A helmet's lifespan depends on many factors, such as the frequency and type of use. In general, the following guidelines can be followed:
- For heavy use (i.e. the helmet sustains frequent scrapes, scratches, and impact by stone and ice): less than 1 year
- For gentle use (i.e. the helmet is used infrequently and is stored safely in optimal conditions): maximum 10 years
Given the vast range in potential service life, it is important to recognize the signs of wear that indicate when it is time to retire your helmet. Learn more below.
You should inspect your helmet thoroughly before and after each use. Replace it immediately in case of:
- A hard fall.
- Contact with harsh chemicals (e.g. battery acid).
- Deep scratches, tears, or dents in the shell or lining.
- Tearing of the chin strap, headband, or adjustment system.
- Buckle deformation or damage.
- Heavy and irreversible soiling.
- Excessive use.
Keep in mind that your helmet is designed to absorb the energy of an impact through partial destruction or damage to the shell and lining. Critical damage may not always be visible, however the helmet should nevertheless be replaced.
Wash your helmet in lukewarm water with, if necessary, a touch of mild detergent or soap. Rinse well and air dry, away from direct sunlight. Do not use a drier or leave your helmet near a radiator or other heat source.
Commercial non-halogen disinfectants can also be used, if needed. Metallic components should be rubbed with an acid-free oil.
Contact with acids, solvents, and other reactive substances must be avoided at all costs. Harsh chemicals (including paint and adhesive or self-adhesive labels) as well as intense heat can diminish the integrity of your helmet without showing outward signs of damage. If contact occurs, replace your helmet immediately.
Store your helmet in a dark and dry place, away from sunlight, chemicals, and heat sources. Do not store in a sealed container.