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Helmets - What Is A Safe Long Storage Period? - September 4, 2011, 04:58 PM

I know the general rule is that you should replace helmets every 5 years.
But what if you have a rarely used or unused helmet stored in a cool, dry, lightless location?

What would be the safe period? Are their any tricks to extending the life?

I have some that do not get much run time and would hate to bin them just because they are older.



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I know the general rule is that you should generally replace helmets every 5 years.
But what is you have a rarely used or unused helmet stored in a cool, dry, lightless location?

What would be the safe period? Are their any tricks to extending the life?

I have some that do not get much run time and would hate to bin them just because they are older.
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Has to do with the over-time degradation of the padding (foam?) inside the lid.


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To answer your question, I've heard that the 5 year limit applies in storage or not. YMMV
Right you are, sir. The degradation of the padding in the liner and the foam inner shell is the reason. This degrades over time regardless of use.


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Right you are, sir. The degradation of the padding in the liner and the foam inner shell is the reason. This degrades over time regardless of use.
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Right you are, sir. The degradation of the padding in the liner and the foam inner shell is the reason. This degrades over time regardless of use.
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Arai and Shoei both say 7 years from the date of manufacture, 5 years in use. Heat cycles, UV rays, chemicals in your hair/ sweat, humidity etc all play a part in the degradation of foam.

If said helmets were sitting in a box in a climate controlled area, they have at least a couple years more on their life than a helmet used on a frequent basis.
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to preserve the life of the helmet you must pee inside it and store it upside down. This keeps everything at the right moisture
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Arai and Shoei both say 7 years from the date of manufacture, 5 years in use. Heat cycles, UV rays, chemicals in your hair/ sweat, humidity etc all play a part in the degradation of foam.

If said helmets were sitting in a box in a climate controlled area, they have at least a couple years more on their life than a helmet used on a frequent basis.
Ah...
Good to know. I felt there must be some kind of exception to the 5 year rule.
I was even considering one of those vacuum bags you use for long term clothing storage.

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I wonder why they don'g refurbish the foam part of the helmet. It wouldn't be worth it for the cheaper helmets but it would definitely be worth it for the replicas etc...


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Gem- I don't know how helmets are manufactured, but not sure if that is a viable option... Wouldn't the fiberglass/ carbon/ whatever your helmet is made out of need to be destroyed in order to remove all the foam? If they could cut it out in pieces, how would they get the new stuff in? I'm pretty sure the foam is one piece...
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Not sure but what you said makes sense. Although the shell and the foam are manufactured separately I'm sure they are bonded together permanently which may cause for the shell to be destroyed if removed.


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Arai and Shoei both say 7 years from the date of manufacture, 5 years in use. Heat cycles, UV rays, chemicals in your hair/ sweat, humidity etc all play a part in the degradation of foam.
I always assumed that was 7 years if it had never been worn (stock on shelf). 5 years otherwise.


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September 4, 2011, 10:17 PM

5 years on the shelf

2-3 years if you actually use it. You need to look at the fit of the helmet every so often. If it's getting loose at all....time for a new one.

I've retired more than a few helmets the hard way. I've also received a few concussions bad enough to last for months. (Worst was two months where I had trouble standing up....blinding headaches when I tried would sit me back down.)

I've also sold helmets when I worked in a bike shop in college. Simplest question I used to get people into good helmets. "What's your head worth. $5 - Go try Kmart." Once I hit them with that - they usually bought a Shoei at $200+.

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