I just got a new helmet after probably 6 years, and multiple falls. Its bad I know, but my brains fine... I think O.O
Anyways, on my new hats lable it says 'the helmet is designed to absorb some of the energy of a blow by partial destruction of the shell or protective padding, or both. This damage may not be visable'
However I think its a little excessive to replace a helmet every time you fall off, especially if you don't fall hard on your head or on a hard surface etc. The manufacturers have to be cautious and tell people to be extra careful about broke helmets so they don't get sued. And, hell, I fell off three times in one showjumping round at my riding school (evil gelding, in a mares field, who had a tendancy to bolt then stop dead, all the jumps stayed up mind... I was going to get that pony round that course even if I died trying!!), they can't really expect you to change helmets every fall?? That woulda been one expensive competition.
Oh and falling 3 times a year is not a lot... 3 times in 10 minutes, well, meby that is a lot XD
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