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Old 05-23-19, 01:33 PM
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When does a helmet that has never had an impact need to be replaced? I've been wearing the same one for years.

In the past few years two things could potentially have happened:
  1. The materials in my helmet could have degraded due to age, consequently providing less protection.
  2. The state of the art of new helmets could have improved.
If #2 has happened, I'm at no greater risk today than I was a few years ago. But if #1 has happened, I probably should replace it. Given that it hasn't had any impacts, and still fits well, and has no obvious signs of damage, how would I know it's time?
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