Snowboard Safety – When to Replace Your Helmet

Over the last 5 years helmets have become much more popular for snowboarders — they’re no longer considered lame which is overall a good thing: snowboard helmets keep your brain safe, they give you a touch more confidence when trying new tricks, and protect you from those random skiers who always find a way to run in to snowboarders.

Unfortunately most people are totally clueless about a helmet’s useful life.

If your helmet looks like my old helmet with enormous cracks running around the foam, it’s obviously time for a new one (plenty to choose from at Do you even know if your helmet is busted up like my old one? How many times have you really inspected your helmet? Even if you haven’t wrecked yourself, it never hurts to inspect the helmet after each session for signs of damage, any of which will compromise your helmet’s brain-saving abilities.

How many times have you seen stars? Like Gavin at The Afterbang Blog, I always kinda figured the rule of thumb would be the same as mountain-biking where you’re urged to replace your brain bucket after any significant impact. There is no multi-impact standard for snowboard/ski helmets. Read that again.

Yep, that means if you take one nasty shot to the dome, it’s time to replace your snowboard helmet. Inspect your helmet regularly and if you take a bad shot to the head, replace it even if it looks OK.  The money you spend on a helmet is chump change compared to hospital bills.

(Thanks to Gavin for inspiring me to finally take a picture of that damaged old helmet and write this up!)


2 thoughts on “Snowboard Safety – When to Replace Your Helmet

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  2. Hey mate,

    glad you wrote it up and posted the pic – wow – that is a significant crack, defo time to replace :)

    The more I think about it, I’m surprised at the lack of guidelines – yet. Having said that, the boom in helmet adoption is still fairly new, no where near the acceptance of biking helmets… with time I suppose we’ll see more guidelines for skiing/snowboarding use.


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