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I need a new helmet, I’ve had my LS2 FF370 for over 5 years.

Should I go to a shop or buy online?

Where is the best place to buy online?
 

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I find a brand that fits and stick with it. My brand is Arai. They have a size/shape chart and I only buy hats that fit within my shape range. I have found they all fit the same as long as I follow the chart.
 

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The advantage to buying in a shop is being able to try on the helmet. Important since most brands fit a little different. If they don't have the exact color you want, but have the brand, they can order one. We need to remember that if we don't use the local shops for as much as we can, they will fold and there will be none.

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I’ve heard that we should change our helmets every five years because the expanded polystyrene breaks down over time compromising the impact protection properties. Is this true?
 

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The advantage to buying in a shop is being able to try on the helmet. Important since most brands fit a little different. If they don't have the exact color you want, but have the brand, they can order one. We need to remember that if we don't use the local shops for as much as we can, they will fold and there will be none.

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I went to Cycle Gear as well as several shops and found very little clothing or helmets. Maybe it is a result of Amazon being in my backyard? I couldn't find the helmet I was after, or the gear I wanted, and almost everything in the shops was black. I don't know who decided that black is the official color of motorcycle gear but the last thing I want is to be wearing black gear on a black bike on a hot summer day.
 

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It's only 5 years old. If it hasn't been wrecked, and it still fits and feels good, keep using it and save your coins for something else.
I have always figured that 5 year rule was meant to drive business and relieve companies of liability. If a guy wrecks and dies and the insurance company for the guy in the car figures out his helmet is 6 years old, are they off the hook?
 

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I’ve heard that we should change our helmets every five years because the expanded polystyrene breaks down over time compromising the impact protection properties. Is this true?
Just like oil preferences, "Honda vs. Harley", and 9mm vs. .45, everyone has varying opinions on the 5 year "best by" date for helmets. After reading many, many opinions, I think the 5 year rule is really just offered as a best practice or guideline. As an example, let's say you ride frequently in all kinds of weather and you subject your helmet to heat, cold, sweat, lots of UV rays, and maybe the occasional "soft drop". In this instance, I'd be inclined to go ahead and replace that helmet after 5. On the other hand, if you only ride when it is nice out, keep the interior relatively clean, and put it away for 2-5 months for winter, then I have no doubt that helmet would be perfectly safe for much longer.

Also, Shalom! :smile:
 

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I’ve heard that we should change our helmets every five years because the expanded polystyrene breaks down over time compromising the impact protection properties. Is this true?
It is true, but it will take a lot longer than 5 years to have any measurable effect on the EPS. The helmet companies err well on the side of caution, and of course they don't mind selling you a new helmet too. Now, I'm speaking about a well made helmet for street use, not a racing type helmet.

I had a very cheap helmet that lasted about 8-9 years before I could notice the EPS liner starting to deform from it's original shape. On the other hand, my wife has a well made helmet that is at least 12 years old and is still in very good condition. And she rides more than most guys I know, in all kinds of weather, temperatures, and conditions. In the last 7 years I know she's done almost 100,000 miles under that helmet. No plans to replace it this year, anyway.
 

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I’ve heard that we should change our helmets every five years because the expanded polystyrene breaks down over time compromising the impact protection properties. Is this true?
I've heard that, too. I'm pretty sure that refers to five years of exposure to UV rays and not just five years of time.

I do know for a fact that UV rays destroy ski boots that belonged to a friend of mine who stored them in his garage on a shelf with direct exposure to the sun. So, anything plastic has a shorter life expectancy when exposed to UV rays. Now my friend stores his ski boots in the garage, away from the window.
 

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There are a lot of opinions on cheap vs expensive helmets, but I was very surprised to find that the local Cycle Gear had a "Force" helmet that fit better, was quieter, and marginally lighter than my HJC CS-R3 plus has a good flip down sun visor for $89. I bought it and found out it had cups for my bluetooth speakers molded into the inner shell. Very happy with it.
 

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From the Snell Foundation:

The five-year replacement recommendation is based on a consensus by both helmet manufacturers and the Snell Foundation. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal "wear and tear" all contribute to helmet degradation. Petroleum based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly encountered materials may also degrade materials used in many helmets possibly degrading performance. Additionally, experience indicates there will be a noticeable improvement in the protective characteristic of helmets over a five-year period due to advances in materials, designs, production methods and the standards. Thus, the recommendation for five-year helmet replacement is a judgment call stemming from a prudent safety philosophy.
 

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From the Snell Foundation:

The five-year replacement recommendation is based on a consensus by both helmet manufacturers and the Snell Foundation. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal "wear and tear" all contribute to helmet degradation. Petroleum based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly encountered materials may also degrade materials used in many helmets possibly degrading performance. Additionally, experience indicates there will be a noticeable improvement in the protective characteristic of helmets over a five-year period due to advances in materials, designs, production methods and the standards. Thus, the recommendation for five-year helmet replacement is a judgment call stemming from a prudent safety philosophy.
The point about better materials being developed is the best argument I've heard yet for 5 year replacement. That said, a helmet I'd been using for 4 years started giving me headaches (forehead pressure) last year. This year it was worse and I could only stand it for about an hour. I checked the chart on Lidpicker.com this time and discovered that helmet is listed as quite round. Assuming my head didn't change, I'm wondering whether the lining just wore too much or as was mentioned above perhaps the foam can actually deform? I dunno but I decided to go whole hog and buy a Neotec II which is more oval according to Lidpicker and it's been great so far. I have another Shoei, an open face which I've always found very comfortable which was another reason to get another Shoei.
 
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