Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
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.