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post #11 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 03:53 PM
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You should really replace anything that's had a heavy impact, even if you can't see a crack.

Modern helmets work by the liner de-forming in response to pressure - it compresses to take the impact and doesn't spring back. If that is between the liner and shell you'll never see it unless you cut the helmet in half. But it leaves a weak spot, which won't protect you properly should you be unlucky enough to hit your head in the same place again.

Hey - let's be careful out there. :)

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post #12 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE: I have actually continued using this helmet as the cracks have "magically" disappeared. But judging by the comments I am not thinking that this is the greatest idea of all time. :/ The only other helmet I have that isn't my top-heavy show-helmet is my top-heavy schooling helmet that comes with a huge crack in the top for free! I have no idea how it got there. I figure that this helmet is the safest, most comfortable one to use until I can afford replacements.
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 08:51 PM
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You should really replace anything that's had a heavy impact, even if you can't see a crack.

Modern helmets work by the liner de-forming in response to pressure - it compresses to take the impact and doesn't spring back. If that is between the liner and shell you'll never see it unless you cut the helmet in half. But it leaves a weak spot, which won't protect you properly should you be unlucky enough to hit your head in the same place again.

Hey - let's be careful out there. :)
There's that. Helmet is designed to basically work one time.
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post #14 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 08:53 PM
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Troxels are cheap, go get one.

Let me tell you, I recently cracked my head hard enough that I have no idea if the horse kicked me or I smacked the ground (helmet is trashed), could you imagine if I'd had a compromised helmet or no helmet?

My cheapy Troxel is why I'm alive and back to work. Now if only they made knee protection, these crutches suck while I want to have an MRI done and see how badly I destroyed my knee.
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post #15 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 09:05 PM
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You should really replace anything that's had a heavy impact, even if you can't see a crack.

Modern helmets work by the liner de-forming in response to pressure - it compresses to take the impact and doesn't spring back. If that is between the liner and shell you'll never see it unless you cut the helmet in half. But it leaves a weak spot, which won't protect you properly should you be unlucky enough to hit your head in the same place again.

Hey - let's be careful out there. :)

^^^ This!

Whenever my helmet hits the ground, I replace it. I cut off the straps and put it in the bin. Helmets are designed to work once. I am sure you have seen what happened to Courtney King-Dye, she wasn't wearing a helmet but if your helmet is damaged and you have a serious fall it could mean the difference between walking away from the fall and being paralyzed.

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post #16 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 10:25 PM
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I would replace that, its just not worth the risk.
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post #17 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 10:38 PM
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I too would replace it.

I took a header from a buck, concussion, can't remember most of the day, the whole bit. Funny thing was that other than the brim of the helmet being broken off the side, the helmet at least didn't look too bad- maybe a scratch or two. But the way I figure it, landing on my noggin as I did and STILL getting a concussion, I can only imagine what shape I'd be in without it and what damage there had to be to the foam structure and inner layers of the thing. Looked fine on the outside, yeah, but saving $60 and taking a risk that it wouldn't work like it was supposed to next time despite KNOWING that helmets are really only designed to take one major impact just wasn't worth it to me. Sad thing is that it was only a month or two old- I had just gotten tired of my old brain-bucket huge Troxel and bought it new as a second one and 'retired' the Troxel to 'backup and friends' status.

Now I have a 'second' new helmet and that same old Troxel is still kicking around. Might have to dispose of it already- it's several years old. Heat and age can break down the foam and plastics in helmets too, so at a certain point (depending on conditions) helmets should be replaced for safety even if they don't take a crash.
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post #18 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 10:53 PM
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Replace, replace, replace. Anytime your helmet hits hard you need to get a new one, as others said they are only designed to work once. Even "just" dropping them on the ground is enough to cause damage. Incidentally, motorcycles are the same.
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post #19 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for the input! I'll look into getting a new schooling helmet as soon as I can afford one, and a replacement for my show helmet that nearly comes down to my nose. I really appreciate your advice!
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post #20 of 21 Old 08-30-2013, 12:31 AM
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Ovation will replace the Extreme for $46 for up to 3 years after the purchase date: Helmets (click on "Helmet Policy" on the bottom bar) It looks like that's about half price. I'd take them up on that
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