Helmet outer casing has degraded in only 3 years

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prando
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Do helmets wear out ?

Postby prando » 25 Oct 2020, 4:24pm

Forgive the simplicity of the question. Given no accidents, bumps or serious scrapes, does the safety aspect of a helmet deteriorate with age ?

Mine (Giro transfer) is 10 years + old and still looks ok, having been worn for 3 hours twice a week. Clearly the internal padding showed signs of wear, but I have replaced (new adhesive foam strip) to maintain comfort.

No evidence of any other deterioration.
Original cost £40 ish.

Thanks

Jdsk
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Re: Do helmets wear out ?

Postby Jdsk » 25 Oct 2020, 4:30pm

Yes, the plastic deteriorates. UV radiation can accelerate that.

There's a recent discussion starting with a helmet where it was obvious:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=141628

Jonathan

backnotes
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Re: Do helmets wear out ?

Postby backnotes » 25 Oct 2020, 4:39pm

20+ years if you believe the man who designs helmets for Giro.....

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog ... ke-helmet/

Or 3, or 5, or 10 years...take your pick!

prando
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Re: Do helmets wear out ?

Postby prando » 25 Oct 2020, 4:58pm

Thanks guys for the prompt response and interesting article. It’s seems better safe than sorry given the potential risk.
Off topic, but in case anyone reads on...Planet X sell helmets at considerably lower prices than more recognised brands. Is there any research as to their helmet quality vs others ?

tim-b
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Re: Helmet outer casing has degraded in only 3 years

Postby tim-b » 25 Oct 2020, 7:59pm

Hi
I've owned three PX helmets, I still use the most recent two. Three different models and no problems
Fit is a bigger issue than quality because all helmets should be certified to minimum standards, regardless of make
The PX ones are well-finished and I can't see the difference between one of theirs and one at 5x the price, but if a helmet doesn't suit your head then it won't feel right. PX are good with returns if you don't like what you buy but factor in return postage
Regards
tim-b
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prando
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Re: Helmet outer casing has degraded in only 3 years

Postby prando » 25 Oct 2020, 8:20pm

Thanks for the info tim-b