We recommend replacing your helmet every three to five years depending on use and handling. This is based on observation of the average user, and factors like wear over time, weather, handling, the potential for degradation from personal care products like sunscreen or bug spray.
While helmets kept in good condition can provide protective capability beyond the 3-5 year recommended lifespan, it’s also true that they can degrade over time. This is why we recommend replacing the helmet.
If you fall and the helmet is impacted, you should have the helmet inspected or replace the helmet immediately, even if no damage is visible. The reason is that helmet liners are made to absorb energy from impacts and they do this through their own degradation or destruction – similar to an airbag in a car. If the liner is already compromised from an impact or other factors, it may not continue to offer the full protective capability it was designed to provide.
If you are unsure of the condition of your helmet and or whether it should be replaced please contact us.