Should I replace my helmet because the HECC certification just expired?
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05-01-2009, 11:16 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Edmonton, AB
^^^ as long as the above is true, then you should be OK.
The problem with old helmets, in my opinion, isn't the shell cracking or becoming fragile; it's the foam hardening and offering less and less protection. If you're diligent with your equipment, then in most cases I'd recommend either replacing the foam or the entire helmet after a five-year period. Gel, on the other hand, has a much longer shelf life.
I do admit that my player's helmet is over 10 years old and I still have the original foam. I should replace it soon, but given that I play out maybe four or five times a year in non-contact beer league games, plus random outdoor skates, I'm not too concerned. My goalie masks, on the other hand... well, let's just say that being addicted to buying new goalie gear has it's advantages when it comes to protection.
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