NineFiftyFour : Quote (abtech @ May 30 2003, 6:57pm)This is just horseshit. If you find a new helmet with a SNELL 95 sticker on it, it has been in the dealers stock for over 4 years (SNELL 2000 stickers were issued in late 1999).
I've seen some ICON helmets, brand new with SNELL95 stickers.
I've also seen Beiffe (SP?) and KBC helmets with SNELL95 stickers.
I didn't say it was a good thing, I just said it happens.
No need to ARGUE with me about it, it's just a fact of life.
Yes, the manufacturers of Shoei, ARAI, AGV, etc, etc, etc..... recommend you replace your helmet at the 5 year mark.
Yes, AIR and SUNLIGHT cause the helmet to decay, but.....
.......you're telling me, that if I buy a new ARAI 'xxx' helmet, and put it in my closet for 7 years, I shouldn't wear it because it loses it's 'elasticity' (the ability to stretch?), sorry, I just don't buy that one.
I'm not arguing because your 7 year old 'brand new' ARAI won't hold up in a crash and protect your head. That is a fact and one of the tests that SNELL uses during the cert process to prove the need for new certification levels every few years. The racing organizations aren't making this stuff up, and even though you can find 'brand new' SNELL 95 helmets in the store, it still means they were manufactured before 2000. They just sat at the distributor or dealer before you looked at them.
Once the new certification is released, no more helmets are certified to the old spec, that is a fact. Better helmets always have a date of manufacture somewhere in the lining. You can confirm their age by checking this out.