NineFiftyFour : Quote (abtech @ May 29 2003, 7:54pm)Most racing organizations won't let you on the grid with a helmet that is 5 years old. *The shell loses it's elasticity and begins to develop cracks over time. *Buy a new one and check the SNELL date. *If it isn't the latest, keep looking (and if it doesn't have SNELL certification, don't even consider it for a second).
You know there are NEW helmets sold with the Snell 1995 sticker inside.
The only difference with Snell 2000 is they put the helmet through a different set of tests.
Yes, helmets that are older usually are not to be trusted, but remember, those are the ones that were usually used for all 5 years.
I'm pretty sure there are a few riders in here that have helmets older than 5 years, and still use them on a consistant basis.
This is just horseshit. *If you find a new helmet with a SNELL 95 sticker on it, it has been in the dealers stock for over 4 years (SNELL 2000 stickers were issued in late 1999). *The materials used in the manufacture of helmets degrade with age (see the AGV, Shoei or ARAI sites for details). *A 4 year old helmet is quickly approaching its end of life based on the manufacturers own recommendations and every SNELL test cycle ever run.
Do yourself a favor. *If you don't mind eating through an IV, pissing through a catheter, or using a respirator just to breathe, then buy that SNELL 95 helmet and go for it. *If you just want to spread some ashes, get a non SNELL certified helmet.
'The only difference with Snell 2000 is they put the helmet through a different set of tests.
Yep that and the fact that they were manufactured while that standard was still in place (1995 through November 1999).