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Helmet replacement

Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 23:37
by Pain by Numbers
I've recently been trying to do some research on how often you should replace your helmet.
There are varied opinions online.

One skating forum suggested
1. Any decent hit whatsoever: replace it.
2. Any cracks: replace it
3. 4-5 years or per manufacturer's suggested lifespan: replace it.
4. Continued regular exposure to excessive heat (hot car): replace it
5. If in doubt, replace it.

Another skating website said yearly! (really?)

I also found this blog. Once you get passed the initial waffle, there is some useful info about the difference between a multi-use helmet and a single-use helmet, which is something I had never considered before. (so thought I'd share!)

http://blog.timesunion.com/rollerderby/dain-bramage/393/

My current helmet is the one I bought when I first started derby. It cost about £12 from amazon and is now over 2 years old.
I think it's time I got a new one, despite never having landed on my head (that I can recall anyway).

Does anyone have any thoughts on how frequently you should replace your helmet?

Helmet replacement

Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 23:48
by da silva surfer
Jet posted this a while back about helmets, it's a good read. There is also a link there I posted to a derby deeds podcast which talks about helmet techie stuff which could help:

viewtopic.php?t=2940

Re: Helmet replacement

Posted: 16 Dec 2012, 23:52
by Pain by Numbers
awesome, thanks silva.
I wonder if the helmet I found with sheep and ponies all over it has any of those safety certificates :D

Helmet replacement

Posted: 17 Dec 2012, 07:24
by Tilly Latimer
Not sure how helpful this is, but I suspect the technology is broadly similar, although the testing is likely more rigorous for riding - but this is my knowledge/experience from riding hats:

1. Never ever leave your helmet in direct sunlight - UV light destroys the polystyreney layer. I always store all my helmets in a bag of some description.

2. Any major impact to the head (including dropping the helmet) means I replace it. I cut the straps off too so no-one can 'rescue' it.

3. If it hasn't been replaced in 5 years I'd always buy a new one.

4. Research the safety standards and buy the best you can afford without compromising fit. I am always astounded that people skate with helmets which wouldn't stay on if the straps were not done up! With riding hats, they should fit your head well enough that if you turn your head upside down the helmet wouldn't fall off. I fit my skate helmet the same way.

5. Have the straps done up properly - too loose will allow the helmet to be tipped back on your head in the event of a fall, which can lead to it coming off entirely.

I'm a bit OCD about helmets because there's a lot of research to show that brain injuries are cumulative, so it makes me cringe when I see people not caring for their helmets!

Re: Helmet replacement

Posted: 17 Dec 2012, 08:54
by Kamo
Pain by Numbers wrote:1. Any decent hit whatsoever: replace it.
2. Any cracks: replace it
3. 4-5 years or per manufacturer's suggested lifespan: replace it.
4. Continued regular exposure to excessive heat (hot car): replace it
5. If in doubt, replace it.


6. All of the above? :lol:
You are right that skid lids come in two general flavours - single and multi hit (or think of it as hard hat vs crumple protection). My snowboard/motorcycle/bicycle lids are single hit; designed for higher speed impacts and I'd replace them straight away. Skate lids are (or should be) multi-impact designed for generally lower speeds but more regular knocks - so you generally worry less about them getting a few scrapes.

Re: Helmet replacement

Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 23:19
by Pain by Numbers
Does anyone have a Triple 8 helmet in size L/XL I can try on?
I appear to have a MASSIVE head in proportion to my not so massive body.

Re: Helmet replacement

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 09:48
by Chick Dastardly
Pain by Numbers wrote:Does anyone have a Triple 8 helmet in size L/XL I can try on?
I appear to have a MASSIVE head in proportion to my not so massive body.

I think my old one was - I gave it to Hattie to paint for a project of hers,best check with her

Helmet replacement

Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 11:16
by Nita Nitro
Mine's a L/XL, you're welcome to try it. I'll be there Sunday x

Re: Helmet replacement

Posted: 06 Feb 2013, 22:10
by Pain by Numbers
Lana Del Slay wrote:Mine's a L/XL, you're welcome to try it. I'll be there Sunday x


Thanks for the offer Lana, but I don't need to anymore.
After much umming and ahhing I've finally decided to get a TSG helmet and have ordered it already.
I'm excited to finally have a helmet that (hopefully) fits properly and doesn't cost £10!

Helmet Safety

Posted: 19 Mar 2013, 09:47
by Cheater Slick
Just found this article on which helmets are safe for Roller Derby - it is written from a US point of view, so the standards mentioned are US standards, not UK/EU, but the second link here will explain UK/EU standards .... so go figure ;) xx

http://s-onederby.blogspot.co.uk/2012/0 ... r.html?m=1

http://www.boardology.co.uk/Skate/Skate ... ndards.ice

Re: Helmet Safety

Posted: 21 Feb 2014, 09:57
by da silva surfer
There is also a review about helmet safety on this derby deeds episode:

http://derbydeeds.com/2012/08/ddp_ep122/

1:31:35 – Derby Supply Gear Review

Edit:
And previous helmet discussions can be found here:

Helmet replacement

and here

viewtopic.php?t=2940

:) x

Double edit:

And here is a very technical podcast about hockey helmets in derby:

1:02:00 – Hockey Helmets in Derby!
http://derbydeeds.com/2012/04/ddp_ep103/

Re: Helmet replacement

Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 10:19
by da silva surfer
Just merged a couple of threads on helmet safety and replacement. Everyone should have a read above and check if your helmet is due a replacement. Keep your derby brains safe!

xxx

Re: Helmet replacement

Posted: 16 Dec 2014, 18:23
by Lil
Mouthguards too! Many manufacturers recommend replacing them after a year.

Re: Helmet replacement

Posted: 23 Mar 2015, 00:22
by da silva surfer
I hit my head really hard on the floor this weekend and thought straight away that I am gonna have to replace my helmet. Luckily I didn't have a concussion, my helmet is newish and this was its first major impact. I don't really want to dispose of it but as my brain is more important I am going to...just went searching for more info on when to replace helmets and its pretty much what Pain posted, when in doubt throw it out. Hope others find this helpful:

http://s-onederby.blogspot.co.uk/2014/0 ... elmet.html