Helmet choice is very personal - i would suggest finding a shop around you that has a good selection and trying a bunch on. Depending on your head shape you may or may not be able to get the helmet you "really want".I like the Nolan n44. Anyone here have that helmet?
This isn't true. It's 7 years from manufacture date and 5 years from purchase date, per both Arai and Shoei.Be careful on close outs - you technically should replace your lid every 5 years from the stated build date on the helmet. A lot of close out lids have been sitting on the shelf for their first year post build date - some people argue this is less wear and tear than being expose to sun and temperature so perhaps it's not the same as a full year of riding.
Yup got those confused - meant 5 year from purchase date - as stated by snellThis isn't true. It's 7 years from manufacture date and 5 years from purchase date, per both Arai and Shoei.
Snell Foundation - Helmet FAQWhy should you replace your helmet every five years?
The five-year replacement recommendation is based on a consensus by both helmet manufacturers and the Snell Foundation. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal "wear and tear" all contribute to helmet degradation. Petroleum based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly encountered materials may also degrade materials used in many helmets possibly degrading performance. Additionally, experience indicates there will be a noticeable improvement in the protective characteristic of helmets over a five-year period due to advances in materials, designs, production methods and the standards. Thus, the recommendation for five-year helmet replacement is a judgment call stemming from a prudent safety philosophy.
They won't let you on the track if your helmet is older than 5 years (manufactured date).I usually end up with a new helmet before five years is up anyway but I'm curious if people actually replace perfectly good helmets after a seemingly arbitrary period of time just because you're "supposed to".