The title pretty much says it all. I see used helmets all over the place, how do you feel about this?
--Absolutely. Just like a lot of motorcycles, a lot of helmets get purchased and infrequently used.
All are either Snell or DOT approved.
I checked the dates on all of them and inspected for damage, abrasion etc. None. Even the visors were "like new," I wouldn't buy one with a scratched up visor anyway. And they all FIT, which is the most important thing. Liners went in the washing machine after purchase.
Who said it would be inferior??? I took it to mean that some of the more inexpensive helmets are maybe just last year's much more expensive helmet...whom shall remain nameless. :biggrin:>Helmet wise, let me tell you a dirty little secret: some manufacturers will sell their old molds to...ahhhh...economy companies.
As an engineer, I fail to understand why you (poster or OP) feel an "old mold" would produce an inferior product to a brand new one.
It's likely a heat treated steel mold, treated with mold release, dealing with much softer fiberglass and styrofoam.
Wear might produce cosmetic flaws in the resulting fiberglass bucket, or styrofoam insert, but.. so what? Worst case? Any measurable wear on the mold would result in an ever-so slightly thicker fiberglass bucket, in the consumer's FAVOR.
Posting this sort of....unsubstantiated innuendo....helps no one. Scare tactics, imho.