 14, 2019.



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  1. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    If you’re lucky enough not to smash it with your skull inside, how long do you use your helmet before replacing it? 5 years after manufacture date? 5 years after purchase? 3 years? Or do you still use the foam eggshell from the 80s?
     
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  2. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    Usually about 3 or 4 years if I don't use it to it's potential.
     
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  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    I have two older helmets. I don't know why. I don't wear them.

    All of my current helmets in rotation are within 3 years old. My full faces (2 Bell Transfer 9s) I will replace if I crash hard or if the interior starts rotting. My trail helmets (1 TLD A1, 1 IXS RS, 1 7iDp) will get replaced about every 5 years, or after a serious smack.
     
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  4. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    I probably replace mine every 2-3 yrs. The one I smashed on Tapia was almost brand new:whistling:
     
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  5. rossage

    rossage iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Specialized Ambush Mips/Angi. About 2 months old.
    Great helmet.
    I replace my helmet about every year and a half or so. Sometimes I just get a new one because I want to. Most common cause of my helmet death is banging into low hanging trees and branches and/or visor separation or failure.
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  6. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Good question. I have a hard time finding a helmet that fits my head comfy. Giro has been the best fit so far. I think my current Giro is a few years old now.
     
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  7. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    I've had two of their helmets over the years. The most recent being a MIPS road helmet. It fits like a glove.

    I generally replace my helmets every couple of years unless I "use" it then it's replaced immediately.
     
  8. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    About 45 years old. It’s made of leather. State of the art in the seventies, until the Skid Lid came out. Don’t have the SL anymore. The leather one hangs proudly in my shop, homage to some neurotic pre-teen bent on outdoor recreation.

    So, seven years for my POC Trabec Race seems pretty new. I wore mine out then took the wife’s and bought her a new one. So I didn’t have to make another custom visor. :sneaky:
     
  9. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    Knock on wood, I haven't needed my helmet for about ten years now, though I religiously wear it - even on fireroad climbs.

    I usually go four or five years with a helmet. I have my GoPro mount and light mount on it, so it looks a little like a Mars lander. Usually I go until the pads on the inside wear out, and the helmet design is so old they stop selling pad replacements :)
     
  10. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    Thank you all for your input. I have a Bell Super manufactured in 2013 that was used sparingly by the Mrs until 2016 and hasn’t been used since. Not even sweat stains on the chin strap, so I’m thinking it’s OK to pull it out of retirement for a year or two since my other Bell Super of similar age has gotten crusty from my personal use. What’s the worst that can happen?
     
  11. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
    @SnakeCharmer IMO the 6D helmets fit very similar. I was wearing Giro until I tried in a 6D. They are kinda pricey but worth it. I usually buy a helmet when on sale, even if it’s not time to replace.
     
  12. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    I purchase a helmet every two years regardless of how much it's used. I currently have a Kali Interceptor, but looking at purchasing a Leatt right now. I almost got the Bontrager Wavecell when it came out and Trek employees got a good deal on it. Like a smoking deal.
     
  13. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    Oooh! Please buy a wavecell enduro for me and mark it up so we both win!
     
  14. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    My Fox was 3 years old when I face planted and cracked the front. The Bell replacement is 1 year old...

    Does the plastic start to fatigue over the years, even if it doesn't have a substantial impact?
     
  15. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Addict

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2018 Guerrilla Gravity SMASH
    I hear similar to rubber in tires, O3 (ozone) within the habitable troposphere of earth [not to be confused with the Ozone layer in the Stratosphere] mixes with sunlight and generates NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) which degrade the materials. Almost like sucking the “moisture” or “juice” out of the helmet foam and rendering it crusty and friable. On the other hand, I hear this is all fake news, and the world (and our helmets) are cleaner than ever. If ever there were a dimmer wit, it should be protected with a sound helmet.
     
  16. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Oh, Thank God. Once you said fake news, everything else was just noise. :thumbsup:
     
  17. Cornholio

    Cornholio iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Usually work
    Name:
    Bort
    Current Bike:
    Like electrical current bike?
    Older than my kids, time to replace but last time I tried to buy one I couldn’t make up my mind. Still have ~$400 to the Path in gift cards so it’s next on my list.
     
  18. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    They sold out on Trek U, super fast. I check now and then to see if they have a black one in my size.
     
  19. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Almost a year old :whistling:
     
  20. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    But...how many rides? :whistling::D
     
  21. -ROCKY-

    -ROCKY- Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Lakewood, CA
    Name:
    Rocky
    Lol I couldn't say, but there's not a nick on it. Sweaty though :gag:
     
  22. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    YEAH Skid Lid!!! loved that helmet back in the early 80's!!
     
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  23. Earn Your View

    Earn Your View Member

    Name:
    Bryan
    Current Bike:
    2016 Trek Fuel EX8
    I decided to replace my helmet after about 8 years. It's actually more comfortable than my new MIPS super wonder helmet. I still wear my old helmet on my cargo bike rides with the kids.
     
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  24. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Probably going on 3 years now. Would still be wearing the previous TLD A1 but the stabilizer retention thingy broke on its own. I've been thinking of swapping the new stabilizer to the old black TLD helmet. The Blue is annoying me even though it does go with the bike.:confused:
     
  25. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Well, poop, my helmet is probably due. I like the one I have...can't remember what the heck it is other than MIPS.
     
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  26. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Love my Leatt:thumbsup:
     
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  27. jimbowho

    jimbowho Member

    Location:
    acton
    Name:
    james jim jimmy
    Current Bike:
    GT sensor 29r
    30 years ago :eek: TLD, first one I remember with a big visor. Wore out the black one, still have the white one. I don't think it has MIPS, I don't know what it means anyway.
     
  28. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    Which model do you have? I was thinking about the DBX 3.0.
     
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  29. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    That’s the one I have. It feels really solid, but not too heavy. I also like the longer visor:thumbsup:
     
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  30. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Mr. Brown
    Old enough to know better than to answer that question...
     
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