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so what do you do if you dropped your helmet? I was walking in the paddock yesterday when the helmet slipped out from under my arm. so now i'm not sure whether to replace it. but its inevitable to drop your helmet so am I gonna replace it each time? I would rather not.

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From the Snell website:

 

"I dropped my helmet! Do I have to go buy a new one?"

 

Generally the answer is probably not. Helmets are one-use items, but are quite durable otherwise, at least the ones we certify. Frequent dropping or spiking a helmet on the ground, or other hard surfaces may eventually degrade the helmet's performance. Similarly if the helmet falls to the ground at highway speeds unoccupied, the owner must be aware that some degradation may have occurred. In general, the real damage comes when the helmet contacts an object with a head inside. The Foundation recommends that if you are participating in an activity that requires that you wear a helmet, you avoid hitting stuff with your head. It can be difficult to readily determine if a helmet has been damaged, and the protective capabilities compromised without a thorough inspection by a trained professional. Some manufacturers may provide this service or direct you to these others that can perform these inspections. The Foundation recommends that if you suspect your helmet may be compromised, then replace it. If the helmet has been involved in an impact while in use, replace it.

 

http://www.smf.org/helmetfaq#aDroppedHelmet

 

Sounds like it will be just fine, common sense plays a big part in when to replace it though, it seems.

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