Originally Posted by DrGwiz
Hey everyone, looking forward to the upcoming season and I'm in need of a new helmet. My question: are most helmets designed so if you fall and smack your head hard once, you basically need to buy a new helmet? Which helmets are certified for more than one big head smack (if any at all)? Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I'm no "Pro" but only with experience in a workplace setting. I think it's safe to say if the helmet has some serious compromise to the inner cap and external shell, i.e. cracks or separation, error on the side of caution of protecting your nugget and replace the helmet. It you take a good fall without serious compromise to the helmet's integrity, it should be okay, but not without inspecting it. When in doubt, don't wear it or have it replaced. I refer to mechanism of injury. If you take a series fall resulting in serious injury or "damn that looked bad", it probably was...Smith and Giro make pretty good helmets. If you want cheaper, buy a previous year model to save some $$.