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post #1 of 23 Old 08-15-2019, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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5 y/o helmets

At my Pony Club, there's a rule that you can only use a helmet if it's been less than 5 years since it was made. I was wondering if anyone replaces their helmet that often outside of Pony Club?

I guess it makes sense if people have really old helmets, but I got mine brand new a year or so ago and it's already only got 6 months left, because it took years to ship and sat in storage or on the shelves for a while or something. Which seems kind of pointless to me.

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post #2 of 23 Old 08-15-2019, 06:13 AM
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I think the general rule is to get a new helmet when you fall and land on the old one. Even if you can see no damage.

I can see that the padding, which is mine is some kind of styrofoam, would degrade over time, though.

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post #3 of 23 Old 08-15-2019, 07:10 AM
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duskexx....
You have learned a valuable lesson then here...
Inside every helmet is a date of manufacture.
When purchasing a "new" helmet make sure that date is as close to the date you are purchasing so you can adhere to the rule of 5 years...
A helmet that sat for 4 years on a shelf deteriorates, even sitting in a box...so if your helmet was 4 years old when you purchased and now you ride in it daily and keep it for 5 more years, that helmet is now 9+ years old...
Do you really think a 9 year old helmet is going to have the same technological advances in keeping your brain safe as the helmet only 6 months old...same as a car, newer designs have better safety features built in.
Sweat/perspiration, bumps and dings, being exposed to fly spray in the air, touching or rubbing the helmet when putting it on with hands not perfectly clean all can adversely affect the level of protection a helmet can offer.
Chemicals we all handle daily not thinking about can interact negatively with the materials used in manufacture...something to really consider.
Don't forget where you keep & store your helmet can also greatly affect how long a helmet is best kept for, don't forget how often you wear that helmet also needs taken into consideration and many do not.

This is directly from the Troxel helmet manufactures site...
All active gear will suffer from differing degrees of normal wear-and-tear, depending upon the user. Equestrian helmets used by a rider 150 days a year will by comparison, wear faster than gear used by a weekend rider. By taking care of your Troxel helmet you will ensure a longer lifespan for your product. However, due to evolving helmet standards, technologies and the potential for unseen material deterioration, it is recommended that you replace your helmet at least every five years from the date of purchase. Those who ride often should replace their helmet more often. Any Troxel helmets involved in an accident should be replaced immediately. Your helmet is only designed for one impact event.
The same or similar to the above is found on any manufacturers site...

This is what Dover Saddlery has on their website...
https://www.doversaddlery.com/helmet...nd-care/a/444/

The words written by the manufacturer as are the rules Pony Club expects you to follow to keep you safest while working with 1000 pound animals.
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post #4 of 23 Old 08-15-2019, 10:14 AM
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Yup, new one every 5 years at the longest. Besides, everybody I know buys new helmets a lot sooner because they're always finding something they like and need to have. I think they're closet helmet hoarders.
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post #5 of 23 Old 08-15-2019, 12:24 PM
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Yup, new one every 5 years at the longest. Besides, everybody I know buys new helmets a lot sooner because they're always finding something they like and need to have. I think they're closet helmet hoarders.
This proves that everyone always has something new they can learn about! I never knew this, and the helmet I have been using is at least 8 years old...

Guess this gives me a reason to finally purchase the helmet I've been eye'ing!
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post #6 of 23 Old 08-15-2019, 01:53 PM
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"Many helmet manufacturers have crash helmet replacement policies that offer you a reduction in cost for a new helmet depending on the age of yours at the time of the incident. Refer to the warranty information that accompanies your particular helmet to determine whether a crash replacement policy exists."

This quote was from the manufacturer. I had bought myself a new helmet because mine was 5 years old, but the new one didn't fit me nicely like the old one did. My neighbor loved it so I gave it to him. A month later, he fell off my horse. He didn't want to replace it because it was brand new, but I felt bad because he fell off my horse, so I took advantage of the "replacement policy." I still had all the packing materials and the paperwork because the helmet was brand new.

Big mistake. They only knock off about $5 off the price of a new helmet, and they make you pay the shipping, which was $13. I could have bought a brand new helmet on Amazon for cheaper than the replacement policy. ANNND you must have the original box and the original paperwork (which I did because it was brand new and I hadn't gotten around to throwing it away) to use the policy. Not worth it!!!!!

But, for sure, replace the helmet after ANY fall, and replace after 5 years.
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That is correct that you are supposed to replace it, it's not just a pony club thing they do expire. As safety equipment it is important to keep it in peak form and the company won't stand behind it if it's ancient, my friend had a fall with a new one, cracked the helmet saved her head and the company replaced the cracked helmet.

That said, "supposed to" and what is done are different things. Many lesson barns have a pile of 20 year old helmets kicking around most people aren't aware or don't even think of it. I have some old ones myself don't plan on buying new ones anytime soon.

That's why I'm antihelmet in a sense, so many of these helmet obsessed places throw on some 20 year old one covered in cobwebs that doesn't fit and isn't adjusted properly and go "oh yay a helmet!! you're good!" No....no you aren't.. I don't see too much of a benefit to that vs just helmetless.
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post #8 of 23 Old 08-18-2019, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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(forgot about this thread, oops)

I guess it's good to know that it's actually important, lol. I guess most people would fall off more than once every 5 years, so if you replace it whenever you fall off it should be fine, yeah? Plus, my point is moot anyway because I've fallen off with it like, 4 times.
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The care instructions tag that came with my Charles Owen helmet states that the helmet has an indefinite shelf life thanks to advances in technology, however, ought to be replaced within 5 years of purchase, as it may degrade with exposure to sweat, heat, and sunlight.

It also should be replaced if fallen in, as invisible damage to the helmet may degrade its effectiveness.

Cheaper and older helmets likely don't have the indefinite shelf life of an expensive modern helmet, but IME it does depend on brand.
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post #10 of 23 Old 08-19-2019, 09:48 AM
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The care instructions tag that came with my Charles Owen helmet states that the helmet has an indefinite shelf life thanks to advances in technology, however, ought to be replaced within 5 years of purchase, as it may degrade with exposure to sweat, heat, and sunlight.

It also should be replaced if fallen in, as invisible damage to the helmet may degrade its effectiveness.

Cheaper and older helmets likely don't have the indefinite shelf life of an expensive modern helmet, but IME it does depend on brand.
I LOVE that disclaimer: "Your expensive new helmet ought to last a lifetime, unless you actually wear it, get it hot, sweat in it, or ride on a sunny day. So be sure you replace it within 5 years, just like the helmets the plebes are wearing, that cost a lot less than this one." TIC of course.

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